Laurie Gibbs, Katherine Hull Earn Pepperdine Department Of Athletics Honors
Sept. 3, 2003
Laurie Gibbs, who directed the Pepperdine women's golf team to a second place finish at last year's NCAA Championships, was honored as the University's 2002-03 "Coach of the Year," Director of Athletics John Watson announced on Wednesday.
Katherine Hull, an April graduate of the University and a three-time All-American on the women's golf team, was recognized as Pepperdine's "Outstanding Scholar-Athlete of the Year."
Gibbs, in her 10th season leading the women's golf program, guided the Waves to five straight tournament victories, including the West Coast Conference (WCC) championship, during the spring.
Additionally, Pepperdine earned its first-ever No. 1 national ranking before finishing the year No. 2 in the final polls.
Gibbs was tabbed the WCC's "Coach of the Year" and the West Region's "Co-Coach of the Year."
During her career at Pepperdine, Gibbs has led Pepperdine teams to five WCC titles, been named conference "Coach of the Year" five times and been named District "Coach of the Year" on two occasions.
Additionally, the Waves have advanced to the NCAA Championships five times, placing in the Top 15 each time and registering four Top 10 finishes.
Hull enjoyed a remarkable senior campaign culminating with her being named the Division I "Player of the Year" by the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA).
Hull won individual medallist honors four times during the 2002-03 campaign and posted a 72.82 scoring average in 33 rounds. She broke her own NCAA scoring record when she carded a 63 at the San Jose State Spartan Invitational in March.
Other honors Hull received last year included WCC "Co-Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year" and the Dinah Shore Trophy Award sponsored by the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Foundation.
She was also an Academic All-American after graduating with a 3.4 grade-point average and earning a degree in sports administration. At commencement she was recognized as the 2003 Outstanding Student-Athlete in the Natural Science Division for her major.
In addition to her academic and athletic achievements, Hull was also involved in community service during her time at Pepperdine. She represented the women's golf team on the Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) since her freshman year and during her junior and senior campaigns she represented Pepperdine at West Coast Conference SAAC meetings. Hull also helped organize the "Waves Round-up" a community-based program benefiting the homeless in Santa Monica, Calif.