- Janice Olivencia
Former professional player and collegiate All-American Janice Olivencia(Oh-lee-vin-see-ya) is in her third season as an assistant coach at the University of Florida working alongside head coach Emily Glaser. Olivencia brought experience from her playing career and as a collegiate assistant coach to the Gator program. Florida has advanced to the NCAA Championships in both of her seasons on the staff, finishing tied for 18th in 2014 after a 17th-place showing in 2013.
“This is such an amazing opportunity. I’m very excited to be working with Emily and I think we are a really good team together because we share the same views regarding what we want to accomplish,” Olivencia said. “We want the best for our student-athletes and the University of Florida, both are very important to us. We are going to do everything possible to help our players reach their goals.”
“Emily and I played together on the pro tour and also played our collegiate golf at major universities. We have been there as competitors and we can relay that experience to our golfers to help them progress. I am honored to be part of The Gator Nation.”
“I was extremely excited to have Janice join our coaching staff,” Glaser said. “Initially, I had known her as a talented and spirited player on the golf course. Janice takes that same spirit and enthusiasm that she had on the golf course as a competitor into her role as a coach.”
“She is a great communicator. Janice has a sincere passion for coaching and recruiting and is willing to go above and beyond the call of duty to support our team and the University of Florida,” the Gators’ third-year head coach continued. “She is a tremendous asset for us moving forward and we are happy to have her wearing Orange and Blue.”
With Olivencia’s assistance, Florida recorded 10 top-10 team finishes throughout the 2013-14 season, including first at the Cougar Classic for the second year in a row, third at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Golf Championship and fourth at The Alamo Invitational. The squad knocked off tournament host Oklahoma State in a playoff at the NCAA Central Regional to earn the program’s 25th berth at the NCAA Championships. Maria Torres was named to the SEC’s All-Freshman Team and was recognized as the league’s Freshman of the Week after tying for third at Allstate Sugar Bowl event in New Orleans, La.
In 2012-13, the Gators finished with three team wins (Cougar Classic, Betsy Rawls Invitational, Florida Challenge) and celebrated six individual winners on the campaign. All-American and first-team All-SEC selection Camilla Hedberg became one of only 12 other players in school history to win at least three tournaments in their career and became the eighth person from UF to win three or more tournaments in a season. Isabelle Lendl collected second-team All-SEC kudos, while Mia Piccio was named to the Women’s Golf Coaches Association All-Central Region Team.
Olivencia came to Gainesville after serving as the University of South Florida’s assistant women’s golf coach in 2011-12. The Bulls claimed their first Big East Championship in 2012 and advanced to NCAA Central Regional action. During the regular season, USF collected three team tournament titles and two individual titles. The Bulls also placed an individual in the top-five seven times, while Christina Miller was named the Big East Player of the Year in 2012, becoming the first winner of the award in school history.
Olivencia joined the USF coaching staff after playing on the Ladies European Tour from 2005-08 and LPGA Futures Tour from 2008-10. She was the first Puerto Rican woman to qualify to play on the Ladies European Tour.
As a professional, Olivencia qualified for the 2009 U.S. Women’s Open in Saucon Valley, Pa. It was another first for Puerto Rico, as she became the first woman golfer from P.R. to qualify for a major event. The last Puerto Rican to qualify for a major golfing event was Professional Golf Association (PGA) Hall of Famer Chi Chi Rodriguez.
During her collegiate career at the University of Texas, Olivencia earned All-America honors from the National Golf Coaches Association in 2002 and 2003. The 2002 Big 12 Player of the Year and a three-time All-Big 12 honoree as a sophomore, junior and senior, she twice finished among the top-10 individuals in NCAA Championships play, tying for 10th as a sophomore in 2002 and sharing sixth in 2003. As a senior, Olivencia led the Longhorns to the 2004 Big 12 Tournament title with a runner-up individual finish. As a Longhorn, she recorded a pair of individual wins (Betsy Rawls Invitational and the Lady Northern Invitational), notched 15 top-10 finishes and claimed 20 top-20 finishes.
While playing at Texas, Olivencia posted impressive results as an amateur. She won the prestigious 2002 Women’s Western Amateur Championship, was a 2002 Co-Medalist U.S. Open Qualifier, and both a quarterfinalist and semifinalist at the North & South Amateur Championship.
Olivencia was a member of the Puerto Rico National Golf team from 1998-2004, representing her country twice at the World Amateur Championships. In addition, she was a three-time Caribbean Women’s Amateur Champion and a two-time Puerto Rico Island Champion.
Olivencia received her bachelor’s degree in communications studies from Texas in 2004.
The Janice Olivencia File:
Hometown: Caguas, Puerto Rico
Education: Bachelor of Science – Communications Studies, University of Texas, 2004
- Assistant Coach, University of South Florida, 2011-12
- Assistant Coach, University of Florida, 2012-present
- University of Texas, 2000-04
- Puerto Rico National Golf Team, 1998-2004
- Ladies European Tour, 2005-08
- Duramed Futures Tour, 2008-10
- Two-time National Golf Coaches Association All-American (2002-03)
- Big 12 Player of the Year (2002)
- Three-time All-Big 12 selection (2002-04)
- Three-time Caribbean Women’s Amateur Champion
- Won the Women’s Western Amateur Championship (2002)
- Co-Medalist U.S. Open qualifier (2002)