Burchett to take solo lead at Western Kentucky
After six seasons of involvement with Western Kentucky golf, Ron Burchett has been named women's head coach.
Burchett, who graduated from Western Kentucky in 1994, returned to his alma mater as a volunteer assistant in 2004. He served as an assistant coach for three years beginning in 2006, then was named part-time head coach in February 2009 when Chuck Eison stepped down and became an assistant instead.
Burchett already has helped lead the Lady Toppers to success during his tenure, as the team recorded seven top-5 finishes during his three seasons as an assistant and won twice. Western Kentucky finished in the top 3 three times while Burchett was part-time head coach. The team is ranked No. 177 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.
“This is a dream job for me,” Burchett said. “I am honored to be part of a great university with such a rich history in athletics, to work with great student-athletes and the WKU athletics staff and to work beside (new men's coach) Phillip Hatchett. As a golf coach, I am lucky to be in a community where golf is so popular. Bowling Green has everything to offer. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the women's program for the past few years, and I am excited about the opportunities I now have to take our WKU Lady Topper program to another level.”
Burchett grew up in Glasgow, Ky., and still assists in the coordination of golf clinics and camps for women and juniors in the area.