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Embry-Riddle Prescott Hires Kim Haddow as Men's and Women's Golf Coach

Prescott, AZ., March 18, 2011

Prescott Hires Kim Haddow as Mens and Womens Golf Coach

Golf Coach Kim Haddow

Kim Haddow has been named the first-ever head golf coach for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Director of Athletics Ted Blake announced this week.  Haddow will build both the men's and women's golf programs from the ground up, as the newest Embry-Riddle intercollegiate athletic teams are set to kick off this fall.

Coach Haddow commented on her new position, “I'm thrilled and honored to have been selected as the head golf coach.  This is going to be a challenging experience for me, and at the same time, a rewarding opportunity at a very prestigious university.”

She added, “I am impressed with the dedication and professionalism of the coaches, faculty and staff at Embry-Riddle, as well as its students. The student-athletes that I have met are exceptional.  I am looking forward to working with Ted Blake and the entire athletic department to build the best golf program possible.”

As a former head coach for both the University of Florida and the University of Arizona, Coach Haddow had phenomenal success guiding collegiate student-athletes to achieve their upmost potential. She has led her teams to nine NCAA Championship appearances, finishing in the Top-10 in seven of those tournaments. Her 1992 University of Arizona team finished second overall, and two of her Wildcat golfers claimed NCAA titles during her tenure.  Coach Haddow has seen 22 of her golfers named NCAA All-American, nine who were Academic All-Americans, and one who was named National Player of the Year. During Haddow's time at Arizona, 15 golfers received All Pac-10 honors.

At the University of Florida, 11 players received All SEC honors while she was coach. Coach Haddow had numerous former student-athletes go on to illustrious careers in professional golf, including former LPGA great Annika Sorenstam. She has received many personal accolades herself, including being named NCAA Coach of the year in 1992, Pac-10 Coach of the year in 1992, as well as three times being named as the Far West Region Coach of the year. In 1997, Coach Haddow was inducted into the NCAA Golf Coaches Hall of Fame.

A veteran of international coaching assignments as well, Coach Haddow has coached the USA Team and USA Individual Team in the Shiseido Cup Matches in Tokyo, Japan. In the summer of 2010, she was selected to coach the U.S. Women's Team for the World University Golf Championships in Antequera, Spain, where four of her golfers earned medals. In 2008 she was selected to coach the USA Team for the World Championships in Sun City, South Africa, guiding them to a gold medal finish.

“We are all excited to have a coach with her background join us here at ERAU,” said Blake.  “As we add these new intercollegiate teams, Coach Haddow's experience will be invaluable not only to the new golf programs, but the athletic department as a whole.”

A member of the National Golf Coaches Association, and an LPGA Class A Golf Instructor, Coach Haddow has a B.S. degree from Southern Methodist University, as well as an M.A. from the University of Arizona. The mother of two adult daughters, Coach Haddow resides in Chino Valley with her husband Mike.   

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