Head Coach Cari DuBois Named Co-Pac-10 Coach of the Year
March 30, 2003
Los Angeles, Calif. - In a vote by the Pac-10 coaches prior to last evening's Pac-10 Championships in Los Angeles, California's first year women's gymnastics coach, Cari DuBois, was named Co-Pac-10 Coach of the year. DuBois shares the honor with UCLA's head coach Valorie Kondos Field.
Achieving the second largest turnaround in the program's history, DuBois coached the 2003 Bears to a 12-5 (.706) regular season finish, after last year's disappointing 5-9 (.357) mark. Under her tutelage, several individuals achieved personal best scores, while eight of the squad's 11 gymnasts recorded Top 5 all-time marks in their respective events. Sophomore My-Lan Dodd earned Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week (3/9-3/25) and Inside Gymnastics Gymnast of the Week (2/23-3/2) honors, while posting the Top 5 individual all-around scores in school history.
As a team, the 2003 DuBois-led Bears achieved their place in history, recording the Top 4 highest team scores of all-time in the all-around, capped off by a 196.800 in an upset victory over Pac-10 rival Arizona (3/7). The squad also posted the Top 4 all-time scores in the vault and Top 2 on the beam.
DuBois has been involved with the sport of gymnastics for over 25 years, both as competitor and coach, while spending six years as an assistant at West Virginia and three years at Cal before returning to Berkeley this season. While at West Virginia, DuBois was instrumental in the development and improvement of the Mountaineer gymnastics program, helping lead West Virginia to their highest national ranking ever (No. 4 in 2000), and a pair of 12th-place national finishes in 1999 and 2000.
As an assistant at Cal (1993-96), DuBois helped the Bears accumulate a 37-20 (.649) record while coaching the last Golden Bear program to be an NCAA qualifier, Candice Kwok in 1994. During DuBois' last season at Cal in 1996, the Bears set a then-team record score of 193.925 at the Cal Invitational against, among others, West Virginia.