Spencer Adds To Her Staff With Cuico As Volunteer Assistant
BERKELEY – Chelsea Spencer is bringing a familiar face with her to Cal as the Golden Bears' new head coach announced Kailee Cuico as a volunteer assistant on Thursday.
Spencer and Cuico worked together on the Oregon softball coaching staff from 2015-18 and at Texas from 2019-20.
"I'm excited to announce that Kailee will be the newest member of our Cal Bear family as our volunteer assistant coach," Spencer said. "She's very familiar with my system and understands what it takes to be a winner in this conference and win championships. She has coached with me for several years, and has great insight for the offensive aspects of the game and how to increase our production at the plate. She is one of several outstanding coaches in the game today, and I can't wait to get out there and compete in the near future with this staff and team."
In her first year on the Texas staff in 2019, Cuico helped the Longhorns register a 46-17 overall record as well as the program's first NCAA Regional title and NCAA Super Regional berth since 2013. Texas batters improved in a number of offensive statistical categories including batting average, extra-base hits, RBI, slugging percentage and on-base percentage.
Prior to her stint at Texas, Cuico spent four seasons on the coaching staff at Oregon, her alma mater, serving as a volunteer assistant from 2016-18, focusing on hitting and defense. During that span, Duck batters posted the nation's top batting average in 2016 (.353) and the second-best fielding percentage in school history in 2018 (.973) on squads that produced numerous All-Americans.
"I am so excited to be coming home to the Conference of Champions, the Pac-12," Cuico said. "It is an honor to continue to help elevate the expectation of excellence that is prominent on the field and in the classroom at the University of California. I'm excited to meet with our team and staff, and get to work towards being one of the top teams in the conference once again. Go Bears!"
A standout student-athlete at Oregon from 2011-14, Cuico was a two-time NFCA All-Pacific Region and three-time All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention selection. She is the first Duck to reach a career 40-HR plateau and currently ranks second in the UO record books in both career homers (46) and RBI (180), and also third in walks (100). During her time in Eugene, she propelled the Ducks to 193 wins, two Women's College World Series berths (2012, 2014) and two Pac-12 regular season crowns (2013-14).
Following her collegiate career, Cuico played two seasons with National Pro Fastpitch, highlighted by helping the Chicago Bandits win the 2015 Cowles Cup title.
Internationally, Cuico has been a member of the Philippines National Team. In 2017, she led her squad to a second-place finish at the Asian Women's Championship (highest finish in Philippines softball history), earning the Philippines berths in the 2018 Women's Softball World Championship and the 2018 Asian Games.
Cuico's addition follows the announcement of Spencer's first hire, assistant coach Mitch Roberts, on June 17.