June 26, 2012
UCLA Athletics continues its celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Title IX with a series of profiles of UCLA's Title IX 40. This group of 40 Bruin women were game-changers in the Title IX era. The first two profiles are of a pair of athletes from the early 70's - swimmer Karen Moe (Humphreys) and golfer Janet Coles.
Karen Moe (Humphreys), Swimming (1973-75)
Karen Moe started swimming at the age of eight, but from the ages of 15-17, she had to overcome spinal deformities, for which she was required to wear a protective back brace at all times, except when in the water. Eventually overcoming her physical challenge, Moe became one of the top female 200-meter butterfly performers in U.S. history.
Moe was one of the first women to receive an athletic scholarship to UCLA and was a three-year All-American for the Bruins from 1973-75. Additionally, in 1976, she won the collegiate title in the 200-meter butterfly with a time of 2:02.88.
Before enrolling at UCLA, Moe made her mark in U.S. women's swimming. In 1970, she established the world record in the 200-meter butterfly and, at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games, she earned the gold medal with a then-world record 2:15.56. Overall during her career, she set the 200-meter butterfly world record on four occasions and was a three-time AAU champion.
Later, Moe served as the head women's swimming coach at Cal from 1978-92, earning a career record of 83-40-1 (.673) and leading the Golden Bears to five conference crowns and eight fifth place or higher finishes at the NCAA Championships. She coached 49 All-Americans and nine Olympians and was a three-time conference coach of the year. In addition, she was named the 1987 NCAA Division I Coach of the Year, becoming the first woman coach to receive the honor.
After retiring as a coach, she served as an athletic administrator at California from 1992-2004, where one of her responsibilities was monitoring Title IX compliance and gender equity.
Moe was inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame in 1989, and in 1992, she was enshrined in the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
Janet Coles, Golf (1972-76)
The first scholarship women's golfer at UCLA, Janet Coles later competed on the LPGA Tour for 14 years, and more recently, coached at the collegiate and high school levels for more than a decade.
As a Bruin, she won her first collegiate tournament by 13 strokes and represented UCLA at the 1975 and 1976 AIAW Championships. Meanwhile, as a junior and amateur player, she was a four-time Northern California Junior Champion and played in five USGA Junior Championships, along with four USGA Amateur Championships.
Coles enjoyed a successful career as a professional golfer, playing on the LPGA Tour from 1977-90, competing in over 300 tournaments and 50 majors. Among those majors were 15 U.S. Opens, including a fourth-place finish in 1985. She won two tournaments in her career, the 1978 Tara Classic and 1983 Lady Michelob.
She has coached collegiately at the University of San Francisco and has spent time as a volunteer coach at UCLA, Cal and Santa Clara. Coles was the head coach of the girl's golf team at Santa Catalina High School in Monterey, Calif. in 2009-10, and in 2011-12, she was the women's golf head coach at Dartmouth College.
Ranked among the best golf instructors in California, Coles, the author of Three Shot Golf for Women has been recognized by Golf Digest and the PGA of America for excellence in teaching. In 2004, she was named Top 50 Teachers in America by Golf for Women and Top 25 Teachers in Northern California by the PGA.
Coles is a member of the National Golf Coaches Association Players Hall of Fame, the California Golf Hall of Fame and the Watsonville High School Hall of Fame.