OU’s Allcorn is finalist for nation’s top assistant award

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NORMAN — For the second straight year, Oklahoma assistant men’s golf coach Bill Allcorn has been named one of four finalists for the 2021 Jan Strickland Award Presented by TaylorMade Golf, awarded annually to the nation’s top assistant coach.

Allcorn helped guide the Sooners to runner-up finishes at the NCAA and Big 12 Championships in 2020-21. Alongside Big 12 Coach of the Year Ryan Hybl, Allcorn aided Oklahoma in a program-record five first-place team finishes, three medalist honors and sent three Sooners to the professional level through PGA Tour U.

“It’s such an honor to be recognized as a finalist for the Jan Strickland Award,” Allcorn said. ” Our game is filled with outstanding assistant coaches from all over the country, and it’s truly an honor just to be considered for the award. I’m lucky to be surrounded by the best head coach in the business, student-athletes that come to practice and workouts each day wanting to be great and an incredible support staff at OU. That makes my job easy. Thank you to the GCAA for the nomination.”

Since Allcorn’s arrival four years ago, the Sooners are the only team in the country to appear in NCAA match play at the annual championship” each season and have tallied 37 top-three finishes, marking the most successful stretch in program history.

“Bill is an integral piece for our program and continues to be great for our guys,” Hybl said. “He is always willing to do whatever it takes to help us get better, which is all we can ever ask for. He is deserving to be a finalist for the Jan Strickland Award.”

Allcorn was also named a finalist for the award in 2020.

Utah’s Chance Cain, Oregon State’s Noah Goldman and Pepperdine’s Blaine Woodruff were named other finalists for the annual award that has been given out every year since 2003.

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