Her vast array of skills seems to be a good fit for Towson.

"There's a lot of work that needs to be done," Oliver said. "A lot of fundamental skills have to be taught."

Oliver will build her team around Frantz, a shooting guard.

"She is a tremendous player, and she is definitely going to be great," the coach said. "She can make her teammates better, shoot and play defense."

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Frantz's backcourt mates will be Murray and freshman Anna Palmer (5-6).

Freshman forward Shelby Fragetta (5-8) and Brookshire complete the starting lineup.

Junior center Mary Genovese (5-10) and freshman Holt Lockwood (5-6) will work as the top subs.

Freshman guard Akira Smith (5-5), sophomore guard Madeline Tribbe (5-6), sophomore forwards Emily Heinlein (5-9) and Corrina Sanni (5-9) are competing for more playing time.

"They are so eager to get better," Oliver said. "They listen to every word I say. I love coaching them."

Oliver will be Towson's fourth head coach in four seasons.

"I think they know I want to stay, and that I am committed to the program," said Oliver, who replaces Rebecca Moyer.


2010-2011 record: 11-10

Returning starters: Junior center Akira Townes (5-10) and sophomore point guard Nece Whye (5-4).

Breakdown: New head coach Robin Willard left coaching for three years after guiding the Park varsity to Association of Independent Schools A Conference (1995) and B Conference (1991) championships.

Willard is now trying to make another successful run with the Bruins in the IAAM C Conference.

What makes his job easier? Willard, who will serve as co-coach with Larry Gilbert, has coached the Park middle school team for the past eight years.

"It was a pretty easy transition," said Willard, who replaces Kevin Coll. "With Park being a small school, we have know most of the kids since elementary school. I have watched these kids grow up."

The catalyst for the Bruins is Townes, one of six returning varsity players, who has established herself as a standout post player, averaging 11.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per outing last year.

Townes may be asked do even more this winter with the graduation of rugged forward Rose Coll, a four-year starter who averaged 11.7 points and 8.8 points.