April 23, 2014
HOUSTON - University of Houston Men's Golf associate head coach Chris Hill was named one of three finalists for the 2014 Jan Strickland Award presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf as selected by the GCAA on Wednesday morning.
This marked the second straight season that Hill was recognized as one of the nation's top assistant coaches. A year ago, he was honored as one of eight semifinalists. The Strickland Award is presented to the NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA or NJCAA assistant coach that, among other things, has excelled in working with their student-athletes both on the course and in the classroom.
Hill was joined by Northwestern's David Inglis and Blake Smart of Oklahoma. The Strickland Award recipient will enjoy the opportunity to further his professional development by receiving an invitation to the TaylorMade-adidas Golf Kingdom in Carlsbad, Calif.
The Cougars have enjoyed tremendous success during the 2013-14 season under director of golf Jonathan Dismuke's and Hill's watch. Houston has been ranked among the top-10 national leaders in the Golfweek/Sagarin, Golfstat and Golf World/Nike Coaches polls.
Robledo was ranked among the nation's top-10 collegiate players earlier this season, and senior James Ross recently was selected to compete for Team Europe during the Palmer Cup in late June.
Off the course, the Cougars enjoyed equally impressive achievements. The program posted its highest ever cumulative grade-point average and best Fall GPA. Pilgrim posted a perfect 4.0 semester GPA in the fall, and six team members will graduate during the 2013-14 academic year (Jordan Rumora graduated in December 2013; Jesse Droemer, James Ross, Curtis Reed, Wesley McClain and Bryn Flanagan will receive their bachelor's degrees in the spring.)
TaylorMade-adidas Golf has sponsored the Strickland Award since its inception in 2003.
Hill helps lead the Cougars into action on April 27-29 when the team opens play at the American Athletic Conference Championships on the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club in Palm Harbor, Fla.
While the Cougars look to win their second straight conference crown, they will be vying for their first American title. Competing in its final year in Conference USA, Houston claimed a 3-stroke victory over SMU in Texarkana, Ark., a year ago.
From there, the team will compete in the NCAA Regional for the third consecutive season, a first since 1999-01.
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