Justin Silverstein Named USC Women's Golf Assistant Coach|
July 5, 2012
Justin Silverstein, a former Pac-12 golfer with major collegiate coaching experience, has been named a USC women's golf assistant coach, head coach Andrea Gaston announced Thursday (July 5).
"Justin brings a positive energy and enthusiasm to our program," Gaston said. "I am eager to have him get started. I know he will have a positive impact on our players. He is an extremely hard-working and relentless recruiter and I am confident that he will be integrally involved in bringing future Trojan greats to our program."
Silverstein comes to USC after coaching four seasons at his alma mater Arizona, the last two as a women's golf assistant and the previous two 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. Silverstein served as a volunteer assistant coach in 2009 and 2010.
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.
Said Silverstein: "I am incredibly excited to join the USC family. I want to thank Coach Gaston for giving me the opportunity to be a part of the women's golf program. While at Arizona I was very fortunate to have worked under two great head coaches and I cannot thank Coach Ianello and Coach LaRose enough for all that they have taught me.
"Having coached in the Pac-12 for a number of years I have been able to see, first hand, the success that Coach Gaston has had with her teams. The Women of Troy have long been one of the best programs in the nation and I intend to work hard to help bring another championship back to Heritage Hall. Fight On!"
Silverstein joins a USC women's golf team that is coming off of a second-place finish at the 2012 NCAA Championships. The Trojans' seven straight top 5 finishes at the NCAAs is the longest active streak in the country. The string of top 5 results includes an NCAA title in 2008. USC also won a championship in 2003.