2012 Big West Conference Coach of the Year
2008 Big West Conference Co-Coach of the Year
Brie Galicinao will be entering her tenth season at UC Santa Barbara.
In her ninth season at the helm of the UCSB softball program, Galicinao led the Gauchos to a 28-28 (.500) season and 11-10 (.524) Big West record.
It was a year of improvement for the UCSB, as they finished with nine more wins than the previous season. Five Gauchos were voted All-Conference, while a program record three were named to the All-Freshman team. Kristen Clark earned her second career first team selection, while Sierra Altmeyer, Arianna Palomares and Samantha Stark garnered second team honors. Ashley Ludlow was named Honorable Mention, and Altmeyer, Veronika Gulvin and Melanie Menor were named to the freshman team. Kristen Clark became the first Gaucho ever to hit .400 in two different seasons. She finished with a .403 batting average, 72 hits and 41 runs, all of which ranked No. 3 all-time in program history. Altmeyer finished with a .297 batting average and a team-high 42 RBIs, tying her for third all-time. Palomares ended the year with 37 RBIs, good for seventh all-time, 30 runs, and 10 doubles. She ended her career with the fourth-most doubles ever by a Gaucho with 38.
In 2015, she guided the Gauchos to a 19-35 (.352) overall and 6-15 (.286) conference record while coaching Kristen Clark and MeShalon Moore to first team all-conference honors and Arianna Palomares and Jacqueline Hinojosa to second team all-conference status as voted by College Sports Madness. Clark, Hinojosa, and Moore were also named All-Big West along with senior Shelby Wisdom. Moore was selected as a first teamer, Clark and Wisdom earned second team accolades, and Hinojosa was recognized as an honorable mention. With Wisdom, Galicinao recruited and coached one of the top players in program history. Wisdom ended her run as a Gaucho ranking ninth all-time with 176 hits, sixth with 100 runs, fourth with 37 doubles, 10th with five triples, second with 30 home runs, and second with 127 RBI. While an injury kept her from pitching as a senior, Wisdom also set the school record in career pitching victories with 63.
In 2014, Galicinao led her team to its best regular season record in program history at 34-20 (.630). Additionally, she coached freshman Kristen Clark to all-region status after she put together one of the most impressive by a Gaucho ever. In 2014, Clark set the single-season program records in hits (90) and batting average (.437) in being named the Big West Freshman Field Player of the Year. Galicinao also guided Shelby Wisdom in become UCSB's all-time winningest pitcher with 63 career victories. With her 22 victories in 2014, Wisdom has now recorded the most and second-most pitching victories in a single season, including her 24 in 2012.
In 2013, Galicinao led UCSB to its second consecutive 30-plus win season (31-24) and its fifth winning season during her tenure. The Gauchos finished fourth in the league, but had five athletes receive All-Big West accolades. Jessica Soria and Shelby Wisdom were both named to the second-team, while Lauren Boser, Keilani Jennings, and Alex Pingree earned honorable mentions. Jennings also clubbed a team-high nine home runs, which catapulted her to the top of the program's all-time home runs leader list with 31.
In the spring of 2012, she led UCSB to its best league record (15-6) in program lore and its best conference finish since 2008. The Gauchos continued to battle for the conference title until the final day of Big West play, eventually finishing second.
Overall, the team posted a 30-28 record, marking the fourth winning season under Galicinao and her second 30-win season. She garnered Big West Conference Coach of the Year honors for the second time in her career, becoming the first UCSB coach to twice capture the accolade.
Seven Gauchos were named to All-Big West teams and freshman Shelby Wisdom became the the fourth player coached by Galicinao to earn a major conference honor as she was named Freshman Field Player of the Year.
In 2011, she coached UCSB to a 27-26 overall record and finished fourth in the Big West with an 11-10 league mark. Four of her players earned All-Big West honors. The team also set school records for double plays (32) and doubles (71) and tied the record for consecutive wins (nine).
In 2010, Galicinao coached four players to All-Big West honors and two earned Academic All-Conference accolades.
During the spring of 2009, Galicinao led UCSB to its seventh-consecutive winning season and second under her tutelage. The Gauchos finished the season with a 26-25 overall record and tied for fourth in the always-competitive Big West Conference. UCSB defeated four teams that were nationally ranked, including No. 4 UCLA on Mar. 24.
Five Gauchos earned All-Big West honors, including Big West Co-Field Player of the Year, Christine Ramos, and Big West Co-Freshman Pitcher of the Year, Krista Cobb. Ramos became the second consecutive UCSB player to earn Field Player of the Year honors and Cobb became the first Freshman Pitcher of the Year in program history. Both Ramos and Cobb also earned First Team All-Pacific Region honors, marking the first time since 2003 two Gauchos have earned all-region distinction.
In 2008, Galicinao led the Gauchos to a 30-24 mark and a 13-8 Big West record, their best conference mark since 2004 when the squad went 14-7. UCSB finished second in the competitive league behind Long Beach State. For her leadership, Galicinao was named Big West Co-Coach of the Year, sharing the honor with Long Beach's Kim Sowder.
The 2008 Gauchos had arguably one of the best seasons offensively in program history. Santa Barbara set team records for single season batting average (.291), runs (243), hits (425), home runs (38), total bases (625) and RBI (216). The Gauchos also led the Big West in all of those categories, as well as slugging percentage (.428) and on-base percentage (.357). Nationally, UCSB ranked in the top-50 for batting average, triples per game (0.22) and slugging percentage. Not just a power offensively, the Gaucho defense led the conference with its .967 fielding percentage and ranked 57th nationally.
Galicinao also coached Tiffany Wright to Big West Field Player of the Year honors, the first field player of the year in program history. Additionally, six other Gauchos received All-Big West honors. Off the field, four of her players earned Academic All-Big West honors and Ericka Hansen was named to Academic All-District 8 First Team.
Prior to being named head coach in June 2007, Galicinao spent two seasons as an assistant with the UCSB program. Galicinao worked with the bullpen and helped lead the Gauchos to consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances.
In 2007, Jennifer Davis, one of her pitchers, was named the program's first-ever Big West Conference Pitcher of the Year while the Gaucho pitching staff led the conference with the lowest ERA.
In addition to her on-field duties, Galicinao worked with all aspects of the program, including recruiting, fundraising, and monitoring players' academics.
Prior to coming to Santa Barbara, Galicinao served as the Director of Athletic Relations at Princeton University and as an assistant coach for the Tigers in 2003, helping guide the team to a berth to the NCAA Tournament. Galicinao also worked as a softball camp and skills instructor for pitching and hitting and was the Assistant Director of Athletic Relations and Marketing at Princeton for over two years.
A four-year starting utility-pitcher at Princeton from 1999-2002, Galicinao finished three seasons hitting over .350 and ended with a career ERA of 1.47. She also led the team to an Ivy League Championship and the NCAA Tournament her senior year. Serving as the Tigers' captain that season, she earned a spot on the NCAA All-Region Tournament Team and NFCA All-Region Team and was honored with the C. Otto Von Kienbusch award as the university's Sportswoman of the Year.
Galicinao made history when she became the first athlete to win both Ivy League Pitcher and Player of the Year in the same year after leading the conference in several hitting categories and posting the 8th-lowest ERA in Division I during her junior year. She was also the first player to win Ivy League Pitcher of the Year twice in a career after winning the award again as a senior.
After graduating from Princeton, Galicinao played and led softball clinics in Italy before returning to work in the athletic department.
The Stockton, Calif. native earned her bachelor's degree in history from Princeton and M.A./Ph.D. in education from UC Santa Barbara. Galicinao resides in Santa Barbara.