NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt head women’s golf coach Greg Allen will be inducted into the Women’s Golf Association Coaches Hall of Fame on Dec. 5 at Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. Allen is the 53rd member of the WGCA Coaches Hall of Fame.
“What a humbling honor,” Allen said. “I am so thankful to all the people in my life that have helped, encouraged and inspired me along the way. God has blessed me by surrounding me with great players and coaches for many years. They’re the real reason for this honor. I am the luckiest guy on the planet to get to do what I do.”
Through 15 seasons at the helm, Allen has guided Vanderbilt to 12 postseason appearances including a program best five consecutive NCAA Championship appearances. He has led the Commodores to 15 tournament titles including the 2014 SEC Championship and two NCAA Regional Championships. Following the team’s 2018-19 season, which was highlighted by a school record six victories, Allen was named the SEC Coach of the Year.
During his tenure at Arizona before arriving in Nashville, Allen led the program to nine tournament titles, including two PAC-12 Championships and a runner-up finish at the 2002 NCAA Championships. He coached Lorena Ochoa who became the top-ranked female golfer in the world for 158 consecutive weeks, an LGPA Tour record, before she was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2017.
Allen’s student-athletes have garnered three PING WGCA Player of the Year Awards, two WGCA Freshman of the Year Awards, six conference Player of the Year awards, 15 All-American honors, 37 academic All-American honors and 40 individual victories.
The Women’s Golf Coaches Association, founded in 1983, is a non-profit organization representing women’s collegiate golf coaches. The WGCA was formed to encourage the playing of college golf for women in correlation with a general objective of education and in accordance with the highest tradition of intercollegiate competition. Today, the WGCA represents over 650 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.