IVC Women's Golf Coaching Staff
Ben Burnett - Head Coach
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Coach Ben Burnett a winner of multiple conference coach of the year awards at Irvine Valley.
He has produced competitive golf squads, utilizing a philosophy of recruiting, rather than tryouts for players.
His goal for women's golf at IVC was to have a program that is recognized as one of the best in the state. Burnett believes he has accomplished this goal.
The 2010 squad won the Orange Empire Conference title, placing all but one of its six starters on the all-conference team, and then went on to capture a state title.
Top player Nicole Rivera was named back-to-back conference player of the year and first team all-state two years in a row. Rivera's success, including being named Southern California player of the year, attracted contacts from several Division I golf programs, including Big Ten Conference and NCAA Champion Purdue. She recently signed with Cal State Fullerton.
Other Division I program's Burnett has had contact with include UNLV, Arkansas, Pepperdine and San Diego State.
Burnett has helped send numerous Irvine Valley players on to four-year schools to continue their golf careers.
David F. Wright, Ph.D., PGA - Consultant
Dr. David Wright is a PGA member teaching professional, a PGA Tour Instructor and Psychologist.
His peers elected him as the 1998 PGA Teacher of the Year for the Southern California Section and he was the recipient of the coveted 1999 PGA Southern California Section Horton Smith Trophy.
He is also the author of the book, Mind Under Par and he is the founder of the Wright Balance Golf Schools (888) 966-6463 at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Course in Mission Viejo where he teaches full time.
He holds two doctorates, both in psychology. Dr. Wright is also a Senior Instruction Editor for Golf Tips Magazine. Additionally, Dr. Wright is a former assistant coach to the University of Southern California golf teams and a consultant to Irvine Valley College Coach Ben Burnett.
Alan Ochiai, PGA Teaching Professional
- Assistant Coach
Alan Ochiai helps the Irvine Valley men's and women's golf team members analyze their swings. His expertise is highly respected and acclaimed by coaches and PGA teaching professionals.
Ochiai's clients include top high school and Division I golfers as well as tour professionals. Ochiai, who has taught golf for 21 years, has been mentioned as a Golf Magazine top 100 teacher.
He was named the Southern California PGA Section Teacher of the Year in 1999.