Lamar Names Janell Howland Head Women’s Golf Coach

first_imgAfter college, Howland won the 2001 Bermuda Match Play Championship. She also dominated women’s amateur golf in Idaho, winning both the Women’s Stroke Play and Match Play Championships in 2001 and 2002 before turning pro in October of 2002. She was a leader of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) on the Duramed Tour from 2004-2010. During her time in Oxford, Howland helped the Rebels to three NCAA Regional appearances in four seasons. During her last season, Ole Miss sent an individual to the NCAA Regionals as Abby Newton finished 36th in Tallahassee. The Rebels had three consecutive appearances in the NCAA Regionals during Howland’s first three years, heading to Daytona Beach in 2011 (14th place), Columbus in 2012 (13th place) and Auburn in 2013 (18th place). “We are very excited about the hiring of Janell,” remarked Director of Athletics Marco Born. “We had a very strong group of candidates for our women’s golf position, but Janell stood out as the top candidate. A former Lamar Cardinal standout, she is very excited about the opportunity to comeback and coach for her alma mater. Even after her graduation, Janell has continued to succeed on the golf course at professional level. We look forward to seeing where she will take this program moving forward.”Howland, a 2000 graduate from Lamar, returns after spending the previous six years as the head coach at UNC Greensboro. Prior to being named the head coach at UNCG, Howland spent four years as the Associate Head Women’s Golf Coach at the University of Mississippi. Besides coaching, Howland played eight years professionally. “I am so honored and grateful to Marco Born and the committee for giving me the opportunity to come back to my Alma Mater and coach,” remarked Janell Howland. “With the growth and change that has been going on at the University it is an exciting time to be a Cardinal. I look forward to getting back on campus with the team and embracing the opportunity to move the program forward. I want to say a special thank you to Kim Record, Tim George and all the athletes I coached at UNCG for the knowledge I gained over the last 5 years there and wish them continued success.” Howland started her collegiate career at Trine University (Tri-State University) and led the squad to the 1997 NAIA Women’s Golf National Championship. She won individual medalist honors at the 1998 Manchester Championship and posted a runner-up finish at the Tri-State Championship. After two seasons at Trine, Howland transferred to Lamar University and continued to enjoy success on the links. She won the Sam Houston State Championship and the Springlake Championship in 1999. She earned her degree in business administration marketing in 2000 from Lamar.center_img Over the last two years under Howland’s leadership, UNCG had three student-athletes named to the Southern Conference All-Freshman Team in Tara Bettle (2018), Keri Kenkel (2018) and Hailey Joy (2019). During the 2018-19 season, UNCG finished in the top 10 seven times including a program-best second-place finish in the team’s annual home fall tournament, the Starmount Fall Classic. Additionally, UNCG finished tied for fourth place at the Pinehurst Challenge along with another top-five finish in the SoCon Championship.   While at Ole Miss, Howland has handled a variety of aspects of the program and specializes in the short game area of women’s golf. She created a Big Break Rebel Style short game competition for her student-athletes and is a certified AimPoint Putting Green Reading Instructor. Additionally, she has served as the Tournament Director for the Rebel Intercollegiate Tournament. Prior to Ole Miss, Howland worked for a year as a volunteer assistant coach at UNC-Wilmington, helping Sofia Hagsund to an NCAA East Regional appearance. Story Courtesy of Lamar AthleticsBEAUMONT, Texas – Lamar University Director of Athletics Marco Born has announce the hiring of LU alum Janell Howland as the next head women’s golf coach.last_img read more

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