Justin Silverstein, an accomplished collegiate coach and as well as former player who helped USC’s women’s golf team win a national title in 2013, is joining Troy’s men’s staff as an Associate Head Coach, USC Men’s Golf Head Coach Chris Zambri announced Monday (June 13).
“I am excited to have Justin Silverstein as our new Associate Head Coach,” said Zambri. “Justin’s resume in seven years of coaching includes over 30 wins, one of which is a national championship. Justin’s strengths are in recruiting and player development which are cornerstone skills for building a great golf program. Because of this, Justin is the right guy at the right time for USC Men’s Golf.”
The USC men’s team, which returns all five starters in addition to welcoming two highly acclaimed prep players, is coming off of its second consecutive trip to the NCAA Championships semifinals. The Trojans’ NCAA run ended against Texas in this year’s semifinals after Troy reached the national final in 2015 before falling to LSU.
Silverstein replaces outgoing assistant coach Tyler Goulding, who returned to his alma mater, Air Force, earlier this month to serve in the same capacity.
Silverstein spent four years under WGCA Hall of Fame Coach Andrea Gaston on the USC women’s golf staff, his first two (2013-14) as an assistant coach and the second two as associate head coach.
During the four-year stint, the Trojans won the NCAA crown in 2013 with a dominating 21-stroke win, finished second in 2014 by two strokes, made the NCAA semifinals in 2015 and repeated as an NCAA match-play quarterfinalist inn 2016. USC won Pac-12 titles in 2013 and 2016 and finished first at the NCAA Regional tournaments all four years.
Eight different Trojans earned a combined 15 All-American honors during Silverstein’s time with the Trojans and nine Trojans garnered a combined 18 All-Pac-12 awards, including 2013 NCAA champion Annie Park (a 2013 Honda Sports Award winner) and 2014 NCAA champion Doris Chen (a 2014 Honda Sports Award finalist). The squad won 27 tournaments under Gaston’s and Silverstein’s watch the past four seasons.
Silverstein came to USC after coaching four seasons at his alma mater Arizona, the last three as a women’s golf assistant and the previous one as a volunteer assistant.
In 2012, the Wildcats won three events and reached the NCAA Regional Championships. In 2011, Silverstein helped guide an Arizona team that won two events, posted three top 8 finishes that included a tie for second at the Pac-10 Championships, and reached the NCAA Championships finals. Arizona also won two events in 2010. Silverstein served as a volunteer assistant coach in 2009.
Silverstein was a member of the Wildcats’ men’s golf team from 2006-09, but a wrist injury suffered as a freshman limited him to two career appearances. He finished with a 74.83 career average and a low round of 69.
He graduated in May of 2009 with a degree in regional development and a minor in business. He was employed by the I.R.I. Golf Group before joining the Wildcat staff.
An accomplished prep golfer, Silverstein helped Torrey Pines High in San Diego, Calif., to a pair of state titles and was a four-time all-conference selection. He also participated in the 2003 United States Amateur Championship in Oakmont, Pa.