July 9, 2009
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Former University of the Pacific standout player Selena Ho was hired as a UC Santa Barbara women's basketball coach, head coach Lindsay Gottlieb announced on Thursday.
Ho had previously served as an assistant coach with the University of Oregon and brings six years of experience to the Gaucho sidelines. She replaces assistant coach Evan Unrau, who left to join Santa Clara's coaching staff.
"I am ecstatic to announce the addition of Selena Ho to my coaching staff and to the Gaucho Family," Gottlieb said. "Her experience, character, reputation, and familiarity with the Big West Conference will make her a tremendous mentor to our players both on and off the court. In her days as an opponent playing in the Thunderdome, Selena impressed many Gaucho fans with her talent, drive and competitive spirit. We are fortunate that she'll now be using those same qualities to help UCSB women's basketball reach unprecedented heights."
A four-time All-Big West Conference selection as a player for Pacific, Ho still ranks among one of the Tigers' best players. She is the Big West's career leader in 3-point field goals made as well as free throw shooting percentage and ranks third in Pacific history in points scored. A three-time team captain, Ho was twice honored as an All-Big West First Team pick and ranks fourth in school history in assists.
She served as an assistant at Oregon from 2005-08 and was an assistant coach at UC Irvine from 2002-05.
"It is an absolute honor and privilege to join the UCSB family," Ho said. "I have a tremendous amount of respect for Lindsay Gottlieb on many levels and truly believe in the vision, values and intentions she has regarding this deeply rooted and rich program. The essence of UCSB is embedded upon achieving excellence both on and off the court and winning championships. Greater things have yet to come and be done at UCSB!"
Earlier this year UCSB Athletics unveiled the BE Great initiative. BE Great is dedicated to maximizing leadership ability, strong on-campus interaction, and general welfare for all 450 student-athletes and Intercollegiate Athletics staff at UC Santa Barbara. BE Great also focuses on personal and career development, diversity, and social awareness, along with ensuring academic success. UCSB has a 92% student-athlete graduation rate.