Tritons Announce Britinee Yasukochi as Assistant Coach
LA JOLLA, Calif. — The University of California San Diego women’s basketball team continues to solidify its coaching staff with the addition of Britinee Yasukochi as assistant coach, Tritons head coach Heidi VanDerveer announced on Monday.
Yasukochi and VanDerveer have a long history together, stemming from Yasukochi’s playing career at Occidental College when VanDerveer was head coach.
The Oceanside, Calif., native spent the previous three seasons as an assistant coach at Cal State East Bay, following a two-year stint as an assistant coach at the University of San Francisco. She also served as director of basketball operations at UC Davis for three seasons, in addition to stops at Long Beach State and Saddleback College.
“It’s wonderful to add Britinee to our coaching staff,” said VanDerveer. “Britinee brings tremendous coaching experience in both the CCAA, Big West and West Coast Conference. She is from Oceanside, played at The Bishop's School and Yasukochi family is engrained in the SoCal basketball landscape.
“Having coached Britinee at Occidental College, I know her commitment to basketball and her dedication to academics. She was a tremendous leader and wonderful teammate in college, and those qualities translate in her desire to help young women reach their potential and achieve their goals.”
While she’s excited about her future at UC San Diego, Yasukochi expressed sincere appreciation and fondness of her time at Cal State East Bay.
“Thank you to head coach Shanele Stires and the entire Cal State East Bay family for their support in my growth and learning during my time there," she said. "I created relationships that will last a lifetime.”
Cal State East Bay head coach Shanele Stires on Yasukochi: “Britinee is one of the hardest working and smartest young coaches in our industry. Her tireless efforts, loyalty, and diligence do not do her justice. As good of a coach as she is, she is an even better person. The future is certainly bright for her and it’s an honor to have worked alongside her the past six years. She will be missed, but not forgotten. She has left a high mark of excellence and has contributed greatly to our student athletes having an unbelievable experience”
UC Davis head coach Jen Gross on Yasukochi: “Britinee is a tremendous fit for UCSD. She is extremely bright, has an incredible work ethic and is a great coach. Her positive energy is contagious, and I know the entire UC San Diego community is going to love her.”
Former Univesity of San Francisco head coach Jennifer Azzi on Yasukochi: “Britinee is one of the most knowledgeable coaches I have been around. She was instrumental in helping to build our program at USF and ultimately win the WCC Championship and compete in the NCAA Tournament. I relied on Britinee for scouting, recruiting, practice planning and overall player development. UC San Diego is fortunate to have such a tremendously talented coach on their staff.”
UC San Diego (30-1) won the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) tournament and regular season championships in 2018-19, en route to earning the top seed in the NCAA West Region, making an appearance in the NCAA West Region Semifinals and finishing No. 6 in the final WBCA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll.
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