UCLA hires Cori Close as women’s hoops coach
UCLA hired Cori Close as its women’s basketball coach on
Thursday, giving the former Bruins assistant her first head
Close was introduced by athletic director Dan Guerrero as the
successor to Nikki Caldwell, who resigned to take the LSU job
earlier this month.
Close spent the past seven seasons as an assistant at Florida
State. The Seminoles advanced to the NCAA tournament in each of her
seasons and won at least 20 games in all but one.
”Cori has established herself as one of the top women’s
basketball associate coaches in the nation and is certainly ready
to take the next step,” Guerrero said. ”She will continue to
build upon the foundation that has been established over the last
Close began her collegiate coaching career at UCLA as the
restricted earnings coach on the staff of Kathy Olivier in 1994 and
Before moving to Florida State, Close was an assistant from
1995-04 at UC Santa Barbara, where she played college basketball
before graduating in 1993.
During Caldwell’s three seasons, UCLA went 72-26, reaching the
NCAA tournament twice. She was the Pac-10 coach of the year in
2010, when the Bruins reached the second round of the NCAA
tournament and finished 25-9.