Staci Schulz became the 11th head coach in Northridge women's basketball history when she was named to the post on August 2, 2005. An accomplished coach and former player, Schulz's impressive credentials have already paid dividends in her tenure at Cal State Northridge.
In the 2008-09 season, the Matadors posted one of the best turnarounds in Division I with an 8-23 overall record and a 4-12 mark in Big West Conference play. Northridge finished eighth in the conference with a home win against Pacific to earn a berth in the Big West Tournament, where, as the No. 8 seed, the Matadors upset No. 5 UC Davis to reach the quarterfinals. On the court, seniors Tonicia Tademy, Whitney Ligon and Ashley Blake all turned in impressive campaigns to leads CSUN to seven more wins than from the previous season. Tademy set a new school record with 204 assists and finished among the top 10 in the nation with an average of 6.6 per game. Tademy would go on to earn All-Big West Honorable Mention honors and Jasmine Erving received a spot on the All-Big West Freshman Team after averaging 8.9 points and 5.6 rebounds.
After losing seven seniors to graduation, including the school's all-time leading scorer, the 2007-08 season served as a transition year for Northridge and Schulz. Although the team finished 1-26 for the season, Schulz witnessed several impressive performances from her players. Senior Katie Holloway earned All-Big West Second Team honors after averaging a team-best 14.5 points and 7.2 rebounds. Junior Whitney Ligon tied a school record when she scored 40 points against Pacific on Jan. 12, finishing 6-of-10 from behind the 3-point arc. Fellow junior Crystal Hahs broke the school record for blocked shots, finishing with 76 for the season, an average of 2.8 per game, the ninth-best figure in Division I. Schulz also witnessed several impressive debuts from her freshman class, including a pair of double-doubles from Analee Viena-Lota.
The 2006-07 season was a memorable one for Schulz and the Matadors. The team featured seven seniors and posted a 13-16 record and a 9-5 mark in the Big West Conference. Katie Holloway was named Big West Sixth Woman of the Year for the second-straight season and LaJoyce King received the Big West Best Hustle Player Award. In addition, Schulz watched as King and Ofa Tulikihihifo were named to the All-Big West First Team and Tulikihihifo became Northridge's all-time leading scorer, finishing her career with 1,636 points. Tulikihihifo also became just the third Big West women's basketball player to make four appearances on the All-Big West First Team.
In 2005-06, Schulz guided the Matadors to a 10-20 record and an appearance in the Big West Tournament semifinals. That year, the Matadors posted big wins at Long Beach State and UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton in the Big West Tournament, along with non-conference victories over Eastern Michigan, Southeastern Louisiana and Portland. Three Matadors were also honored on postseason teams. Jamie McCaa earned honorable mention all-conference accolades, Katie Holloway was named Sixth Woman of the Year and LaJoyce King was selected to the All-Big West Tournament team.
In 2004-05 as the top assistant to head coach Tammy Holder, Schulz and the Matadors posted an overall record of 18-11, finished fourth in the Big West with an 11-7 conference record and made their first-ever trip to the Big West Tournament. Upon Schulz's arrival in 2002, the Matadors improved every season, going from three wins to six in 2003-04 to 18 in 04-05.
Prior to her days at CSUN, Schulz spent four seasons (1998-2001) at UNLV, where she worked with the guards and perimeter players on the court and was in charge of recruiting and scouting efforts off the court. After joining Regina Miller's staff in 1998, the Rebels posted a 76-41 record in Schulz's four seasons on the bench, including an NCAA Tournament berth in 2001-02. Schulz's previous coaching experience also includes stops at Western Illinois (1997-98) and her alma mater, Mount Marty College (1996-97). At WIU, she was an assistant under Miller and taught classes in activities and basketball before joining Miller at UNLV. At Mount Marty College, Schulz spent a year in the admissions office and assisted the women's basketball program with recruiting.
A native of Parkston, S.D., Schulz is a 1996 graduate of Mount Marty College in Yankton, S.D. She earned her bachelor's degree in education and was a four-year letterwinner for the Lancers from 1991-96 and a three-year starter and team captain, playing a variety of positions for the NAIA school. She prepped at Parkston High School, where she earned all-conference honors in basketball, but also competed in track and golf. Schulz is a member of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and the Black Coaches Association (BCA).