Pepperdine's Laurie Gibbs Named 2004-05 National Coach of the Year by Golfweek
June 22, 2005
Malibu, Calif. - Head coach Laurie Gibbs, who guided Pepperdine to a fourth-place showing at the 2005 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships and a No. 4 final national ranking, was named Golfweek's 2004-05 "National Coach of the Year", the publication announced on Wednesday.
The "National Coach of the Year" is a first-time honor for Gibbs, who has been selected West Coast Conference (WCC) "Coach of the Year" six times and tabbed the West Region's "Coach of the Year" on two occasions during her 12 seasons as the Waves' head coach.
"I am honored that Golfweek selected me and thankful to so many people that have helped build this program," Gibbs said. "We have been very fortunate to have players that worked hard and were open to new ideas.
"In addition, we have benefited from the coaches that have invited us to compete in the best college tournaments and the gracious financial support of our friends and sponsors," Gibbs added.
The 2004-05 season marked the first time in Gibbs' career that Pepperdine finished in the Top 5 of every tournament. Her win-loss record of 131-20 is the third-best in Gibbs' career. In 2002-03 the Waves posted a 153-17-2 mark en route to a school-record five tournament titles and a second place finish at the NCAA Championships. The 1988-89 team went 150-21-1 with four wins and placed fifth at the NCAA Championships.
This past year marked the eighth straight season Pepperdine won at least one tournament and sixth consecutive multiple-win campaign. The Waves claimed team titles at the prestigious Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge and the WCC Championships.
Since taking over the Pepperdine program in 1993, Gibbs has guided the Waves to 24 tournament titles to rank fifth among active coaches. Duke's Dan Brooks, who guided the Blue Devils to the national championship this past season, tops the list with 88 victories.
Furman's Mic Potter is second with 35 and is followed by Ohio State's Therese Hession (32), Karen Bahnsen of LSU (27) and Gibbs.
GOLWEEK'S NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR
2000 - Todd McCorkle (Arizona)