Wyn Norwood To Step Down As UALR Head Men's Golf Coach In 2012

by UALR Sports Information  on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011 3:10 pm  

This story is from the archives of ArkansasSports360.com.

LITTLE ROCK – UALR Director of Golf and head men’s golf coach Wyn Norwood will step down following the upcoming 2012 spring season after 18 years coaching the Trojans. A five-time Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year, Norwood has led UALR to four Sun Belt Championships and coached three SBC individual medalists. The spring semester will wrap up his 18th season of coaching at UALR and his 20th season overall with the Athletic Department.

“I appreciate the opportunity UALR has given me over the past 20 years to work with some of the finest young men and women to ever come through the athletic program,” said Norwood. “I also want to thank all of the people in the central Arkansas community that have supported our program over these years. Stepping down is very hard.”

“We are certainly very appreciative of Wyn’s contributions to UALR and the Trojan golf program over the years,” said UALR Director of Athletics Chris Peterson. “He has been a great ambassador for UALR Athletics, the University and central Arkansas.”

A 2001 inductee into the Arkansas Golf Hall of Fame, Norwood came to UALR prior to the 1992-93 season to launch the men’s and women’s golf programs. The men’s golf program was returning from a four-year hiatus after being discontinued following the 1987-88 season, while the 1992-93 campaign marked the inaugural season of women’s golf at UALR.

Norwood, who spent the first 13 years of his UALR career as the head coach for both the men’s and women’s golf programs, wasted little time in making his presence felt at UALR, receiving the Sun Belt Coach of the Year award for both men's and women's golf in 1994. The 1994 Coach of the Year awards marked the first of five Norwood has won, as he was also named Women’s Coach of the Year in 1998 and 1999, and Men’s Coach of the Year in 2001.

Norwood’s guidance has led the Trojans to four Sun Belt Conference championships, with the women’s team claiming back-to-back titles in 1998 and 1999, and the men’s squad winning consecutive championships in 2000 and 2001.

 

In 2003, Norwood was named Director of Golf at UALR. He stepped down as head coach of both programs following the 2004-05 season to become the Associate Athletic Director for Development, but returned to the coaching ranks in 2007-08 after a two-year hiatus.

He has coached a total of 19 men and 23 women who have received All-Sun Belt Conference accolades, as well as three Sun Belt Conference individual champions – Daniel Fox (1999), Maria Jose Hurtado (2000) and Patrick Sullivan (2005). In the summer of 2011, Norwood had the honor of coaching the USA men’s golf team at the 2011 World University Games in Shenzen, China.

A two-sport star as an undergraduate at Arkansas Tech University, Norwood was named all-conference in golf three times and all-conference in football twice. While serving as a Navy pilot in the military from 1967 until 1972, Norwood was the All-Navy Golf Champion. He has twice won the Arkansas Amateur State Golf Championship and has also been selected as the Arkansas Amateur Golfer of the Year on two occasions.

Norwood has served as President of the Arkansas State Golf Association, the Southern Golf Association and the Mid-South Golf Association, and spent 13 years as a committee member with the United States Golf Association. He was selected a captain of the Arkansas Cup Team for 13-consecutive years, and served as the captain of the 1995 U.S. team in the Simon Bolivar Cup in South America.

 

 

 

 

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