First-Place Gauchos Host Cal State Northridge Wednesday Night

First-Place Gauchos Host Cal State Northridge Wednesday Night

Feb. 23, 2010

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• The Schedule
Game No. 25
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. (PST)
UC Santa Barbara vs. Cal State Northridge
at UCSB's Thunderdome
Radio: KIST 1490 AM in Santa Barbara
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Game No. 26
Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. (PST)
UC Santa Barbara at Cal Poly
at Cal Poly's Mott Gymnasium
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• Plenty Of Tickets Available For Final Two Home Games
After UCSB's game on Wednesday night against Cal State Northridge the Gauchos will have just one home game remaining; at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 3 against UC Irvine. Tickets remain available for both of the key Big West games. To purchase tickets, please call (805) 893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or click here.

• UCSB-Cal Poly Renew Blue-Green Rivalry Series
On Saturday, UCSB and Cal Poly will renew their Blue-Green Rivalry Series. The series was created to draw attention to the environmental sustainability efforts taking place on the two campuses. The Gauchos currently lead the series by a score of 6-4.

• First-Place Gauchos Clinch Spot In Big West Tournament Semifinals
By virtue of its 73-65 win at Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 17, UC Santa Barbara has clinched a spot in the Big West Tournament's semifinal round on Mar. 12. The Gauchos are 10-3 in league and in first-place, one-half game ahead of Pacific and three games ahead of Fullerton and UC Davis. It is conceivable that either the Titans or Aggies could catch UCSB with a record of 10-6, but the Gauchos swept the season series from both schools. In addition, they swept the two-game series with Pacific and thus, if tied with the Tigers, they would win that tiebreaker too.

• Big West Standings

	                Big West		Overall
Team	                W	L	Pct.	W	L	Pct.
UCSB	                10	3	.769	16	8	.667
Pacific	                 9	3	.750	17	9	.654
CS Fullerton	         7	6	.539	14	12	.538
UC Davis	         6	6	.500	11	15	.423
Long Beach State	 6	7	.462	13	14	.481
Cal Poly	         6	7	.462	10	16	.385
CS Northridge	         5	7	.417	10	17	.370
UC Irvine	         4	9	.308	12	15	.444
UC Riverside	         4	9	.308	11	15	.423

• Gauchos Extend Longest Winning Streak Of Season To Five
The Gauchos have won five straight games. UCSB has posted consecutive wins over Pacific (61-48), UC Davis (81-77), Long Beach State (64-62), Cal State Fullerton (73-65), and Fresno State (64-60). Just one of the wins - Long Beach State - came at home with four coming on the road. The five-game winning streak is the longest of the year, one game longer than the team's season-opening four-game streak. The last time the Gauchos put together a winning streak longer than five in a row was during the 2007-08 preseason when they won eight in a row. The last time they won more than four straight road games was also in 2007-08 when they won five in a row.

• The Gaucho Record
UCSB enters Wednesday's game against Cal State Northridge with an overall record of 16-8 and a Big West mark of 10-3. The 16 wins equals the team's total for all of 2008-09. Not only have the Gauchos won a season-best five in a row, they have won eight of nine and 11 of their last 13. Dating back to the 2008-09 season, UCSB has won 16 of its last 20 Big West Conference games. Incidentally, two of the four losses have come to Wednesday's opponent, Cal State Northridge.

• Johnson Named Big West Player Of The Week...Again
Sophomore Orlando Johnson was named Big West Player of the Week after leading the Gauchos to road wins over Cal State Fullerton and Fresno State last week. It was the second time in three weeks that Johnson has earned the honor. In the two games, he averaged 20.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game in the two wins. He also made 53.6% of his field goals, 57.1% of his 3-point field goal attempts, and 87.5% of his free throws.

