Two-time Big West Coach of the Year listed among the nation's 10 best
UC Davis takes on Kansas State in WNIT 'Sweet 16' on Friday in Manhattan, Kan.
Tip off time from Wyoming changed to Noon PDT as of March 16
UC Davis heads to Wyoming for second round match-up on Sunday at 1 p.m. PT
In the postseason for the sixth time in 11 years, UC Davis hosts for the first time on Thursday at 6 p.m.
UC Davis advanced to the 'Sweet 16' of the WNIT with a, 74-64, road win over Wyoming. (Photos by Jason Spencer/UC Davis)
Big West Conference Tournament Semifinals - No. 4 UC Davis vs. No. 1 UC Riverside (Honda Center - Anaheim, Calif.)
UC Davis takes on top-ranked Connecticut at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn., on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013.
2016-17 Big West Conference Coach of the Year
2017-18 Big West Conference Coach of the Year
2017-18 United States Marine Corps/WBCA National Coach of the Year Finalist
As a player, she set school records and became one of the greatest point guards to ever don an Aggie uniform. As an assistant and associate head coach, she turned UC Davis into an immediate force in the Big West Conference by implementing one of the most difficult offensive schemes in the game. In her six seasons as head coach, Jennifer Gross has continued the tradition of excellence instilled in her throughout her entire Aggie career.
Selected as the 2017 Big West Conference Coach of the Year after guiding her alma mater to 25 wins and a trip to the “Sweet 16” of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament, Gross was named head coach of the women’s basketball program in October of 2010 and has guided UC Davis to immediate success. Under her tutelage, UC Davis has been a perennial contender in the Big West, advancing to the conference tournament in six straight seasons, working up from first-round berths in her first two years to an appearance in the tournament championship game in 2016 -- the program’s first showing in the league’s title game since the Aggies won the tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2011 -- as well as a pair of berths in the WNIT.
As the program’s offensive coordinator, she implemented a Princeton-style offense, building it from the ground up. Using the fundamentals of sharp cuts, smart passes, and an unprecedented level of teamwork, the Aggies have been able to give opponents fits with their precision and execution. That has paid off as UC Davis has led the league in field goal percentage in three of the last four seasons (finishing second in 2016) and paced the Aggies to the top of the three-point shooting charts twice in the last three seasons in 2015 and 2017.
During her tenure as head coach, Gross has coached 11 players to a total of 19 All-Big West honors -- including three-time first-team all-conference performer Sydnee Fipps, who became only the second Aggie student-athlete to accomplish the feat (Paige Mintun, 2009-11) and only one of 11 players in the history of the Big West Conference to earn first-team honors at least three times in a career. Fipps eventually ended her career as the program’s all-time scoring leader at the Division I level and second on the school’s all-time list with 1,636 career points.
All told, since returning to her alma mater in 2004-05, Gross has helped establish the foundation of UC Davis’ successful transition to the Division I level, helping lead the Aggies to 216 victories, the program’s first-ever berth in the NCAA Tournament (2011), four berths in the WNIT (2008, 2010, 2012, and 2017), and a .545 (216-180) winning percentage, in 13 seasons.
In total, 19 student-athletes have gone on to earn a combined 33 all-conference honors -- including 11 first-team awards -- 13 players have been named the league’s player of the week, seven have been honored on the conference’s all-freshman team -- including 2009 Freshman of the Year Lauren Juric -- and eight student-athletes have led the league in various statistical categories at the end of the year.
Coaching at one of the nation's top public academic institutions, Gross has been the recruiting coordinator for the Aggies since her arrival in 2004 and, as a former three-year CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII honoree, Gross knows what it takes both athletically and academically to succeed at UC Davis. Off the court, and in the classroom, the Aggies have shined, led by Jessica Campbell, who was a second-team CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII honoree in 2008, while also earning a pair of Division I Independent Women’s Basketball All-Academic Team honors in 2005 and 2006, a Big West All-Academic Team honor as a senior, as well as the Hubert Heitman Award as the department’s Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year in 2008.
In her six seasons, Gross has had a total of 15 players collect 25 combined Big West All-Academic Team citations, while Dani Nafekh was named UC Davis’ W.P. Lindley Award winner as the outstanding scholar-athlete as well as the university’s selection as the Big West Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
As a student-athlete from 1993-97 at UC Davis, Gross set school records for career assists (448), steals (300) and three-pointers (163), the first of which still stands. Additionally, she ranks ninth all-time at UC Davis in career scoring, compiling 1,243 points. As a senior, Gross led the Aggies to a school-record 29-3 mark and the school’s first appearance at the Division II Elite Eight tournament. UC Davis finished third at the national tourney, beating Bentley in the consolation final. For her part, she won Kodak All-America honorable mention honors and was selected to the Northern California Athletic Conference first team for the second time. However, perhaps her finest achievement was her participation in 101 victories during her four-year career, the winningest span in program history.
Gross graduated from UC Davis in 1997, earning her bachelor’s degree in organizational studies. She earned her master’s degree in Sports Coaching from the United States Sports Academy in 2008. After her collegiate career, Gross went on to play professionally in Denmark (July 1997-Apr. 98) and Israel (July-Dec. 1998). She was inducted into the Cal Aggie Athletics Hall of Fame in 2003.
Gross married UC Davis assistant coach Joe Teramoto in 2010 when they were both assistants on former coach Sandy Simpson’s staff. The couple has a son, Joshua, and a daughter, Amelia.