Staff
Head Coach
Bonnie Henrickson

UC Santa Barbara hired Bonnie Henrickson as its Head Women's Basketball Coach on Apr. 23, 2015. She is currently in her fourth season with the program after serving the previous 11 years as the Head Coach at Kansas.

Prior to Henrickson taking over for the Gauchos before the 2015-16 season, UCSB had managed just 10 wins over the previous two years, but things would quickly change under her lead. In Henrickson’s first season with the program, the Gauchos improved in virtually every aspect on the court. They won more games in 2015-16 than they did in the previous two years combined, going 12-20 overall and 8-8 in conference. Their record was 8.5 games better than the previous year, marking the 13th best improvement in the nation. It also marked UCSB’s return to the Big West Tournament after a yearlong absence, where it defeated UC Irvine 62-43 in the opening round. The Gauchos also made huge strides on the offensive end, making 86 more threes (116 percent more) than they did in 2014-15 and improving their field goal percentage from last in the conference (34.9 percent) to third (40.9 percent).

The Gauchos’ improvement under Henrickson was easily noticed around the conference, resulting in UCSB receiving a fourth place prediction in this year’s Preseason Coaches Poll, five spots up from their last place prediction in 2015-16.

Henrickson was at the helm at Kansas from 2004-15 and led the Jayhawks to the Sweet 16 in back-to-back seasons (2012, 2013). Kansas also earned berths to five Women's National Invitation Tournaments (WNIT), reaching the championship game in 2009.

Henrickson took the reins as a head coach at Virginia Tech in 1997 and coached at the Blaksburg, Va., school through 2004, leading the Hokies to 20 or more wins every season. Under her leadership, the program went 158-62 and made seven postseason appearances, reaching the NCAA Tournament five times and the WNIT twice.

She did not wait long to put her imprint on the VT program, as she led the Hokies to their biggest turnaround in school history. She coached her team to a 22-10 record, its first Atlantic 10 Conference title and an NCAA second-round appearance just one season after the Hokies finished last in the league with a 10-21 record.

After her second season at VA Tech, Henrickson was named Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year, guiding the team to a 28-3 overall record, a 15-1 mark in conference play and a spot in the Sweet 16. In addition, she was a finalist for national coach of the year honors.

On the heels of that season, she was selected as an assistant coach for Team USA, which earned a silver medal at the World University games in Spain during the summer of 1999. She again took her coaching talents to the international stage the following summer as the head coach of women's USA Basketball for the R. William Jones Cup in Taiwan, where she led the team to a gold medal.

Through her career, Henrickson has coached four future WNBA players, 16 all-conference players, and three academic All-Americans.

In 2005, Henrickson was named the Carol Eckman Award winner, which is given by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association to recognize a "coach who exemplifies spirit, integrity and character through sportsmanship, commitment to the student-athlete, honesty, ethical behavior, courage and dedication to purpose."

Before her days as a head coach, Henrickson spent a combined nine seasons as an assistant coach at Virginia Tech (1988-95) and Iowa (1995-97). During her first stint with the Hokies, she served as Carol Alfao's top assistant and recruiting coordinator, helping the team to three consecutive 20-win seasons (1993, 1994 and 1995). In 1994 and 1995, Virginia Tech made its first NCAA Tourney appearances with Henrickson serving as associate head coach.

As the Hokies' recruiting coordinator, Henrickson was credited with signing some of the program's biggest stars, including two All-Americans, the school's all-time leading rebounder, and a conference player of the year.

While at Iowa, Henrickson helped the Hawkeyes reach the Sweet 16 in 1996 and capture two Big 10 Conference Championships. In her two years, Iowa was a combined 45-14, 27-4 in 1996 and 18-10 in 1997. Her final contribution to Iowa before leaving for Virginia Tech was the signing of a recruiting class that ranked 18th in the nation.

Henrickson is a 1986 graduate St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. As a player, she helped SCSU to a 97-25 record, three Northern Sun Conference championships and three NCAA Division II quarterfinals. She earned her master's degree in physical education in 1988 from Western Illinois while serving as a graduate assistant coach.

Assistant Coach
Eliza Pierre

Eliza Pierre, a former standout guard, operations staff member, and coach at Cal, begins her second season as an assistant coach for UC Santa Barbara in 2018-19.

Pierre, a Pasadena native, helped the Golden Bears both on the court and on the sidelines. As a player, she was a four-time Pac 12 All-Defensive Team selection and captained her team to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances, including a Final Four berth in 2013. In her one season on the bench, Cal went 20-14 and advanced to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament.

"Eliza was an integral part of Cal's Final Four team, and she has translated her knowledge of the game, tireless work ethic, and engaging personality into a promising coaching career," said Henrickson. "She is very well thought of by club and high school coaches around the state, and her ability to build relationships will be a vital piece of our recruiting efforts."

Pierre joined the Cal staff for the 2016-17 season as assistant director of basketball operations intern and earned a promotion to interim assistant coach by the end of the year. In her positions, she developed daily practicing and conditioning plans, assisted in identifying recruits and hosting official visits, and performed daily administrative tasks for the women's basketball program. She specifically worked with the team's backcourt players, helping a trio of Bears' guards to All-Pac 12 honors.

At Cal, Pierre played for and coached with Lindsay Gottlieb, UCSB's head coach from 2008-11.

Prior to joining the staff in Berkeley, Pierre served a one-year Sports Management Fellowship with the Pac-12 Conference, working with coaches and administrators across the league and helping plan over a dozen championship events.

She got her start in the professional world at the Lake Avenue Community Foundation, where she managed the annual budget and created a Sports Mentoring program.

