Gabrielle Houston was named as head coach of the UC Santa Cruz women's volleyball program.
She becomes the 12th head coach in program history.
"I am so honored and beyond excited to be the new head coach of the women' s volleyball program at UCSC," said Houston.
"I really look forward to this opportunity and can't wait to start working with a great group of student athletes in creating a program of success."
Houston comes to UCSC after serving nine years as the head coach at Cabrillo College. In her tenure at Cabrillo, she amassed a whopping 239-31 record leading the Seahawks to 9 straight Coast Conference Championships, a pair of state titles and reached the Final Four on four other occasions. In 2013, her 5th season, Cabrillo won their first-ever CCCAA state championship title and became the first Northern California team in the 36-year history of the CCCAA to win a state championship.
Prior to Cabrillo, Gabrielle took over a struggling high school program (2006 - 2009) at Mount Madonna High School. In her first year, Gabrielle improved Mt. Madonna's SCCAL standing from last place (2-16 record) to 3rd place and a first-ever CCS playoff berth. The following season in 2007, Gabrielle guided the tiny school to its first league title. With only 9 eligible players, Mt. Madonna rode the momentum of a conference championship into the CCS tournament and a CIF State Championship, the first-ever in school history and the first SCCAL team in over 10 years to win a State Title.
She is also Director of the Main Beach Volleyball Club, one of the top juniors volleyball clubs in Northern California. She has worked with their 16s, 17s and 18s teams.
Houston is no stranger to UCSC. Her father James was a Professor of Creative Writing and her sister Cori served as the Banana Slugs' soccer coach 1988-95 before becoming the Athletics Director.
The Banana Slugs open the season August 31st at the Oregon Trail Tournament. Their home opener is September 12th against Fresno Pacific at Kaiser Permanente Arena.