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UCSB Hires Olympian Griffin as Head Coach

  • 06 Aug 2019

PRESS RELEASE – The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos are excited to announce the appointment of USA Eagle and Olympian Kelly Griffin as the new head coach for the 2019-2020 school year. She will be replacing Zac Winter, who will be starting his career as an elementary school teacher this fall.

The Gauchos would like to thank Winter for leading the team to two consecutive appearances at the USA Rugby DI college spring championship playoffs in 2018 and 2019. Winter’s coaching led the team through an undefeated conference season, but the road to a Division I Spring Championship ended with the team’s loss to Brigham Young University this spring in the semifinals. The team would also like to thank the head coach of UCSB men’s rugby, Tim Lewis, for his contributions to the team’s success.

This is a year of celebration for the women’s team. The program is proud of 2019 alumna Lauren Thunen for competing in this year’s Pan American Games in Lima, Peru with the USA 7s squad, as well as 2019 alumna Naomi Carillo being named to the Collegiate All-Americans. The program will also be celebrating 20 years of the team’s re-establishment this fall with an alumnae weekend and other 20-year anniversary commemorative events.

The Gauchos are excited to see what new coach Kelly Griffin will bring to the table:

“UCSB is a strong program that has produced many national team caliber athletes over the years. I have fond memories of competing against UCSB when I was in college and have enjoyed working with UCSB athletes through the Santa Barbara Rugby Academy. I am excited to have the opportunity to become part of the Gaucho tradition and to contribute towards the team’s growth.”

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