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Briles-Hinton has new challenge at Richmond

News that Jill Briles-Hinton was hired by the University of Richmond tells us one thing: She really wanted to coach again.

Nothing against Richmond, but Briles-Hinton went from a program that should contend for national titles to one that touts a top-5 conference finish.

A headline from Richmondspiders.com last April read: “Women’s Golf Notches Program-Best Fifth Top-5 Finish Taking Fourth At CAA Championship.”

Richmond ended last season ranked 131st by Golfweek. If Briles-Hinton wanted a challenge, she has found it. Odds are she won’t have to worry about losing players to LPGA Q-School anytime soon.

In her video interview on the Spiders Web site, Briles-Hinton described Richmond’s facilities as “to die for” and while giving her coaching history, did not mention Florida by name.

Briles-Hinton’s goal is to take Richmond to the next level by winning a conference title. She has inherited an 11-player roster that includes four freshmen.

Richmond announced the resignation of Leighann Albaugh on Aug. 23 in a two-sentence release. Albaugh was head coach for four seasons.

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