Courtney Trimble begins her second season at the helm of the Louisville women's golf program. Trimble comes to Louisville after spending the last three seasons rebuilding the UCF golf program into a national contender. She brings a wealth of experience at the collegiate level to Louisville, both as a coach and player.
In just her third season UCF, Trimble guided the team to its first NCAA appearance since taking over the program. She guided the Knights to two tournaments wins for the first time since 2001. The Knights also finished as runner-up this season at the Conference USA Championship. UCF went on to earn the 13th seed in the East Regional, after finishing the regular season ranked 38th in the Golfstat rankings. The Knights finished the three-round regional tied at 14th with Wake Forest with a score of 907 in the 24-team event.
Freshman Katie Mitchell named the C-USA women's Freshman of the Year and was also voted on by the league's coaches to the All-C-USA Second Team. Mitchell tied for third at the league championship, recording the highest finish by a UCF women's golfer at the event. In 2011-12, Mitchell has registered six top-10 finishes. She led the Knights with a 74.6 stroke average. Junior Carolin Pinegger also earned second team honors and freshman Monifa Sealy earned a spot on the All-C-USA Third Team.
It didn't take long Trimble to put her imprint on UCF, in her first fall season the Knights finished in the top three in two out of its four tournaments. UCF had just two top-three team finishes in the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons combined. UCF's 879 at the FIU/Pat Bradley Invitational in Fort Myers was a school record low by 10 strokes. When the spring season rolled around, UCF opened it in historic fashion, winning the team championship at the Hurricane Invitational in Miami Lakes - the Knights' first team title since 2002. UCF earned GolfWeek's National Team of the Week honors for its efforts.
As the season progressed, three Knights, Katie Detlefsen, Valentina Fontaine and Carolin Pinegger, earned All-Conference USA honors. Detlefsen would go on to win a host of academic awards including ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America recognition and the LPGA's Dinah Shore Trophy Award.
During Trimble's tenure the Knights also excelled in the classroom. Seven Knights were named to the 2011-12 C-USA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll. Last season Katie Detlefsen earned Academic All-America First Team honors. In 2010, Detlefsen was the recipient of the LPGA's Dinah Shore Award, a prestigious national honor given to the collegiate golfer who best exemplifies success on the course, in the classroom and in the community.
Prior to her stint at UCF, Trimble spent three and a half years as an assistant coach at her alma mater, Auburn University, working under long-time Tigers head coach Kim Evans. The Tigers finished the 2008-09 season ranked eighth nationally. Trimble also helped coach the Tigers to the 2006 and 2009 SEC Championships, four NCAA East Regional berths and three NCAA Championship appearances. The one-time All-American player helped mentor several other Tiger All-Americans, including first-teamers Maria Martinez (2006), Cydney Clanton in 2008 and Candace Schepperle (2009), along with third-team pick Nicole Hage (2007) who also earned honorable mention All-America honors in 2006.
Trimble also worked with consecutive SEC Freshmen of the Year in Schepperle (2007) and Clanton (2008). Clanton was also named the 2008 NGCA National Freshman of the Year.