Aug. 6, 2011
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan head women's golf coach Cheryl Stacy announced today (Friday, Aug. 5) the hiring of Colleen Cashman-McSween as the assistant coach for the Wolverine program.
"After successful careers as collegiate player, professional player and coach, Colleen brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our program," said Stacy. "Having competed in the Big Ten, she knows how competitive the league is and what it takes to be successful in it. We cannot wait for her to get here and get started."
"I am very excited to begin coaching at the college level and to be part of such a prestigious university," said Cashman-McSween. "I am really looking forward to meeting the team, getting started and helping bring Michigan women's golf to a prominent place in the Big Ten."
A four-year letterwinner at Purdue (1994-98) and former professional golfer, Cashman-McSween returns to the Big Ten after spending the last 12 years coaching at her high school alma mater, St. Thomas Aquinas, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Cashman-McSween helped St. Thomas Aquinas to a 131-16-2 record in 12 seasons before joining the Wolverine program. She helped the Raiders to 12 straight Florida High School Golf State Championship appearances, winning the title in 2001 and earning a runner-up finish in 2003. The 12-year run is currently the longest streak in school history.
She has seven regional titles and four runner-up titles to her credit as well as eight district titles and three district runner-up finishes. She was named the Florida State High School Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 2001 and earned Coach of the Year honors from the Miami Herald and Sun Sentinel newspapers three times (2001, '03, '04). In 2011, she helped in the founding of the South Florida Off-Season High School Golf Tour.
In addition to her coaching duties with the Raiders, since 2004, Cashman-McSween has served as the director of marketing and membership for the Plantation Preserve Golf Course and Club in Plantation, Fla.
Before beginning her coaching career, Cashman-McSween played in more than 100 professional golf tournaments as part of the LPGA's FUTURES Golf Tour. Making the cut in nearly 80 percent of her events, she posted nine top-10 finishes, including winning the 2003 Tampa Bay Next Generation FUTURES Golf Classic. She also had two appearances at the U.S Women's Open. She played in 2002 at Prairie Dunes in Hutchison, Kan., and again in 2006 at Newport Country Club in Newport, R.I.
During her collegiate career at Purdue, she was a two-time All-Big Ten first team selection (1997, '98) and three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree (1996, '97, '98). A three-time captain, she played in 45 consecutive events for the Boilermakers, never missing an event in her career. Helping Purdue to five team titles in her career, she was a two-time medalist -- the 1996 San Diego State Invitational and the 1998 Hawkeye Invitational -- and garnered four runner-up finishes.
Earning her bachelor's degree in restaurant, hotel, institutional and tourism management (RHIT) in 1998, Cashman-McSween was named Purdue's MVP on two occasions (1997, '98) and Purdue's Female Athlete of the Month twice (Sept. 1994 and Oct. 1996). She was awarded the Red Mackey Award for Commitment to Purdue Athletics in 1998 and was recently nominated and served one year of a four-year term on Purdue's Advisory Board for Women's Athletics.
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423