O'Connor resigns after 17-year career at Stanford
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Caroline O’Connor has resigned as the head women’s golf coach at Stanford, ending a 17-year career with the Cardinal.
“I have been blessed to have the opportunity to be at Stanford for these 17 seasons.” O’Connor told Golfweek. “I am so thankful for the opportunities I have had.”
O’Connor, 43, called the relationships with her players and peers the most rewarding part of the job, and is expecting good things from Stanford in the coming year.
“We have the infrastructure set for this next year for great things to happen,” she said. “I will always know that I did everything I could to get them to this point.”
O’Connor led the Cardinal to 15 NCAA Championship berths, which included three top-5 finishes. Stanford finished a program-best second in 2000.
After making a run for the NCAA West Regional title earlier this month -- an effort largely aided by senior Sydney Burlison, who re-entered the lineup in April after being sidelined with an injury for much of the season -- Stanford finished T-5 at that event. The Cardinal advanced to the NCAA Championship but finished last in the 24-team field.
“It’s disappointing in some senses that we finished 24th, but at the end of the day I am really proud of my team for what they accomplished,” O’Connor said.
Stanford ended the season ranked No. 35 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.