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May 17, 2023

Hester Named to National Coach Of The Year Watch List

Clemson, S.C. – Clemson’s Kelley Hester has been named to the Division I National Coach of the Year Watch List presented by Golf Pride. Hester is one of 24 finalists for the national award which will be presented during the NCAA Championship Finals at the Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., May 19-24.

Hester will lead her team, which finished in second at the 2023 NCAA Pullman Regional, into the NCAA Championship finals as the No. 16 seed in the tournament. The Tigers are one of 30 teams nationally who will play for the NCAA title.

The 2023 ACC Coach of the Year, Hester led her team to the program’s first-ever ACC title in April. She has also led Clemson to five-consecutive NCAA Regional appearances (2020 was canceled due to COVID-19) and has been the head coach for the Tigers’ only two national appearances in program history.

Clemson is seeded No. 16 in the 2023 NCAA Championship Finals and is ranked No. 19 nationally by Golfstat. The finals consist of four rounds of stroke play (72 holes) and three rounds of match play to determine individual and team champions.

Division I Jackie Steinmann WGCA National Coach of the Year Watch List Presented By Golf Pride

Kalen Anderson, University of South Carolina

Amy Bond, Florida State University

Gerrod Chadwell, Texas A&M University

Dana Dormann, San Jose State University

Charlie Ewing, Mississippi State University

Emily Fletcher, Northwestern University

Laurie Gibbs, Pepperdine University

Jay Goble, Baylor University

Caroline Haase-Hegg, Augusta University

Kory Henkes, University of Mississippi

Kelley Hester, Clemson University

Laura Ianello, University of Arizona

Kim Lewellen, Wake Forest University

Lauren Mason, Southern Methodist University

Ryan Murphy, University of Texas

Angie Ravaioli-Larkin, Texas Christian University

Garrett Runion, Louisiana State University

Ria Scott, University of Virginia

Dawn Shockley, Oregon State University

Justin Silverstein, University of Southern California

Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll, Michigan State University

Jill Trujillo, University of New Mexico

Anne Walker, Stanford University

Annie Young, University of Tulsa