UCLA’s Close adds WBCA president to list of duties

Coach Cori Close calls a play during a practice at the beginning of this past season. UCLA Athletics photo.

If there were an award for being the busiest coach in collegiate athletics, UCLA’s Cori Close has a strong case.

Earlier this month Close was named the WBCA’s president for the next two years, succeeding Tricia Cullop. Close, who has headed the Bruin program for a decade, is also a member of the NCAA’s Division I Women’s Basketball Oversight Committee.

“It’s an opportunity to give back, for sure,” said Close, who kept UCLA ranked in the top 11 this past season despite having just eight available on the roster.

As president, Close will preside over all meetings of the WBCA’s board of directors and the executive committee, ensure compliance with the bylaws and all policies and directives of the board and executive committee, make appointments to other committees, and perform other necessary duties that the board or executive committee may prescribe.

The appointment is part of a six-year cycle that begins with two years as the organization’s vice president, and ends with two years as past president, which Cullop is now. Close said the WBCA originally called her about the vice presidency and convinced her to declare her candidacy.

“They asked, and I honestly tried to weasel out of it,” Close said. “I was already so busy….I had just started with the Oversight Committee. I said, ‘I don’t think I can do it,’ and they called me back and said, ‘just think about it.’”

Close said during this past season, when everything was further complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic, her off-court commitments took more time. But she said it is all worth it.

“I’m honored to have a chance to serve,” Close said.