April 25, 2001
TUCSON, Ariz. - The Golf Coaches Association of America has selected University of Arizona Director of Golf Rick LaRose as the head coach for the United States team in the 2001 U.S.-Japan Collegiate Matches.
The competition, which is scheduled to take place July 2-5, 2001, at Verde Sano Golf Club, located in Sano shi, Tochigi, Japan. The annual matches consist of a Walker Cup format between collegiate teams from Japan and the United States.
Now in his 23rd season at the helm of the Arizona golf program, LaRose has established the Wildcats as one of the finest programs in the nation. The only college coach to win both a men's (1992) and women's (1996) NCAA Championship, LaRose has won eight NCAA Regionals, five Pac-10 crowns and three Rolex Match Play titles. In NCAA Championship competition, he also has four third-place finishes, a fifth-place and two sixth-place efforts to his credit. Since 1978, his men's teams have won 44 tournaments and produced 55 All-Americans.
The United States' eight-man, four-woman team for the event will be announced later this spring. Nine of LaRose's UA players have competed in this event since 1990.