UCSB women’s basketball head coach Bonnie Henrickson has been signed to a contract extension through 2025, UCSB Athletics announced this week.
“I am very grateful for the continued opportunity to lead UC Santa Barbara women’s basketball,” Henrickson said. “I would like to thank Chancellor Yang, Athletics Director John McCutcheon, and Deputy Athletic Director Kelly Barsky for their continued support.”
UCSB hired Henrickson as its women’s head coach in April 2015. She will enter her seventh season with the program in the 2021-22 school year, after serving the previous 11 years as the head coach at Kansas.
Henrickson led the Gauchos to a 7-9 finish in conference play in the 2020-21 season. In the first round of the Big West Tournament, UCSB nearly upset second-seeded UC Irvine.
In the 2019-20 season, UCSB earned the second seed at the Big West Tournament on the back of five wins in the final six games of the regular season to boost the Gauchos to a 9-7 record in conference play. The seed was its highest since the 2010-11 campaign. Freshman center Ila Lane became Henrickson’s first UCSB player to earn AP All-American honors after a sensational debut year.
In her third year with the team in 2017-18, the Gauchos posted a 12-17 record overall with a 9-7 showing in the Big West. Following a slow start to the season, UCSB got hot as it neared the start of conference play, embarking on a season-best five game win streak and going 11-6 over a two-month span. Drew Edelman would become the first Gaucho player to be named All-Big West First Team since 2013.
In 2016-17, Henrickson led UCSB to the Big West Tournament Championship game, falling just one point shy of an NCAA Tournament appearance. The Gauchos went 16-16 during the regular season and finished 9-7 in conference play, its most wins in the Big West since the 2010-11 season, while finishing fourth in the standings.