Women’s golf coach resigns after 10 seasons

Eastern Michigan University women’s golf coach, Sandy Wagner, has resigned from the position that she has held for ten seasons, EMU Athletic Director Heather Lyke announced in Ypsilanti Thursday.

Wagner resigned from the position, putting behind her a team that she had coached to six runner-up positions in the Mid-American Conference, as well as coaching 131 individual top-10 finished. The program had 54 top-10 finishes in nine seasons before Wagner was appointed head coach.

“My Grandma Hartzell always said ‘leave it better than you found it,” Wagner said in a press release on EMUEagles.com, “and with that I am leaving a program that is rooted in strong academic, athletic and personal development.

“The student athletes that I have had the opportunity to coach have come through our golf program have become champions on and off the course and that is what I am most proud of as a coach,” said Wagner

Wagner had been selected as the 2006-2007 and the 2010-2011 MAC Coach of the Year. In her tenure at EMU she has coached a MAC champion, three MAC Freshmen of the Year, eight Academic All-MAC student-athletes, 21 All-MAC honorees and 31 Women’s Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholars.

In the 2014-2015 season, Wagner coached her team to a runner-up season, placing behind Kent State. EMU had one of its best seasons in school history, posting an overall of 306.35 18-hole average.

The team also recorded two tournament championships, winning the Cardinal Classic in September, and winning the Middleburg Bank Intercollegiate Invitational in March.

“Being a part of the Eastern Michigan family [for the] past 10 years has been a wonderful experience for me,” Wagner said. “I am grateful for all the life lessons I was able to teach the student-athletes that I have had the privilege to coach. I am so very thankful and appreciative for the opportunities I was given.”

A national search to fill the vacant head coaching spot left by Wagner is planned.

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