Gina Umeck begins her second season at CSUN in the fall of 2014. The Matador women enjoyed a resurgence in 2013-14 as CSUN finished an impressive second at the Big West Championship and senior Clariss Guce advanced to the NCAA Championship as an individual.
Guce, who wound up as the runner-up at the conference championship, was a first team All-Big West selection as was redshirt freshman Cesilie Hagen who took third at the Cib West Championship.
CSUN Director of Athletics Dr. Brandon E. Martin announced Umeck's hiring on Aug. 27, 2013. She is the fourth head coach in Matador women's golf history.
"We are delighted to welcome Gina Umeck to the CSUN family," said Martin. "Gina brings a unique blend of talents to our women's golf program as a former professional player, collegiate coach, and national championship experience as a student-athlete. Coach Umeck's deep knowledge of the golf recruiting landscape in Southern California will impact our program immensely. I look forward to her contributing to our overarching goal of comprehensive excellence."
The Redlands, Calif. native played collegiately at UCLA, where her Bruin team won the NCAA Championship in 2004. She went on to play professionally for five years on the LPGA Symetra Tour and qualified for the 2008 U.S. Women's Open at Interlochen C.C. in Edina, Minn.
Umeck began her coaching career as an instructor at Stanford University's annual summer camp. She was a recurring staff member at Aroma Golf Academy in Los Angeles, where she offered instruction in Korean and English to junior and amateur players, and held a similar position at Wilshire Country Club.
While at the University of Albany, Umeck began with a squad of four players but recruited five new domestic and international players for the fall of 2013. Her recruiting class included a national top NJCAA player in Victoria Choi. Prior to Albany, Umeck spent two seasons (2010-11, 2011-12) as the head coach at Barry University in Miami, Fla. She led Barry to the 2012 NCAA Division II national championships where the Buccaneers finished fourth. It was the schools first appearance in the national championships since 2002.
Umeck earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from UCLA in 2005 and also has a minor in Korean language.
"I am very grateful for the opportunity as head women's golf coach here at CSUN," said Umeck. "This is a position I am very enthusiastic about, not only because so many friends are alumni but also because my coach at UCLA began here. I take great pride in the program already and look to raise it to national prominence."