Arizona women's golf adds Patricia Garcia to the squad for the coming season.
Laura Ianello was named the head coach for Arizona Wildcat women's golf on May 26, 2010 after three seasons as the top assistant coach in the program.
"Laura Ianello brings great energy to our women's golf program," Arizona Athletics Director Greg Byrne said. "As an alum, she understands how important our history is and future successes are. She also has a great understanding of what it takes to reach that level and she works hard to bring the right players to Tucson."
During the 2012 season, UA won three tournaments, earned top-three finishes in two others and brought three individual titles back to Tucson. Seniors Nikki Koller and Isabelle Boineau earned scholastic honors from the conference while freshman Manon Gidali, senior Margarita Ramos and Boineau were named All-Pac-12 performers. Individually, Ramos was a qualifier for the NCAA Championships.
In her first full season as head coach of her alma mater, the Wildcats won two tournaments, earned top-three finishes at eight events and earned a runner-up finish at the final Pac-10 Championships. With a top-eight finish at the NCAA Regional Championships, UA earned a spot at the NCAA Championships in College Station, Texas.
Individually, Boineau won two tournament titles and was named an NGCA second-team All-American and NGCA All-West Region. On the season, she had eight top 10 finishes and one top 20 finish. Boineau carded a low round of 69 (-3) and a low tournament of 212 (-4). She also collected 17 rounds at or below par.
From the Pac-10, Boineau earned first-team honors, Ramos was placed on the second team and senior Alejandra Llaneza and then-sophomore Kyndall Ardoin were named honorable mention. Academically, Koller was named second team Pac-10 All-Academic. Ardoin and Llaneza were named honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic.
Prior to being named head coach, Ianello helped guide the Wildcats to a fifth-place finish at the 2010 NCAA Women's Golf Championships in her final act as an assistant coach. The Wildcats regained a considerable amount of their previous luster in 2009-10, winning three tournaments including back-to-back postseason wins at the Pac-10 Championships and the NCAA West Regional Championships.
"Arizona is my alma mater and there is no other place I would want to coach," Ianello said. "We expect to succeed and we have high expectations to continue doing what we do best and that is to win championships."
Before joining the coaching ranks, Ianello spent the previous 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. Ianello ranked eighth on the 2003 Futures Tour with a 72.1 stroke average and three top-10 finishes.
She played for the Wildcats from 1998-2003 as Laura Myerscough and was a part of one NCAA Championship (2000) and three Pac-10 Championship (2000, 2001, 2002) teams during her five seasons as a Wildcat. In 33 career collegiate appearances, Ianello posted a 75.92 stroke average to go with eight top-10 and four top-20 finishes.
She was a National Golf Coaches Association honorable mention All-American and a second-team All-Pac-10 selection in 2002. Ianello also earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 accolades in 2001 and 2003. She was the UA team captain as a senior in 2002-03.
Originally from Charleston, Ill., Ianello was the runner-up at the 2000 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship. She also played in the 2001, 2002 and 2004 U.S. Women's Open, the 2002 Curtis Cup and represented the U.S. at the 2000 and 2002 World Amateur Championship. For three seasons (2000-03), she was ranked in the top 10 in Golfweek magazine's amateur rankings.
She earned her degree in physical education from the University of Arizona in 2007 and married Jeff Ianello in the summer of 2009.