University of Delaware Announces Start of Women’s Golf Program; Tabs Patty Post to Serve as First Head Coach
December 22, 2010
Photos Courtesy of Georgetown Sports Information
NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware will sponsor women’s golf at the varsity level for the first time in school history next fall and the Blue Hens have tabbed Georgetown University head coach Patty Post (at right) to lead the program, Director of Athletics and Recreation Services Bernard Muir announced Wednesday.
Women’s golf becomes the 23rd varsity sport at the University of Delaware and the first new sport at UD since women’s rowing was added to the fold prior to the 1998-99 season. Delaware and William & Mary are now tied with the most varsity sports programs among Colonial Athletic Association institutions. The Blue Hens sponsor 13 women's sports and 10 men's sports.
The golf program will begin official action in September, 2011 and will compete for the CAA Championship in 2012. The Blue Hens will join the 10 current CAA women’s golf members in Georgia State, James Madison, UNC Wilmington, William & Mary, Old Dominion, Hofstra, Towson, Richmond, Dayton, and Xavier. Georgia State is the defending champion.
“We are excited that we can provide young women with the opportunity to compete at the highest level of collegiate golf here at the University of Delaware,” said Muir. “Women’s golf is one of the fastest growing sports in the NCAA and we are thrilled to join that growing list. We are fortunate to have someone with Patty’s experience join our program. She has proven herself at the Division I level and her enthusiasm and knowledge of the sport will be vital as she leads the program from its infancy. She has enjoyed great success in a relatively short period of time and we are confident she will do the same here at Delaware."
Post joined Georgetown University as the women’s golf head coach in 2006 and guided a young program that has become one of the best in the BIG EAST Conference and in the region.
“I am very excited for the opportunity at the University of Delaware,” said Post. “I think we have the right combination of facilities, University support, coaching staff, and overall environment here in Newark to be a Top 80-100 program in the first few years. I appreciate Bernard entrusting me with a ground level program. I look forward to competing in our first event next fall.”
In her third year at the helm, during the 2008-09 season, the Hoyas posted eight top-10 finishes in 10 tournaments, including three top-five finishes in the Spring. Those finishes were highlighted by a team third place finish at the Big East Championships and a win at the NIU Snowbird Intercollegiate, the third team win in program history. She was named LPGA Northeast Section Coach of the Year 2009.
Two of her golfers - seniors Chelsea Curtis and Carly Hunt - earned All-BIG EAST honors for the second-straight season. Six of the seven members of the women's golf team were selected to the All-BIG EAST Academic Team and Hunt, Robyn English and Joan Dulieu were named to the National Golf Coaches Association Scholar All-American list. Georgetown also served as the team host for the 2009 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship at Caves Valley Golf Course in Owings Mills, Md.
In her second season, the Blue and Gray posted eight top-10 finishes and finished in fifth place at the BIG EAST Championship. Four members of the team - Christine Curley, English, Hunt and Madeline Nguyen - were named to the National Golf Coaches Association Scholar All-American list.
Post guided the Hoyas to a fourth place finish at the 2007 BIG EAST Championship and to four top-five finishes and four top-10 finishes during her first season at the helm of the program.
In addition to her leadership of the team on the links, Post herself enjoyed a solid season of play. She played in the LPGA's Sybase Classic in May 2008, qualified for the LPGA Championship in June, 2010 and capped off her year by playing in the 40th PGA Professional National Championship.
Post came to Georgetown after spending the previous six years as a teaching professional and a player. She joined the Hoyas after serving as the Assistant Golf Professional at Lakewood Country Club in Rockville, Md. for two years (2004-05). At Lakewood, Frohna-Post ran weekly tournaments, provided lessons, conducted clinics and assisted in the merchandising for the golf shop.
Prior to that, she spent two years (2003-04) at Admiral's Cove Golf Club in Jupiter, Fla. and was the Teaching Professional at Fair Oaks Golf Park in Fairfax, Va. from 2001-05.
During that time, Frohna-Post was also pursuing a professional playing career. From 2003-05, Frohna-Post played regularly on the Futures Golf Tour, earning exempt status on the tour that is known as the "Gateway to the LPGA." She had two top-20 finishes in events during the 2003 and 2004 seasons. Her playing resume also includes Runner-up finishes in the Maryland Women's Open from 2003-05, named Middle Atlantic PGA Women's Player of the Year in 2002, 2005, 2006,and 2007, named LPGA Northeast Section Teaching and Club Professional Player of the Year in 2007, and was only the second female to qualify for the PGA National Club Professional Championship.
A 1999 kinesiology and zoology graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Frohna-Post enjoyed a stellar amateur career. She was the Wisconsin Amateur Champion in 1998 and was named the most valuable player on the Wisconsin team in 1997 and 1999. Frohna-Post won the 1999 Notre Dame Invitational and also earned CoSIDA Academic All-American honors during her career.
Post and her husband, Brendon, himself an accomplished golfer who served as a volunteer assistant coach at Georgetown, have two daughters, Miranda (2), and Kiera (1).
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