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MOST SUN DEVIL PAC-10 TEAM CHAMPIONS WON BY COACHES (AS OF JULY, 2011)
Randy Lein, Men's Golf (8): 2008, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1993
Bobby Douglas, Wrestling (8): 1980, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991
Linda Voldstedt, Women's Golf (6): 1987, 1988, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996
Lee Roy Smith, Wrestling (5): 1993, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2001
Arizona State University men's golf coach and 2009 Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame inductee Randy Lein has mentored his share of outstanding Sun Devils in his 18 years. If you name the tournament, accolade or award, one of his teams or players has probably taken home the honor, both on the course and in the classroom.
NCAA championship team? Notched that feat in 1996.
NCAA individual champion? Done that twice with Todd Demsey in 1993 and then freshman Alejandro Canizares in 2003.
U.S. Amateur? Jeff Quinney took home the trophy in 2000.
Want some more? How about U.S. Public Links champion (Chez Reavie in 2001), an Arizona Amateur champion (Jesse Mueller, 2001), an English Amateur champion (Paul Casey, 1998 and 1999) to ASU and most recently a European Amateur Champion (Stephan Gross in 2009). And those are just some of the names that helped Lein enter the Golf Coaches Hall of Fame in 2009.
"We feel at Arizona State that the key is to find what works best for the player and to help that player develop into the best player he can become both here and in their future," notes Lein, who has had nearly 50 of his Sun Devils earn their degree. "College golf is such a great sport because we are dealing with individual needs that might not pertain to the rest of the team. We are a family at ASU and the support continues will after graduation. We follow our players throughout their careers and lives. I have been most fortunate to have coached some incredibly talented players and have enjoyed watching them grow as people.
"We want ASU to have quality student-athletes in our golf programs who have a strong desire to play at the professional level and show that desire in practice. A college coach works mainly with developing the right attitude and teaching course management. We give them a great golfing and academic experience at ASU."
In an era of parity, Lein also has witnessed 13 NCAA team champions in his 18 years and has kept the program in the hunt for a national title in nearly every season. In those 18 years, ASU has finished in the top six at the NCAA Championship nine times. And in that time the Sun Devils and Oklahoma State are the only teams to have two NCAA individual champions.
"The landscape has changed, as you just don't see any anyone dominating because of the international players and the improved facilities across the country," says Lein. "We know a lot is expected of us, and that is great because we strive to be the best. We have been as consistent as anyone over the past 18 years and when you get consistent you win championships. We want every player who puts on an ASU golf shirt to believe they can win a NCAA title."
That is exactly what happened in 2003, as freshman Alejandro Canizares became the fourth Sun Devil to win NCAA medalist honors. Along with 1993 champion Todd Demsey, Lein has recruited two NCAA champions, a U.S. Amateur champion (Jeff Quinney in 2000), a U.S. Public Links Champion (Chez Reavie in 2001), an English Amateur champion (Paul Casey in 1999 and 2000), six Pac-10 Players of the Year (seven occasions), a National Player of the Year (Chris Hanell in 1996) and, for some local flavor, an Arizona Amateur champion (Jesse Mueller).
As alumni like Quinney and Casey turned the program over to players like Canizares and three-time All-American Niklas Lemke, the Sun Devils have continued atop the leaderboard. Its quarterfinal finish (and second in stroke play after three rounds) in 2010 marked the 11th top-10 finish for Lein at ASU, a feat only 2003 NCAA champion Clemson and 2006 NCAA champion Oklahoma State can top.
And for those that bleed maroon and gold, Lein's teams have finished better than rival Arizona 14 out of his 18 years at both the NCAA and Pac-10 Championships.
In 2001-2002, the Sun Devils experienced a host of bad luck as it had a player leaving early to pursue a professional career (2001 All-American Matt Jones), an injury to another All-American (2001 U.S. Public Links champion Chez Reavie) which had him out for five months and another player leaving the team to concentrate on academics (2001 U.S. Amateur semifinalist Brian Nosler). Add in losing his assistant coach as Mickey Yokoi was working with the women's team, and it was a case of Murphy's Law for Lein. Lein lost his top three players that fall, but he knew that with the newcomers arriving, Yokoi back on the staff and a healthy Reavie, ASU would get back to its usual spot in the rankings and at the NCAA Championships.
