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Colette Murray Named Head Women's Golf Coach at UTC

murrayColette Murray, an assistant golf coach at Jacksonville State University, has been named Head Golf Coach of the new women’s golf program at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Murray has been hired to restart a women’s program which has been dormant at UTC since the mid-1980s. The program’s goal is to begin competing as a member of the Southern Conference in the fall of 2006.

“Colette Murray has great experience and brings tremendous energy to the position,” athletics director Steve Sloan Sloan said. “In her short coaching span at Jacksonville State, she elevated the play of the women’s team and led them to the NCAA Tournament. She made a smooth transition from player to coach. She possesses strong recruiting contacts, both here and abroad, and has a golfing wisdom about her that is beyond her years.”

Murray gained her coaching experience working as an assistant to Jacksonville State Head Coach James Hobbs, a longtime, successful collegiate head coach. In 2005, Murray helped guide the Gamecocks women’s team to the Ohio Valley Conference Championship and the program’s first-ever trip to the NCAA Regional Tournament.

JSU placed 20th at the NCAA East Regional.

During the 2004-05 golf season, Jacksonville State also won the Chris Bannister Gamecock Fall Classic and the Birmingham-Southern Shootout.

“I am young, enthusiastic and ambitious,” Murray said. “I have big goals. My immediate goals are to find some student-athletes and to get familiar with my budget. It will be hard work, but I am certainly looking forward to getting started.”

Murray is a 2004 graduate of JSU with a degree in General Studies. She was a four-year letter winner for the women’s golf team.

At JSU, Murray earned seven top-10 individual finishes and 15 top-20 finishes. Her top individual finish was a tie for second place at the JSU Gamecock Classic in the fall of 2001 and a second-place finish at the JSU Chris Banister Classic in 2004.

She tied for 12th place at the 2001 Atlantic Sun Conference Championships.

Her best competitive score was a 74 which she carded in 2003 at the LSU/Cleveland Golf Classic and in 2001 at the John Kirk/Lady Panther Invitational. Overall, Murray and her teammates claimed 10 team titles.

A native of Dumfries, Scotland, Murray, 24, was a member of the Scottish International golf team for two years. She played in the Scottish Girls Under-21 Tournament twice, finishing fourth in 2001 in Glasgow. She also attended the Elite School and played both lacrosse and soccer for the Scottish National Team.

A client of sports psychologist Charles Plott, Murray will begin qualifications for her Class A PGA status in this month.

February 15, 2006

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