McDaniel Named Pac-10 Coach of the Year

April 28, 2003

BERKELEY - Cal's Nancy McDaniel has been named the 2003 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, marking the second time in her career that she has earned the distinction. The founding coach of the Golden Bear program also was honored by her conference peers in 2001.

McDaniel is the sixth Cal coach to earn conference coach of the year honors in 2002-03. The other selections have been Jeff Tedford (football), Kevin Grimes (men's soccer), Kirk Everest (men's water polo), Cari Dubois (women's gymnastics) and Shellie Onstead (field hockey).

In addition, Cal garnered six All-Pac-10 honors, the most by any team in the league. Senior Vikki Laing and junior Sarah Huarte earned back-to-back first team selections, followed by senior Ria Quiazon on the second team, and junior Claire Dury and freshmen Sophia Sheridan and Mika Takayama as honorable mention choices.

This has been a banner year for the fifth-ranked Cal women's golf program. The Bears claimed the 2003 Pac-10 title over the weekend, for its nation's-best sixth tournament title of 2002-03. The conference title was the team's first in the program's eight-year history. Also this spring, Cal has claimed the Bay Area Classic and the PING/ASU Invitational. In the fall, the Bears were victorious at the Oregon State Invitational, the Stanford Pepsi Intercollegiate and the Kent Youel Invitational.

Laing made school history over the weekend by becoming the first Cal women's golfer to win the Pac-10 crown. She did so by one stroke and held off two of the nation's top golfers in USC's Mikaela Parmlid and Arizona's Erica Blasberg. Laing leads Cal with a school-record 74.1 stroke average.

Huarte's tie for fifth at the Pac-10 Championships was her third Top 5 performance of the season. Earlier this spring, she won the Bay Area Classic at Hiddenbrooke Country Club.

Quiazon has been the pillar of consistency this year with seven Top 25 finishes, including a tie for second at the Kent Youel Invitational.

Dury, Sheridan and Takayama all own top seven showings this season.

The Bears expect to be selected to their fourth straight NCAA regional when the bids are announced later today.

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