WNBA veteran Stacy Clinesmith was named an assistant coach at Santa Clara in June of 2011. Clinesmith has already had a major impact in all aspects of Santa Clara's women's basketball program, focusing on developing the guards, recruiting, scouting and practice planning.
Clinesmith helped the Broncos to 14 wins in 2012-13, the most
under head coach Jennifer Mountain. Under her guidance, guard
Meagan Fulps moved into seventh place on the all-time scoring list
at Santa Clara and ended her Bronco career with 1,297 points.
In her first season at SCU in 2011-12, Clinesmith helped the Broncos get off to the program's best start in over 10 years. She also helped develop senior guard Alyssa Shoji '12 into one of the nation's top 3-point shooters. Shoji set the West Coast Conference all-time single-season 3-point field goal record (99) in 2011-12 and represented the University at the 2012 State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships, which aired live on ESPN.
Clinesmith spent the 2010-11 season as an assistant coach at Central Washington University. A Northwest native, she starred at Mead High School in Spokane, Wash., then enjoyed a record-setting collegiate career at UC Santa Barbara before playing three seasons in the WNBA.
She was tabbed as Washington State's 3A 'Player of the Year' while at Mead, and went on to become one of the most accomplished guards to ever play at UCSB. Clinesmith led the Gauchos to four consecutive NCAA tournament appearances and finished ranked second in UCSB history with 647 assists and sixth on the Gauchos' all-time scoring list with 1,565 points.
UCSB posted a 107-20 overall record during Clinesmith's four collegiate seasons (1997-2000). She earned All-Big West First Team honors three times, starting with her sophomore year, and was named to the Big West All-Freshman Team as a rookie. The Gauchos won Big West tournament titles in each of her four seasons. She was named the Big West tournament 'Most Valuable Player' in 2000.
The WNBA's Sacramento Monarchs drafted Clinesmith in the second round of the 2000 WNBA Draft and she spent two seasons playing for Sacramento before joining the Detroit Shock in 2002. She went on to play with the Springfield Spirit of the National Women's Basketball League (NWBL) and the Gigantes de Carolina in Puerto Rico.
Clinesmith served as Oregon State University's Director of Basketball Operations in 2008-09. She has been extremely active within the Northwest basketball community, serving as a color commentator on channel KHQ-TV in Spokane, developing and organizing instructional camps for Spokane area youth and serving as the Director of the Sports Performance Extreme Enhancement Development (SPEED) program at Whitworth Physical Therapy from 2005-07.
Clinesmith graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 2000 with a bachelor of arts in sociology. She has been a certified strength and conditioning coach since 2004.