June 15, 2007

UCSB Hires Brie Galicinao to Replace Kristy Schroeder as Head Softball Coach

June 15, 2007

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Brie Galicinao, the top assistant coach to Kristy Schroeder for the past two years, has been selected to replace her mentor as head softball coach at UC Santa Barbara, Athletics Director Gary Cunningham announced Friday.

"Brie has been an important part of our softball program in two of its most successful seasons," Cunningham said. "Now, she will become an even bigger part and I am very pleased. Brie is a very talented young coach and I believe that she will help us maintain the level of excellence the program has achieved in recent years."

In her two seasons as an assistant with the UCSB program, Galicinao coached the pitchers and catchers and helped lead the Gauchos to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances. In 2007, Jennifer Davis, one of her pitchers, was named Big West Conference Pitcher of the Year. In addition to her on-field duties, Galicinao has been involved in recruiting and all other aspects of the program.

"I am excited for the opportunity to continue the level of success that Kristy (Schroeder) established in her years here," Galicinao said. "This is a great opportunity for me personally and professionally. I have a good relationship with the players who will be returning and I look forward to working with them as they continue their careers."

Prior to her arrival in Santa Barbara for the 2005-06 season, Galicinao served as the Director of Athletic Relations at Princeton. She was also an assistant coach for the Tigers in 2003, helping guide the team to a 24-21-1 record and a berth in the NCAA Regionals.

As a player at Princeton from 1999-2002, Galicinao was a four-year starting pitcher. In 2002, her senior season, she was team captain and was selected Ivy League Pitcher of the Year after leading the Tigers to a 13-1 league record, an Ivy League crown and an NCAA Regional bid. As a junior in 2001, Galicinao had the eighth-lowest ERA in NCAA Division I ranks and she made Ivy League history when she was named both Pitcher and Player of the Year. In fact, she was the only pitcher in league history to earn Pitcher of the Year honors twice. In 2002, she was also selected as the C. Otto Von Kienbusch award winner as Princeton's Sportswoman of the Year.

A native of Stockton, Calif., Galicinao earned her Bachelor's Degree in history from Princeton.