June 25, 2007
The UCLA men's golf program will bid farewell to Head Coach O.D. Vincent in the next few weeks as he travels east to assume a similar position at Duke University.
"My experience at UCLA has been absolutely phenomenal," said Vincent. "Working with the best coaches and people in the business is something I will never forget. I want to thank Dan Guerrero and everyone in the Bruin family for the tremendous opportunity. Go Bruins!"
Vincent brought national prominence to UCLA golf immediately. In his first year, the Bruins won seven tournaments, including their first conference title in 18 seasons and their first-ever NCAA West Regional championship. They finished third at the NCAA Tournament, their best result since winning the national championship in 1988.
In five seasons, Vincent coached 12 players who won 21 individual crowns, including a pair of Pac-10 and NCAA Regional titleists. The Bruins won 35 tournaments during his tenure, a national leader. Eight of his players earned All-America honors, including two in 2007.
The Bruins recorded four Top 10 finishes at the NCAA Championship in Vincent's five seasons, including a seventh-place finish in 2007. They earned five consecutive post-season berths under his direction, tying a school record set 40 years ago.
"Five years ago, we hired the coach we felt was best equipped to improve and expand Bruin golf in all ways," said UCLA Senior Associate Athletic Director Glenn Toth. "O.D. Vincent did exactly that, and re-established UCLA as a national power in men's collegiate golf.
"While we understand his personal reasons for leaving," Toth continued, "we are deeply disappointed to bid farewell to a coach and teacher whose methods, style, and character so closely match the UCLA culture. He is a champion in all ways and will be missed. We wish him well, and embrace the challenge of identifying a successor who will build upon the foundation now established and lead the program to even greater success."
For Vincent's complete biography, click here.