Coaching Staff

morgan Entering her 30th year at Amherst and 18th season at the helm of the women's golf team, head coach Michelle Morgan – along with former coach Tracy Mehr - has helped mold the Jeffs into one of the finest Division III programs in the nation, guiding the team to 10 Massachusetts State Championships, five New England Championships and a Division II-III National Championship in 1990. Along the way, Amherst teams have produced nine All-Americas, ten Academic All-Americas, six NCAA Open Championship qualifiers and an unprecedented three-time Division III National Champion in Amy Hooks '91. Morgan was a standout field hockey, basketball and softball player at Colorado Women's College before graduating in 1974. She later gained valuable experience as a teaching assistant and three-sport coach at nearby Smith College, earning a master's degree in Exercise and Sport Science in 1976. After a brief stint as the Director of Athletics at the Vail Deane School in Hillside, New Jersey, Morgan moved to Amherst in 1978 and has since coached women's squash, basketball, lacrosse and soccer in addition to golf. Morgan also works as a professor of physical education and athletics and currently serves as the athletic department's Senior Woman Administrator. Under her guidance, the women's golf team has qualified for a slew of NCAA Championship Tournaments, placing third as a team in the spring of 2002. She was named the 2002 Division III Regional and National Coach of the Year. Morgan also led the women's soccer team to the NCAA Championship game in 2001, earning NSCAA/Adidas New England Coach of the Year honors along the way in 1994, ‘96 and ‘01. Morgan retired as the head women’s soccer coach after 26 seasons in 2004. Over her 30 year tenure at Amherst, Morgan has served on numerous regional and national committees and has been honored by many associations for her contributions and successes. In 2003 she was presented the National Soccer Coaches Association of America “Women’s Award of Excellence” in recognition of her contribution toward the improvement and advancement of the women’s game of soccer in the United States. plumer Assistant coach Jim Plumer enters his fourth year with the women's golf program after leading the women's hockey team to its first-ever winning season in 2003-04, setting a school record with 13 victories and earning the No. 5 seed in the NESCAC Postseason Championship Tournament, followed by a second straight trip to the NESCAC Tournament in 2004-05. Plumer came to Amherst after three seasons as an assistant at one of the top Division III women's hockey programs in the nation, NESCAC rival Bowdoin College, where he helped coach the Polar Bears to a 62-12-7 record, a pair of NCAA Final Four appearances, the 2002-03 regular season conference title and the 2001-02 NESCAC Tournament championship. While at Bowdoin, working under 2002-03 NCAA Division III Coach of the Year Michele Amidon, Plumer was a vital cog on a staff that produced five First-Team All-America selections and was recognized with back-to-back NESCAC Coach of the Year honors. Plumer, a Master Level coach within USA Hockey, has worked and continues to coach at a variety of high-level camps and showcases, including the Elite Hockey Camps at Dartmouth College, the North American Women's Hockey Showcase in Burlington, Vermont and the USA Hockey Select Festival in Phoenix, Arizona. He's been active in youth hockey as well, serving on the board of directors and working as director of girls' programs and assistant coaching director for the Casco Bay Hockey Association in Portland, Maine. Plumer gained his first coaching experience as a student-assistant at his alma mater, Colby College, which he graduated from in 1983 with a degree in psychology. He went on to coach girls' hockey and co-ed track at North Yarmouth Academy before starting at Bowdoin.
After a successful playing career for the Amherst women's golf team, Sarah Harper joins the Lord Jeff coaching staff. Harper led the way at the 2006 NESCAC Championships, taking home the individual title to boost Amherst into third place, making her lone victory of the year a significant one. In 10 events last year, Harper had six top-five finishes, and placed outside of the top-10 just twice; she tied for 13th place in two events, including an impressive performance at the NCAA Championships, where she had the best finish among the NESCAC golfers. For her success, Harper was named to the NGCA East All-Region Team, and also received Duramed FUTURES Tour NGCA Division III All-America Honorable Mention honors.