Anderson Named to WGCA National Coach of the Year Watch List
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. -- Head coach Kalen Anderson has been named to the watch list for the 2021-22 Division 1 Jackie Steinman WGCA National Coach of the Year Award. The winner of the annual award will be announced after medal play at the upcoming NCAA Championship (May 20-25) at Grayhawk.
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. — Head coach Kalen Anderson has been named to the watch list for the 2021-22 Division 1 Jackie Steinman WGCA National Coach of the Year Award. The winner of the annual award will be announced after medal play at the upcoming NCAA Championship (May 20-25) at Grayhawk.
Anderson is one of 20 coaches on the list. Recognized as the highest annual coaching honor in women’s collegiate golf, the Jackie Steinmann WGCA National Coach of the Year is awarded annually to the top coach in Division I, II, III and NAIA women’s golf. The recipient is selected by a prestigious collection of women’s collegiate golf coaches who follow criteria that has been established to identify the top head coach for the past year:
• The award will be determined by vote from the Division I Awards Committee upon review of the 10 highest ranked coaches in each region and their respective records for the year.
• From that list, the committee will determine the Golf Pride Regional Coach of the Year.
• The top three per region, based on the vote, will be considered by the Committee for the Division I Jackie Steinmann WGCA National Coach of the Year Presented by Golf Pride and this will be based on the entire season’s results.
Anderson has been able to reload a National Championship contending lineup, replacing four players from last year’s squad that was ranked No. 1 and earned the top overall seed in NCAA play. This year’s team, which features two talented freshmen in Hannah Darling and Louise Rydqvist, has won a program record five times. The No. 3 Gamecocks have been ranked in the top-five of Golfstat all spring and earned the No. 1 seed at the NCAA Tallahassee Regional (May 9-11) next week.
In 15 seasons as head coach, Anderson has led South Carolina to 10 NCAA Championships and five NCAA Regional titles. She’s the winningest coach in program history with 22 victories, including nine the past two seasons.