Sorgi, Kulig join Alverno basketball staff
MILWAUKEE -- The Alverno College Athletics Department has announced the additions of Lisa Sorgi and Cherie Kulig as assistant coaches on the basketball staff.
Sorgi, one of the most prolific players in Alverno basketball history, returns to her alma mater after graduating in 2010 with a degree in political science. A second team All-Northern Athletics Conference selection her senior season, Sorgi became the first 1,000-point scorer in school history and was named team MVP three times. The former Greenfield H.S. standout graduated as Alverno's all-time leading scorer with 1,244 points and is currently second on the all-time list, yet still holds the career marks with 307 free throws made and 189 steals.
"I am very excited to have Lisa back in the program," Alverno Director of Athletics and head basketball coach Brad Duckworth said. "As a player she was one the hardest working athletes I have ever coached. Lisa was always a leader as a player, so it is going to be very natural to look to her as an assistant coach. Her passion for Alverno basketball is second to none."
Sorgi will handle the strength and conditioning aspects of the program. "Lisa was so committed to the weight room and she will demand that of our team," Duckworth said.
Kulig is a recent graduate of Saint Mary's University in Winona, Minn., where she received her degree in sports management and accounting. She was a 2-year captain for the Cardinals' basketball team and received honorable mention All-Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honors her sophomore season and was named the team's defensive MVP. The Independence, Wis., native received Academic All-MIAC honors in all four seasons at Saint Mary's and started in 83 of 100 games for the Cardinals.
"I am extremely pleased to have Cherie join our staff," Duckworth said. "She brings a lot of passion and knowledge with her from her playing days at Saint Mary's. Cherie will coordinate our recruiting and work with our guard play. Having played and started as a guard, I am really looking forward to her bringing a fresh set of eyes to our team."
Both Sorgi and Kulig are currently attending graduate courses at Alverno working on their master's degrees.
Last season the Inferno (11-14, 8-10 Northern) finished tied for fourth place in the talented north division, missing out on the postseason tournament by virtue of a tiebreaker. Alverno opens the 2011-12 season on Nov. 15, hosting Mt. Mary College.