• UCSB Extends Winning Streak With 64-60 Win At Fresno State
Orlando Johnson scored 23 points, James Powell added 10, and Greg Somogyi set a school record with eight blocked shots as visiting UCSB defeated Fresno State on Feb. 20, 64-60. The game was part of the ESPNU Bracket Busters series. The Gauchos were never behind in the game, building a 15-point first half lead, but when the Bulldogs' Mike Ladd made a 3-pointer from deep in the right corner with 4:32 remaining, the score was tied at 55. Santa Barbara reclaimed a 56-55 lead on a free throw by Will Brew. The Gauchos extended the lead on a James Nunnally lay-up after Jaimé Serna had blocked a shot by Fresno's Jerry Brown and Brew collected the rebound. Following a Bulldog turnover, Johnson made a jumper from the free throw line and the lead was back to five, 60-55. A tip-in by Greg Smith and a short jumper by Brandon Sperling cut the gap to 60-59 with 2:27 to play, but the teams were scoreless for the next 2:14. With 13 seconds left, Powell was intentionally fouled and made both free throws to give the Gauchos a 62-59 edge. Fresno's Ladd was intentionally fouled with 7.4 seconds left. He made the second of two free throws and it was 62-60. UCSB turned the ball over on the inbound pass, but Bulldog forward Paul George missed a 3-point attempt and Johnson was fouled after collecting the rebound. He made a pair of free throws with less than a second to play, icing the win.

• Probable Starters - Quick Fact
G 3 Jordan Weiner - Gauchos are 5-0 when he is in the starting lineup.
G 20 Will Brew, Jr. - Made 12-of-19 shots (63.2%) and averaged 9.0 points in last four games.
G 33 Orlando Johnson - Only Gaucho to score in double-figures in all 24 games.
F 0 Jaimé Serna - Averaging 12.0 points per game in the last three games.
F 21 James Nunnally - Recorded six or more rebounds in eight of the last nine games.

• Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
G 1 Chris Brew - Has not played in the last six games.
G 4 Paul Roemer - Has totaled 10 minutes in three games since returning from foot injury.
G 11 Justin Joyner - Has 40 assists and 14 turnovers in 234 minutes this season.
F 15 Sam Phippen - Had season-high 14 twice this season, vs. CSLA and at LMU.
F 25 Lucas Devenny - Has played in 23 out of 24 games this season.
F 32 Jon Pastorek - Produced four rebounds and a career-high four assists at Fresno State.
G 42 James Powell - 206 career 3-pointers ranks him second in school history.
C 55 Greg Somogyi - Set a school record with eight blocked shots in the win at Fresno State.

• The Opponents
The Gauchos and Cal State Northridge have played 40 times since the first game between the schools in 1959. UCSB holds a 27-13 all-time advantage but the Matadors have won the last four meetings, including a 76-69 decision on Jan. 30 at Northridge. Santa Barbara has won 16 of its last 20 Big West Conference games dating back to the 2008-09 season and the Matadors represent two of the losses. If league tournament games are included, the Gauchos have gone 17-5 against Big West opponents and three of the losses have been to Northridge. UCSB and Cal Poly have played 93 times in a series that began in 1937. Santa Barbara holds a 63-30 all-time edge over its Blue-Green Rivalry Series opponent. On Jan. 28, the Gauchos defeated the Mustangs at the Thunderdome, 80-57 and have now won the last five games between the schools. Last year, UCSB won in San Luis Obispo by a score of 72-62.

• Dome, Sweet Dome
UCSB is 9-2 at home in 2009-10, including a perfect 6-0 against Big West opponents. The Gauchos have never gone unbeaten at home in Big West play. Santa Barbara has won six straight home games, defeating UC Davis, Pacific, UC Riverside, Cal State Fullerton, Cal Poly, and Long Beach State. After beginning the year 3-0 at the Thunderdome, UCSB lost consecutive games to Santa Clara and San Diego State. The loss to Santa Clara on Dec. 1 ended a seven-game home winning streak. Dating back to the 2008-09 season, Santa Barbara has won 15 of its last 17 games at the Thunderdome, including 11 straight games against Big West opponents.

• The Gauchos Away From Home
The Gauchos are 6-6 in true road games this season and 7-6 in all games away from home. They have won their last four road games, including Saturday night's 64-60 win at Fresno State. On Feb. 4, UCSB handed Pacific a 61-48 defeat in Stockton. It was the Tigers first loss at the Spanos Center since 2008. On Feb. 6, the Gauchos won at UC Davis, 81-77, and on Feb. 17 they won at Cal State Fullerton, 73-65. UCSB's other true road wins came on Jan. 4 at UC Riverside (57-53) and on Nov. 28 at Loyola Marymount (89-84). Santa Barbara has one neutral court win this season, a 72-60 win over Furman in Berkeley.

