USF’s Quiazon named Oregon coach

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Ria Quiazon has been named the women’s golf coach at the University of Oregon, according to Oregon athletics director Pat Kilkenny. Quiazon has spent the past two seasons as the women’s coach at the University of San Francisco.

Quiazon, the 2009 West Coast Conference coach of the Year, led the Dons to a school-record 300.2 scoring average last season. The Dons finished the year No. 34 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.

Last fall, San Francisco broke a school tournament scoring record to win the Kent Youel Invitational before winning the Oregon Duck Invitational and finishing second in the West Coast Conference for the second consecutive season.

Quiazon played professionally from 2003-06 on various tours after helping lead California to three NCAA appearances, while also playing on various national teams representing the Philippines.

In Quiazon’s first season at San Francisco in 2007-08, the Dons broke the school 54-hole tournament scoring record in the UNLV Rebel Spring Invitational. USF ended the season with six top-five finishes, including another runner-up WCC finish.

Before coaching, she played professionally on the Duramed Futures, Canadian Women’s, West Coast Ladies Golf, Orient Masters China Golf and Ladies Asian Golf tours. Other professional highlights include appearances in the 2006 Women’s World Cup in South Africa and the 2004 U.S. Women’s Open.

As a senior co-captain, the 2003 California graduate led the team in the NCAA Championships (28th overall), and was a 2003 All-Pac-10 and 2002 All-Region second-team honoree. The two-time Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention selection also won the 2003 Anna Espenschade Award, presented to the top graduating female student-athlete at Cal.

Quiazon inherits a Duck squad that returns six of last year’s top seven players, and ended the 2008-09 season ranked 35th in the Golfweek rankings.

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