Pete Kirkwood begins his ninth year as head coach of the Gaucho women's tennis program. Last season the Gauchos struggled through a tough team schedule but found success at the No. 1 and 2 singles spots where Uzma Khan and Cindy Ammann combined for a 48-8 record and earned All-Big West First team honors. In 2001, the Gauchos finished 10-13 overall and made it to the second round of the Big West Tournament. In 2000, the Gauchos were 14-10 overall and 5-2 in the Big West, finding themselves in the national rankings for a short time. In 1999, Kirkwood orchestrated one of the biggest turnarounds in the program's history. The Gauchos finished the 1999 season with a 20-7 record after recording only four wins in each of the previous two seasons. UCSB was the No. 1 seed going into the 1999 Big West Championship and the Gauchos' No. 1 player Cindy Ammann was named Player of the Tournament.
Kirkwood served as interim coach in 1995 and was named head coach in 1996. He led the 1996 Gauchos to their sixth straight Big West Conference title. His team also won the 1995 Big West title and he was named Co-Big West Coach of the Year by his peers.
In 1996, UCSB's No. 1 singles player Jean Okada advanced to the round of 16 at the NCAA Championships, earning All-American honors. The Gauchos finished the 1996 season ranked 37th in the nation. Okada finished the year ranked 30th while the No. 1 doubles team finished the season ranked 17th nationally.
In 1995, Kirkwood led the Gaucho doubles team of Kelly Spencer and Amelia White to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships. The duo were the first Gauchos to earn NCAA All-American status.
Kirkwood served as an assistant coach for four years prior to his head coach position and was a major part of UCSB's rise to top 20 status. In each of those four years, the Gauchos won the Big West Conference Championship title.
Kirkwood has served as a Physical Activities and Recreation Department instructor at UCSB for eleven years. He also has taught locally at the Cathedral Oaks Club.
Kirkwood, a Goleta, California native, began his own tennis career at Santa Barbara City College where he earned first team All-Western State Conference honors in 1980 and 1981. He attended Cal State Bakersfield and was First Team All-CCAA in 1983. He was also a member of the Cal State Bakersfield NCAA Division II National Championship runner-up squad in 1982.
Kirkwood received a bachelors degree in physical education from Cal State Bakersfield in 1984.