MADISON, Wis. -- The Edgewood women's golf team will kick off its new season with a new head coach as the Eagles welcome Darcy Kelly to their athletics staff. After finishing fifth in the Northern Athletics Conference a season ago, Edgewood will count on Kelly, who brings experience in both playing and coaching to the Eagles.

After her playing days at Minnesota, Kelly has had more than 15 years of coaching and teaching experience. In addition to her head coaching duties, Kelly serves as an instructor at Nine Springs Golf Course in Fitchburg, Wis. She also spends two to three times a week instructing golf and teaching at Madison Metro Youth Golf Initiatives and instructing youth as part of the First Tee of South Central Wisconsin.

For 10 years, Kelly taught in the Department of Kinesiology at Wisconsin as a physical activity program lecturer which included a load of three to six undergraduate courses for up to 100 undergraduate and graduate students. She has continued her teaching at Wisconsin in a mini-course class this past summer.

"I am happy to have Coach Darcy Kelly leading our women's golf program," Edgewood director of athletics Al Brisack said. "It became apparent that Darcy has the energy, a true passion for the game of golf, absolutely loves teaching the game and can relate to her students.  She shares our vision for building this program. I am truly excited for our female golfers now and in the future."