Baylor women’s coach Ferdon retires

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Baylor women’s coach Sylvia Ferdon announced April 26 that she will retire at the end of the season.

“This program is very special to me, but I believe now is the time to step aside and let someone else build upon the foundation which has been established,” Ferdon said in a statement. “I want to thank all of the student-athletes who have worked hard over the years to establish a tradition of excellence in this program, both in the classroom and on the golf course.

“I leave Baylor with many great memories and believe great days are ahead for this program. We have an awesome incoming class that will add to our returning senior leaders, which should make for a bright future.”

Baylor, No. 71 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, finished eighth at the Big 12 Championship. While the Bears did not receive a 2011 NCAA regional bid, Chelsey Cothran will be one of hte six individual participants at the West Regional, May 5-7 in Auburn, Wash.

“We are grateful for Sylvia’s leadership of our women’s golf program over the past 17 years,” said athletic director Ian McCaw. “She has made a tremendous investment in the lives of her student-athletes as a teacher, coach and role model. Moreover, we are indebted to Sylvia for the outstanding accomplishments of her team both in the classroom and on the golf course.”

A two-time Big 12 Coach of the Year selection (2000, 2009), Ferdon led Baylor to its highest Big 12 finish ever (third) on three occasions (2001, 2005 and 2007). Baylor made 10 NCAA Regional appearances in the past 12 seasons, including a run of eight consecutive trips from 2000 through 2007, highlighted by its first NCAA Championship berth in 2004.

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