"Recruiting quality people like Jeff (Quinney), Chez (Reavie) and Niklas (Lemke) and players like them is the most important part to keeping the program running, and I knew we had done that with a newcomer like Alejandro at that time," says Lein. "ASU has a first-class university golf course, incredible practice facilities, great weather, a host of world class golf courses to play and a most supportive and enthusiastic alumni who are extremely proud of their golf programs. Former Sun Devils are all involved with the program. Our players see that and want to be part of the legacy.
"The area continues to grow, and with that comes more golf courses, which gives us a tremendous recruiting advantage. ASU is a special place and we are so fortunate to have the facilities and the strong support of athletic staff, alumni and community. There is no question we appreciate what we have with new facilities like the weight room, the sky is the limit for all of our programs."
The 19th-year ASU mentor enters the 2010-2011 season with 65 tournament victories in 28 seasons and 61 All-Americans at Arizona State and USC. No program was more dominant in its league and more consistent on a regular basis on the national scene in the 1990s. ASU has won seven of the past 16 league titles after winning a Pac-10 record six straight from 1995-2000 and has posted six NCAA top-five finishes in the past 65 years to go along with five regional championships, the latest in 2009.
In Lein's 18 years in Tempe, only two programs have posted more NCAA top-10 finishes, as he has led the Sun Devils to a top-10 finish in all but six seasons. Only Oklahoma State and Clemson have more top-five finishes in that span, and of course Lein led ASU to its second national title in 1996.
The Sun Devils won the 1996 title in Chattanooga, Tenn., with a three-stroke victory over UNLV at the Honors Course. Lein also tutored first-team All-Americans and Academic All-Americans Chris Hanell and Scott Johnson in 1997, and had two of the top collegiate golfers with 1999 All-American Jeff Quinney and three-time All-American Paul Casey (1998-2000). Quinney earned a dramatic win of the 2000 U.S. Amateur Championship while Casey claimed his second straight English Amateur in the summer of 2000 and posted a great initial season on the European Tour as he was named Rookie of the Year in 2001.
Lein has guided the Sun Devils to 44 tournament victories (including a school record six in 1995-96), eight Pacific-10 Conference Championships (including a conference record six straight from 1995-2000 and the 2008 title), five NCAA West Regional wins and 10 top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships including the title in 1996. ASU notched solid NCAA finishes with fifth-place showings in 1999, 1998, 1997 (tie) and 2009 (tie), a fourth-place finish in 1995, sixth-place finishes in 1993, 2001 and 2003 and a ninth-place finish in 1994. In addition, Lein has coached NCAA medalists Todd Demsey (1993) and Alejandro Canizares (2003) and 18 All-Americans on 40 occasions in a list below that reads like a "Who's Who" of both college and pro golf (see list below). He has won Pacific-10 Conference Coach-of-the-Year honors five times at ASU, in 1993, 1995, 1996 1999 (Co-Coach of the Year) and 2000 and also twice while at USC (1986 and 1990).
