Reuniting with Lindsay Gottlieb is former Santa Barbara High School standout Araceli Gil.
After playing under Gottlieb for three years at the University of Richmond, Gil returns for her third season as the program's director of operations.
An outstanding leader on the court, Gil posted career averages of 7.8 points and 2.7 assists in four seasons with the Spiders and was named Atlantic 10 Honorable Mention after averaging 9.3 points and 3.4 assists as a senior in 2005-06. A two-time All-Santa Barbara County selection, Gil tied a Richmond record by hitting seven three-pointers as a senior against Rhode Island.
A Santa Barbara native, Gil earned her bachelor's degree in business administration while at Richmond and before coming to UCSB, worked for Keiter, Stephens, Hurst, Gary & Shreaves, a Richmond accounting firm.
"It's such a thrill to welcome back a former player of mine onto the staff and I could not be happier to have Araceli on board," Gottlieb said. "She was one of the brightest, most hard-working and coachable players I have ever come across and that will translate to the work environment. While we were at Richmond, she always told me how wonderful Santa Barbara was and now we get to take this journey together."
Extremely organized and detail-oriented, Gil will organize team travel and camps, as well as oversee film exchange and video editing. She will also serve as the program's alumni liaison and work actively with the Fastbreakers Booster Club.