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.