UNCW's nationally-recognized women's golf program is in good hands with Cindy Ho, one of the nation's veteran golf coaches.
In her 11th season in the Port City, Ho has guided the Seahawks to nine tournament wins, six conference championship titles and seven NCAA Regional berths. She has had a total of 29 All-Conference performers during her tenure with the Seahawks as well as four Conference Players-of-the-Year and three League Rookie-of-the-Year honorees. In addition, 12 players have earned National Golf Coaches Association All-Scholar accolades a total of 30 times while three players have kept five of the last eight CAA Women's Golf Scholar-Athlete-of-the-Year awards in the Port City.
A five-time league Coach-of-the-Year honoree (two Big South and three CAA), Ho piloted the Seahawks to a second straight CAA crown and NCAA tournament appearance in 2012. She was named CAA Coach-of-the-Year for the second straight season and had three players - senior Sofia Hagsund and sophomores Lori Beth Adams and Laverry Kumar - all receive All-CAA accolades. In addition, the program was recognized with a Public Recognition Award from the NCAA for the third consecutive year for placing among the top 10 percent nationally for its work in the classroom.
The 2011 season saw Ho guide a youthful Seahawks lineup that featured five freshman and seven underclassmen to the program's third CAA title in five seasons. Individually, junior Sofia Hagsund and freshman Laverry Kumar were both All-CAA selections while Hagsund and freshman Whitney Rhodes earned All- Scholar status from the NGCA.
UNCW enjoyed a solid 2010 season as the Seahawks captured their third UNCW Lady Seahawk Classic and posted three other top-three finishes. The team also enjoyed individual success as sophomore Sofia Hagsund earned First-Team All-CAA accolades and senior Carmen Perez-Narbon garnered Second-Team All-CAA honors to become just the second player in school history to earn all-league recognition all four season. In addition, Hagsund received an individual invitation to the NCAA East Regional, becoming just the fourth player in program history to receive an individual invitation to post-season play.
In her first year with the Seahawks in 2003, Ho was named Big South Conference Coach-of-the-Year after leading the Seahawks to their second consecutive Big South title and an NCAA appearance.
Ho then duplicated those feats again in 2004 in UNCW's final campaign as an associate member of the Big South.
In 2005, the Seahawks racked up another NCAA berth in their first season of Colonial Athletic Association competition. UNCW won the championship of the Unlimited Potential/Bay Tree Classic behind medalist Michelle Jarman and senior Becky Berzonski was named 2005 CAA Player-of-the-Year.
In 2006, the Seahawks finished as the runner-up at the CAA Championship, had three top-3 and six top-10 finishes. Jarman qualified as an individual at the NCAA East Regional Championship.
The 2007 squad made its first trip to the championship podium as a member of the CAA, winning the 2007 title. The squad garnered a host of individual honors as Ho was named CAA Coach-of-the-Year, while Perez-Narbon was named First-Team All-CAA, CAA Player-of-the-Year and CAA Rookie-of-the-Year. Emily Klein joined Perez-Narbon on the First-Team and Ashley Tait collected Second-Team honors. Tait won medalist honors at the CAA Championships with a four-shot victory over Perez-Narbon and Georgia State's Joanna Klatten.
The 2008 campaign saw Ho pilot the Seahawks to their second straight Colonial Athletic Association Championship as they overcame a two-stroke deficit in the final round to defeat nationally-ranked Georgia State. UNCW also made its sixth NCAA Regional appearance in the last seven years as it capped its season by posting the highest NCAA finish in program history.
Perez-Narbon and Tait were recognized as First-Team All-CAA performers, while Stephanie Noser was a Second-Team All-CAA honoree, In addition, Perez-Narbon was named to the NGCA All-Region team for her ninth-place finish at the NCAA East Regional.
The Seahawks finished the 2009 season one stroke short of capturing their third straight Colonial Athletic Association Championship. Carmen Perez-Narbon took home individual medalist honors in the Championship to become the second player in program history to win the individual title at the event. Perez-Narbon was recognized as the league's Player-of-the-Year for the second time in three years as she also garnered First-Team All-CAA honors for the third straight season. Tait joined Perez-Narbon as a First-Team All-CAA honoree and was named the CAA's Women's Golf Scholar-Athlete-of-the-Year.
A 1990 graduate of Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, Ho led Longwood University to two National Golf Coaches Association Division II National Championships titles in 1993 and 1995, along with the 1994 Eastern College Athletic Championship. The Lancers also posted three other top-4 finishes at the NGCA National Championship and won 14 titles during Ho's tenure. Ten Lancers combined to earn 18 All-American honors and six players earned NGCA Academic All-Scholar honors.
Ho was named NGCA Coach-of-the-Year in 1996 and 2001. She was also named NGCA Division II East Regional Coach-of-the-Year in 2001.
A native of Victoria, British Columbia, Ho finished second at the 1986 Canadian Junior Championships and was ranked sixth and eighth in Canada in 1986 and 1985, respectively.
A starter in 27 collegiate tournaments at Lamar, Ho's best finish was as runner-up at the SMU Mustangs Invitational in 1989. In 1988, Ho earned a spot on the British Columbia Amateur team and helped B.C. to runner-up finishes at the Canadian Women's Amateur and the Western Canadian Championship.
In 1995, Ho placed second in the Virginia Amateur Stroke Play and was a semifinalist in the Virginia Amateur.
Ho's other interests include running, sculling and swimming. She completed the SunTrust Richmond Marathon in 2001, finishing just over 3 hours and 37 minutes, and has competed in numerous road races.