Kim Wilcox -
Kim Wilcox

Position:
Head Coach

Year:
12th Season


Kim Wilcox enters her 12th season at the helm of the UAB women's golf program in 2013-14.

The Blazers come into the new year with five returners from last year's team -- a squad that had seven top-10 overall finishes last year.

The 2011-12 campaign marked the 10th for Kim Wilcox as head coach of the UAB women's golf program as the Blazers added three top-3 tournament finishes and one individual medalist to their list of accomplishments.

Under Wilcox's guidance in 2011-12, Caitlin Watts turned in one of the best seasons by a UAB women's golfer in recent history. Watts finished among the top 3 in three events and claimed medalist honors at the Belmont Invitational, marking the ninth tournament title for a Wilcox-coached player at UAB.

As a team, the 2011-12 Blazers tied for second place at the CSU Wendy's Invitational to go along with a pair of third-place finishes at their own UAB Fall Beach Blast and the Belmont Invite.

Wilcox has led the Blazers to three of the six tournament crowns in program history while also overseeing a program in strong academic standing.

UAB women's golfers have been named to the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll 38 times and received the C-USA Commissioner's Academic Medal 17 times during her tenure.

In 2011, senior Carolyn Cochran became the first UAB women's golfer ever named to the Capital One Academic All-District Team. A two-time member of the C-USA All-Academic Team, Cochran was also selected in 2011 as the league's Scholar-Athlete of the Year for women's golf.

Cochran was the second golfer under Wilcox to be named the league's top scholar-athlete. Brooke Mangan, the most accomplished player in school history, also won the award in 2004-05.

Under Wilcox's guidance, Mangan became the first NCAA Regional participant in program history when she competed in the 2005 tournament. Mangan -- a member of the C-USA All-Decade Team for the first 10 years of the league -- also became the first three-time all-conference selection for the Blazers, twice earning third-team honors before closing her career with first-team recognition in 2004-05.

Wilcox also coached Janey Deimling to third-team all-conference honors in the 2004-05 campaign.

That same season, UAB cracked the top 25 percent of the Golfstat Division I rankings. Just two years earlier, the Blazers were in the bottom half of the rankings, but a strong 2004 fall season had UAB at No. 62 heading into the spring of 2005.

UAB won a team title in its first year under Wilcox, taking first place at the 2003 Lady Jaguar Spring Invitational in Mobile, Ala., where UAB's Katie Kane was the individual medalist. The Blazers have since added tournament championships at the 2004 Miss Louis Season Opener and the 2007 Lady Eagle Classic, both played in Hattiesburg, Miss.

In the program's 18-year history prior to Wilcox's arrival, only three UAB women's golfers had claimed individual tournament titles. Since she took over before the 2002-03 season, Blazer women's golfers have won a total of nine medalist honors.

Heading into the 2012-13 season, UAB has had an individual tournament winner in three straight seasons. Cochran won the 2009 UAB Fall Beach Blast, while Jaime Ritter took medalist honors at the 2010 Great Smokies Intercollegiate before Watts claimed the title at the 2012 Belmont Invitational.

Mangan, the winningest player in program history, won three titles in her career -- the 2004 Samford Intercollegiate, the 2004 Lady Panther Intercollegiate and the 2005 Buffalo Rock Southern Shootout.

Deimling took medalist honors at the 2005 Miss Louis Season Opener, and Christina Wentworth won the 2006 Cincinnati Spring Invitational.

Wilcox, who also serves as executive director of the Birmingham Golf Association, has compiled a 485-814-11 head-to-head record in her first 10 seasons as UAB's head coach.

Wilcox began her collegiate golf career by playing on scholarship at Auburn. From there, she became an office manager at Micro National, Inc., from 1983-91, where she was responsible for accounting and bookkeeping functions.

In 1991, the Birmingham, Ala., native became the club manager and golf pro at the Pine Harbor Golf and Racquet Club in Pell City, Ala. While at Pine Harbor from 1991-99, Wilcox was responsible for the operation of the country club, writing and publishing the monthly newsletter and day-to-day operations. Under her direction, membership grew from 270 to 400.

In 1999, Wilcox left Pine Harbor to become the executive director at the Birmingham Golf Association. Her responsibilities include tournament operations, media relations and an extensive junior golf tour each summer with 200 children.

While with the Birmingham Golf Association, Wilcox also worked as the media relations and junior golf coordinator for the Dixie Section of the PGA, where she was responsible for running the junior golf program for more than 300 children annually. Wilcox also completed an internship at the Alabama Golf Association.

A four-year letterwinner at Auburn, Wilcox was the runner-up in the Alabama State Women's Amateur Championship in 1988 and won over 50 tournaments as a junior golfer. She also earned Achievement Certificates in Rules and Tournament Administration from the USGA/PGA in 1993 and taught at Gillette LPGA Clinics in Atlanta from 1996-98. She currently conducts annual local junior clinics.

Wilcox -- who later completed her degree requirements at UAB -- and her husband, Bill, have two children, Sarah and Will.

Sarah graduated from Auburn with a nursing degree and is now enrolled in graduate school at Vanderbilt. Will has played professional golf since 2009, posting four combined wins on the Canadian and Hooters tours. After ranking 36th on the Nationwide Tour money list in 2011, Will is a fully exempt member of the tour for 2012.

 
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