Brooke Niles
Brooke Niles
Position: Assistant Coach
Brooke Niles, one of the most versatile players in Gaucho history, continues to bring her unrivaled competitiveness and leadership qualities to the program in her third year as an assistant coach. A 2003 graduate of UCSB with a degree in law and society and a four-year Gaucho letterwinner, Niles is involved with all facets of running a high-profile Division I program, with particular emphasis on mentoring the Gaucho setters. The Woodland Hills, Calif., native put an exclamation mark on her outstanding playing career by earning AVCA Third Team All-American recognition in 2002. As Santa Barbara's starting setter and a team co-captain in 2002, Niles ranked third nationally with 13.95 assists per game, while her 1,437 total helpers were the seventh-most ever in a single season in school history. A three-time All-Big West honoree, she was named the conference freshman of the year in 1999 while primarily playing outside hitter. Niles saw action at every position except middle blocker during her collegiate career, while her 1,323 career digs rank seventh all-time at UCSB. She has since taken her game to the sand, finishing as high as fifth on the AVP Tour in 2005 while partnering with Sarah Stratton. As a coach, Niles guided the Santa Barbara Volleyball Club's traveling team of 16-year-old girls in 2003 after spending two years with the Santa Ynez Volleyball Club. She also coordinates an elite-level beach volleyball summer camp for youth players, held on the UCSB campus. The 24-year-old Niles resides in Ventura and is engaged to Brendan Hansen. The couple plans to wed in May of 2006.

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