Kudos to the GCAA for picking Arizona State men's coach Randy Lein for induction into its coaches' Hall of Fame. Official announcement came today, with the CSU-Northridge graduate being a very deserving selection.
"I'm very honored to join such an elite group," Lein (right) said. "To have your peers acknowledge what you have accomplished over the course of your career is gratifying. To be recognized alongside the great coaches and contributors to college golf is very humbling." (For a full list of GCAA Hall of Fame members, click here.)
During his time as a head coach, beginning at USC in 1984 before he moved to Tempe to take over the Sun Devils' program in the 1992-93 season, Lein's teams have won 63 tournament, including 10 Pac-10 titles and the 1996 NCAA Championship. In the process, Lein has been named Pac-10 coach of the year seven times (twice at USC, five times at ASU).
Over the course of Lein's career, he has coached:
2 NCAA individual champions (Todd Demsey, 1993;Alejandro Canizares, 2003)
1 U.S. Amateur champion (Jeff Quinney, 2000)
1 U.S. Amateur Public Links champion (Chez Reavie, 2001)
1 English Amateur champion (Paul Casey, 1999 & 2000)
Meanwhile, entering the 2007-08 season, 46 of his Sun Devil players had earned their college degrees. This truly speaks to the type of individual Lein (pronounced Line) is. He always has worked to help his players succeed, not just on the golf course but in everything they do.
Lein's official induction is scheduled for Jan. 26, 2009, during the GCAA's annual convention in Orlando.
(Lein photo courtesy of the Arizona State Sports Information Department)