Victoria Stefansen Named University of Delaware Women’s Golf Assistant Coach
June 9, 2011
NEWARK, Del. -- University of Delaware women’s golf head coach Patty Post has announced that recent Iowa State University standout Victoria Stefansen has joined the Blue Hen program as an assistant coach.
Stefansen was a four-year letterwinner for the Cyclones under head coach Christie Martens, playing in every tournament since the spring of 2007. She concluded her career with a 77.11 average round, the fourth lowest in ISU history, while her 13 top 10 finishes rank seventh in school history. After redshirting the 2006-07 season, Stefanson played 122 career rounds for the Cyclones, the third most in Iowa State history.
Stefansen served as a team captain during the 2007-08 season, when she ranked sixth on the squad with an 82.60 stroke average. She lowered her average round to 77.30, second on the team, during her sophomore year which included tying for first place at the Challenge at Wolfdancer, and ranked third on the Cyclones with a 76.54 average during the 2009-10 campaign.
Stefansen averaged 75.07 strokes this past year, sixth all-time in an Iowa State single season, and ranked No. 110 in the final Golfweek rankings. She tied for fourth place at the Big 12 Championships, the best finish ever by a Cyclone at the conference tournament, and fired a 69 during the final round. A three-time Big 12 Golfer of the Month award winner during her career, Stefanson posted five top 10 finishes was named to the Big 12 All-Tournament Team as a senior.
A Dean’s List student as well, Stefansen was named an Iowa State Scholar Athlete during her first three seasons, and earned Big 12 All-Academic First Team honors this year after being selected to the second team in 2009 and 2010.
Stefansen served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Council during her final four years at Iowa State, and was also the team’s representative on the ISU leadership committee. She was a member of the NCAA recertification committee in the fall of 2010, and served on the ethnicity, diversity and student-athlete well-being sub-committee as well. Additionally Stefansen was active in mentoring children in reading and active lifestyles, and helped raise money and awareness for The University of Iowa Children’s Hospital.
Stefansen, 24, who graduated from Iowa State in May with a bachelor’s degree in sociology, and will major in health promotions as a graduate student at Delaware.
A native of Roervig, Denmark, Stefansen was a member of the DGU Danish National Golf Team from 2001-2009. She was a personal golf coach at Furesoe Golf Club from 2008-2010, and also coached a team of youth female golfers to improve golf skills and personal development.
“I can’t think of a better person to help me hit the ground running than Victoria,” Post said. “She was a standout collegiate player at Iowa State and her recent accomplishments will capture the respect of the incoming team. Her background in competitive golf is extensive. Having grown up in Denmark, she started intensive golf training at a young age including swing fundamentals and golf fitness. All of her knowledge and experience will provide her a great base to start her coaching career. She was a leader not only on her team at Iowa State, but within the student body and the community as well. We very much look forward to Coach Stefansen’s arrival at UD this fall!”
"I am very excited to join the University of Delaware and assist Coach Post in building the women's golf program,” Stefansen said. “She has gathered a great group of girls, and I am looking forward to working with them in the seasons to come. This is a new opportunity for me to make the transition from player to coach and explore the game from a whole new perspective."
The 2011-12 campaign will be the inaugural season for the Blue Hen women’s golf program, as Delaware begins play on September 9-11 at the Towson Invitational.