Mark Amaral is in his seventh season as an assistant coach at UC Santa Barbara after spending three years as the head coach at Peninsula College in Port Angeles, Washington. Amaral oversees the Gaucho backcourt players and his duties include on-court coaching, in-season scouting of opponents, recruiting, academic concerns of athletes and a variety of others. In 1997, Amaral arrived at Peninsula College to resurrect a basketball program after a 17-year absence from intercollegiate athletics. In the program's first season back, he guided it to a respectable 11-16 record. In 1998-99 the team went 19-9 and then in his final season, 1999-2000, Amaral guided Peninsula to a school-record 28 victories, a conference championship and a sixth-place finish at the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges Tournament. The following year, he was selected as the NWAACC Northern Division Coach of the Year, and the program's return to the NWAACC Tournament was its first since the 1970 season. In three seasons, Amaral's teams posted a 58-30 record. Prior to becoming head coach at Peninsula College in 1997, Amaral spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Montana Tech, starting with the 1994-95 season and ending with the 1996-97 campaign. In 1993-94, he was a Basketball Scouting Service Director. Amaral spent one year (1992-93) as an assistant coach at Lewis & Clark State College in Idaho and two years (1990-92) at Carroll College in Helena, Montana. In addition to his coaching duties at Peninsula College, he was a physical education instructor and Community and High School Relations Coordinator. Amaral spent two years as a player at West Valley Community College where he played for current Cal State Fullerton head coach Bob Burton, before moving on to play his final two years at The College of Idaho (Now Albertson College of Idaho). While at The College of Idaho, he helped his teams to NAIA Elite Eight appearances in back-to-back seasons. In fact, Amaral has participated in some form of postseason in 15 of his 20 years as a player and a coach. A native of Santa Clara, Amaral received his bachelor's degree in business/marketing in 1990 from The College of Idaho. In 1994, he completed his master's degree in physical education at Idaho State. He and his wife, Chris, have two sons, Tanner and Landon.