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Tap Into College Golf

By Brandi Jackson
Bringing you tips, stories, and insight from some of the most accomplished coaches, players, and experts in the world of women's college golf
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E31: Playing Competitive DIII Golf with Rhodes College Coach Mike Clary

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E35: James Madison University Head Coach Tommy Baker
In just his 4th season as the JMU Women’s Head Coach, Tommy Baker has led the team to record-breaking season, team, and individual honors. With one of his go-to mottos, "competitor vs participant" he has created a player-led program that sets their goals high and works together as a team to achieve them. 
October 02, 2021
E34: Columbia University Head Coach Amy Weeks
From a collegiate golfer and head coach at a Power Five conference program to a move to NYC with no college coaching plans, Amy Weeks shares her journey of becoming the head women's golf coach at Columbia University. An Ivy League in the heart of NYC certainly has its share of perks and advantages, but it can make life a bit difficult for the girls on the golf program as they balance golf course time with their studies. We dive into their program and season, plus some insight on the recruiting process for Ivy League programs. 
September 27, 2021
E33: Western Kentucky Head Coach Adam Gary
Coach Adam Gary has had quite the impact on the Western Kentucky women's golf program since he got the coaching job 7 years ago. The program has earned its spot in the Golfstat Top 100 for the last three years. His love for the game of golf and player development is evident in his passion for coaching. Hear all about it in this episode.
September 22, 2021
E32: University of Tennessee Coach Judy Pavon
Season 3 continues with another stellar episode featuring Coach Judy Pavon. Coach Pavon has led the Volunteer women's golf program for the past 20 years. As college coaches continue to navigate life in the midst of the pandemic, Coach Pavon took the time to share what she has learned during this time and her advice on the transition from junior golf into college golf.
September 11, 2020
E31: Playing Competitive DIII Golf with Rhodes College Coach Mike Clary
This episode kicks off the 2020 Fall Season with insight from one of the most competitive DIII women's golf programs in the country. The Rhodes College women's team has won 3 National Championships (2014, 2016, 2017) and has a head coach with 40+ years of coaching and leading the athletic department at Rhodes. If you want to learn more about how the DIII athletic route might be the perfect fit for you as a prospective student-athlete then be sure to listen in as Coach Mike Clary shares his experience leading the Lynx ladies golf team. 
September 01, 2020
E30: Huddle Up and Listen Up Volume 1
Ever wanted to be in the middle of a group of coaches as they’re chatting? Well, you’re going to get that chance in this Huddle Up and Listen Up series of virtual coach panels! You can hear the audio version of that conversation here on the Tap In To College Golf podcast. And this first group is quite the powerhouse of coaches: 💥 #84 ranked USF Head Coach Erika Brennan with her endless passion and energy for coaching 💥 #42 ranked U of Denver Head Coach Lindsay Hulwick Kuhle coming off a record-setting year 💥#17 ranked U of Arkansas Head Coach Shauna Estes-Taylor wrapping up her 18th season with the program 💥 #8 ranked U of Arizona Head Coach Laura Myerscough Ianello and 2018 National Champions 💥 #6 ranked Kent State Head Coach Lisa Strom with 5 team wins in her shortened first year
April 22, 2020
E29: UNC Chapel Hill Women’s Head Coach Jan Mann
This episode is another special one for me as Coach Jan Mann recruited me back during my junior golf days when she was the coach at UNC Wilmington. How that experience played out is a major influence on my approach to Brandi Jackson Golf and the impact that the recruiting process can have on a young female's maturity and growth.  Coach Mann shares her coaching journey, along with some insight about the current scenarios we are facing amidst the COVID-19 impact on college athletics and recruiting. And she sheds some light on managing your time as a student-athlete and how the impact you can make on the team and program is more important than what it can do for you. 
April 06, 2020
E28: University of Florida Women's Head Coach Emily Glaser
After a stellar collegiate and amateur career, followed by a 6-year professional golf stint on both the LPGA and Symetra Tour, Coach Glaser thought she would leave the golf biz and head in a totally different direction. After the opportunity to serve as the assistant coach at Duke University presented itself, she entered the college coach field and has made her mark there as well.  She just wrapped up her 8th season at the University of Florida, where the team had captured two titles before the season was suspended. Coach Glaser shares some insightful advice about playing college golf and managing life during these uncertain times. 
