Bunky Harkleroad completed his fifth season at Sacramento State in 2017-18, leading the Hornets to their fifth straight postseason tournament since he joined the program and their seventh straight overall.
In five years under Harkleroad the Hornets have twice broken the NCAA Div. I single season records for 3-pointers made and attempted. The team has led NCAA Div. I in 3-pointers made and attempted in four of his five seasons and led in steals per game and offensive rebounds in two seasons while ranking in the top-10 in scoring, turnover margin, turnovers forced per game.
Harkleroad’s Sacramento State teams have broken Big Sky season records for points, field goals, scoring average, steals, 3-pointers, and assists and have established new conference game records in points (132), steals (30), and made 3-pointers (25).
The 2017-18 team qualified for the Big Sky Tournament for the seventh consecutive season as the No. 8 seed. The Hornets took on their most challenging non-conference schedule yet, facing #12 West Virginia and a number of other teams receiving votes on the road. The season also included a unique trip to Puerto Rico where, in addition to playing basketball, the team visited with local student athletes at the University of Humaco – Puerto Rico to deliver school and athletic supplies. The season came to an end with a hard-fought 87-80 loss to Montana in Reno.
Derrick Florence completed his fifth season as an assistant coach with the Sacramento State women’s basketball program in 2017-18. Florence was the head girls’ varsity basketball coach at Centennial High School in Compton for six seasons before serving as an assistant coach at Cal State L.A. in 2012-13.
Florence has 15 years of basketball coaching experience, previously serving as a club coach and an instructor at various elite camps in addition to his high school and collegiate experience. He was also a teacher and substitute teacher in the Compton Unified School District from 1997 through 2013.
He helped Cal State L.A. to a 21-11 overall record and a 14-8 mark in the Div. II California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) in 2012-13. He assisted in practices, conditioning, and competition while creating statistical-driven scouting reports and helping develop the squad’s post players.
Jessica Kunisaki completed her second season as an assistant coach with Sacramento State. The former McClatchy high school head coach joined the Hornets in July 2016.
Kunisaki spent the six previous seasons leading the varsity girls’ basketball team at C.K. McClatchy high school in Sacramento. She coached her team to the first state championship in school history in 2015, winning the first girls state championship in the history of the Sacramento Unified School District. She was named the 2015 Sacramento Bee Coach of the Year and the 2015 MaxPreps California Coach of the Year.
A Sacramento native, Kunisaki became the head coach of the McClatchy varsity team in 2010 after leading the junior varsity squad for two seasons. She also starred for the McClatchy team as a student-athlete from 2000-04 and holds school records for single-season assists and steals.
Assistant coach Bill Baxter is the longest tenured current Sacramento State women’s basketball coach as he completed his seventh season on the Hornet staff in 2017-18.
A defensive-minded coach, Baxter’s primary responsibilities include on-floor coaching and defensive strategies. He also serves as the summer team camp coordinator, assists in local recruiting, opponent scouting and post play development.
Before joining the Hornets, Baxter developed a strong winning reputation in the Sacramento region as head coach at El Camino High School. Baxter, who tallied a Sac-Joaquin Section record 601 career wins, coached the Eagles for 24 years and took his team to the playoffs each season.