Laura Gonsalves Added to Women's Basketball Coaching Staff
June 21, 2012
CHICAGO – UIC head women’s basketball coach Regina Miller, announced the hiring of Laura Gonsalves to the position of assistant women’s basketball coach on Thursday, June 21. Gonsalves will work with the post players and assist in the recruitment process. She has spent the last eight years in the collegiate coaching ranks with stints at SIU-Edwardsville, Alaska-Fairbanks, Western State College and Southern Utah. Gonsalves also spent seven years overseas playing professionally after earning her degree from Washington where she was a four-year starter.
“I am really excited to be joining the UIC staff,” said Gonsalves. “I hope to help the team build off its momentum from last season and continue to take steps forward in competing for a Horizon League Championship.”
Gonsalves most recently spent four years as an assistant at SIUE, working in all facets of the program. The Cougars finished the 2011-12 season with an 18-12 record, the best mark since elevating to Division-I status, and an appearance in the Women’s Basketball Invitational (WBI). Gonsalves also mentored center Raven Berry who was awarded second team All-Ohio Valley honors this past season, the program’s first OVC postseason accolade since joining the conference.
“Laura brings a wealth of knowledge and experience working with the post position,” said Miller. “Not only did she compete at a championship level as a student athlete, she also has an extensive background in international play. With these experiences alone, I have no doubt that she will be a fantastic addition to our staff.”
Prior to SIUE, Gonsalves spent one season as the assistant at Alaska-Fairbanks where she helped mentor the No. 2 scorer in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.
During the 2006-07 season, Gonsalves served as the associate head coach at Western State College in Gunnison, Colo. She helped guide the Mountaineers to a 15-13 record with a 13-6 mark in league play.
Her first coaching position was an assistant at Southern Utah where she worked in the development of post players and recruiting.
Prior to her coaching career, Gonsalves played professional basketball for seven years in Belgium, the Czech Republic, Portugal, China, Israel and Switzerland. She captured Most Valuable Player honors twice in China National Cup Tournaments and stands as one of the first Americans to play professionally in China.
Gonsalves earned her bachelor’s degree in general studies from the University of Washington where she led the Huskies to three NCAA tournaments.