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Women?s Golf Assistant Coach Named LPGA Coach of the Year
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: October 26, 2005
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. ?- Shelly Haywood, the Arizona women’s golf assistant coach was named the LPGA T&CP Coach of the Year.


Haywood, who was nominated in 2005 for the NGCA Assistant Coach of the Year, has many duties aside from coaching that she is responsible for.  Haywood is a large part of the recruiting process, in charge of tournament administration for the Wildcat Invitational and team travel. 


“I am extremely honored and grateful for the award,” Haywood exclaimed.  “I truly love my job and am very lucky to be able to do what I do everyday.  It is nice to be honored by your fellow golf professionals and your peers.  This is a great honor and I hope that I can live up to it.”


Haywood has been a member of the Arizona Wildcats since the beginning of the 2004-05 season.  Prior to her arrival at the University, Haywood was the head coach at Rincon High School, where she led the women’s golf team to a third place finish at the state championships in her first year. 


Before turning her attention to coaching, Haywood achieved many accolades as a golfer.  As a member of the New Mexico State women’s golf team, Haywood was a two-time All Big West Conference selection in 1991 and 1992. 


“This is a great honor for Shelly,” head coach Greg Allen said.  “For her to come in here in a short period of time and win this award shows what a great asset she is.  The team and I are very fortunate to have her on board.” 


 The LPGA Coach of the Year Award, established in 1980, is awarded annually to a woman golf professional who is actively engaged in teaching and/or coaching golf at the college, university or high school level.