COSTA MESA -- For the first time since 2004, Orange Coast College will once again host a women's golf program, according to OCC's Dean of Kinesiology and Athletics, Dr. Michael Sutliff.
"We're excited about the return of women's golf to the Pirates," Sutliff said. "In this area, women's golf is a very popular sport at the younger levels and it's something Orange Coast College should provide to this community."
Women's golf, a competitive sport for the Pirates from 1996-2004, will return to the Orange Empire Conference this Fall and will be coached by current men's golf coach, Sean Collins. Collins has helped guide the men's golf team to four consecutive Orange Empire Conference championships as well as a Southern California Regional title and state runner-up in 2013.
"The hiring committee was very impressed with Sean -- not only because of his success on the men's side, but with his ability to coach, teach and promote the women's game as well," Sutliff said. "We felt that Sean is the best fit for bringing women's golf back to Orange Coast College and we're excited to get this started."
During OCC's first run of women's golf, Coast won a pair of OEC titles (1998 and 1999), two top-three finishes in regionals (1998 and 1999) and a third-place state finish at the 1999 State Championships.
"Word is slowly getting out there and there is some interest for the program, so that's exciting to see," Collins said. "Once we get the program off the ground and word gets out, we should have a very solid program, especially with the athletics history of OCC as well as the school's impressive transfer rate."
Auditions for women's golf will take place in the summertime.
For more information on becoming a part of the 2014 women's golf program, contact Collins at (949) 244-3401, or athletics eligibility specialist Mary Bola at (714) 432-5766.