Sunny Smallwood
Sunny Smallwood

Player Profile
Position:
Associate Head Coach

Years:
1st Year at Cal

Sunny Smallwood, a 14-year veteran of the Pac-10 Conference, begins her first season as associate head coach of the California women's basketball team.

Head coach Caren Horstmeyer relies on Smallwood's vast experience as the Golden Bears continue their rise at the conference and national levels. Smallwood serves as a liaison to the program's dedicated support staff who are the foundation of the program's success. Other duties include serving as the team's recruiting and defensive coordinator, designing game strategies, scouting and guard development.

Known for her leadership and relationship-building skills, Smallwood joined the Cal family after 11 seasons as an assistant coach at Washington, including the last eight years as the Huskies' recruiting and defensive coordinator. During her tenure, she helped the Huskies to six NCAA Tournament appearances, advancing to the regional semifinals in 1995 and the Elite Eight in 2001. Nine of her years in Seattle featured top-five finishes in the Pac-10, with a runner-up mark in 1995 and a share of the conference title in 2001.

A veteran among Pac-10 assistant coaches, Smallwood was former Husky coach Chris Gobrecht's recruiting coordinator from 1993-96 and was hired back by current head coach June Daugherty with added defensive responsibilities. Under two head coaches, Smallwood saw UW earn nine postseason berths and amass a record of 202-129 (.610).

During Smallwood's first season at Washington, the Huskies finished with a 21-8 record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The following year, they posted a 25-9 mark after advancing to the NCAA regional semifinal. In eight year's on Daughterty's staff, the Huskies garnered seven postseason berths, culminating in the 2001 Elite Eight game. Last season, UW finished with an 18-13 record and a second round NIT appearance.

Several of Smallwood's players have earned regional All-America honors during their careers, along with numerous Pac-10 accolades for both basketball and academics. A Husky player was on the Pac-10 first team every year but one during her tenure.

In addition to her talent for developing players, Smallwood boasts a stellar recruiting resume. Noteworthy players include Jamie Redd and Amber Hall, UW's all-time leading scorer and rebounder, respectively, and additional Pac-10 honorees - Megan Franza, LeAnn Sheets, Loree Payne, Andrea Lalum and Giuliana Mendiola. Under Smallwood's guidance, the Washington recruiting base reached an international level, luring such standouts as Laure Savasta from France and Hall from Canada, both of whom have played on their countries' national teams. Savasta competed in the 2000 Sydney Olympics for France.

A product of Boise, Idaho, Smallwood began her collegiate coaching career as an assistant at Washington State from 1990-93. In her inaugural year, the Cougars earned their first-ever bid to the NCAA Tournament and finished the regular season with an 18-10 mark.

At WSU, Smallwood worked with head coach Harold Rhodes, and in addition to her on-court duties, she played a major role in every aspect of running the Division I program, including scheduling, team travel and budget, while also sharing recruiting responsibilities. She also was the director of WSU's summer camps.

Smallwood joined WSU's staff after seven years as the head coach of the Boise (Idaho) High School girls' basketball team. During her stint, Boise posted three 16-win seasons and enjoyed state tournament appearances in 1986 and 1989. While at Boise High, Smallwood also served as head volleyball coach for one season, assistant volleyball coach for three years and was an assistant track coach for seven seasons.

Before entering the coaching ranks, Smallwood played Division I college basketball at Boise State, where she was a guard for the Broncos from 1979-83. She was a three-time Mountain West Conference Player of the Week and a two-time Mountain West All-Academic first team selection, graduating in 1983 with a degree in secondary education.

Born in Deadwood, S.D., Smallwood attended high school in Price, Utah, where she was an all-around star at Carbon High, earning 16 letters and graduating with a 3.94 GPA. An avid outdoorswoman, Smallwood loves to work out and enjoys biking, swimming, rollerblading, golfing and hiking. In July 2002, she completed the 200-mile Seattle to Portland Bike Ride.

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