Ho coach-of-the-year for fourth time

UNCW press release

RICHMOND, Virginia – UNCW Head Coach Cindy Ho was named Colonial Athletic Association Coach-of-the-Year and junior Sofia Hagsund and freshman Laverry Kumar both earned All-CAA recognition as the CAA announced its annual women's golf awards on Wednesday.

In voting conducted by the league's 10 head coaches, Ho garnered Coach-of-the-Year honors for the fourth time in her nine-year tenure in the Port City (also named Big South Coach-of-the-Year in 2003 & 2004 and CAA Coach-of-the-Year in 2007) as she guided a youthful Seahawks lineup that featured five freshman and seven underclassmen to the program's third CAA title in five seasons; their sixth conference championship overall and their sixth NCAA Regionals appearance in nine seasons.

Ho also helped UNCW post four top-10 finishes in 2010-11 and record its second best result in NCAA competition two weeks ago with a 15th-place result in the NCAA East Regionals on the LPGA International Legends Course in Daytona Beach, Fla.

"It's always a tremendous honor to be recognized by your peers and this award is no exception," said Ho. "I want to thank my team for all their hard work and dedication this season as this award is truly a reflection of them buying into what we are trying to accomplish here at UNCW. As a young team, we had our share of growing pains this season, but they continued to work hard and that effort showed in both the CAA Championships and the NCAA East Regionals."

Hagsund earned First-Team All-CAA honors for the second straight season after pacing the Seahawks with a 77.32 stroke average in 28 rounds played. The Landskrona, Sweden, product posted four top-25 finishes during the 2010-11 campaign, highlighted by a tie for seventh in the CAA Women's Golf Championships at the Pinehurst Resort in late April. Hagsund capped her junior season by carding a career-low 70 in the first round of the NCAA East Regionals on May 5.

Kumar garnered Second-Team All-CAA accolades after a freshman season that saw the New Dehli, India native fashion a 77.62 stroke average in 27 rounds completed. She posted four top-15 results in 2010-11, including top-12 finishes in each of her last three tournament appearances and recorded her first top-10 result with a tie for seventh in the CAA Women's Golf Championships at the Pinehurst Resort in late April.

Kumar wrapped up her rookie season by carding a career-low five-under-par 67 in the final round of the NCAA East Regionals, establishing a new program mark for the lowest individual round by a Seahawk women's golfer in postseason competition.

"I am excited that Sofia and Laverry both earned All-CAA recognition for their play this past season," said Ho. "Sofia's First-Team selection is well deserved as she has been our leader on the links for the past two years and was the most consistent player throughout the year for us. Laverry capped off a solid freshman year with her outstanding performance at The NCAA Regionals. She is an outstanding all-around player and very good under pressure."

2011 Women's Golf All-CAA First Team

Charlotte Guilleux, Georgia State Jr. Stockbridge, Ga./New Creation Center

Sofia Hagsund, UNC Wilmington Jr. Landskrona, Sweden/Allvar Gullstrandgymnasiet

Elizabeth Haycock, Old Dominion Fr. Birmingham, England/St. George's

Charlotte Lorentzen, Georgia State Jr. Soroe, Denmark/Soroe Akademi

Ginger Mak, James Madison Fr. North Point, Hong Kong/International School of Macao

2011 Women's Golf All-CAA Second Team

Emily Gimpel, William & Mary Fr. Lafayette Hill, Pa./Mount Saint Joseph Academy

Laverry Kumar, UNC Wilmington Fr. New Dehli, India/Pendleton

Samantha Morrell, Old Dominion So. North Kingstown, R.I./North Kingstown

Breanna Patz, Xavier So. Plainfield, Ind./Avon

Nicole Sakamoto, James Madison Jr. Honolulu, Hawaii/Kalani

2010-11 CAA Player-of-the-Year: Charlotte Lorentzen, Georgia State

2010-11 CAA Rookie-of-the-Year: Ginger Mak, James Madison

2010-11 CAA Coach-of-the-Year: Cindy Ho, UNCW