June 25, 2002
O.D. Vincent, the 1999 College Golf Association's National Coach of the Year, has been hired as the UCLA men's golf coach, the athletic department announced today.
Vincent served six seasons at the University of Washington (1995-2001) and earned co-Pac-10 Coach of the Year and District VIII Coach of the Year honors in 1999. That season, he guided the Huskies to three tournament victories and a fourth place finish at the NCAA Championships, Washington's highest national finish.
He is the only former conference golfer to win the Pac-10 individual medalist honors and conference Coach of the Year acclaim.
"O.D. Vincent represents a future of great achievements for the UCLA men's golf program," said Associate Athletic Director Glenn Toth. "His proven accomplishments in recruiting, teaching, academics and fundraising will take the men's golf program to new levels of success."
In his five years as Washington's coach, Vincent led the Huskies to four NCAA berths. He coached four different all-conference players, and three of his golfers earned Pac-10 All-Academic honors.
As a player, Vincent won the 1988 Pac-10 individual title while leading Washington to the conference team championship. He earned all-conference and All-America honors that season as the Huskies finished 15th at the NCAA Championships.
Considered one of Washington's finest collegiate golfers, Vincent ranks among the UW's career leaders in top 10 finishes, rounds played and individual titles won.
Vincent graduated from Washington in 1991 with a degree in sociology.