The Year Ahead
Nicole Lantagne Welch faced some of the top teams in the country in the ACC, and she will continue to play the NCAA's best with UCSB's 2013 schedule. The Gauchos will be put to the test early this season with a nonconference schedule that boasts six NCAA Tournament teams from last season, five of which UCSB will face on the road in September. In this edition of Meet Nicole, Lantagne Welch discusses the challenges of the 2013 schedule and how she will prepare her team for them.
Becoming the head coach of the UCSB women’s volleyball team was a dream come true for Nicole Lantagne Welch. She grew up down the coast in Encinitas and spent most of her childhood vacations visiting her family in Santa Barbara. Her hiring in February brought Lantagne Welch back home to reestablish UCSB as one of the premier programs in the NCAA. This week, we asked Lantagne Welch about her transition in becoming UCSB’s newest head coach while establishing her life in a place she called her home away from home as child.
Setting Player to Trail Blazing Head Coach
A new era in UCSB women's volleyball begins this fall when the Gauchos host national powerhouse Stanford on August 30. Headlining this new era is new head coach Nicole Lantagne Welch. Before taking over for the Gauchos, the 2012 ACC Coach of the Year built the University of Miami (Fla.) program from putting together its inaugural team to making the NCAA tournament four consecutive seasons. This week, we asked Lantagne Welch about her playing days at the University of Maryland and her transition into coaching.