March 30, 2020
E27: Interview with Michigan Women's Golf Coach Jan Dowling
Despite pursuing a career as a professional golfer, Michigan Women’s Head Coach Jan Dowling always felt she wanted to get into coaching. She is a self-proclaimed golf nerd, and the impact her college coach at Kent State made on her left a lasting impression. When offered the chance to join the Kent State program as their assistant coach, she made the move into college coaching. Finishing up her 7th season at Michigan, Coach Dowling and her team were just gaining some momentum as the season came to such an unexpected end due to the COVID-19 virus. She talks about the emotional end to the season and all that she has learned over her time as a college coach. 
March 26, 2020
E26: Seeing the Positives with Furman’s Natalie Srinivasan
At the time that college sports all around the country were coming to an unexpected and emotional end, Furman University's Natalie Srinivasan was the #1 ranked college golfer in the country according to Golfstat. She had 2 wins during the fall season and a runner-up finish in their last tournament. Natalie discusses how disappointing it was to have her senior year cut short but how she is looking at the positives as she gets ready for the next phase of her life, professional golf. She shares about her time at Furman and the advice she has for those getting ready to take on college golf in the coming years. 
March 23, 2020
E25: UNC Charlotte Head Women's Coach Holly Clark
You may not think much when you hear the name UNC Charlotte. Even Coach Holly Clark admits she didn't when she was considered for the first-ever women's head golf coach back in 2015. But that has certainly changed. Coach Clark joined the UNC Charlotte coaching staff after 6 years as the assistant coach at Vanderbilt. Prior to that, she started the Carson Newman women's golf program. When the opportunity to build another program from scratch presented itself, Coach Clark and her husband headed to Charlotte and with that came a determination and confidence for not just building a program, but being one of the best. Tap in and listen to her story and journey that led her to UNC Charlotte and how the excitement for their program's success continues to grow. 
March 11, 2020
E24: Take 3 on Funded Programs, Qualifying in College, and Parents on Visits
In the Take 3 Series, I cover your questions about recruiting, junior golf, college golf, player development, parent involvement, and much more. This episode discusses: "Can I find out which programs are not fully funded?" "What is qualifying like in college?" "Should parents be present during visits?"
March 04, 2020
E23: Interview with FSU Women's Head Coach Amy Bond
Coach Amy Bond didn’t have plans of being a college coach, but when the opportunity to continue playing professional golf while also being the assistant coach at her alma mater was presented, she felt like it was a no-brainer. That was the awakening of her new-found passion for being a college coach. She went on to be the head coach at Princeton for 4 years, before the chance to return back to Florida State as their new head coach was given to her in 2010. And she has loved every minute of it and shares that love for coaching in this episode. 
February 27, 2020
E22: Overcoming Injuries with Taylor Totland
In this episode, we hear a new perspective as former Furman women's golfer Taylor Totland joins the podcast to talk about overcoming injuries as a junior, collegiate, and professional golfer. Injuries, illnesses, accidents, and setbacks are all part of being an athlete, how you come back from them is key in staying on the path to success. Taylor has battled both chronic and acute injuries throughout her golf career and learned a tremendous amount from them. We talk about knowing when to take breaks, when to push through, and how to take care of injuries to continue playing pain-free.  
February 21, 2020
E21: Take 3 on Negotiating Scholarships, Camps, and Verbal Commitments
In the Take 3 Series, I cover your questions about recruiting, junior golf, college golf, player development, parent involvement, and much more. This episode discusses: "Are scholarships negotiable?" "Which college golf camps should I attend?" "What is a verbal commitment?"
February 11, 2020
E20: Interview with Ole Miss Women's Coach Kory Henkes
Just as you have been competing against some of the same girls since you first started playing golf, Coach Kory Henkes and I were in those exact same shoes 30 years ago. From day 1 of playing SC junior golf tournaments, we competed against each other and that continued once we both went to college as well, she at South Carolina and me at Furman. Coach Henkes took a little different direction after college golf and got away from the game, but she found herself back in it when she caddied on the LPGA Tour and eventually landed a job as a college coach and well the rest is history (and discussed in this episode). As the head coach there at Ole Miss, she has taken the program to record standings in the rankings and secured the program's first SEC Championship title. 
