Veteran coach joins USC men's program after four sucessful years with top-ranked Trojan women.
Justin Silverstein, a former Pac-12 golfer with major collegiate coaching experience, is in his fourth year on the USC women's golf staff and was promoted to associate head coach after the 2014 season.
Silverstein spent his first two years at USC as an assistant coach and bolstered an already strong program under head coach Andrea Gaston, helping the Trojans to a combined 16 wins in 2013 and 2014.
That total jumped to 21 wins in his first three seasons after the Trojans won five times in 2015 and reached the NCAA Championships match play semifinals. The Trojans, led by 2015 All-American second teamers Annie Park, Kyung Kim and Gabriella Then, earned the top seed in the first-ever NCAA Women's Golf Championships match play event after running away with the stroke play portion at 40-over 1192 (297-303-298-294). Bu, after beating Washington in the quarterfinal match, 3-2, fell to eventual champion Stanford by the same score. The Trojans won five times in 2015 (the third year in a row with at least five wins), among them the 2015 NCAA St. George (Utah) Regional, their 11th regional win and sixth in a row - both national records. Park and Kim were both named All-Pac-12 first team for the third year in a row and Then and sophomore Karen Chung were All-Pac-12 honorable mention.
The 2014 Trojans won a school-record nine times, including a national-best 10th NCAA regional crown, and finished no lower than a tie for second in their other four events. USC fell just short of defending its 2013 NCAA title, finishing second by two strokes. Doris Chen and Kim earned 2014 WGCA All-American first team honors, Park and Chung were tabbed as All-American second teamers and Sophia Popov was named an All-American honorable mention pick. Chen and Park were also two of the four 2014 Honda Sports Award finalists for golf.
Silverstein enjoyed immediate success as a first-year assistant coach with USC in 2013. Troy won a then-school-record seven times, including six of its final seven events, which included USC's fifth conference title, its NCAA record ninth regional title and a dominating victory at the NCAA Championships. Park, as a freshman, was named the 2013 WGCA and Pac-12 Player and Freshman of the Year as well as the Honda Sports Award winner for women's golf, won four times on the year to tie USC's season record and became just the second NCAA woman to win a conference, regional and NCAA titles in the same season. Kim and Park both earned WGCA All-American first team honors while Popov and Chen earned second team status.
Silverstein came to USC after coaching four seasons at his alma mater Arizona, the last three as a women's golf assistant and the previous one as a volunteer assistant.
In 2012, the Wildcats won three events and reached the NCAA Regional Championships. In 2011, Silverstein helped guide an Arizona team that won two events, posted three top 8 finishes that included a tie for second at the Pac-10 Championships, and reached the NCAA Championships finals. Arizona also won two events in 2010. Silverstein served as a volunteer assistant coach in 2009.
Silverstein was a member of the Wildcats' men's golf team from 2006-09, but a wrist injury suffered as a freshman limited him to two career appearances. He finished with a 74.83 career average and a low round of 69.
He graduated in May of 2009 with a degree in regional development and a minor in business. He was employed by the I.R.I. Golf Group before joining the Wildcat staff.
An accomplished prep golfer, Silverstein helped Torrey Pines High in San Diego, Calif., to a pair of state titles and was a four-time all-conference selection. He also participated in the 2003 United States Amateur Championship in Oakmont, Pa.