College Women

Dillman out after 26 years with FSU women

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Debbie Dillman’s long tenure at the helm of the Florida State women’s program is over, Golfweek has learned. A school spokesperson confirmed the decision was made Jan. 5, leaving the Seminoles without a coach or assistant coach.

School officials were not ready to discuss the situation but are looking for an interim coach for the spring season, the spokesperson said Wednesday. A call to Dillman was not immediately returned. The Seminoles start their spring season Feb. 7-9 at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic.

Leigh Ann Mills, a former LPGA player and former FSU team captain (1985-88) who was in her first season as assistant coach under Dillman, left in December to take a business position in Chicago.

That Dillman’s reign would end now – right as spring-semester classes are starting at the school – is surprising. The longtime coach, in her 26th season at the school, had led the Seminoles to a better-than-expected fall campaign. FSU finished first or second in its first three events, finishing second at the Cougar Fall Classic in Charleston, S.C.; winning the Bettie Lou Evans Fall Invitational in Lexington, Ky.; and tying for second at the Eat A Peach Collegiate in Macon, Ga. They tied for 14th in their final fall event, the Tar Heel Invitational.

FSU is ranked 27th in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings heading into the spring after failing to appear in Golfweek’s preseason top 30. The Seminoles were given a grade of A-plus in Golfweek’s midterm report card (Golfweek, Dec. 12-19).

FSU had an overall record of 142-15-1 in the fall but just 2-14 against teams in the top 25.