February 06, 2020
E19: Take 3 on Junior Tourneys, Questionnaires, and Expectations
In the Take 3 Series, I cover your questions about recruiting, junior golf, college golf, player development, parent involvement, and much more.  This episode discusses:  "What tours and tourneys should I play in?" "Does a coach prefer resume or online questionnaire?" "How do I handle expectations when I've been working hard?"
February 04, 2020
E18: Mississippi State Head Coach Ginger Brown
Discipline, Attitude, Will, Gratitude, Selfless (DAWGS) is what you will see when you walk into The Barn in Starkville, MS, home of the Mississippi State Bulldogs men's and women's golf teams. Coach Ginger Brown, in her 10th season as the women's head coach, proudly gives a tour of their facility and shares a few of their team traditions before we sit down to chat. A PGA Class A Professional, Coach Brown has developed a culture of "team first" among her players with a big emphasis on leadership and personal growth. She shares insight into her passion and excitement for what she considers to be the best job in the world.
January 31, 2020
E17: University of Alabama Head Coach Mic Potter
You've heard many of the stories and references to my college golf days at Furman University, well this is your chance to listen in while I sat down to chat it up with my college coach Mic Potter. Coach Potter (better known as Mic in the college golf world) is in his 37th season of coaching, his 15th as the head coach for Alabama's Crimson Tide Women's Golf team. With 38 WGCA All-Americans, 36 WGCA All-Scholar Team selections, and 21 LPGA Tour Players produced during his coaching time his record clearly speaks for itself. But we dive a little deeper into how his coaching philosophy has changed over the years and what he feels that it takes to play at the next level. 
January 23, 2020
E16: Season 2 Kickoff of Tap In To College Golf
The official kickoff to season 2 of Tap In To College Golf. This is just a short episode to welcome in the new year and the new season with some insight as to what is to come in the 2020 season. A big addition is the launch of a new series to tackle your questions and stories as listeners. 
January 06, 2020
E15: University of San Francisco Coach Sara Doell
In this episode Coach Doell chats about her move to the University of San Francisco after spending 7 years building the program at Seton Hall. She shares some of her own personal growth and lessons learned from her early coaching career. And be sure to stick around for the whole episode because we cover some great recruiting process tips during the last 20 minutes.
December 12, 2019
E14: Wisconsin Coach Todd Oehrlein's Favorite Drills
Wisconsin's Head Women's Golf Coach Todd Oehrlein shares a couple of his favorite practice drills, including an indoor winter drill he uses with the team during their offseason.
December 07, 2019
E13: Retired Georgia State Women's Golf Coach Cathy Mant
After 19 years as the Head Women's Golf Coach at Georgia State, Coach Cathy Many retired back in April 2019. I caught up with her to provide a different perspective for this episode as she reflects back now that she is no longer coaching. She shares about her time with junior players when she was an instructor prior to becoming a college coach. And also the experiences she had as a college coach with collegiate players for 19 years. 
November 21, 2019
E12. Quick 9 with High Point Coach Alexis Bennett
High Point University Head Coach Alexis Bennett joins me for the Quick 9 series. In this series coaches get 9 questions to answer in less than a minute. We discuss college golf, junior golf, the recruiting process, and being a college coach. 
October 24, 2019
Episode 11: University of Wisconsin Women's Head Coach Todd Oehrlein
After earning his license as a chiropractor and coaching both basketball and golf at the DIII level, Coach Todd Oehrlein took over the women's golf program at the University of Wisconsin in 2003. Tap in to listen to his unique perspective on coaching and how his philosophy has changed over the years. 
October 12, 2019
Episode 10: Rollins College Coach Julie Garner
While we are talking about the opportunity that DII golf programs provide, it would be wrong not to include an episode with Hall of Fame coach Julie Garner. Coach Garner starts her 24th season as the Rollins College women's golf coach. She joined the show to talk about her time at the DII powerhouse located in Winter Park, FL where the Tars have won 6 National Championships and finished Runner-Up 5 times. Hear her journey as a college coach and what she thinks players and parents need to understand about finding the right fit and preparing for college golf.
