The Chanticleers are making their fifth NCAA Regional appearance
The Chants start their march toward the National Championship on May 9.
This is Coastal's third Big South championship in the past five seasons
Coastal has won two of its last four tournaments
The Chanticleers shot a school record 4-under 284
2013 NCAA Central Regional: Coach Quinney discusses the course after the practice round
Katie Quinney is in her sixth year as Coastal Carolina University's Head Women's Golf Coach, leading the squad to three Big South Conference Championships (2009, 2011, 2013), four NCAA Tournament appearances (2009, 2010, 2011, 2013) and a NCAA Championship appearance in 2011. Additionally, under the direction of Quinney, Brittany Henderson competed in the 2012 NCAA Central Regional as an at-large individual. Quinney has a vast amount of postseason experience, now having been a part of nine NCAA Regional teams, including appearances with the Chanticleers in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013 along with her five seasons as a Florida State player and coach.
"I am very excited about what we have going at Coastal Carolina," Quinney commented. "The program has shown it can make it to the NCAAs and I look to make that a reality year-in and year-out as well as taking it to the next level. The Grand Strand is also a great area to recruit to, including the numerous top-level golf courses like our home course Grande Dunes, so I anticipate having quality recruits joining our ranks quickly."
The 2013 team was one of Quinney's best in her tenure at Coastal Carolina. The squad won the program's sixth Big South title and advanced to the NCAA Central Regional, finishing eighth. The Chanticleers closed the season ranked 40th by Golfweek and 37th by Golfstat. The Chants claimed tournament titles at the Purdue Mount Vintage Invitational, M&F Bank Rebel Intercollegiate and Big South Championship. The season also featured top-five finishes in eight of 13 events and 11 top-10 finishes. The 2013 Chanticleers also set the CCU record with a 299.44 per round scoring average along with the Big South Championship 54-hole record with a 16-over 880.
Under Quinney's direction senior Brittany Henderson claimed the 2013 Big South Golfer and Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors. Henderson also won her second consecutive individual Big South Championship title. Joining Henderson as Big South award winners were Jessica Alexander (All-Big South), Lena Schaeffner (All-Freshman Team) and Marissa Hinchman (All-Freshman Team). Furthermore, Henderson, Alexander and Schaeffner were named to the inaugural Big South All-Championship team by virtue of their top-five event finishes.
Quinney's 2012 team placed second at the Big South Championship, while Brittany Henderson captured individual medalist honors in record-setting fashion. Henderson set the Big South Championship 54-hole record with a 2-under 214 and also tied former Chanticleer Ann Maness for the single round record with a 68 over the second round of competition. Overall, Henderson, Jessica Alexander, Kaitlin Higginbotham and Frida Castillo earned All-Big South honors. Additionally, Quinney directed Henderson to an at-large berth to the NCAA Central Regional, marking Coastal first individual at-large Regional representative since 2008.
Quinney's 2011 squad was the most successful in school and Big South history as the Chanticleers became the first squad in Coastal Carolina and Big South history to qualify for the NCAA Championships. The Chants concluded the season ranked as the No. 24 team in the nation to mark the highest team finish in both school and league history. Along the way Quinney led Coastal to the program's fifth Big South Championship and a fourth place finish at the NCAA East Regional. Furthermore, Quinney directed the Chants to top 10 finishes in seven of the 10 tournaments in which they competed. Coastal Carolina won overall team titles at the Jacksonville University Labor Day Shootout and the UCF Challenge, while finishing runners-up at the Palmetto Intercollegiate and the Kinderlou Forest Challenge.
Under the tutelage of Quinney, Coastal swept the 2011 Big South postseason awards as Jessica Alexander was tabbed Golfer of the Year, Courtney Boe earned Freshman of the Year and Quinney was named Coach of the Year. Additionally, Kaitlin Higginbotham earned All-Big South honors and Alicia Grier was named the Big South All-Academic team.
Quinney led the Chanticleers to a second place finish in the Big South in 2010 and helped Coastal Carolina finish tied for 19th at the NCAA East Regional. Under Quinney's direction, three Chanticleers were named to the All-Big South Conference Team, including Big South Women's Golfer of the Year Aruka Felgueroso. In fact, Felgueroso became just the second golfer in conference history to win the award three different times.
Before arriving in Conway in January 2009, Quinney was in her third coaching season at Florida State, helping coach the Seminoles into the NCAA Tournament in both of her first two seasons as an assistant coach at her alma mater. In her third season on the Seminole's coaching staff she had been promoted to recruiting coordinator. In addition to working with two consecutive NCAA Tournament teams, she accompanied All-America Caroline Westrup to both of the last two NCAA Championships where the Seminoles' star has earned a pair of top-15 individual finishes.
Quinney is a 2004 Florida State graduate who received her degree in psychology after earning three varsity letters as a member of the Seminoles' starting line-up. Following her graduation she played professionally on the Futures, Asian and Canadian professional tours.
Quinney, who garnered All-ACC honors in 2004, is one of 11 players in school history to earn All-ACC honors. She finished with a career-low scoring average and posted three top-five individual finishes in receiving All-ACC honors as a senior. Quinney finished in third place in the Liz Murphey Collegiate, tied for fourth at the Ryder/Florida Championship and tied for fifth in the ACC Championship. She then finished in a tie for 12th place at the NCAA East Regional Championship to lead the Seminoles to a fourth-place finish and into the NCAA Championship for the third time in her career.
Quinney helped the Seminoles reach the NCAA Championship in 2002, 2003 and 2004 making her senior class one of only four in school history to play in consecutive NCAA Championships during their careers. Her career-best single-round score of 67 came during the second round of the spring 2004 ACC Championship while the best individual finish of her career came as a third place finish at the spring 2004 Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic and the fall 2003 Ann Rhoads/University of Alabama Intercollegiate.
During her career as a Seminole she played in three NCAA Championships, three NCAA Regionals, three ACC Championships and helped Florida State win three team championships (spring 2002 Ryder/Florida Championship, spring 2003 Ryder/Florida Championship and fall 2003 Ann Rhoads/University of Alabama Intercollegiate).
Quinney was a member of the NCAA All-Star Women's Golf Team that played in a series of tournaments in the Orient during the summer of 2003. She was one of only 10 golfers who played in the month-long tour. During their stay in the Orient, the team traveled to and played in Korea, Thailand, Japan and Hong Kong. The NCAA All-Stars played in a total of 16 different tournaments during their stay in the Orient. The tournaments consisted of pro-am and competitive matches against that country's all-stars.
The Jacksonville, Fla., native played in the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship three times and was named to the Trans America Athletic Conference All-Freshman team during her first collegiate season at Jacksonville University.
Quinney married her husband JR Nye in May of 2012.
Quinney's Coastal Carolina Ledger
|Year||Tournament Wins||Top-Fives||Top-10s||Big South Finish||NCAA Regional Finish||NCAA Championship Finish|
|2009||2||Champion||13th at East Regional|
|2009-10||2||2nd||t-19th at East Regional|
|2010-11||2||8||10||Champion||4th at East Regional||24th|
|2011-12||0||1||4||2nd||Individual (Brittany Henderson)|
|2012-13||3||8||11||Champion||8th at East Regional|