HEAD COACH RON DUBOIS
In just his 3rd season Ron DuBois has guided the ship that is UCSC basketball and set it on a course toward long-term prosperity. A highly acclaimed tactician amongst his peers, DuBois enters his fourth season as the head basketball coach at UCSC in 2015-16. DuBois owns the unique distinction of being one of only six current NCAA coaches that has experience coaching in the NBA and is a FIBA certified coach (John Calipari, Rick Pitino, Larry Brown, Kelvin Sampson and Eric Musselman).
On September 1st, 2012, in the 31st year of the program history, DuBois was named the 9th head men’s basketball coach at UCSC. In a short time the Lodi, CA native has made himself at home. The 2014-15 season was one for the record books as the Slugs recorded the most Division III wins in a season and had the longest win streak in school history. Seniors James Townsend and Marshal Arnwine Jr. were respectively named UCSC Male Athlete of the year and Most Inspirational Athlete of the year. Over the past three season DuBois has mentored three NCAA all-independent selections in Spencer Wells, James Townsend, and Jared Ponce.
DuBois possess elite experience at the highest of levels of basketball. Having worked and coached in the NBA with the Phoenix Suns (2001-03) and Memphis Grizzlies (2007-09). While being one of the youngest assistant coaches in the NBA DuBois mentored under some of the top coaching minds in the world. DuBois was tasked with player development and worked with numerous NBA Stars such as Marc Gasol, Kyle Lowry, Joe Johnson, Mike Miller, Rudy Gay, Mike Conley, Shawn Marion, Pau Gasol, Amare Stoudamire, Damon Stoudamire and Stephon Marbury to name a few. DuBois has also coached FIBA recognized teams in the top professional leagues of France, Mexico, and a Caricom region National Team.
A distinguished player himself, DuBois earned a scholarship at Arizona State University. As a point guard in one of the strongest conferences in the country, he was named a team captain his senior year and earned all-academic Pac 10 honors in 1999. At Arizona State, DuBois majored in Education and received his B.A. in 1999 and M.A. in 2001.
Ron's wife, Rebecca, is a faculty member in UCSC's Biomolecular Engineering Department. They live in Santa Cruz with their two sons Louis and Dominic.