Kim Wilcox enters her 15th season at the helm of the UAB women's golf program in 2016-17.
The 2015-16 season was an outstanding season both on the golf course and in the classroom. On the course Wilcox saw two players win individual low medalist in the same season for the first time in her career. As a team the Blazers shot a 299 three times, which ranks as the fourth-lowest round in program history.
UAB took its successes from the course to the classroom as they finished with a team GPA of 3.63 and six of the seven players finishing with a GPA of 3.00 or higher. Six individuals were named to the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll, and three received the league’s Academic Medal.
The 2014-15 saw some records topped, and many tested as the Blazers improved with the help of senior leadership and young talent on the course.
UAB capped the season with its lowest 54-hole total in program history at the Conference USA Championship, turning in an 896. The Blazers also shot a team score 297 in the final round, the third-lowest round in program history, to cap the year.
The Blazers had a player finish in the top-10 individually in four of the 10 tournaments, as eight finishes in all were within the top-20. As a team, the Green and Gold started the year with back-to-back sixth-place results, before going on to finish seventh twice.
Wilcox led UAB to success in the classroom as well, as all eight players were named to the Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll. Six of the eight earned the league’s Academic Medal.
As a team UAB earned the C-USA Sport Academic Award and compiled a 3.715 GPA, the second-highest mark of any C-USA team. The Blazers’ efforts in the classroom helped UAB to a second-place overall finish in the league with a total 3.03 GPA, second highest among the conference’s 17 sponsored sports.
The Blazers added three top-3 tournament finishes and one individual medalist to their list of accomplishments in the 2011-12 season.
Under Wilcox's guidance in 2011-12, Caitlin Watts turned in one of the best seasons by a UAB women's golfer in 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.
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.
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 590-1060-17 head-to-head record in her first 13 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 turned pro in 2009, and posted four combined wins on the Canadian and Hooters tours. In six years on the Web.com Tour, Wilcox compiled one win (South Georgia Classic, April 28, 2013), eight top-10 finishes and 23 top-25’s.
Will has played in 56 tournaments on the PGA Tour in five seasons. His career tournament is a second-place finish at the 2015 Barbasol Championship. Overall he has eight top-10, and 18 top-25 finishes. His earnings amass to over $2.4 million, and he finished 97th in 2015 Fed Ex Cup standings.