Air Force women’s basketball head coach Chris Gobrecht has signed a contract extension for five years, announced today by Air Force athletics director Col. Jennifer Block. Gobrecht, who recently finished her third season at the helm, is extended through the 2022-23 season.
“Chris Gobrecht has done an amazing job building our women’s basketball program,” Block said. “Her passion and dedication are clear and we couldn’t be happier that she has agreed to continue to lead our young women on their journey to becoming leaders or character for our Air Force.”
A proven program builder with 38 years of head coaching experience at the Div. I level, with previous stops at Yale, Florida State, USC, Washington and Cal State Fullerton, Gobrecht has laid the foundation for success at Air Force. The program has increased its win total in years two and three under Gobrecht.
The Falcons took a big step forward in 2017-18 despite fielding a roster that featured nine freshmen, including two in the starting lineup. The Falcons capped the season by winning four of its last six games, including a win over then-first place Wyoming in the regular season finale and a win over Utah State at the Mountain West Basketball Championship Tournament.
The Falcons set a program record for most Mountain West wins in 2017-18, finishing tied for eighth place. In addition, guard Kaelin Immel became Air Force’s first-ever Mountain West Freshman of the Year.
“The past three years of building the women’s basketball program at the Air Force Academy have been among the most rewarding of my career,” Gobrecht said. “They have also been hands down, the most challenging. Thanks to great support from our administration, and the hard work and incredible dedication of our entire coaching staff, Air Force women’s basketball is on its way to being a powerful contender in the Mountain West Conference, as well as a nationally relevant program. I am grateful to the Air Force Athletics administration for the faith they are showing in the efforts and abilities of this coaching staff, by extending my contract through 2023 at this time. I know we are all very much looking forward to continuing to work with some of the finest young people in America to develop great leaders, great citizens, and outstanding basketball performance!”Contract Extension DI