Norwood to lead U.S. at University Games
Wyn Norwood, head men’s coach at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock, has been selected as the coach of the U.S. men’s squad for this year’s World University Games, to be held Aug. 12-23 in Shenzen, China.
The American team will be comprised of six current collegiate players selected by Norwood, a five-time Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year.
“I’m very honored and most appreciative to be selected to lead this team in such a prestigious worldwide event,” Norwood said. “I was as surprised as anyone when I got the call, and I’m still in a state of shock. It should be quite an experience, not only for me, but for the six young men who will make the trip. I can’t think of anything better than to represent your country.”
Norwood’s first player selection comes from his own Trojan team: sophomore Nicklaus Benton, the 2007 Class 7A Arkansas state champion at Cabot High School. Benton was also named the Arkansas State Golf Association Player of the Year in 2009.
Joining Benton on the American squad will be seniors Vince India of Iowa and Nick Delio of Cal State-Northridge, and sophomores Jace Long of Missouri and Alex Carpenter of Abilene Christian, who won the Southern Amateur last summer and captured four of the five tournaments in which he competed this past fall season.
Norwood said he expects to have the sixth and final spot filled by this coming week.
The World University Games are held every two years and are supervised by the International University Sports Federation. The games are modeled after the Olympics and are expected to attract nearly 8,000 collegiate athletes to China this summer.
Norwood has led UALR to four Sun Belt Conference championships since coming to Little Rock in 1992. He guided the UALR women’s team to back-to-back titles in 1998-99 and led the men’s team to consecutive titles in 2000-01.
Three Trojan golfers have won individual Sun Belt Conference crowns under his watch: Daniel Fox in 1999, Maria Jose Hurtado in 2000 and Patrick Sullivan in 2005.
Norwood, who served as a Navy pilot from 1967 to 1972 and was the All-Navy golf champion, has twice won the Arkansas Amateur State Championship and has been selected as the Arkansas Amateur of the Year on two occasions.
He has served as president of the Arkansas State Golf Association, the Southern Golf Association and the Mid-South Golf Association, and for 13 years he served as a committee member with the U.S. Golf Association.