Mark French - A Legend of the 'Dome

Mark French
Sport: Women's Basketball Coach
Years: 1987-2008
Hometown: Bakersfield, Calif.
Unveiled: February 11, 2010
  • Retired in 2008 after leading the Gauchos for 21 seasons • Compiled a 438-200 overall record while at UCSB
  • His 438 wins are more than all other UCSB women's basketball coaches had combined
  • His .687 winning percentage is the highest in the program's coaching history
  • A seven-time Big West Coach of the Year selection
  • UCSB posted a winning record in each of French's last 18 seasons
  • Directed the Gauchos to 13 straight postseason appearances prior to retiring
  • Led the team to 12 Big West Conference titles
  • UCSB advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2004
  • Gauchos posted seven wins in NCAA Tournament games under French
  • Coached four All-Americans, seven Big West Players of the Year, and 58 All-Big West honorees
  • Of UCSB's 22 1,000-point scorers, French coached 19 of them