September 20, 2019
Episode 9: Limestone College Coach Zack Siefert
Bringing you a new perspective in this episode as I chat with Limestone Men's and Women's Head Coach Zack Siefert. Don't let the lack of a "DI name" keep you from tapping in to listen to this episode. Coach Siefert played college golf at Clemson University so he knows the appeal of playing for a powerhouse DI program but his energy and enthusiasm for developing his players at a DII program is second to none. You will get some great insight on how he manages both programs and the struggles he sees for incoming freshman as they take on college golf. 
September 13, 2019
Episode 8: Hole 1 of the Quick 9
In the Quick 9 segment each coach gets a chance to share their favorite drill. In this episode Coach Erika Brennan from University of South Florida shares a drill she likes to call Chaos. 
September 06, 2019
Episode 7: University of South Florida Coach Erika Brennan
If this episode doesn't get you excited to play college golf then I don't know what will. USF Coach Erika Brennan has such a passion for coaching, mentoring, and developing young athletes, along with being a dedicated mom and wife, that you can feel the energy radiate as she speaks about it all. She shares how she got started as a college coach and what inspired her to follow that path, along with some advice for junior golfers going thru process and how they can work towards being the best athlete they can be.
August 07, 2019
Episode 6: Kent State Women's Coach Lisa Strom
This is a rare opportunity to hear from a coach who is in the midst of transition from one program to another. I caught up with Coach Lisa Strom as she was selling and and buying a house in the same day, meeting with her new players, and getting settled in at her new home of Kent State University. After 3 years as the head coach at Texas State (5.5 years as assistant coach at her alma mater Ohio State prior to that), Coach Strom received the call to take over the 10th ranked program at Kent State. It was an opportunity she was humbled and flattered to receive and wanted to take on the challenge. You'll hear her talk about that transition and how those scenarios can affect both the player and coach, along with Coach Strom's own journey from tour player to coach and what she has learned along the way.
July 11, 2019
Episode 5: University of Denver Coach Lindsey Kuhle
Coach Kuhle knew early on that even though she loved playing golf she was meant to be a coach. She does not take her role as a coach lightly and feels like the example she sets for her players is one that goes well beyond the golf course. She also feels blessed to coach in her home state of Colorado as she puts a top priority on her family. 
June 20, 2019
Episode 4: Auburn Coach Melissa Luellen
In this episode, I chat with Auburn Women's Head Coach Melissa Luellen about her journey from playing college golf for her mom, to playing on tour, to how she ended up at Auburn. She shares some great perspective on how she has balanced her family life with her coaching life and what she expects of her players on and off the course. 
June 06, 2019
Episode 3: Furman Coach Jeff Hull's Journey from Instructor to College Coach
As a Furman Women's Golf Alum I was excited to sit down with Head Coach Jeff Hull to chat about this journey that led him to Furman. After his college golf career ended at University of South Carolina, Coach Hull went the route of being a teaching professional, before taking on the assistant coaching job at UGA. His insight as a former instructor and now as head coach at a successful women's golf program with rich history like Furman University is a unique one. 
May 24, 2019
Episode 2: Coach Kelley Hester's Coaching Journey
In this episode Kelley Hester, Clemson Women's Head Golf Coach, shares how she first got into college coaching and her unique coaching path that has spanned the country before landing her at Clemson. She talks about her time as Stacy Lewis's coach while at Arkansas, her return back to UGA, the uniqueness of coaching a program like Furman and all the highs and lows along the way. 
May 17, 2019
Episode 1: Coach Chat with Kim Lewellen
After 11 years at UVA, Coach Kim Lewellen decided to come back home to NC and take over the women's golf program at Wake Forest University.  I caught up with Coach Lewellen right after the team won the ACC Tournament to cap off an exciting and eventful spring season. We talk about how she got started as a college coach, being there as Wake Forest Senior, Jennifer Kupcho, won the Augusta National Women's Amateur, the traits of a successful college athlete and much more.
May 02, 2019