A native Texan, Kristi Coggins comes to ETSU after a highly successful 23 year career coaching at The University of South Carolina from 1994 until her retirement in 2008, and prior to that at Texas Christian University from 1985 to 1994.
Coggins directed the Gamecocks to 10 trips to the post-season as a team, highlighted by eight NCAA Championship appearances and an SEC title in 2002. For her efÂforts, Coggins was honored as the 2002 SEC Coach of the Year.
In addition to the team's success during the Coggins era, three of her players have qualified for the NCAA Championships as individuals.
With a cumulative grade point average of 3.752 for the 2004-05 academic year, Coggins' team was recognized as the inaugural recipient of the National Golf Coaches Association All-Scholar Team G.P.A. Award. They won that same honor the next two years to complete a three-peat.
Coggins has coached 17 individuals over the years who have gone on to professional golfing careers, including Kris Tschetter, Ellie Gibson, Siew Ai Lim, Clarissa Childs, 2004 Dinah Shore Trophy winner Adrienne Gautreaux and 2003 SEC Player of the Year Kristy McPherson.
In total, she has tutored seven All-Americans and 11 different individuals who have garnered 20 All-SEC and All-SouthÂwest Conference honors. Twice named Coach of the Year in the Southeastern Conference and the Southwest Conference, Coggins' 2002 team won the SEC championship, while current LPGA and Solheim Cup member, Kristy McPherson won back-to-back individual titles in 2001 and 2002.
In 2004, Gautreaux was awarded the prestigious Dinah Shore Trophy, presented by the LPGA Foundation. The Trophy honors a female collegiate golfer based on her outstanding achievements in academics, natural leadership style, dedicated community service work and extraordinary golf ability. Gautreaux was also named a CoSIDA first-team Academic All-American in 2004.
Kristy McPherson earned her third All-American honor in 2003 and was named as the 2003 SEC Player of the Year. In 1995, Siew Ai Lim was also named as the SEC's best golfer under Coggins' watchful eye.
Coggins led USC to its highest ranking ever --seventh -- near the end of the 1995 season and a ninth-place finish at the NCAA Championship, marking a school best showing. South Carolina finished in the top five in nine tournaments during Coggins' first year after accomplishing the feat only twice the previous season.
Coming to South Carolina following nine highly-successful seasons at Texas ChrisÂtian, Coggins took over a program which had finished in the lower division of the SouthÂwest Conference in 1985, and proceeded to guide the Lady Frogs to nine consecutive upper-division finishes in the SWC. Coggins led TCU to three runner-up finishes in the Southwest Conference Championships (1988, 1989, 1993), with the squad finishing third or better in all but one season.
Coggins led TCU to five NCAA appearances, with three of her squads advancing to the NCAA finals. Her 1989 team ranked as high as third in the nation at midseason, earning Coggins Southwest Conference Coach of the Year honors. All of Coggins' TCU squads finished the season ranked 26th or better in the nation.