Murray, Hession earn Coach of the Year honors

Alabama-Birmingham's Alan Murray and Ohio State's Therese Hession earn Coach of the Year honors for the 2013-14 season.

Women's Rankings »

1Alison LeeUCLA  69.96 
2Stephanie MeadowAlabama  70.17 
3Gaby LopezArkansas  70.29 
4Noemi JimenezArizona St  70.31 
5Celine BoutierDuke  70.40 

Women's Team Rankings »

1Southern California 70.64  13 
2UCLA 70.83  12 
3Duke 70.89  11 
4Stanford 71.74  13 
5Arizona State 71.75  12 

Men's Rankings »

1Casey FernandezSo. Miss.  66.31 
2Tomasz AndersonJ'Ville St  67.12 
3Chase KoepkaUSF-Bulls  67.27 
4Hunter StewartVanderbilt  67.27 
5Maverick McNealyStanford  67.32 

Men's Team Rankings »

1South Florida 68.18 
2Illinois 68.90 
3SE Louisiana 69.66 
4Florida State 69.78 
5Baylor 69.89 

Among coaches, Ohio State’s Therese Hession took three freshmen, a junior and a senior on a team not ranked among the preseason women’s top 30 to tie for seventh at the NCAA Championship and a No. 16 ranking in a year she called “very satisfying.” The Buckeyes won three times in the spring, including a co-victory at the Big Ten Conference Championship.

“Some years as a coach, you kind of think, What could I have done better?” said Hession, who has coached the Buckeyes for 24 years. “This year was one of those years where I felt like we got a lot out of the kids.”

Under the direction of first-year coach Alan Murray, who was promoted at Alabama-Birmingham after three years as a men’s assistant, the Blazers improved from a No. 55 ranking in 2013 to No. 12 this spring. Each player in the starting lineup improved his national ranking, and the Blazers were ranked in the top 10 for most of the season. UAB won only once but finished second six times.

Murray, told of the honor during the U.S. Open at Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort, where he caddied for 2014 alumnus Sam Love, deflected praise.

“It comes down to the kids,” he said. “If they don’t buy in, if they don’t want to work hard, it’s going to be tough. I am really lucky that I have great kids.”

- Nick Masuda and Julie Williams contributed

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