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TUCSON, Ariz.--Shelly Haywood was named head coach of the womenˇ?s golf program at the University of Arizona, athletics director Jim Livengood announced today. She has been the assistant coach for the past three seasons.
?ˇ?To be the head coach of what is arguably the most storied program in the history of NCAA womenˇ?s golf is an incredible feeling,ˇ± Haywood said.? ˇ?Arizona has such an unbelievable standard of excellence that it will be my main focus to bring that championship formula back to Tucson,ˇ± she said.
? ˇ?I thank Jim Livengood for his strong belief in me. His never-compromising attitude and drive is something that is seen in every program at Arizona.? Heˇ?s set the standard and it will be my responsibility to uphold and exceed that standard,ˇ± she said.
?Haywood wonˇ?t be idle in the final months of summer.? ˇ?Things are fast and furious right now and over the years not only as a player but as a coach I know that motivation, hard work and believing in oneself is what will make the difference in our team,ˇ± she said.? Haywood leaves Tucson this week on her first official recruiting tour to various junior events in the Midwest and Western states, she said.??
?Active in the golfing community locally and nationally, Haywood is a member of the LPGAˇ?s Teaching and Club Professional Division and USGA Womenˇ?s Amateur Public Links Committee. She has served on the Arizona Golf Association board of governors.
?A two-time all-Big West Conference selection at New Mexico State, Haywood was a multi-sport athlete in high school, lettering in volleyball, basketball and softball at Skyview High School in Smithfield, Utah, where she grew up.
?Haywood, 40, graduated from NMSU in 1993 with a degree in professional golf management and a minor in exercise physiology. She was assistant golf pro at Tucson County Club for 10 years, where husband Michael is PGA Director of Golf, and began coaching in 2003-04 as head girlˇ?s coach at Tucsonˇ?s Rincon High School, before accepting the post with former head coach Greg Allen at UA.
?She was named 2005 Western Section Coach of the Year and the 2005 LPGA T&CP National Coach of the Year. She also was nominated for NGCAˇ?s Assistant Coach of the Year after her first year at UA. ?An accomplished player, she was a member of the West Coast Ladies Tour from 2002-04 and in her final season earned top -10 finishes in the Colorado Womenˇ?s Open and the Nevada Womenˇ?s Open.
? ˇ?My main goal right now is to instill in our girls that having fun and enjoying the collegiate experience is first and foremost.? I believe that coaches have a responsibility outside the classroom or on the golf course, to influence the direction our players take in their lives and in their future. Arizona womenˇ?s golf will be known not only for championship-caliber players but also for its ability to produce future role models in life,ˇ± Haywood said of her coaching philosophy.
?UAˇ?s womenˇ?s team finished the 2006-07 season with a 14th-place finish in the NCAA Championships. Junior Alison Walshe was named a first-team All-American. ˇ?Our girls are hard working and committed to each other as a team, they know that if each of them do their job individually on the golf course we are sure to succeed as a team. Itˇ?s going to be a good year in 2007-08, Haywood said.