June 6, 2011
Los Angeles, CA -
Head Coach Carrie Forsyth, who guided the UCLA women's golf team to their third NCAA championship this season, was voted national coach of the year as announced by GolfWeek magazine.
Forsyth led the Bruins to six tournament victories during the 2011 season including wins at the NCAA Central Regional and the NCAA Championship. Overall, she now has 40 tournament victories as head coach of the UCLA women's golf team.
"It is an honor to be selected coach of the year by Golfweek Magazine," Forsyth said. "This award is a reflection of the amazing student-athletes in our golf program who make me look good through their hard work and dedication to golf and to UCLA. I owe this award to them, and to my wonderful assistant, Alicia Um-Holmes with whom I share it."
Athletic Director Dan Guerrero had this to say on Forsyth winning the award:
"Congratulations to Carrie on this fantastic honor. She is an extraordinary coach and I cannot think of anyone more worthy of this distinction than her. She is a champion on every level and her talents on the course are undeniably impressive. Perhaps even more importantly though, Carrie's character and heart are unrivaled amongst her peers. She has positively influenced the lives of countless young women and I know that there are many more great accomplishments to come under her leadership of the women's golf program at UCLA."
Coach Forsyth saw four of her golfers earn NGCA All-American honors in 2011. In her 12 seasons as head coach, she has coached 15 different UCLA players that have earned 24 All-America honors, including 12 first-team selections. This year, three of her golfers (Tiffany Lua, Stephanie Kono and Lee Lopez) won individual tournaments and all five of her starters were named to the All-Pac-10 team.
The women's golf title in 2011 represented UCLA's national best 107th NCAA team championship and the school's 36th NCAA championship in women's athletics.