April 17, 2000
BERKELEY - Caren Horstmeyer, the winningest women's basketball coach in Santa Clara University history, was named head women's basketball coach at the University of California, Athletic Director John Kasser announced Monday. She has been signed to a five-year contract. Terms were not disclosed.
Horstmeyer, 37, is regarded as one of the bright, young head coaches in women's basketball nationwide. She comes to Cal after spending 12 seasons as head coach at Santa Clara, where she compiled a 221-124 (.641) record. She guided the Broncos to six postseason appearances, including four NCAA Tournament appearances and the 1991 WNIT championship, along with six WCC regular season titles, including four straight from 1991-94. Her Bronco teams also won two WCC Tournament crowns.
"We've had our eye on Caren as her career has progressed and have always been impressed with her," said Kasser. "When our job came open, she was at the top of our list. During our search process, which attracted an amazing amount of interest from coaches nationwide, Caren still emerged as our top choice. When you consider the caliber of coaches we talked to, that's a genuine testament to her abilities.
"We feel strongly that she is the perfect fit here at Cal and will help us take the women's basketball program to a whole new level."
While at SCU, Horstmeyer coached 33 All-West Coast Conference selections, four WCC Players of the Year, one Kodak All-American, one WCC Defender of the Year and one WCC Freshman of the Year. Horstmeyer also has been recognized for her coaching abilities, earning NCAA District 8 Coach of the Year in 1999 and WCC Coach of the Year in 1992 and 1993.
Horstmeyer replaces Marianne Stanley, who resigned March 13, after four years as Cal's head coach. She takes over a Golden Bear program that has experienced seven consecutive losing seasons, but she has shown her ability to turn around a program. After compiling a 16-38 record in her first two campaigns at Santa Clara, she led the Broncos to 10 consecutive winning seasons. The Broncos have won 20 or more games six times under Horstmeyer, including the last three seasons. SCU wrapped up the 1999-2000 season with a 21-9 record after losing to USC 71-64 in the first round of the WNIT Tournament.
"I am very excited and honored to be the new head basketball coach at Cal," said Horstmeyer. "I see tremendous potential, great support from the administration and new and exciting challenges ahead of us.
"It was, however, a difficult decision to leave Santa Clara having been with the university for so many years and with the many relationships I had built there with the administration, my team and the fans, to name a few. I am very excited about the opportunities I foresee with the Cal program."
Prior to assuming the reigns as SCU's head coach, Horstmeyer was an assistant coach at the University of San Francisco for the 1987-88 season and an assistant at SCU for the 1986-87 season.
Horstmeyer has been tapped several times to assist U.S. National team activities. She served as a head coach of the East team at the U.S. Olympic Festival in 1993. She also has been active on selection committees for the U.S. National team and the Converse Coach of the Year award.
A native of Greenbrae, Calif., Horstmeyer made a name for herself at Santa Clara long before she accepted the head coaching job in 1988. A four-year letterwinner from 1980-84, she enjoyed one of the finest careers in Bronco history. At the time of her graduation, she held a wide assortment of SCU records, including for most points in a game (32), season (452) and career (1496), most assists in a career (220), most steals in a season (58) and career (166), and most games played (107).
A three-time All-Northern Pacific Athletic Conference pick and three-time team MVP, Horstmeyer graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1984.
Following graduation, Horstmeyer joined the Panathanaikos Women's Professional team in Athens, Greece, where she twice led the league in scoring and earned team MVP honors both years. Also during her stay in Greece, she coached a girls' team and was a scout for a men's professional squad.
Horstmeyer was a standout athlete at Redwood High School. She was named to 10 All-Marin County Athletic League teams in three sports (four each in basketball and soccer and two in softball) and earned 14 varsity letters (four each in basketball, soccer and tennis and two in softball). In 1980, she was named Redwood's Best Female Athlete.
She and her husband, Bill, plan to relocate to Marin County, where they will establish residence.