May 26, 2010
TUCSON, Ariz. - The University of Arizona women's golf program named a new head coach as third-year assistant coach Laura Ianello was named to the post on Wednesday afternoon by athletic director Greg Byrne. The hiring of Ianello is pending approval of the Arizona Board of Regents.
"We're excited about having Laura take over the program," said Byrne. "Her enthusiasm and leadership skills are outstanding. Her past experience as a Wildcat golfer and her work with the team as a top assistant give us clear signs of a bright future for University of Arizona women's golf."
Ianello succeeds Shelly Haywood, head coach of the program for the past three years and an assistant from 2004-07.
A student-athlete at Arizona from 1998-2003 when she was known as Laura Myerscough, Ianello was a member of three Pac-10 championship teams (2000, 2001, 2002) as well as the 2000 NCAA championship squad. She made 33 starts for the Wildcats during her playing career, earning eight top-10 and four top-20 finishes.
"I'm very excited to continue the success of this season and carry that into future years," said Ianello, who helped guide the Wildcats to a 5th place finish at the NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship last week. "The ultimate goal of getting into coaching is to become a head coach. I feel ready for the challenge, ready to take on the team, ready to recruit and keep the pattern of success intact from when I played at Arizona."
"Arizona is my alma mater and there is no other place I would want to coach. We expect to succeed and we have high expectations to continue doing what we do best and that is to win championships."
Ianello was a National Golf Coaches Assocation honorable mention all-American and a 2nd-team all-Pac-10 selection in 2002. She also earned honorable mention all-Pac-10 accolades in 2001 and 2003 and acted as team captain in 2002-03.
Originally from Charleston, Ill., Ianello was the runner-up at the 2000 United States Women's Amateur Championship. She played in the 2001, 2002 and 2004 U.S. Women's Opens, was a member of the 2002 Curtis Cup team and represented the United States at the 2000 and 2002 World Amateur Championship. For three seasons (2000-2003), she was ranked in the top 10 in GolfWeek magazine's amateur rankings.
Following her collegiate career, Ianello spent five seasons playing professionally on the LPGA Tour, Futures Tour and the West Coast Ladies Golf Tour. Her best season was 2004 in which she finished 147th on the LPGA Tour money list. She ranked 8th on the 2003 Futures Tour with a 72.1 stroke average and claimed three top-10 finishes.
Ianello earned her degree in physical education from Arizona in December of 2007. She was married to Jeff Ianello in the summer of 2009.