Southern Miss Announces Lucy Nunn as Head Women’s Golf Coach
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss Director of Athletics Jon Gilbert announced Thursday the hiring of Lucy Nunn as head women’s golf coach.
“First, I cannot thank the University of Houston enough for allowing me to help build and be a part of their women’s golf program these last four years,” Nunn said. “Second, it truly takes a village and I am very thankful to the people, friends and family that I have in my corner pushing me to be better. Lastly, I am incredibly grateful to be given the opportunity to lead the Women’s Golf program at Southern Miss. I am excited to be working with Jon, Brian, Eddie and the rest of the Southern Miss staff to help the women’s golf team reach new heights.”
Nunn comes to Southern Miss after serving as an assistant coach at the University of Houston since July of 2014, which included being the program’s associate head coach since October of 2016. Her duties while at UH involved assistance in scheduling, recruiting, team travel and player development.
“Lucy competed and now has coached at the highest levels, earning successes at every stop along the way in her career,” said Gilbert. “During the selection process, Lucy possessed the characteristics of what we felt we needed in leading our women’s golf program into the future.”
At UH this spring, the Cougars won The American Athletic Conference Championships, earning a spot in the NCAA Regionals, in which one of their individuals advanced to the NCAA Championship.
In 2016-17, Nunn helped lead the Cougars to NCAA Regional play for the third straight season and three top-five team finishes, including third-place showing at the AAC Championships and MountainView Collegiate.
Nunn helped guide the Cougars to three tournament titles and a pair of individual crowns in 2015-16. The Cougars captured the 2016 American Athletic Conference Championships for the first league title in program history and advanced to NCAA Regional play for the second straight season, falling only two strokes shy of advancing to the NCAA Championships.
In 2014-15, her first season at UH, Nunn helped lead the Cougars to its first NCAA Regional appearance in only the program's second year of existence. Under her guidance, Houston also captured its first team title at the UNF Collegiate.
In addition to her work duties, Nunn has continued her amateur playing career and remains one of the nation's top players. In June 2015, she finished eighth at the WTGA Stroke Play Championship at Eagle's Bluff Country Club, thanks to a second-round 70, and tied for 14th at the Texas Women's Open at Rolling Hills Country Club in July 2015.
With a 71 at The Heritage Golf Course at Westmoor in Westminster, Colo., Nunn also qualified for the 2015 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship at the Portland Golf Club in Portland, Ore. Her professional career began in 2010 as she competed in the 2010 US Women’s Open at Oakmont.
Before joining the staff at UH, Nunn spent the previous three seasons at Kentucky. In 2013-14, she helped lead the Wildcats to a pair of top-3 team finishes, including the championship at the "Mo" Morial Invitational in Bryan, Texas, in September 2013.
Four Wildcats collected six top-10 individual finishes during the season with Kentucky earning a bid to the NCAA Regionals for the fourth consecutive season.
Nunn joined Kentucky for the 2011-12 season, and she made an immediate mark, helping lead the Wildcats to a school single-season low scoring average and the team championship at the Bettie Lou Evans Fall Invitational, the program's first tournament championship since 2009.
In her second season, Kentucky bested the school record for low season scoring average by more than three strokes and won the Old Waverly Bulldog Invitational, the first of three top-5 finishes that year.
A native of Lawton, Okla., Nunn was the top prep prospect in the state when she elected to play for Arkansas. As a four-year letterwinner from 2005 to 2009, she competed in all of the Razorbacks' regular-season events as a sophomore and finished that season with the team's second-best scoring average.
In her final collegiate season, Nunn led the team with a sparkling 73.64 average and earned three top-10 finishes, including medalist honors at the LSU/Cleveland Golf Classic.
During her final two seasons, Nunn led the Razorbacks to consecutive runner-up team finishes at the SEC Championships and finished among the top-7 individual leaders each year.
In the classroom, Nunn was a four-time member of the SEC Honor Roll and was named to the 2009 All-SEC Second Team. That same year, she was named to the SEC Community Service Team and was recognized as an All-America Honorable Mention by Golfweek. She also received the Brandon Burlsworth Award for Character and Integrity.
After receiving her bachelor's degree in kinesiology from Arkansas in 2009, Nunn joined the LPGA Futures Tour. She finished in a tie for 15th at The International at Concord in 2010 and made nine cuts in 14 events that year.