Head Coach Michelle Morgan
The 2014-15 season will be Michelle Morgan's 37th at Amherst and 25th at the helm of the women's golf team. Under her guidance, the women's golf team has qualified for three NCAA Championship tournaments, most recently in 2009. Notably, Morgan earned Division III Regional and National Coach of the Year honors in 2002 after leading the Jeffs to a third-place finish at the national championships. Most recently she was named the 2013 Gladys Palmer Meritorious Service Award Recipient, the Women’s Golf Coaches Association’s (WGCA) most prestigious honor.
Along with former coach Tracy Mehr, Morgan has helped mold the Jeffs into one of the finest Division III programs in the nation, guiding the team to 11 Massachusetts State titles, five New England Championships and a Division II-III National title 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.
During her 36-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 addition to golf, she has coached squash, basketball, lacrosse and soccer, notably leading Amherst's women's soccer team to the 2001 NCAA title game en route to a third NSCAA/Adidas New England Coach of the Year honor. She retired as the head women’s soccer coach after 26 seasons in 2004, but not before she was presented the NSCAA “Women’s Award of Excellence” in recognition of her contribution toward the improvement and advancement of women’s soccer in the United States.
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. She also works as a professor of physical education and athletics and currently serves as the athletic department's Senior Woman Administrator.