• Somogyi's Block Party: Sophomore Sets New School Record
Sophomore center Greg Somogyi blocked eight shots in UCSB's 64-60 win at Fresno State on Feb. 20. The eight blocks were a new school record, two more than the previous top mark. The old record of six was jointly held by Eric McArthur, Glenn Turner, Robbie Robinson, Richard Anderson, and Cameron Goettsche. Somogyi's previous personal best of five blocks was set on three occasions, including the Gauchos' Feb. 13 win over Long Beach State and a Dec. 29 loss at Cal.

• Leading Or Tied At Half? It's In The Book
UCSB has led at halftime 13 times this season and been tied once. In those 14 games, the Gauchos are a perfect 14-0. When they have been behind at half, they have won twice in 10 games. On Jan. 4 they trailed 23-14 at the break before beating UC Riverside, 57-53. On Feb. 13, Santa Barbara trailed Long Beach State 33-30 at the half before coming from behind to win, 64-62.

• It's A Three For All
UCSB leads the Big West in 3-point field goal percentage and 3-point field goal percentage defense. Gaucho opponents are making just 30.2% of their 3-pointers. On Saturday, Fresno State hit 6-of-19 shots from outside the arc, 31.6%. In the last league game, Cal State Fullerton made just 6-of-22 3-point attempts, 27.2%. UCSB has held six of the last eight opponents at 30-percent or less from 3-point range. In all, 15 of UCSB's 24 opponents have been at or below the 30-percent mark.

• Defending Their Honor
The Gauchos current five-game winning streak is due, in great part, to outstanding defense. In the last five games, UCSB has held four of five opponents to 65 points or less and to 40.3% shooting or below. Just UC Davis, which the Gauchos beat 81-77, scored more than 65 points and shot better than 40.3%. Including Davis, the last five opponents have averaged 62.4 points per game while making 38.4% of their field goal attempts overall and 29.4% from 3-point distance.

• What's Wrong With This Picture?
The Gauchos are winning of late, but one can crunch the numbers any way they want, and it is tough to get past the fact that UCSB is not a good rebounding team. Losing the rebound battle at Fresno State by a 37-36 margin had to be considered a minor victory. Overall, opponents are outrebounding the Gauchos by a margin of 2.1 per game this season. In the three games prior to Fresno State, each opponent outrebounded UCSB by 12 or more. In the last Big West game, a 73-65 win at Cal State Fullerton, the Titans had a 44-28 rebound margin, the second largest by a UCSB opponent this year.

• Scoring Duo Has 20-20 Vision
Sophomores Orlando Johnson and James Nunnally have scored 20 or more points in the same game on five occasions. The five times that they have scored 20 or more in the same game ties Johnson and Nunnally for the school record in that category. In 1989-90, Carrick DeHart and Eric McArthur scored 20 or more in the same game five times. Prior to its loss at Cal State Northridge on Jan. 30, UCSB had won every game in which both scored 20 or more points. Nunnally and Johnson had 21 and 20 points respectively in the game against Northridge. In all, Nunnally has scored 20 or more eight times through his 23 games and Johnson has done so on seven occasions in his 24 appearances.

• That 80's Show
UCSB is averaging 67.7 points per game, but has scored 80 or more in three of the last eight games, averaging 72.2 over that span. In wins over Cal State Fullerton and Cal Poly on Jan. 23 and Jan. 28, the Gauchos scored 85 and 80 points. It was the first time UCSB had scored 80 or more in consecutive games since the 2000-01 season. Santa Barbara, which scored a season-high 89 in a Nov. 28 win at Loyola Marymount, has scored 80 or more five times through 21 games. In 2008-09, the Gauchos hit the 80 point mark just one time. The last time the Gauchos scored 80 or more in more than five games was in 2007-08 when they did so six times.

• Top-Scoring Sophomore Duos
The sophomore duo of Orlando Johnson and James Nunnally combine to average 32.6 points per game. Unless things go completely haywire, they will become the highest scoring sophomore pair in UCSB history. On a side note, the ninth-highest scoring sophomore duo of all-time was Doug Rex and Ron Wyden. Rex averaged 17.8 and Wyden 2.6. Incidentally, Wyden is now a U.S. Senator from Oregon.

