Smallwood Named Cal Associate Head Coach
July 27, 2004
BERKELEY, Calif. - Sunny Smallwood, a 14-year veteran of the Pac-10 Conference, has been named the associate head coach of the California women's basketball team, Golden Bears' head coach Caren Horstmeyer announced Tuesday.
'We are excited and fortunate to have Sunny as our associate head coach,' said Horstmeyer. 'She brings a wealth of experience to the team, including in the postseason, which will help continue the growth of Cal women's basketball. She is a well-respected recruiter, possesses excellent game knowledge and is well-liked by coaches and players.'
Smallwood joins the Cal family after 11 seasons as an assistant coach at Washington, including the last eight years as the Huskies' recruiting and defensive coordinator. During her tenure, she has helped the Huskies to six NCAA Tournament appearances, advancing to the regional semifinals in 1995 and the Elite Eight in 2001. Nine of her years in Seattle featured top-five finishes in the Pac-10, with a runner-up mark in 1995 and a share of the conference title in 2001.
A veteran among Pac-10 assistant coaches, Smallwood was on former Husky coach Chris Gobrecht's staff from 1993-96 and was hired back by current head coach June Daugherty with added recruiting and defensive responsibilities. Under two head coaches, Smallwood saw UW earn nine postseason berths and amass a record of 202-129.
Several of Smallwood's players have earned regional All-America honors during their careers, along with numerous Pac-10 accolades for both basketball and academics. A Husky player has been on the Pac-10 first team every year but one during her tenure.
In addition to her talent for developing players, Smallwood boasts a stellar recruiting resume. Noteworthy players include Jamie Redd and Amber Hall, UW's all-time leading scorer and rebounder, respectively, and additional Pac-10 honorees - Megan Franza, LeAnn Sheets, Loree Payne, Andrea Lalum and Giuliana Mendiola. Under Smallwood's guidance, the Washington recruiting base reached an international level as well, luring such standouts as Laure Savasta from France and Hall from Canada, both of whom have played on their countries' national teams.
A product of Boise, Idaho, Smallwood began her collegiate coaching career as an assistant at Washington State from 1990-93. In her inaugural year, the Cougars earned their first-ever bid to the NCAA Tournament and finished the regular season with an 18-10 mark.
Smallwood joined WSU's staff after seven years as the head coach of the Boise (Idaho) High School girls' basketball team. During her stint at the helm, Boise posted three 16-win seasons and enjoyed state tournament appearances in 1986 and 1989.
Before joining the coaching ranks, Smallwood played Division I college basketball at Boise State, where she was a starting guard for the Broncos from 1979-83. She was a three-time Mountain West Conference Player of the Week and a two-time Mountain West All-Academic first team selection. Smallwood graduated in 1983 with a degree in elementary education.
Born in Deadwood, S.D., Smallwood attended high school in Price, Utah, where she was an all-around star at Carbon High, earning 16 letters and graduating with a 3.94 GPA.
Smallwood replaces Barb Smith who was appointed associate head coach at Minnesota in June.