In five seasons, O.D. Vincent has elevated the UCLA men's golf program to elite status among the nation's best teams.
Since 2002 the Bruins have recorded three Top 10 NCAA finishes, won two NCAA West Regional titles, a pair of conference championships and a total of 35 tournament titles. Additionally, 12 players have won 21 individual tournament crowns during his UCLA coaching tenure. He has also guided the Bruins to five straight NCAA Tournament berths, tying the school record set 40 years ago, and ranking in a tie for fifth as the longest active streak in the country.
Last season, the Bruins won five team titles, raising Vincent's career total to 44 at Washington and UCLA. That figure ranks among the nation's Top 10 active coaches. Three new players won five individual titles, two players earned All-America honors, two were selected to the All-Pacific Region team and three earned all-conference honors. In addition, seniors Chris Heintz and Peter Campbell were voted to the Pac-10 All-Academic Team; Heintz for the third time.
In 2005-2006, the Bruins won 11 team titles, including their second conference crown under Vincent, and barely missed setting a school record for victories in a season. Five new players won six individual titles, three players earned All-America honors, three were selected to the All-Pacific Region team and four earned all-conference honors. Heintz was voted to the Pac-10 All-Academic Team for the second straight year, and became a first-time selection to the GCAA Scholar All-America Team.
In 2006, Vincent earned his third Pac-10 Coach of the Year award and his second as coach of the Bruins.
The past two September editions of Golf Digest proclaimed UCLA the nation's "Best Balanced" program in a survey ranking more than 1,000 schools' academics, facilities, coaching, climate and golf. In his tenure, Vincent has single-handedly upgraded UCLA's golf practice facilities, fundraising efforts, recruiting and results. Most importantly, the Bruins are once again considered one of the nation's top collegiate programs.
In 2004-05, the Bruins won three team titles, including the inaugural Gold Rush hosted by UCLA at the SCPGA facility in Calimesa. The Bruins also won The Prestige for the second straight year and tied for first at the Cougar Invitational, a Blue Team event.
Freshman Daniel Im won the Southern Highlands Collegiate, firing a final round 68 and defeating several outstanding players. Im and fellow frosh Kevin Chappell each earned All-Pac-10 honors.
Overall, eight players -- Chappell, Im, Lucas Lee, Erik Flores, Steve Conway, Travis Johnson, John Merrick and Roy Moon -- have earned All-America honors during Vincent's reign. Merrick won the 2003 Pac-10 title, Im captured the 2006 conference crown, Chappell won the 2006 NCAA East Regional championship, Johnson won the 2004 NCAA West Regional title and the Bruins have produced seven other individual champions since the beginning of Vincent's tenure.
In 2003 and 2004, Johnson earned GCAA Scholar All-America honors. Four years ago, the Bruins won nine tournaments, including six Gold Team events. The year before they won seven times, including their first Pac-10 title in 18 years and their first-ever NCAA Regional crown.
The Bruins also finished the 2003-04 season ranked No.1 by GolfStat for the first time in their intercollegiate golf history.
Fueled by the return of four veteran players, Vincent guided the Bruins to a record-setting victory in his UCLA coaching debut four years ago. They won the Pacific Invitational by 16 shots, and set a 54-hole school scoring record of 34-under par. At the 2007 NCAA West Regional, the Bruins broke that school record by finishing second at 42-under par 822 at ASU's Karsten Golf Course.
At the end of that season, the Bruins' seven tournament victories led the nation. Conway won a pair of individual titles, and Merrick won the 2003 Pac-10 individual title. Merrick's final round, nine-under par 63 set a school and course record in relation to par. Moon posted a 62 on a par 70 course in Hawaii to set another school scoring record.
For his efforts, Vincent was named 2003 Pac-10 Coach of the Year and Pacific Region Coach of the Year by the GCAA.
The Bruins finished among the Top 10 in every major collegiate golf rankings service in 2003, and concluded the season ranked No.2 by GolfStat.
Considered one of the finest golfers in University of Washington history, Vincent quickly established himself as one of the UW's top coaches. In 1999, as a 30-year old fourth-year head coach, he led the Huskies to three tournament victories, a fourth-place conference finish, a seventh-place finish in the NCAA West Regional and a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championship. That season, he was voted Pac-10 co-Coach of the Year, District VIII Coach of the Year and the Golf Coaches Assn. of America's National Coach of the Year.
In six seasons as head coach (1995-2001), Vincent led the Huskies to four NCAA Tournament berths, nine tournament titles and 68 Top 10 finishes. During his tenure at Washington, he tutored two All-Americans in Troy Kelly and Brock MacKenzie, placed 13 players on Pac-10 All-Conference Teams, and five of his golfers earned Pac-10 All-Academic honors.
Vincent is the only former conference golfer to have won Pac-10 medalist honors and earn conference coach of the year acclaim.
As a sophomore in 1988, Vincent won the Pac-10 individual title while leading the Huskies to their first league title in 25 years. He then sparked Washington to a 15th place finish at the NCAA Championships while placing 19th individually. He also earned all-conference and All-America honors that season after winning two tournaments and finishing among the Top 10 eight times, a single-season Washington record.
He earned his bachelor's degree in Sociology from Washington in 1991. Vincent's influence on the Washington golf program extended beyond his playing and coaching accomplishments. He was instrumental in the development of Washington National, the Huskies' home course that opened in August, 2000 and served as the site for the 2002 NCAA Women's Golf Championships and the 2003 NCAA Men's Golf West Regionals, which UCLA won.
After college, Vincent became the only American to qualify for the PGA's European Tour in 1991. He earned a spot in the 1992 British Open and was among the leaders at Muirfield after a first round 67.
In August, 1995, the UW hired Vincent as its head coach, and in June, 2000, he was promoted to Director of Golf.
He left Washington in June 2001 to pursue his dream of playing on the PGA Tour. In January 2002, he played in the Phoenix Open.
As a prep golfer at Palm Springs High, Vincent won the 1985 California State CIF individual title and led the Indians to the team championship.
Born Orrin Daniel Vincent in Seattle, WA, he is married to the former Jana Ellis, who was an All-America swimmer at Washington and Florida. The Vincents are the proud parents of Prada Patricia Vincent, born in 2002 and Phar Ellis Vincent born in February of 2006.
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