During her playing days, Pierre was known as a tenacious defender and strong leader. She suited up for 140 games and recorded 243 steals over her four-year career, both of which rank in the top-five all-time in program history. Her senior season of 2013 was arguably the most successful in program history, with Cal winning its first-ever regular season Pac-12 Championship and reaching its first Final Four. The Golden Bears also went dancing in her junior season of 2012.

Born in Los Angeles, Pierre was a McDonald's All-American at John Muir High School in Pasadena, Calif. She earned her B.A. in African American Studies from Cal in 2013.

Assistant Coach
Nate Fripp

Nate Fripp joined the UCSB women's basketball team before the start of the 2015-16 season. He is currently in his fourth season as an assistant on Bonnie Henrickson's coaching staff.

Prior to his arrival in Santa Barbara, he spent the previous 10 years as the head girl's basketball coach of St. Mary's College High School (Berekely, Calif.). During his time with the Panthers, he compiled a 276-72 record, winning nearly 80 percent of his games.

He coached his teams to top-30 finishes in the state seven times, and he was named the 2010 ANG Newspapers East Bay Coach of the Year. Three of his teams finished with 30+ wins with his 2010 recording a 31-4 record. That same team was crowned NorCal Champions and finished second overall in California State's Division IV.

Fripp's Panther teams were six-time league champions, five-time North Coast Section Champions, and a two-time CIF State Champion runner-up.

In addition to his high school coaching, Fripp also coached the East Bay Xplosion Basketball Club since 2004 as an assistant and head coach.

A 1996 graduate of St. Mary's College HS, Fripp earned a four-year scholarship to play basketball at Brigham Young University – Hawaii (1996-2000).

Assistant Coach
Nneka Enemkpali

After serving two seasons as the video coordinator at Gonzaga, Nneka Enemkpali (NECK-uh in-em-PAHL-ee) joined the UC Santa Barbara women's basketball program as an assistant coach in April of 2018.

While at Gonzaga, Enemkpali was a part of two West Coast Conference (WCC) Championships and two NCAA Tournament appearances while the Bulldogs posted a 53-13 record. Prior to her time at Gonzaga, Enemkpali had a standout career at the University of Texas, followed by a stint in the WNBA.

"For this hire we spent time evaluating what we would want for this position, and for us, Nneka checked all the boxes and more," said Henrickson. "She has prepared herself by playing at the highest level and has an eagerness to learn and grow in the profession. Her experience as a post player will be an invaluable addition to our staff, while her ability to communicate and her passion for the game will allow her to relate to our student-athletes."

Enemkpali was drafted in the third round (26th overall) of the 2015 WNBA Draft by the Seattle Storm, but sat out the season due to a knee injury suffered her senior year at Texas. She later signed a seven-day contract with the Minnesota Lynx.

As a player at Texas from 2011-2015, Enemkpali averaged 10.0 points and 8.0 rebounds over her four-year career and finished ranked 10th all-time in Longhorns history in total rebounds (899) and 30th in points (1,116). In addition to being a three-time All-Big 12 and Academic All-Big 12 selection, she was recognized as a Senior CLASS Award Second Team All-American for excellence in the community, classroom, character and competition.

"I'm so grateful to Coach Henrickson and her staff for welcoming me into the Gaucho family," said Enemkpali. "They have provided me with the opportunity to work with and develop a group of talented student-athletes. Coach Henrickson is a great ambassador for the women's game and I have confidence that under her leadership this program will continue to find greater success in the future."

A native of Pflugerville, Texas, she graduated with a degree in African American and African Diaspora Studies and was named to the Commissioner's Honor Roll multiple times.

Director of Operations
Ashlee Klingenberg

Ashlee Klingenberg was named the Director of Operations for the UCSB women's basketball program on May 4, 2016.

Klingeberg arrived to Santa Barbara after working in the same role during the previous season with UC Irvine's women's basketball team.

Before her stint at UCI, she worked at Seattle University where she served as an assistant to head coach Joan Bonvicini during the 2014-15 season. As a member of the Redhawks staff she was responsible for scheduling, practice plans, film, alumni outreach as well as social media and camps.

In 2013, Klingenberg was named Associate Head Coach at Wilcox High School where the Chargers finished with a 23-3 record and lost in the semi-final round of the CIF State Playoffs. Klingenberg coached six players to All-SCVAL honors including League MVP, Junior of the Year and two first-team players.

Prior to Wilcox, Klingenberg served as an assistant coach at Leland High School. In her first season, Leland finished third in the Blossom Valley Athletic League (BVAL) and had five players receive All-BVAL honors, including two named to the first-team. In addition to her on-court duties, Klingenberg was directly responsible for coordinating Leland's Breast Cancer Awareness game, multiple volunteer outings and the end of season awards banquet.

Originally from Bakersfield, Calif., Klingenberg was prepped at Liberty High School, leading her team to three consecutive South Sequoia League Championships. The two-year team captain was named second-team All-SSL in her senior year and honorable mention as a junior.

Staying close to home, she attended Bakersfield Junior College where she helped the Renegades to a runner-up Western State Conference championship finish, the highest conference place the Renegades had reached in five seasons. She ranked No. 4 in the South Region in three-pointers made (63) and No. 23 in points per game (11.2 ppg).

Klingenberg transferred to San Jose State University in 2005 where she graduated with a degree in Business Marketing in 2008. Due to injury, her playing career was cut short.

Following graduation from San Jose State, Klingenberg worked in the tech industry at Brocade where she served as a product manager working on competitive analysis, pricing, contract negotiations and portfolio management before starting her coaching career.