Now beginning his fourth season, Derek Freeman has created a list of accomplishments that few other UCLA golf coaches can match. He guided the Bruins to their second NCAA team title in 2008, mentored the only NCAA individual champion in UCLA history and smiled with pride as that player won a host of awards.
In 2009-10, Freeman's team entered the NCAA Championship with the youngest lineup in the tournament. He led the Bruins to a 16th place finish, a final ranking of ninth in the national poll and two team victories. Two players earned All-America honorable mention honors from the coaches association and four players earned All-Pac-10 acclaim. In addition, sophomore Alex Shi Yup Kim emerged as one of the most improved players in the country vaulting from 438th in the rankings his freshman year to 41st as a sophomore.