Aug. 12, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. - Northwestern Vice President for Athletics and Recreation Jim Phillips announced today that head women's golf coach Emily Fletcher's contract has been extended through 2015. Just the second head coach in NU women's golf history, Fletcher has been with the program since May of 2008.
Emily Fletcher has taken the Northwestern women's golf program to unprecedented success during her tenure in Evanston," Phillips said. "Her teams have displayed tremendous improvement each year with arguably the best season in program history in 2012-13 which culminated with a Big Ten championship and top-15 NCAA finish. More impressively, her scholar-athletes are consistently recognized for their academic achievements as well as their involvement in the community. Finally, Emily's character and incredible commitment make her a strong leader at Northwestern. We look forward to seeing the women's golf program continue to grow under her guidance."
"I am extremely grateful to President Schapiro and Dr. Phillips for their unwavering support of our golf program," Fletcher said. "Everyone associated with our team understands what a special place Northwestern is and what a privilege it is to wear PURPLE. I feel blessed to be surrounded by the most amazing players, coaches and staff here at NU and look forward to even more success in the coming years."
In her five years as head coach of the Wildcats, Fletcher, along with assistant coach Beth Miller who also has been at Northwestern for five seasons, guided the 'Cats squad to the program's first Big Ten title in 2013, NCAA regional appearances in each of the last four seasons, including a sixth-place showing in 2013 which paved way to the program's second appearance in the NCAA championships. NU finished amongst the top 15 squads in the country during the 2013 NCAA Championships.
Fletcher's squad had a strong performance at the 2013 Big Ten Championships as all six Wildcats placed inside the top 25, giving NU a share of the conference crown with Purdue. Playing in her first conference tournament, 2013 Big Ten Freshman of the Year Kaitlin Park
led the way for NU, finishing in sixth. Park and sophomore Hana Lee
both received first-team All-Big Ten honors as Fletcher was coined the Big Ten Coach of the Year by her peers following the 2012-13 campaign.
In total, three Wildcats have received four All-Big Ten honors during Fletcher's tenure as Lauren Weaver was a two-time honoree in 2010 and 2011. Fletcher also received Big Ten Co-Coach of the Year accolades in 2011 when the Wildcats finished third at the Big Ten championships and finished amongst the top six in eight of the 12 events during the 2010-11 season.
A number of team and individual records have been shattered during Fletcher's tenure. The Wildcats carded a 284 twice and a 285 once during the 2012-13 campaign, which now occupy the top team rounds in program history. In total, Northwestern had 18 sub-300 rounds last year.
Lauren Weaver, a four-year starter for Fletcher, cemented her mark in the program record book as NU's leader for four-year stroke average (75.74) and she finished first at two tournaments during her Wildcat career. Rising junior Hana Lee has the new single-season stroke average record, posting a 74.27 last year, narrowly beating Weaver's 74.49 that she averaged during the 2010-11 campaign.
Fletcher's Wildcats also consistently receive a number of academic accolades. Since 2009, four of her players have been awarded eight NGCA All-America Scholar honors, including Alex Lederhausen, who was a three-time honoree. Additionally, 24 Academic All-Big Ten honors have been distributed to Wildcat golfers during Fletcher's tenure. In 2013, Mei Liu received the Margaret Akerstrom Academic Achievement Award, which is given annually to the male and female graduating Northwestern student-athlete with the highest GPA.
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