COACH LEIN'S SUN DEVIL ALL-AMERICANS
Darren Angel, 2 (1998 and 1996 Honorable Mention)
Benjamin Alvarado Holley, 2 (2007 Second-Team and 2006 Honorable Mention)
Knut Borsheim (2009 Honorable Mention)
Alejandro Canizares, 4 (2006 and 2003 First-Team, 2005 and 2004 Third-Team)
Paul Casey, 3 (2000 First-Team, 1999 and 1998 Second-Team)
Todd Demsey, 3 (1993 and 1994 First-Team, 1995 Third-Team)
Stephan Gross (2009 Honorable Mention)
Chris Hanell, 3 (1997 First-Team, 1995 and 1994 Honorable Mention)
Scott Johnson, 2 (1997 First-Team and 1995 Honorable Mention)
Matt Jones, 2 (2001 First-Team and 2000 Honorable Mention)
Jesper Kennegard, 2 (2008 First-Team, 2010 Third-Team and 2009 Honorable Mention)
Niklas Lemke, 3 (2007 First-Team, 2006 Third-Team and 2005 Honorable Mention)
Jeff Quinney, 3 (2001 and 1999 Second-Team, 1998 Honorable Mention)
Chez Reavie, 3 (2004 Second-Team, 2003 and 2001 Honorable Mention)
Scott Pinckney (2009 Honorable Mention)
Joey Snyder, 2 (1996 and 1995 Honorable Mention)
Cade Stone (1993 Honorable Mention)
Chris Stutts (1994 Second-Team)
Lein (pronounced "Line"), a 1975 graduate of CS Northridge, led USC to the NCAA Championship every year from 1984 through 1992. The Trojans won 23 tournaments in 10 seasons and had 21 All-Americans. He was an associate coach at USC for four seasons prior to earning the head position (1980-83). USC earned Pac-10 titles in 1984 and 1986, finishing eighth at the NCAAs in both seasons. Lein was named Pac-10 and District VIII Coach-of-the-Year for his efforts in 1986 and 1980. Prior to that, he served as head pro at Westlake Village Golf Course.
"I have been most fortunate to have coached three NCAA champions, two Amateur Champions, five players with Walker Cup experience and a U.S. Public Links Champion. All of these players were outstanding athletes and young men. I cannot think of a better place for a student-athlete to get a quality education and prepare for life as a professional golfer. I want our former players know our staff made a positive impact on them. ASU is a great place for great golf and great student-athletes, and I am proud to be a part of it. When I hear our former players say how proud they are to be Sun Devils, that means we are doing things the right way."
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES
ASU has made 17 NCAA Championship appearances in Randy Lein's 18 years (1993-2010), tied for the second-best mark in the nation.
MOST NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES (1993-2010)
Arizona State, Florida-17
Clemson, Georgia Tech-15
Texas, Wake Forest-14
North Carolina, UNLV-13
Auburn, Georgia, New Mexico-12
NCAA CHAMPIONS AS FRESHMAN
2007-Jamie Lovemark, USC
2006-Jonathan Moore, Oklahoma State
2003-Alejandro Canizares, Arizona State
1998-James McLean, Minnesota
1989-Phil Mickelson, Arizona State
1982-Billy Ray Brown, Houston
1974-Curtis Strange, Wake Forest
1971-Ben Crenshaw, Texas
|2010:||4th (1401)||T4th (863)||T8th (868)||Randy Lein|
|2009:||3rd (1456)||1st (828)||T5th (862)||Randy Lein|
|2008:||1st (1435)||8th (885)||T17th (916)||Randy Lein|
|2007:||3rd (1433)||T3rd (824)||T18th (854)||Randy Lein|
|2006:||3rd (1437)||T3rd (840)||11th (1159)||Randy Lein|
|2005:||T1st (1425)||T4th (857)||T11th (1170)||Randy Lein|
|2004:||2nd (1455)||4th (873)||T21st (879)||Randy Lein|
|2003:||3rd (1475)||T5th (879)||6th (1202)||Randy Lein|
