Cori Close
Position: Associate Head Coach
Returning for a ninth season on the UC Santa Barbara coaching staff, her third as associate head coach, is Cori Close. A former Gaucho standout, Close has patrolled the sidelines next to Mark French longer than any other coach in his 25-year career.

Her duties include overseeing the skill development of all Santa Barbara players, on-court offensive coaching and recruiting. Close is also in charge of scheduling for the program, and has been responsible for making UCSB's non-conference slate of opponents one of the nation's most challenging annually.

Close was a four-year starting point guard and captained Santa Barbara's two NCAA Tournament teams in 1992 and 1993, leading them both to the second round. The Milpitas, Calif., native was a First Team All-Big West selection and the MVP of the conference tournament in 1993. One doesn't have to look very hard to find Close's name in the school record books, as she ranks among the top-10 in seven UCSB career statistical categories. She was the first player in school history to record more than 1,000 points and 500 assists in a career.

Close graduated from UCSB in 1993 after majoring in Sociology and was the recipient of UCSB's Distinguished Senior Award. She earned her Master's degree in Educational Administration from UCLA.