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

coaching job.

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

few years.”

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.