Lass is in his 17th season as head coach of the UC Santa Barbara
men's golf team.
1998, Lass led the Gauchos to their first ever Big West Conference
title, earning Big West Coach of the Year honors. That year, the
Gauchos went on to the NCAA West Regional where they edged Colorado
State for the final spot at the NCAA Championships. The Gauchos
also participated in the NCAA Championships in Lass' first year as
head coach, 1994.
In 2009 and 2010, Lass's Gauchos earned NCAA honors as one of just a handful of programs to earn an Academic Recognition Award as it ranked among the top 10-percent among golf programs in Academic Progress Rate (APR). In addition, two Gauchos - Brian Hollenbeck and Matt Grush - earned Academic All-American honors.
addition to his coaching accolades, Lass has 40 years of tournament
experience. He is a 12-time Santa Barbara Classic Champion, winning
with John Pate 10 times and former UCSB player Scott Helton twice.
Lass has qualified for and participated in three U.S. Mid-Amateurs
and two U.S. Amateurs. He was also the runner-up at the 1987
Southern California Amateur Golf Championship. In fact, he has won
tournaments in five consecutive decades.
also represented the United States in the Chase/Pan Am World
Amateur Team-Play Championships in Rio de Janeiro in 1988. Although
he no longer does so, Lass served for many years on the Southern
California Golf Association Rating Committee.
Lass graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in psychology. He attended La Salle High School where he played basketball, baseball, track and golf. He enjoys reading, hiking and going to the beach .