Players	                        Avg.	Year
James Nunnally/Orlando Johnson	32.6	2009-10
Conner Henry/Scott Fisher	28.0	1983-84
Branduinn Fullove/Nick Jones	24.0	2001-02
Perry Ludy/Bob Schachter	23.1	1972-73
Carrick DeHart/Mike Doyle	22.9	1987-88
Tex Walker/Dave Brown	        21.5	1974-75
Phillip Turner/Mark Flick	21.2	1993-94
John Tschogl/Rib Allen	        20.6	1969-70
Doug Rex/Ron Wyden	        20.4	1968-69
Khris Fortson/Richard Townsend	19.2	1984-85

• Sophomores Of The World Unite!
UCSB's sophomores continue to dominate the team's statistics. In Saturday's win at Fresno State, Orlando Johnson, James Nunnally, Jaimé Serna, Will Brew, and Greg Somogyi combined for 51 of the team's 64 points. On the season, they have scored 1,124 of 1,624 points, 69.2%. If you include freshmen Lucas Devenny and Chris Brew, UCSB's underclassmen have scored 1,203 points, 74.1% of the team's total.

• Super Sophomores Leaving Their Marks
Orlando Johnson enters Wednesday's game against Cal State Northridge as UCSB's leading scorer at 17.8 points per game, a figure that ranks him second in the Big West Conference. James Nunnally is averaging 14.8 points per game, seventh in league. If Johnson could maintain his current scoring average, it would equal the highest scoring average by a Gaucho sophomore ever. In 1968-69, Doug Rex averaged 17.8 points per game. Nunnally's average would rank third all-time. Combined, the tandem is averaging 32.6 points per game, 48.2% of the team's total. In Big West games, the Johnson-Nunnally duo is averaging 35.4 of the Gauchos' points, 52.8% of the team's 67.0 points per game average.

• Speaking Of Orlando
Orlando Johnson was named Big West Player of the Week for the second time in three weeks after leading the Gauchos to wins at Cal State Fullerton and Fresno State. Johnson averaged 20.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in the wins. He continues to lead UCSB in scoring at 17.8 points per game. On Saturday at Fresno State, Johnson had 23 points and four rebounds. It was the seventh time this season that he has scored 20 or more points in a game, and the first since he scored a career-high 28 points on Feb. 4 at Pacific. In the win at Fullerton, he scored 18, had eight rebounds, and three assists. Johnson also had a key block late in the second half that preserved a two-point Gaucho lead. On Feb. 13 against Long Beach State, he was limited to 11 points, but he had eight assists - his second highest career total - and two blocked shots. Johnson has scored 10 or more in all 24 games. The streak of 24 consecutive double-figure scoring games is three longer than Alex Harris put together in 2006-07. The only UCSB player in recent years to score 10 or more in every game over a full season was Raymond Tutt who had 27 double-figure games in 1996-97. Tutt extended the streak to 36 games at the outset of the 1997-98 season. Johnson is also tied for the team-lead in rebounding at 5.5 per game. He has a pair of double-doubles this season. His first came on Nov. 17 against Weber State when he had 19 points and career-high 10 rebounds. His second came on Dec. 29 when he had 17 points and a career-high 10 assists. The 10 assists were the most by a UCSB player since Justin Joyner had 10 in a late-December game in 2006. He now has 51 assists, second on the team. Johnson has led the Gauchos in scoring 12 times this season. He led the way in the first three games of the year, becoming the first Gaucho newcomer ever to do so. Finally, while he is shooting 67.3% overall from the free throw line, he has made 50 of his last 59, 85.5%.

• Second To Nunnally
James Nunnally has been on a bit of a rollercoaster ride the past few games. After scoring 18 points in UCSB's win over Cal State Fullerton last week, Nunnally had eight in the win at Fresno State. In the game against the Bulldogs, he made 3-of-12 shots overall and missed all five of his 3-point attempts. Nunnally has scored 20 or more points eight times this season, the most on the team. He tallied a career-high 25, to go along with 10 rebounds, in a Jan. 23 win over Cal State Fullerton. Nunnally's first career double-double came on Jan. 4 when he had 19 points and 10 rebounds in a win at UC Riverside. While he continues to rank second on the team in scoring at 14.8 points per game, Nunnally has struggled with his shooting in the last three games. In the three games, all wins, he made 11-of-37 shots overall, 29.7%, and 1-of-10 from 3-point range, 10.0%. In fact, in the last two games, Nunnally has uncharacteristically missed all eight of his 3-point attempts. While his shooting has been off, the sophomore from San Jose, Calif., has continued his outstanding work on the glass. Tied for the team-lead at 5.5 rebounds per game, Nunnally is averaging a team-best 6.5 per game in 13 Big West games, he has had seven in each of the last three games, and six or more eight times in the last nine games.

