Head Coach Michelle Morgan
The 2011-12 season will be Michelle Morgan's 34th at Amherst and 22nd at the helm of the women's golf team. 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 11 Massachusetts State Championships, five New England Championships and a Division II-III National Championship in 1990. Along the way, Amherst teams have produced 10 All-Americans, 10 Academic All-Americans, 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 33-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.
In addition to leading Amherst's women's ice hockey team to the 2009 and 2010 national titles as the head coach, Jim Plumer enters his seventh year with the women's golf program as an assistant coach.