Laura Ianello and Brett Gilliland sit down to talk about her Circuits to Success. Laura, head golf coach for University of Arizona, led the Wildcats to the 2018 NCAA golf championship. The first for the school since 2000. Laura talks about the attitude and mindset that it takes to be a champion on and off the course.
Bio courtesy of University of Arizona website:
Arizona alum Laura Ianello was named the head coach on May 26, 2010 after three seasons as the top assistant coach in the program. The 2017-18 season will be her eight full campaign at the helm of the program.
“Arizona is my alma mater and there is no other place I would want to coach,” Ianello said. “We expect to succeed and we have high expectations to continue doing what we do best and that is to win championships.”
Under Ianello's leadership the Cats have reached the NCAA Regionals in all seven seasons with five trips to the NCAA Championships, as well as one conference championship in 2015. In that time frame the Wildcats have had six All-Americans, 19 members of the All Pac-12 team, 22 members of the Pac-12 All-Academic team, a Freshman of the Year and a Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Prior to being named head coach, Ianello helped guide the Wildcats to a fifth-place finish at the 2010 NCAA Women's Golf Championships in her final act as an assistant coach. The Wildcats regained a considerable amount of their previous luster in 2009-10, winning three tournaments including back-to-back postseason wins at the Pac-10 Championships and the NCAA West Regional Championships.
Before joining the coaching ranks, Ianello spent the previous five seasons playing professionally on the LPGA Tour, Futures Tour and the West Coast Ladies Golf Tour. Her best season was 2004 in which she finished 147th on the LPGA Tour money list. Ianello ranked eighth on the 2003 Futures Tour with a 72.1 stroke average and three top-10 finishes.
She played for the Wildcats from 1998-2003 as Laura Myerscough and was a part of one NCAA Championship (2000) and three Pac-10 Championship (2000, 2001, 2002) teams during her five seasons as a Wildcat. In 33 career collegiate appearances, Ianello posted a 75.92 stroke average to go with eight top-10 and four top-20 finishes.
She was a National Golf Coaches Association Honorable Mention All-American and a second-team All-Pac-10 selection in 2002. Ianello also earned All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention accolades in 2001 and 2003. She was the UA team captain as a senior in 2002-03.
Originally from Charleston, Ill., Ianello was the runner-up at the 2000 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship. She also played in the 2001, 2002 and 2004 U.S. Women's Open, the 2002 Curtis Cup and represented the U.S. at the 2000 and 2002 World Amateur Championship. For three seasons (2000-03), she was ranked in the top 10 in Golfweek magazine's amateur rankings.
Ianello earned her degree in physical education from the University of Arizona in 2007. She and her husband, Jeff, were married in the summer of 2009 and are parents to daughters Natalie and Joanna.