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Patti Rizzo Retires as Miami Head Golf Coach

The Miami Hurricanes are saying goodbye to one of their own as Head Golf Coach Patti Rizzo is heading off to retirement. Rizzo earned All-America honors at Miami in 1981 and 1982 and has been leading the golf team for the last 12 years. She led the Canes to two NCAA Championships, 2016 and 2017, and led the canes to a 5th place finish in this year’s Tallahassee regional.

“I will be forever grateful for the privilege of coaching at the University of Miami,” Rizzo said. “It was a dream come true. I have enjoyed every minute of it but most of all I enjoyed all my players and what amazing women they are. I will miss them the most. I live in Miami so I will never be far away. I will always be proud and grateful to be a Hurricane!”

Over Rizzo’s tenure, the Canes had 56 top-five tournament finishes and five tournament victories. Additionally, her Canes teams earned a 100 percent NCAA Graduation Success Rate (GSR) in each of her seasons in charge.

“I want to thank Patti for her dedication to the Miami golf program,” Vice President/Director of Athletics Dan Radakovich said. “Her student-athletes consistently excelled on the course and in the classroom. We wish her and her family all the best.”

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