Interims to coach Seminoles during spring
Trey Jones, the director of golf at Florida State, last coached a women’s golf team in 2001, when he was the head men’s and women’s golf coach at Georgia State. Tomorrow, Jones will step back into the women’s game when he takes the Seminoles women’s team to Puerto Rico.
“I’m excited to take the women out for competition,” Jones said. “I think they are tired of practicing and excited to go play.”
Florida State still has not found a replacement for head coach Debbie Dillman, who was let go in early January. According to Jones, a new coach will not be named until the end of spring.
In the meantime, Jones and assistant men’s golf coach Chris Malloy will take on coaching responsibilities for the women’s team.
“Chris and I will split time between both the men’s and women’s teams taking care of tournaments, practices and travel,” Jones said.
As far as this week is concerned, Jones is anxious to see what the girls can do at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic.
“I’ve been with them (the women’s team) for a little while now, and we have been getting to know each other,” he said. “I have been observing them to help them for their next event and get them comfortable for when they step back in to the competitive field.”
The coaching search seems to still be going. Jones also told me the Seminoles have a few different contingency plans in place so there’s nothing they aren’t prepared for.
“We have had some extremely qualified people interested during the interim search,” Jones said. “We will do what it takes to find the best person to help us get this team to play as well as they can.”
Florida State finished the fall ranked 27th in the Golfweek/Sagarin women’s rankings.