July 9, 2007
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Santa Clara University Director of Athletics and Recreation Dan Coonan announced today that the athletic department has hired Staci Gustafson as Assistant Athletics Director. Gustafson, who will also serve as the department's Senior Woman Administrator, begins her duties Aug. 6.
"We are incredibly excited to bring Staci Gustafson on to the staff," said Coonan. "She has experience coaching in the NCAA at an elite level, is well-rooted in this area, and has a great appreciation for what Santa Clara is all about. It was clear to me in interviewing her that she will come in and make us all better. We can't wait for her to get started."
At SCU, Gustafson will serve as the sport supervisor for a number of varsity sports programs, while also overseeing the sports medicine department and the athletic department's community outreach efforts. As the Senior Woman Administrator, she will also attend the annual WCC meetings and serve as a liaison with the NCAA.
Gustafson has spent the past four years working for the City of Sunnyvale Parks and Recreation department, the last three as the recreation coordinator. She was responsible for overseeing all of the teen and sports programs for the city, while overseeing a staff of coaches and instructors. Her duties also included supervising the after school programs for Columbia Middle School and the Teen Advisory Committee.
"Joining the athletic department at a university like Santa Clara is a fantastic opportunity," said Gustafson. "I look forward to working with all of the accomplished student-athletes, coaches and staff that make up the Santa Clara family."
Her experience in collegiate athletics dates back to her time as an undergraduate at the University of Colorado. The former St. Francis (Mountain View) star earned a scholarship and played four seasons for the Buffaloes, while also working in the Colorado athletic department during that time.
After graduating from Colorado with a communications degree in 1995, Gustafson joined the women's volleyball staff at the University of Florida, where she served as an assistant coach from 1995-2000. Along with her coaching duties, she was also the staff's liaison with the school's compliance and marketing departments. The Gators reached the Final Four three times during Gustafson's time there and she coached two NCAA Academic All-Americans and seven AVCA All-Americans.
In 2000, Gustafson moved on to another highly-ranked volleyball program at the University of Nebraska. She spent three years in Lincoln, helping the team win the 2000 national championship. As the top assistant for the Huskers, her responsibilities included on-court training, camps, overseeing the relationship with compliance, the medical staff and admissions, and serving as the lead recruiting coordinator. Six student-athletes earned Academic All-American honors and 10 earned AVCA All-American status during her time at Nebraska.