Janice Olivencia begins her second year as an assistant coach at the University of South Florida under six-year head coach Marci Kornegay.
The 2011-12 season was a successful first year for the Bulls’s assistant coach. Under Olivencia’s leadership, the Bulls won the program’s first ever BIG EAST Championship and advanced to the NCAA Regionals. During the regular season, USF earned three team tournament titles and two individual titles. The Bulls also placed an individual in the top-five seven times. Olivencia also help cultivate the 2012 BIG EAST Player of the Year and had four players named NGCA Academic All-Americans.
Olivencia joined the USF Bulls as a former member of the Ladies European Tour from 2005-2008 and LPGA Futures Tour from 2008-2010. She was the first Puertorican woman to have ever qualified to play on the Ladies European Tour.
During her professional career, Olivencia qualified for the 2009 United States Women’s Open in Saucon Valley, Pennsylvania being the first Puertorican woman to have ever qualified for a major event since PGA Hall of Famer Juan “Chi Chi” Rodriguez.
Olivencia was a four-year letter winner for the University of Texas women’s golf team, a two-time NGCA All-American, two-time All-Big 12 First Team Honoree, 2002 Big 12 Player of the Year and a two-time University of Texas Most Valuable Player.
Throughout her college career she recorded two individual wins, Betsy Rawls Invitational and the Lady Northern Invitational, fifteen top ten finishes and twenty top 20 finishes. Olivencia led the University of Texas women’s golf team to a Big 12 Championship and was the top finisher on the Texas Longhorns squad all four years in the NCAA Championships.
While playing at Texas, Olivencia had great success as an amateur. Her accomplishments included winning the 2002 Women’s Western Amateur Championship, which is considered an amateur major. She was a 2002 Co-Medalist U.S. Open Qualifier, and a quarter-finalist and semi-finalist at the North & South Amateur Championship.
Olivencia was also a member of the Puerto Rico National Golf Team from 1998-2004, where she represented her country twice at the World Amateur Championships, was a three-time Caribbean Amateur Champion, and a two-time Puerto Rico Island Champion.
Olivencia graduated from the University of Texas in 2004 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies, major in Corporate Communications. Born in Puerto Rico, daughter of Hector Olivencia and Gladys Gonzalez and has two sisters Cristina and Beatriz Olivencia.