Cori Close Biography

Cori Close is an America-based women’s basketball head coach serving her tenure at the UCLA Bruins. She was given the responsibility to be Bruins’ head coach in 2011 and before that, she served as an assistant coach at Florida State University. Cori used to play and study at UC Santa Barbara and was the star player for the UCSB Gauchos, serving as the team captain during the 1992 and 1993 seasons. She led her team to appear in NCAA tournaments each of those years.

Early Life

Cori Close is 51 years old and was born on 29th July 1971. She belongs to Milpitas, California. The details of her family members are not known; she has not given the details about her parents and siblings.

Cori Close Career

College and School Career

Close began with her collegiate career at UCLA, where she had her educational degree in Masters in Administration. She was serving as the first staff of then-now head coach Kathy Olivier in the 1994 and 1995 seasons. While at UC Santa Barbara, Close was a four-year starting point guard and she lead the team as a captain during the 1992 and 1993 seasons.

She led her team to appear in NCAA Tournaments and earned herself a first-team All-Big West selection and the MVP of the 1993 conference tournament. She became the first player in the school’s history to earn the rank of top 10 in seven Gaucho statistical categories. Cori had a career-high 8.3 assists per game in 1993, making the school record, and was ranked among the top 10 marks in the nation that season. On 30th April 2005, she was inducted into the UC Santa Barbara Athletics Hall of Fame.

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Coaching 

Close began her professional career as UCSB’s player development coordinator. Her achievements led to a 98 percent graduation rate, 15 professional players overseas, seven WNBA players, 12 Big West Conference MVPs, one second-team All-American, and nine district All-Americans. She held the responsibility for all offensive tactics, offensive instruction, and game-time decisions, which further helped the team earn and achieve eight NCAA appearances. She served nine seasons (1995-2004), at her alma mater, UC Santa Barbara, class of 1993, and after that, she joined the FSU staff. During her tenure of coaching at FSU, her team advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

Cori Close Biography

Real Name Cori Rashel Close
Birth Date 29 July 1971
Age (as of 2023) 51 Years
Birth Place Milpitas, California, United States
Profession Basketball coach
College University of California, Santa Barbara
Qualification Graduate

Physical Statistics

Height in feet inches – 5’ 7” – in Centimeters – 170 cm
Weight in Kilograms – 67 kg  –  in Pounds –  147 lbs
Hair Color Light Brown
Eye Color Brown

Family

Father Don Close
Mother Patti Close
Sister Amity Wicks, Santa Barbara, Adell Gillman
Brother

Relationship Status

Marital Status Single
Affair No
Who is her husband/boyfriend? None

Personal Life

Cori Close is unmarried as of now. But, she has got a great sense of humor because when she was asked about whom she wants to meet (in an interview with uclawbb.com), she answered “My Husband”.

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Social Media

Cori Close is available on various social media profiles including Twitter, and LinkedIn, and has also been highlighted by the Wikipedia page. On Twitter, she goes by the handle name – @CoachCoriClose, where she has got 23K followers as of 20th March 2023. On LinkedIn, she describes her tenure as – Assistant Coach at UC Santa Barbara (from May 1995 – May 2004), Assistant Head Coach at Florida State University (Jun 2004 – Apr 2011), and lastly or presently, she is serving as Head Of Women’s Basketball Coach at UCLA since April 2011. She has a fan page by the name – Cori Close Camps on Facebook, having at least 66 followers.

Cori Close Net Worth

Cori Close is surely earning as high as $10 million. She is hard-working, and enthusiastic and maintaining her coaching career after her college days.

Trivia

  • Under the guidance and coaching of Cori Close, 2019 to 2020 was a historic year for Bruins. During that time, UCLA won 13 games of the campaign and set a record for consecutive wins at the start of the season.
  • Cori earned her 200th career win while with Bruins at Arizona State on 26th December 2020.
  • She was probably the first player to make history in UCSB with a record of more than 1,000 points and 500 assists for a career.
  • Cori has two dogs and her FSU team named them Mocha and Latte.

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