March 30, 2004
Both UCLA golf coaches have been selected to guide the respective men's and women's teams in the USA-Japan Team Matches this summer. The event will take place July 13-16 at Taiheiyou Club Ichihara Curse in Chiba, Japan.
Fifth-year Head Coach Carrie Forsyth will coach the women's team and second-year Head Coach O.D. Vincent will guide the men's team. Forsyth has guided the UCLA women's program to a pair of tournament victories this spring and the No.2 national ranking. Vincent has guided the UCLA men's team to four team titles and the No.4 ranking this season.
"We are delighted and extraordinarily proud to have O.D. and Carrie named to serve as head coaches for the U.S.-Japan matches this summer," said UCLA Athletics Director Dan Guerrero. "They will provide great leadership to the student-athletes on their respective squads and will represent our country with eminence."
Forsyth has produced three All-Americans and a pair of Academic All-Americans during her UCLA coaching tenure. She has guided the Bruins to three straight NCAA berths and an NCAA West Regional championship in 2002. She was named 2002 Pac-10 Coach of the Year.
"Words cannot express how honored I am to be selected to coach the women at this year's U.S.-Japan Team Matches," said Forsyth. "Nothing could be more thrilling than to have the opportunity to represent our country in an international competition."
Last season Vincent led the Bruins to a national-record seven tournament victories, including the Pac-10 Championship and NCAA West Regional title. At the NCAA Championships the Bruins finished third, their highest finish since winning the team title in 1988. Currently, the Bruin varsity owns a streak of 22 straight Top 10 finishes, including 10 team titles.
"I am sincerely grateful to be selected to coach the U.S. Team in this summer's USA-Japan Team Matches," said Vincent. "To represent the United States as a coach is a prestigious honor - one that I will cherish for many years. We will field a competitive and gracious team that will represent our country with distinction.
"The selection of Carrie Forsyth as the women's coach shows how far both of the UCLA golf programs have advanced in a short period of time," he continued. "Both of us are thrilled to be a part of this experience, and we relish the opportunity to coach together as part of the U.S. contingent in Japan."