Episode 15- Setting for Success (Featuring Nicole Lantagne Welch)
Nicole Lantagne Welch is entering her seventh season as UC Santa Barbara's Women's Volleyball Head Coach.
Over the course of her 17-year head coaching career, the former University of Maryland standout has compiled a career record of 323-209 (.607), been named an AVCA Region Coach of the year three times and a conference coach of the year twice (ACC, 2012 & Big West, 2013).
Since arriving at UCSB in 2013, Lantagne Welch has had three top 30 recruiting classes, including the 2015 class that ranked No. 18 in the nation, the highest in school history.
Under Lantagne Welch's guidance, junior outside hitter Lindsey Ruddins would become just the second Gaucho in program history to be named an AVCA All-American three times, as she finished second in the nation with 5.34 kills per set and set a program record with 587 kills.
Fellow All-Big West First Team honoree Emilia Petrachi also made history, breaking the program's all-time digs record with 1,959 career digs and setting a conference record with eight career Big West Defensive Player of the Week awards.