Jerry left Utah for UCSB in 1983 and turned a program around within 4 years. In 1987-88, he guided the Gauchos to its best record ever, 22-8, and to its first NCAA Division I Tournament berth. In 1989-90, Pimm led UCSB to another NCAA tourney berth and a first round win over Houston. Additionally, Santa Barbara was invited to three National Invitation Tournaments during his tenure.
Jerry Pimm guided the UCSB men’s basketball program for 15 seasons. His 222 wins are the most ever recorded by a Gaucho Head Basketball Coach. His coaching career at UCSB ended in 1998 after accumulating seven “Coach of the Year” awards and a career coaching record of 398-284. Pimm was inducted into USCB’s Hall of Fame, April 30th, 2005.
Many of Jerry’s players and assistant coaches have continued professional basketball careers in the NBA and overseas, including basketball greats like Brian Shaw, Carrick DeHart, Del Harris and Ben Howland. Jim Eyen, Assistant Coach for the LA Clippers and a former Assistant Coach for Jerry at UCSB, says “When Coach Pimm arrived at UCSB he brought with him a wealth of basketball experience and a respected winning tradition. He orchestrated a resurgence of Gaucho basketball that I am proud to have been a part of, and still draw upon those experiences to this day.”