July 26, 2012
The University of Michigan women's basketball team will usher in a new era in 2012-13 as Kim Barnes Arico takes over as the ninth head coach in program history. The entire team is now on campus for summer classes, and MGoBlue.com caught up with senior guard Jenny Ryan, who talks about this summer, her expectations for the upcoming season and the coaching transition.
On how summer workouts have been going ... "I think this summer has been really good. We definitely have been picking up our intensity and taking our workouts to a new level. I think the freshmen are really feeling comfortable and getting used to the college life. Everyone is just bonding and gelling as a team as we get ready for the season ahead."
On having the William Davidson Player Development Center this summer ... "It has definitely been a lot easier having the PDC versus trying to find gyms all over campus like we did last summer. The facility we have been given is just unbelievable. To have multiple courts at any time of the day at our disposal is amazing. The ease it puts into our lives with our busy schedules has been unbelievable."
On what she expects from the team this season ... "I expect big things from this team. Personally, I know from our senior class, we want a championship. That is what we want and what we have set out to do. I truly believe that with the coaching staff and players we have here, that is completely realistic. I expect us to compete every night and make it exciting for fans. It will be a great show to watch when you come to our games." [ Season Tickets on Sale ]
On the identity of this senior class ... "I think we definitely want to consider ourselves part of the building block for this program. We want to be part of the first that hang a banner. That is our main goal. I think with five of us, it is a strong base. We all have different personalities, and we all represent something different in this program that Michigan needs. I think that we are the building block to create a winning culture here."
On the coaching transition ... "It has been really smooth and really good. Coach Arico came in and put together an amazing staff. We bought into her system right away and realized that she is a true winner. How can you not buy into a system that works? Personality-wise and relationship-wise, everything has been smooth sailing. I think it is going to be exciting to watch us this season."
On her summer outside of basketball ... "I have not really done anything too exciting. When I am not working out, I spend most of my time poolside. I am hoping to get to Chicago later this summer when we have a little time off."
On the construction at Crisler Center ... "Just driving by it, it looks beautiful. I can't wait to see it done, especially after seeing all the photos of the construction. It is going to be breathtaking. I think am going to have the same feeling that I had when I walked into the (William Davidson) Player Development Center for the first time." [ Photo Gallery ]
Senior guard Jenny Ryan earned All-Big Ten defensive team honors as a junior after averaging 6.8 points, a team-high 6.4 rebounds and a conference-best 3.1 steals per contest. She currently ranks fourth all-time at Michigan with 228 career steals and turned in a nine-steal performance against Florida Atlantic this past season, the second-highest single-game total in U-M history. She is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and picked up CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District honors in 2011-12. She joins freshman guard Madison Ristovski as former Michigan Miss Basketball winners at U-M for the upcoming season.