|2002:||9th (1490)||20th (900)||DNC||Randy Lein|
|2001:||2nd (1404)||1st (852)||6th (1162)||Randy Lein|
|2000:||$$1st (1384)||T6th (851)||T25th (589)||Randy Lein|
|1999:||1st (1403)||1st (854)||5th (1192)||Randy Lein|
|1998:||1st (1444)||T1st (858)||5th (1130)||Randy Lein|
|1997:||1st (1445)||2nd (850)||T5th (1156)||Randy Lein|
|1996:||1st (1456)||2nd (867)||1st (1186)||Randy Lein|
|1995:||1st (1440)||1st (844)||4th (1164)||Randy Lein|
|1994:||3rd (1473)||2nd (864)||T9th (1151)||Randy Lein|
|1993:||1st (1444)||2nd (866)||6th (1162)||Randy Lein|
ASU TEAM TITLES WON UNDER COACH LEIN (1992-PRESENT)
Olympia Fields Invitational, Chicago, Ill. (September 18-20, 2009)
NCAA West Regional, Daly City, Calif. (May 14-16, 2009)
ASU Thunderbird Invitational, Tempe, Ariz. (April 10-11, 2009)
Pacific-10 Championship, Fairfax, Calif. (April 28-30, 2008)
ASU Thunderbird Invitational, Tempe, Ariz. (April 11-13, 2008)
National Invitational, Tucson, Ariz. (April 2-3, 2007)
ASU Thunderbird Invitational, Tempe, Ariz. (April 9-10, 2004)
National Invitational Tournament, Tucson, Ariz. (March 28-30, 2004)
UNLV Championship, Las Vegas, Nev. (March 12-14, 2004)
Tucker Intercollegiate, Albuquerque, N.M. (September 12-13, 2003)
ASU Thunderbird Invitational, Tempe, Ariz. (April 11-12, 2003)
NCAA West Regional, Corvallis, Ore. (May 17-19, 2001)
ASU Thunderbird/ Savane Invitational, Tempe. Ariz. (April 12-14, 2001)
USC Southwestern Classic, Westlake Village, Calif. (March 4-6, 2001)
Pacific-10 Championship, Tempe, Ariz. (April 24-26, 2000)
ASU Thunderbird/Savane Invitational, Tempe, Ariz. (Apr. 15-16, 2000)
Las Vegas Intercollegiate, Las Vegas, Nev. (March 10-12, 2000)
USC Southwestern Classic, Westlake Village, Calif. (February 28-March 1, 2000)
NCAA West Regional, Tucson, Ariz. (May 19-22, 1999)
Pacific-10 Championship, Seattle, Wash. (April 25-28, 1999)
ASU Thunderbird/Savane Invitational, Tempe, Ariz. (April 16-18, 1999)
NCAA West Regional, Tempe, Ariz. (May 14-16, 1998)
Pacific-10 Championship, Berkeley, Calif. (April, 26-29, 1998)
USC Southwestern Invitational, Los Angeles, Calif. (March 22-24, 1998)
Pacific-10 Championship, Eugene, Ore. (May 5-7, 1997)
ASU Thunderbird/Savane Invitational, Tempe, Ariz. (April 19-20, 1997)
NCAA Championship, Chattanooga, Tenn. (May. 29-June 1, 1996)
Pacific-10 Championship, Los Angeles, Calif. (April 29-May 1, 1996)
ASU Thunderbird Invitational, Tempe, Ariz. (April 12-13, 1996)
Southwestern Invitational, Los Angeles, Calif. (March 25-26, 1996)
Jerry Pate Invitational, Birmingham, Ala. (October 21-24, 1995)
Ping Preview, Cornelius, Ore. (September 15-17, 1995)
NCAA West Region, Albuquerque, N.M. (May 17-19, 1995)
Pacific-10 Championship, Richland, Wash. (May 1-3, 1995)
Mauna Kea Invitational, Kohala Coast, Hawaii (February 14-16, 1995)
The Perry Maxwell, Ardmore, Okla. (May 14-15, 1994)
U.S. Intercollegiate, Stanford, Calif. (April 23-24, 1994)
ASU Thunderbird Invitational, Tempe, Ariz. (April 15-16, 1994)
Oregon Invitational, Eugene, Ore. (March 7-8, 1994)
Taylor Made/Big Island Intercollegiate, Waikolo, Hawaii (February 19-21, 1994)
Pacific-10 Championship, Santa Barbara, Calif. (April 26-28, 1993)
Southwestern Intercollegiate, Westlake Village, Calif. (April 5-6, 1993)
Pacific Coast Intercollegiate, Santa Barbara, Calif. (March 24-25, 1993)
Ping Preview, Lexington, Ky. (October 2-3, 1992)