Gaston Named Pac-12 Coach Of The Year For Third Time|
June 2, 2014
USC 18th-year women's golf head coach Andrea Gaston, who led the Trojans to a school-record nine wins this year and to within three strokes of its fourth national championship, has been named 2014 Pac-12 Coach of the Year, the conference announced Monday (June 2).
This is Gaston's third conference coach of the year honor and the second in a row. The Trojans were ranked No. 1 throughout the 2013-14 season and Gaston led a squad that would go on to earn a national best five All-American honors for just the second time in program history and the first since 2008.
The season was highlighted by junior Doris Chen's NCAA individual title, which was the fifth in USC history, all coming under Gaston's watch.
USC's nine wins, including a national best 10th NCAA regional crown, were two better than the school-record seven it won last year. The Trojans finished no lower than a tie for second place in the four events it didn't win.
That included a two-stroke loss to Duke at the 2014 NCAA Championships, where USC just missed its second straight national title and the fourth in program history. In addition to national championships in 2003, 2008 and 2013, Gaston's USC teams have finished second at the NCAAs four times, including three times in the last five seasons (2010, 2012, 2014) by a combined deficit of four strokes.
Chen and sophomore Kyung Kim earned 2014 WGCA All-American first team honors, sophomore Annie Park and freshman Karen Chung were tabbed as All-American second teamers and senior Sophia Popov was named an All-American honorable mention pick. Chung is the Trojans' 25th different golfer to earn All-American status, 17 of which have played under Gaston. Chen and Park were also two of the four 2014 Honda Sports Award finalists for golf.
USC's 286.26 stroke average per round this year was the best in school history, breaking the record set last year (288.76) by 2.5 strokes. The Trojans also set a record for team rounds of par or better with 21, seven more than last year, the previous best.
UCLA's Alison Lee was named Pac-12 Player and Freshman of the Year. Park earned the same two honors for USC last year.