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Lewellen named Virginia head coach

GOLFWEEK STAFF

Virginia athletics director Craig Littlepage announced Wednesday that Kim Lewellen has been named the Cavaliers' new women's golf coach.

Lewellen succeeds Jan Mann, who announced her retirement in February. Mann directed the program for its first four seasons, including berths to NCAA Regional Championships the past three years and a 13th-place finish at the 2005 NCAA Championships.

Lewellen comes to Virginia after spending the past two seasons as the head coach at East Carolina. She led the Pirates to the program's first ever Conference USA Championship in 2006 and a runner-up finish this season. Her 2006 squad qualified for the NCAA East Regional, the third time a team from ECU had reached NCAA postseason play.

Before taking over the program at East Carolina, Lewellen served as both the head men's and women's coach at The Citadel for the 2003-04 season.

"We are excited to have attracted a proven head coach like Kim Lewellen to take over the reins of our women's golf program," Littlepage said. "Coach Lewellen is a perfect fit to resume the work Jan Mann put in which established program. She has the energy and love for the game that is infectious. She will be a great colleague and role model for our student-athletes."

"It will be an honor and privilege to be part of such a prestigious university," said Lewellen, who played competitively at the University of North Carolina and on the Women's European Professional Golf Tour (1994-95), LPGA (1993-97) and Duramed Future's Tour (1997-99). "I am very much looking forward to the opportunity of competing again in the ACC. Jan Mann has done a terrific job of starting from scratch and quickly making Virginia one of the best programs in the nation. It will be an exciting challenge to carry on the great tradition she has started. I know there are some terrific young ladies in the program who have many outstanding accomplishments as golfers. I am eager to start working with them and helping them improve and continue to build the Virginia program's legacy."

– Information from the University of Virginia was used in this report.

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