Wendale Farrow enters his third season as an assistant coach at California for the 2018-19 season.
An energetic and dynamic presence on the recruiting trail, Farrow also works extensively with the Golden Bears’ guards. Under his guidance Mikayla Cowling and Asha Thomas both earned Pac-12 Honorable Mention at the end of the 2017-18 season while freshman point guard Kianna Smith was named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman team. Guards Jaelyn Brown and Mi’Cole Cayton garnered Pac-12 All-Freshman Honorable Mention at the end of the 2016-17 season.
A highly regarded up-and-coming coach with experience in both the Pac-12 and SEC, Farrow joined the Golden Bears’ staff in 2016 after stints at UCLA and Vanderbilt, where he served in a variety of roles before rising to assistant coach for the Commodores.
“Across the world of women’s college basketball, it’s nearly impossible to find someone with something negative to say about Dale as a human being and a basketball coach. From players he’s coached to colleagues at the collegiate, high school and club level, everyone raves about his ability to connect with people, his deft ability with X’s and O’s, his on-court skill development of players and his presence in the community,” said head coach Cal Lindsay Gottlieb.
During Farrow’s one-year tenure in Nashville in 2015-16, the Commodores went 18-14, up from a 15-16 record in the season prior to his arrival, and advanced to the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament.
Farrow headed to Nashville after two seasons at UCLA under head coach Cori Close, where he served in a number of roles for the Bruins, including video coordinator, community service liaison, scout team adviser, camp director and interim recruiting coach. While he was on staff, UCLA signed the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class in 2013-14, as determined by ESPNW/HoopGurlz. Under Farrow’s leadership, the Bruins saw a 20 percent increase in their number of camp participants. In his final year at UCLA, he helped the Bruins claim a Women’s National Invitation Tournament title.
“When this process began, I got an immediate sense from Dale that he would be an amazing mentor to our young women, and someone that would help elevate Cal in our quest to be one of the nation’s top programs year in and year out,” Gottlieb said. “In getting to know him further, I also found that he is an up-and-coming star in women’s college basketball who can combine a keen grasp of the game – from analytics to creative offense and player development – with a genuine heart for people. He has an infectious energy and will add a great deal to our staff.”
A native of Sacramento, Calif., Farrow was a two-year basketball letterwinner at American River (Calif.) Junior College before he transferred to Eastern Michigan for his final two years of eligibility. He was named to the CoSIDA All-Academic District team and earned his bachelor’s degree in 2009. Farrow worked as a graduate manager for his alma mater from 2010-12, then served as an academic mentor at Michigan from 2012-13 while pursuing a postgraduate degree. He earned his Master of Arts in Educational Leadership Student Affairs from EMU in 2013.