Thompson new coach at Augusta State
Jaguars hire successful Charleston Southern coach
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern head coach, Kory Thompson, has resigned from the university to accept a position at Augusta State. Thompson was introduced by the Jaguars on Thursday.
Thompson piloted the Lady Bucs for two seasons, taking over the helm in 2009. She led CSU to the 2010 Big South Conference Championship in her first season with the team. Under her tutelage, former Buc Olivia Jordan-Higgins took top honors at the event, shooting 70-75-70-215. She later earned a top-100 national ranking, coming in 96th.
A South Carolina alumna, Thompson also helped the Bucs excel in the classroom. Her squad boasted the most improved grade-point average among all CSU athletic programs and claimed the department's top GPA honors with a team GPA of 3.51. In 2010, the Lady Bucs earned national recognition by the National Golf Coaches Association for having one of the top-25 team GPAs in the nation.
"Kory Thompson has done a great job with our women's golf program," CSU director of athletics Hank Small said. "She led us to a conference championship in her first season. Augusta State is a great golf opportunity, and we wish her the very best in her new position. She is a quality coach and person and we're sure that she will be successful."
The Augusta State women's golf program is currently in its 10th season as a Division I program. The women's squad has made two postseason appearances in NCAA regional tournaments, while the men's program won back-to-back national championships in 2010 and 2011.
A nation-wide search is currently under for a head women's golf coach for CSU.