PISCATAWAY, NJ – Maura Waters of Rutgers University has been named the 2005 BIG EAST Men’s Golf Coach of the Year, the conference office announced Wednesday.
“I am flattered to have received this honor,” said Waters. “This is the most talented team I’ve had and it has been a very exciting year. We still have a lot of work to do in order to reach our final goals. This group has worked extremely hard and I am very proud of them.”
Waters, in her 13th season at the helm of the Scarlet Knights, has guided RU to one of its most successful seasons in school history. Waters’ squad has claimed four team titles and two individual medalist finishes in 2004-05.
The Scarlet Knights have placed no lower than sixth in all nine of their tournaments this season, including a third-place showing at the 2005 BIG EAST Championships last week. As a result, Waters, who also serves as women’s golf coach at Rutgers, has the Scarlet Knights vying for a bid to the 2005 NCAA Men’s Golf Championships.
Rutgers earned the second seed in the BIG EAST Championships and entered the tournament with a scoring average 10 shots lower than all other BIG EAST schools. Waters has led a squad that is rated among the top three schools in the Mid-Atlantic Region and is primed for its first NCAA Championship berth in 21 years. Under her tutelage this season, five Scarlet Knights entered last weekend ranked among the top-10 golfers in the BIG EAST.
The Coach of the Year is determined by a vote conducted among the appropriate conference coaches, the eight men’s coaches and the five coaches on the women’s side. The coaches were not permitted to vote for themselves.
Ambry Bishop of St. John’s was chosen as the Women’s Golf Coach of the Year.