May 18, 2004
Florida State women’s basketball head coach Sue Semrau has announced that Cori Close will join her staff as associate head coach for the Seminoles. Close comes to Florida State from UC-Santa Barbara, where she spent the past nine seasons, including the past three years as associate head coach, with the Gauchos’ program.
“I believe that Cori will be a great addition to our staff as we continue our growth as a program at Florida State,” Semrau said. “Her years of experience and her ability to teach the game and to connect with people, will have an immediate impact on our basketball program.”
While at UCSB, Close’s duties included overseeing the skill development of all Santa Barbara players, on-court offensive coaching and recruiting. Close was also in charge of scheduling for the program and was responsible for turning UCSB’s non-conference slate into one of the nation’s most challenging each year.
As UCSB’s player development coordinator, Close significantly contributed to the mentoring, nurturing and motivating of the student-athletes which led to such achievements as a 98 percent graduation rate, seven WNBA players, 15 professional players overseas, 12 Big West Conference MVPs, nine district All-Americans and one national second team All-American. Close was also responsible for all offensive tactics, offensive instruction and game-time decisions leading to eight NCAA appearances, including three second round appearances and a trip to the Sweet 16, one NIT championship and 10 Big West regular season or tournament championships. Involved in all aspects of player recruitment as well, Close helped UCSB achieve three Top 10 recruiting classes.
Close was also instrumental in fostering support and increasing revenue for the UCSB basketball program. She developed and implemented a comprehensive marking plan, designed fundraising initiatives, coordinated speaking, community service and radio/television appearances and created the Fastbreakers booster program. Her efforts resulted in a substantial attendance increase, which made UCSB women’s basketball the largest revenue-producing program in the department of athletics.
As a player, Close was a four-year starting point guard and captained Santa Barbara’s two NCAA Tournament teams in 1992 and 1993, leading both to the second round. The Milpitas, Calif., native was an All-Big West first team selection and the MVP of the conference tournament in 1993. The first player in UC-Santa Barbara history to record more than 1,000 points and 500 assists in a career, Close ranks among the top 10 in seven Gaucho career statistical categories.
Close graduated from UCSB in 1993 after majoring in Sociology and was the recipient of UCSB’s Distinguished Senior Award. She was a member of the Bruins’ coaching staff for two seasons (1993-95) while earning a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from UCLA.