• Old Buddy, Old Powell
James Powell is third on the team in scoring at 8.6 points per game. He scored 10 points in the Gauchos' last game at Fresno State, two of which came on a pair of clutch free throws in the final seconds. Powell has attempted just 22 shots (making 10) and scored 32 points (6.4 per game) in the last five games. With 10 points in the win at Fresno, he has now scored in double-figures eight times. Powell scored a season-high 21 on Nov. 28 at Loyola Marymount, making five 3-point baskets in the process. He had 20 points on Dec. 5 against San Diego State, making six 3-pointers, the second highest total of his career. In a Dec. 28 win over Furman, Powell became the 23rd player in UCSB history to score more than 1,000 points. He enters Wednesday's game against Cal State Northridge with 1,117 points.. He is tied for 19th in school history and needs 14 to move into 18th. In addition, he has 206 career 3-point baskets, second all-time and 11 behind Mark Hull for the top spot. Powell has attempted 542 3-point shots in his career, second all-time. He needs 18 more to pass Hull for the number one spot in that category as well. Powell has made at least one 3-point basket in 13 straight games and 22 times in 24 games this season. He has made two or more 14 times.

• Yes, Serna
Jaimé Serna is averaging 7.5 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. While he has been battling back spasms, he has been at his best offensively in the last four games. On Saturday at Fresno, Serna was limited to 13 minutes because of early foul trouble, but he made 3-of-4 shots and scored six points. On Wednesday at Cal State Fullerton, he made 4-of-7 field goal attempts and 5-of-6 free throws en route to 13 points, 11 of which were scored in the second half. On Feb. 13 against Long Beach State, he made 8-of-9 shots and scored a season-high 17 points. He made his first eight shots in the win over the 49ers. In the Feb. 6 win at UC Davis, Serna hit all four of his field goal attempts in the second half and in the next game, against Long Beach, he made his first eight to run his streak to 12 straight. In the last four games, Serna is averaging 11.0 points and shooting 73.1% (19-of-26). Going back even further, while he is shooting 51.2% overall, he has made 38-of-60 in the last 10 games, 63.3%. Over that same span, Serna has made 26 out of his 32 free throw attempts, 81.2%. Before scoring 17 against Long Beach on Feb. 13, his season-high was 14 on Jan. 8 against UC Davis. Serna has scored in double-figures six times. Finally, the Laguna Beach, Calif., is second on the team in steals (22) and third in blocked shots (13). He tied his season-high with three steals in the win over Long Beach and he tied his season-high with two blocked shots in the win at Fullerton.

• Where There's A Will...
Will Brew is tied for the team lead in assists at 2.5 per game and he leads in steals at 1.5 per game. While he is averaging 5.4 points per game, he has scored at a 9.0 per game clip in the last four games. Also, while Brew is shooting 39.2% overall, he has made 12-of-19 shots in the last four games, 63.2%. He scored a season-high 12 points in the Feb. 13 win over Long Beach State, making 3-of-5 shots from the field. Brew has had just five assists in the last five games, going without one in two of the five. He has, however, had three or more 13 times in 24 games. While Brew still holds a decent 1.3-to-1.0 assist to turnover ratio on the year, he has slumped lately with five assists and 13 turnovers in the last five games. Even with the slump, Brew's numbers are a far cry from his freshman season when he had 54 assists and 66 turnovers. Brew has had two steals in four of the last five games and now leads the team with 35. He has had at least one steal in nine straight games, and two or more in seven of nine and 13 times this season. Finally, the sophomore is the only Gaucho to start all 24 games in 2009-10. Dating back to the 2008-09 season, Brew has started 43 games in a row and 47 of the last 48.

