Former LPGA player Coles to lead Dartmouth women

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Former LPGA player Janet Coles has been hired as the head women’s golf coach at Dartmouth, as announced by the university Aug. 22. Coles, whose LPGA career spanned 14 years, competed in more than 300 tournaments and 50 majors. She is recognized as one of the Top 25 Elite teachers in Northern California by the PGA of America.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled about having such an accomplished and experienced teacher of the game of golf to lead our women’s program,” Dartmouth Athletic Director Harry Sheehy said. “Her enthusiasm for the game is palpable, and I know she will help our student-athletes reach their full potential on the golf course to challenge for Ivy League titles.”

Coles was the first women's golfer to play on a scholarship at UCLA, and won her first tournament by 13 shots. She played four years for the Bruins and earned a bachelor of science degree in kinesiology before pursuing a professional career.

Coles began her college coaching career at the University of San Francisco in 1999 as a swing coach. She also was a volunteer coach at UCLA, California and Santa Clara, over an eight-year period before taking the head coaching job at Santa Clara in the spring of 2004. Coles switched gears to high school golf in 2009, as the head coach at Santa Catalina in Monterey, Calif.

–Information from Dartmouth University used in this report.

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