June 30, 2009
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Santa Clara head women's basketball coach Jennifer Mountain announced the addition Evan Unrau to her coaching staff this week. Unrau will coach the post players as well as being actively involved with the Bronco recruiting efforts.
"I am extremely excited to have Evan join our staff," said Mountain. "She brings great energy and excitement along with valuable experience for our student-athletes. She has great ties to the bay area and will be crucial in the development of our post players as well as our future recruiting."
"I am thrilled to join the Santa Clara women's basketball program," said Unrau. "Working for Coach Mountain and being part of her vision of Santa Clara women's basketball is an exciting opportunity that I am honored to be part of. Santa Clara women's basketball has a storied history of athletic success under the leadership of Athletics Director Dan Coonan, an academic climate that competes with the highest academic institution in the world and a campus that is cutting edge in technology and absolutely gorgeous. I am excited about the future of Santa Clara women's basketball!"
Unrau comes to the Mission Campus after serving one season as an assistant coach for UC Santa Barbara. In 2008-09, the Gauchos produced a 22-10 overall record, won the program's 11th Big West Tournament title and earned a berth to the 2009 NCAA Tournament. Prior to that, Unrau spent 2007-08 as the video coordinator for a Stanford program that made an incredible run to the NCAA National Championship game against Tennessee.
A four-year letterwinner at Missouri, Unrau earned Honorable Mention All-America honors after guiding the Tigers to their ninth NCAA Tournament appearance her senior season. She finished her career, ranked third all-time in rebounds, seventh all-time in points and 10th all-time in blocks, while appearing in the top-10 of many more categories. A two-time first team all-league selection, Unrau also captained the Big 12 All-Star team that represented the United State at the 2003 World University Games in Daegu, South Korea.
In 2004, Unrau was drafted in the third round by the WNBA's Washington Mystics and played professionally in Luxembourg in 2006-07.
A native of Fort Collins, Colo., Unrau graduate from Missouri in 2004 with a degree in psychology and went on to earn her masters in health education and promotion from UM in 2006.