• Justin Rejoins Gauchos Just In Time
Justin Joyner returned to action in the Jan. 23 game against Fullerton and has played a significant role in the last eight games. Joyner has played in 16 games this season, averaging 2.5 assists per game. In the Gauchos' Feb 6 game, at UC Davis, he had eight assists in just 15 minutes. In the eight games since returning from a sprained ankle, Joyner has 24 assists (3.0 per game) and just seven turnovers. In his career, Joyner now has 237 assists and 123 turnovers, a 1.9-to-1.0 ratio. Finally has moved into 10th on UCSB's all-time career assist list.

• Somogyi's Emergence
Greg Somogyi had one of his best games as a Gaucho in the win at Fresno State. The 7-foot-3 sophomore played a season-high 23 minutes and finished with seven points, four rebounds, one assist, and eight blocked shots, a new school record. What didn't show up in the box score was how many Bulldog shots he changed. The eight blocks were two better than the previous school record and the total was three more than Somogyi's previous career-high of five. He had five blocked shots on three occasions, including twice this season (Dec. 29 at Cal and Feb. 13 vs. Long Beach State). Somogyi is now averaging 1.32 blocked shots per game, second in the Big West. In the last four games, he has averaged 5.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. He has had four or more rebounds in three of the last four games. Finally, while he is averaging 10.7 minutes per game, Somogyi has averaged 12.2 per game in the last four and played 15 or more in three of those games.

• The Jordan Rules
Jordan Weiner has started the last five games for UCSB. He had three points in the wins at Cal State Fullerton and Fresno State. In the last four games, Weiner has averaged 6.0 points per game while making 8-of-14 shots overall and 6-of-12 from 3-point range. On Feb. 6 at UC Davis, he scored a season-high 11 points and made a season-high three 3-point baskets. He saw his playing time increase significantly during the nine games that Paul Roemer was sideline by a foot injury. While he is averaging 13.2 minutes in his 22 games, he has played at least 13 in 12 straight, averaging 18.5 over that span. He has played 18 or more in five straight. Weiner has averaged 4.0 points over the last 12 games. Finally, despite ranking sixth on the team in minutes played, he is third in steals with 20.

• Hall Pass
Junior Jon Pastorek was scoreless in 11 minutes at Fresno State, but he still contributed. Pastorek had four rebounds, a season-high four assists, and one steal in the win over the Bulldogs. The four rebounds equaled his highest total since he had five on Dec. 21 at Arizona State. Pastorek has had six assists in the last two games, the most of any Gaucho over that span.

• The Bob Williams File
Bob Williams is in his 12th season as head coach at UC Santa Barbara. In 2008-09, Williams guided the Gauchos to a 16-15 overall record and an 8-8 mark in the Big West Conference. The record, however, doesn't tell the entire story. UCSB was forced to overcome a myriad of injuries and at one point stood at 8-13 overall and 2-7 in league play.

In 2007-08, Williams guided the Gauchos to a 23-9 overall record. The 23 wins were a school record, and UCSB also won its second Big West regular season title with a 12-4 conference record. Following the campaign, the Gauchos were awarded a bid to the National Invitation Tournament. It was the third time that a Williams-coached UCSB team advanced to postseason play.

The 2002 Gauchos won the school's first Big West Tournament title, advancing to the NCAA Tournament, and in 2003, they won the league's regular season championship and played in the NIT. Williams has been selected Big West Coach of the Year twice, in 1998-99 and 2002-03.

In 1998-99, he took over a UCSB program that had not recorded a winning season in five years, and after seeing his team lose its first eight games that year - extending a two-season losing streak to 16 straight games - the Gauchos turned things around, winning 15 of their final 20 games and finishing on top in the Big West's Western Division.

Williams has a UCSB record of 195-154. He guided the program to nine winning seasons in his first 11 years - including the last four in a row - and a pair of 20 win seasons. He has a career record of 118-75 in Big West games and his .611 winning percentage in league contests is the best among the league's active coaches.

Prior to his arrival at UCSB, Williams spent eight years at UC Davis and in those eight years, his teams recorded 20 or more wins five times and a 158-76 record. In Williams's final season, the Aggies went 31-2, won the NCAA Division II National Championship and he was named NABC Division II Coach of the Year. Including two seasons at Menlo College, Williams has an overall career record of 384-254 (.602) at four-year schools.