NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Former Berry College women's golf graduate assistant coach, Jesse Lawley, has been selected as the new head women's coach at Lipscomb University, the program announced on Friday.
Lawley will join the NCAA Division I program after serving the Vikings for the last two years. She helped the program to a 2017 Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Coach of the Year award and also coached Sydney Weaver, the program's new graduate assistant coach, to All-America honors and a 7th-place finish at the NCAA Division III Women's Golf Championship.
With the Vikings, Lawley helped guide her squad to five top-5 finishes last season including team honors at the Birmingham Southern College “Southern Shootout Classic”. Berry climbed as high as No. 5 in the national rankings before ending the season ranked 10th nationally.
“I'm really excited for this opportunity with a great group of girls in a great city," Lawley said. "Nashville and Lipscomb are two great places to recruit to. Lipscomb is very similar to Berry in that both schools offer great educations and have recruited student-athletes that are good kids with a lot of talent and great attitudes about playing golf. It has been a lifelong dream of mine to be a NCAA Division I head coach. I'm extremely blessed to have this chance.”
Berry's head coach Brian Farrer echoed Lawley's enthusiasm and noted her work ethic during her time as a Viking.
“I am excited for Jesse as she is starting a new chapter in her coaching career at Lipscomb," Farrer said. "I believe it will be a great fit for her and for Lipscomb. She put everything into her job here at Berry and I know she will do the same there and be successful.”
Parts of this story courtesy of Lipscomb Athletics