TUCSON – Arizona Wildcats head coach Laura Ianello earned Pac-12 Women’s Golf Co-Coach of the Year, the league announced Tuesday. Here’s more from Tuesday’s sportscast on News 4 Tucson:
Ianello split the honors with first-year USC head coach Justin Silverstein.
Ianello has now earned Coach of the Year honors twice, having also been selected in 2010. This past season, she led the Wildcats to five top-two finishes, including runner-up showings at the Pac-12 Championships and the East Lansing NCAA Regional.
The ninth-year head coach of the Wildcats, of course, led Arizona to a National Championship in 2018 and backed it up this year with another deep run at the NCAA Championships. The Wildcats made it through the stroke play portion of the NCAA Championships to advance to match play. There, the Cats won their quarterfinal match, before falling to eventual national champion Duke in the semifinals.
Ianello is the fourth Arizona coach to earn Pac-12 Coach of Year honors and first to earn it twice. Other coaches to win the award are Kim Haddow (1992), Rick LaRose (1998) and Todd McCorkle (2000).