Thompson named women's coach at Augusta State
Friday, August 12, 2011
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Kory Thompson has been named women's head coach at Augusta State. Athletic director Clint Bryant and men's coach Kevin McPherson introduced Thompson during a news conference in the J. Fleming Norvell Golf House.
Thompson, 29, had been the women's coach at Charleston (S.C.) Southern for the past two years. She becomes the fifth head coach in the 10-year history of ASU's women's program.
"Kory has proven over the last two years she has all the tools, and it was really evident during our search that she was ready for the next step in her career," Bryant said. "She's well rounded in all phases of the game, she knows how to play and she is an experienced instructor, as well. Kevin has done a tremendous job in revitalizing the women's program, and we're confident Kory is ready to build on the strong foundation that's already in place."
Thompson led Charleston Southern to the 2010 Big South Conference Championship as the Buccaneers set a 54-hole tournament scoring record.
She has caddied on the LPGA for Kristy McPherson, Kevin's sister. Thompson also has looped for her older brother, Kyle, who ranks fourth on the Nationwide Tour money list this year.
Thompson inherits a squad that was No. 53 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings last season. The Jaguars return all five starters and seven letterwinners from a team that qualified for the NCAA regionals, the program's second postseason appearance.