Julia Tamai is entering her sixth season as an assistant coach under Brie Galicinao and is starting her first year as UCSB’s first assistant. She will be in charge of the team’s defense and will primarily work with the outfielders.
In 2009, Tamai returned to UCSB to reclaim her role as the team’s second assistant coach and primarily worked with the outfield. She has been with the Gauchos ever since and has helped guide outfielders Allison Taylor, Jessica Soria, and Kristen Clark to numerous postseason accolades. Taylor was named Second Team All-Big West (2011) and earned an all-conference honorable mention in 2012, while Soria was selected to the all-conference first team (2012) and second team (2013) in her two seasons at UCSB. In completing the most prolific season ever by a Gaucho freshman, Clark was not only named First Team All-Big West and the league’s freshman field player of the year, but she also voted Third Team All-Pacific Region and was a finalist for NFCA Freshman of the Year award.
Tamai started her coaching career at UCSB immediately following her final playing season, as then head coach Kristi Schroeder brought her on as the team’s second assistant for the 2003 campaign.
She originally arrived at UCSB in time for the 2001 season after transferring from Wright State. Though she didn’t play much in her first year with the Gauchos, she had a remarkable senior season in being named First Team All-Big West as well as the team’s MVP. Despite having just a two-season career at UCSB, Tamai was selected as a member of the program’s All-Decade Team. Highlighting her time as a Gaucho was completing the 2002 season with a team-leading .307 batting average.
Tamai started her collegiate career in 1999 at Wright State University where she played two successful seasons. In her first year, she was named Second Team All-Midwest Collegiate Conference and made the MCC's all-freshman team. During her sophomore campaign, she was the ninth-toughest batter to strike out in the NCAA, as she only struck out twice all season. Tamai also made the Virginia Classic all-tournament team earlier that year.
A standout athlete in high school, Tamai was a four-time first team all-conference honoree at Cornerstone Christian High School. The Oxnard, Calif. native capped off her prep career by being named the 1998 Div. VI Player of the Year and being inducted into the Ventura County Hall of Fame.