April 17, 2000
BERKELEY - Chris Dawson Associate Athletic Director
"This is a great day for California women's basketball. We think we've made a lot of strides over the last few years. We think we have a wonderful new facility (Haas Pavilion), and now we have a new head coach who is going to take us far into the future. I have watched Caren since she was a player at Santa Clara many years ago. From the very beginning, I liked her intensity and her enthusiasm. Those of you who have seen her teams at Santa Clara understand those are the hallmarks of her teams.
"As we went through our search process, we looked at a lot of different people. There was a great deal of interest and enthusiasm for the position. One of the things we looked for was someone who really wanted to be a part of the Cal community, who had great interpersonal skills and also was a great coach. We were looking for someone to help our team improve, get us back into winning ways and get us back into the NCAA Tournament.
"I think we found the right person in Caren Horstmeyer."
Caren Horstmeyer Cal Head Women's Basketball Coach
"I want to thank all of the media who is here today. It's a very exciting day for me and Cal basketball. I want to thank Cal for the opportunity to be the head women's basketball coach.
"I think there's tremendous excitement here at Cal and support from the administration. There are players who are excited about the program and where it's heading. It's exciting for me to have an opportunity to come to the Pac-10 and to Cal.
"I'm sure a lot of you knew that for me to leave Santa Clara was extremely difficult. I figured that I'd end my coaching career at Santa Clara. That's where I began my coaching career. I think that's a real credit to Cal and the people who recruited me to come here as your coach. Because, honestly I thought I was going to end my career at Santa Clara. I've had different offers, and I've had a number of phone calls, and I've never really looked at anything. It's a true credit to this athletic department because if it wasn't a perfect fit and if it didn't feel right, then I wouldn't have made the decision.
"The other thing was that I got the opportunity to meet your team. I saw Cal play this year, and it was exciting to see the kind of talent they have and the enthusiasm they have. It was different for me to be able to meet them in person. I only got to meet them for 15 or 20 minutes. Some of them were very direct in their questions. That was awesome. What it did was allow me to realize that they're very good people in addition to good basketball players. That's something I've taken pride in at Santa Clara - great basketball players, great students and great people. I think there is a wonderful base at Cal. I'm so fired up to get after it and take this program to new heights."