March 12, 2008 |
After a season that included one of the biggest upsets in school history and a few other close calls, Kathy Olivier stepped down Tuesday as UCLA women's basketball coach. "It's about winning championships here," said Petrina Long, an associate athletic director who met with Olivier on Monday. "On a frequent basis." Olivier was 232-208 in 15 seasons at the school. She confirmed in a statement that she has been "offered the opportunity" to move into athletic administration at the school.
December 10, 1999 |
Kathy Olivier got her 100th win, Maylana Martin had 22 points and the UCLA women's basketball team got healthy against a short-handed San Diego State team, 82-61, Thursday night at Pauley Pavilion. Coming off a dreadful 82-64 loss to Louisiana Tech and before that an 88-77 loss to Tennessee, the UCLA coach was asked how her milestone victory felt. "I wish it had happened two games ago," she said.
May 4, 1993 |
Kathy Olivier, assistant coach of UCLA women's basketball teams the last seven years, was named head coach Monday. She succeeds Billie Moore, who resigned last month after 19 seasons. The UCLA women were 13-14 last season. Olivier, 33, lives in Los Alamitos with her husband, Jim, a chemical engineer, and daughter Alexis, 4. She played basketball at Valencia High in Placentia, Cal State Fullerton and Nevada Las Vegas. She has also been an assistant coach at USC, UC Irvine and UNLV.
February 17, 2012 |
Standing only 5 feet 2, Natalie Nakase was always one of the smallest players on the basketball court. That never prevented her from dreaming big. She was barely recruited out of high school but turned herself into an all-conference point guard at UCLA. Later, she became the first Asian American player in the professional National Women's Basketball League. Nakase has retired as a player, but she continues to dream. "My goal is to coach in the NBA," she said. That seems like far-fetched ambition.