Steve Lass is in his 24th season as head coach of the UC Santa Barbara men's golf team.
In 2017, Lass guided UCSB to its first Big West Golf Championship and NCAA Regional Tournament berth since 1998. In 2016-17, the Gauchos won five tournamnent titles, the most in school history, including a school record three in a row win complete the regular season.
In 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 West Regional in 1999 and 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. In 2014, Brett Silvernail and Hunter Robinson earned Academic All-American honors.
In 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.
Lass 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.