Staff
Head Coach
Nicole Lantagne Welch

Nicole Lantagne Welch is coming off of her fifth season as UC Santa Barbara's head coach.

Over the course of her 17-year head coaching career, the former University of Maryland standout has compiled a career record of 306-197 (.608), been named an AVCA Region Coach of the year three times and a conference coach of the year twice (ACC, 2012 & Big West, 2013). Since arriving at UCSB in 2013, Lantagne Welch has had three top 30 recruiting classes, including the 2015 class that ranked No. 18 in the nation, the highest in school history.

Lantagne Welch was hired in February 2013 to take over the reins of the Gauchos' women's volleyball program following the retirement of the legendary Kathy Gregory.

A native of Encinitas, Calif., Lantagne Welch had spent the previous 12 years at the University of Miami, their only head coach since restarting the women's volleyball program in 2001. During her time with the Hurricanes, Lantagne Welch compiled a record of 243-120 for a winning percentage of .669.

Lantagne Welch had a 2012 campaign that saw her squad go 25-6 with a program record 17 wins in ACC play, culminating in a trip to the NCAA Tournament. After the season, Lantagne Welch was named the ACC Coach of the Year and AVCA East Region Coach of the Year. It was the third time she was honored as a Coach of the Year by the AVCA (2008, 2002) and second time she received the ACC honor (2008). The 2012 NCAA tourney trip was the fourth consecutive and fifth overall for the Hurricanes during Lantagne Welch's tenure. Her five All-Region honorees were tied for the most from a single school nationwide.

Miami's deepest run in the NCAA tournament came in 2002, when Lantagne Welch reached the Sweet Sixteen in just her second season at the helm.

Despite restarting a program from scratch, Lantagne Welch recorded winning seasons in 10 of her 12 years on the bench at Miami, including six seasons with 20 or more wins. For her entire tenure, Lantagne Welch averaged just over 20 wins per season.

Lantagne Welch comes from a volleyball-oriented family. Her parents, Joe and JoAnn, owned a successful volleyball scouting service, while her sister, Jenelle, was an All-American at the University of Pittsburgh and has also coached at the Division-I level.

Lantagne Welch was also a highly successful player, finishing as the all-time leader in assists, digs, and matches played at the University of Maryland after an illustrious four-year career as a setter from 1990-1993. She was an All-ACC honoree three times, including First Team nods in her junior and senior seasons.

Her coaching career began at her alma mater in 1994, where she served one year as an assistant coach. She served as a graduate assistant at Ohio University in 1995 before moving to Texas A&M in 1997. Her three-year spell in College Station resulted in three trips to the NCAAs and an Elite Eight appearance in 1999.

Lantagne Welch and her husband, Wesley Paul Welch, were married in 2002 in Encinitas. They have two children - daughter Riley Jaye (born 2004) and son Ayden Fletcher (born 2007).

Assistant Coach
Chad Gatzlaff

Chad Gatzlaff joined the UCSB women's volleyball coaching staff in the Spring of 2016.

Gatzlaff arrived from Virginia Commonwealth University where he had been coaching since 2013.

He was integral in VCU's outstanding 2013 season that included a 26-8 mark and a berth in the Atlantic 10 Championship Match. Gatzlaff was part of a staff that developed the A-10 Player of the Year, as well as the league's Libero of the Year. VCU also ranked as high as 38th in the RPI during his time with the Rams, the highest in school history. In Gatzlaff’s time at VCU he helped coach twelve student athletes to A-10 Conference awards.

Before he joined the Rams' coaching staff, Gatzlaff was at the University of Indianapolis. He helped UIndy to its best postseason finish in school history, as the Greyhounds reached the final four of the 2012 NCAA Championships. The Greyhounds finished 31-8 for only the third 30-win season in school history. That year, he helped coach an AVCA First Team All-American and Midwest Region Player of the Year in Kristina Kerrigan and an AVCA Third-Team All-American setter in Meghan Binkerd.

In 2011, Gatzlaff was a volunteer assistant at St. Mary's (Minn.) where he helped the Cardinals to a 17-14 record. During his time in Winona, Minn., he was also the Winona Junior Olympics Program Director and 17s coach.

He started his coaching career with the men's club teams at Tennessee and Minnesota State, his alma mater. He was a four-year starter for the Minnesota State club team, including two years as All-Northern Intercollegiate Volleyball Conference as a middle blocker. The Mavericks recorded a pair of top 10 finishes at Club Nationals during his time on the court.

Gatzlaff earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Minnesota State in 2009 and Masters of Education in Sports Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth in 2015.

Assistant Coach
Matt Jones

Matt Jones joined the UCSB women's volleyball coaching staff in the Spring of 2017.

Jones came to the Gauchos following a one-year stint as an assistant coach to both the men's and women's volleyball programs at his alma mater, Harvard.

Before that, the La Jolla, California native spent three seasons as head coach for the Santa Barbara City College men's volleyball program (Aug. 2013-Apr. 2016). Over that same stretch, he also served as both a director for the Santa Barbara Volleyball Club as well as the 18U Boys Head Coach.

Prior to his time at SBCC, Jones also spent time as the boys beach volleyball head coach at Laguna Blanca High School. In 2013, as a member of the Coast Volleyball Club, he was the head coach of a team that went 16-2 and an assistant coach on a team that went 18-1 and took the Bronze Medal at the 2013 Junior Olympics.

In October of 2012, Jones joined Luxembourg volleyball club Volley Bartreng as an outside hitter, becoming the first Harvard men's volleyball alumnus to sign a professional contract. That season, he helped the team make the playoffs for the first time in ten years, while also spending time coaching and tutoring members of the club's youth team.

During his time as a student-athlete at Harvard (2008-12), Jones was a key member of a Crimson team that received its first ever national ranking at No. 15 during his senior year. He also served as the team's captain during both his junior and senior seasons before being named First Team All-EIVA and making the EIVA All-Tournament Team in April of 2012. One month later, Jones graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in applied mathematics with a focus in statistics.