Islanders Hire Joni Stephens as Head Golf Coach

first_imgCORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi interim Director of Athletics Willis Wilson has announced the hiring of Joni Stephens as the Islanders head golf coach. Stephens, who spent the last two seasons as the head coach at the University of Louisiana Monroe, will begin her new role on the Island this July. “I am very excited to welcome Joni Stephen as our new women’s golf coach,” said Wilson. “She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the program, and I am confident that she will do great things for the program in the seasons ahead.”Stephens brings 28 years of teaching and coaching experience to the Islanders. For the past 16 years she has worked as a Division I head golf coach at three different institutions. She has an LPGA Class B Certification.”I would like to thank President Quintanilla and interim AD Willis Wilsonfor giving me the opportunity to lead the women’s golf program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi,” said Stephens. “I am honored to be joining the Islander athletic staff. There is an energy and expectation of great things ahead and I am excited to be a part of the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi community. I am looking forward to helping the golf program reach new heights in the classroom and on the golf course.”At ULM, Stephens team improved their Golfstat Ranking from 226 to 179 in three semesters with a scoring average improvement of 322 to 309.8. The Warhawks had two second-place team finishes under Stephens and added seven top-five individual finishes. In the classroom, Stephens’ team was recognized by the WGCA as having the second highest team GPA in the country (3.865) and earned a team GPA recognition at the Sun Belt Championship. While at ULM, she helped organize fundraisers and taught a golf class in the Department of Kinesiology.  For two seasons, Stephens served as the head golf coach at the University of Montana where she coached eight Big Sky Conference Golfers of the Week and six all-conference performers. Her teams were ranked as high as 132 by Golfstat and had a scoring average of 305.8 in two years.Stephens spent 12 years as head coach at Eastern Kentucky University. She was the 2005 Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year and coached 17 all-conference performers. The Colonels finished in the top-three at the OVC Championships four times and had two second-place finishes in her last six seasons.Stephens earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Eastern Kentucky. Stephens and her husband Pat have three sons, Daniel, Ben and Joseph; two daughters-in-law, Mindy and Leah, and five grandchildren, Carter, Cara,last_img read more