LOS ANGELES – UCLA Athletics has announced Alicia Um Holmes as the next head coach of the women’s golf team. Um Holmes, who spent the last 17 years as an assistant and associate head coach for the Bruins, becomes the fifth head coach in the program’s history.
“I am excited, honored and humbled to be given the opportunity to be the next leader of our women’s golf program,” Um Holmes said. “Most of my adult life has been at UCLA living the dream, and to be able to continue to do so as head coach is surreal. I want to thank Martin Jarmond for putting his faith in me and Chris Carlson for his unwavering support. A special thank you to my mentor, coach and friend, Carrie Forsyth, who has been my champion and who I owe everything to. I look forward to the challenge of following her footsteps, winning championships and upholding our high level of academic excellence.”
Alongside retired UCLA head coach Carrie Forsyth, Um Holmes helped guide the Bruins to the 2011 NCAA Championship, five NCAA Regional titles and two Pac-12 Championships. Beginning her first year as an assistant in 2006, Um Holmes and Forsyth went on a dominant run of five consecutive seasons, with top three finishes at both the conference championships and Regionals. They placed top three at nationals in four of those five years.
“Alicia has instilled our student-athletes with a drive for competitive excellence in her previous 17 years as an assistant,” said UCLA’s Alice and Nahum Lainer Director of Athletics Martin Jarmond. “She knows our elite culture and history, having competed as a student-athlete at UCLA and leading the Bruins to a National Championship as a coach in 2011. I am ecstatic to name Alicia as our new head coach.”
Um Holmes and Forsyth have produced two ANNIKA Award winners, which is annually given to the top female Division I collegiate golfer, in Alison Lee (2014) and Bronte Law (2016), as well as two PING WGCA Player of the Year honorees in Law (2016) and Lilia Vu (2018). Ten UCLA golfers have hauled in 20 WGCA First-Team All-American Awards since Um Holmes has been on the coaching staff. Most recently, Emma Spitz became the fourth player in program history to be named to the first team three times in a career.
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