Heather Zurich is in her third season as an assistant coach at UCSB.
In her first season with the Gauchos, Zurich helped lead the Gauchos in their historic run to their 14th Big West Tournament title and NCAA Tournament appearance.
Zurich came to UCSB after coaching for one season at Wagner College where she worked primarily on post player development and assist on perimeter instruction.
Prior to Wagner College she played professionally in the Netherlands, following a standout career at Rutgers.
Recruited by Coach Mitchell to Rutgers, Zurich was a part of 102 victories and four-straight trips to the NCAA Tournament and was instructed by Mitchell and Hall of Fame head coach C. Vivian Stringer. While in Piscataway, N.J., Zurich helped the Scarlet Knights to four Sweet Sixteens, two Elite Eight appearances and one Final Four from 2005-2009. As a sophomore in 2006-2007, her Rutgers' squad won the program's first BIG EAST Tournament Championship before advancing to the NCAA Championship Game against Tennessee.
As a senior, Zurich served as a Team Captain and turned in arguably her finest performance in an 80-52 upset of No. 2 seed Auburn in the NCAA's Round of 32. The Garden State native scored 12 points, on an efficient 5-of-7 shooting, while limiting SEC Player of the Year and current WNBA Player DeWanner Bonner to 17 points, on just 5-of-15 shooting.
Her success was not limited to the court as Zurich was named to the Big East Academic All Star Team as a senior and was a member of the NCAA Student Athlete Advisory Committee.
Following graduation, she played a season with Auto-Cad Amazone in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Zurich helped Amazone to a 16-13 record and a fourth place finish in the Dames Eredivisie in The Netherlands with a 15-11 divisional record. She finished second on the team in scoring (12.2 ppg) and rebounding (9.9 rpg) before helping the squad to a 2-3 post-season record and a position in the semi-finals, where Amazone lost to the ProBuild Lions.
Zurich, a Montvale, NJ native, graduated with a 3.273 GPA from Rutgers and then received her MBA in business at Wagner.