New coach for Marshall women's golf team
HUNTINGTON -- Marshall University hired former University of Maryland assistant coach Tiffany Prats as head women's golf coach on Monday.
Prats spent three seasons as an assistant with the Terrapins, running the day-to-day operations of the team and handling the program's recruiting.
"We are excited to welcome Tiffany to Huntington," Marshall Athletic Director Mike Hamrick said. "She brings a wealth of experience to Marshall, both on the collegiate and professional levels. Good things are ahead for our women's golf program."
Prior to her stint at Maryland, Prats spent two seasons coaching at San Diego State, which won three tournaments and two individual championships while she was there. The Aztecs made back-to-back NCAA Regional appearances for the first time in school history during her two seasons there.
"I would like to thank Mike Hamrick, as well as (Associate Athletic Director) Beatrice Crane Banford and the search committee, for giving me this opportunity," Prats said.
"I'm very excited about joining the Marshall family and Huntington community. I look forward to building on the program's foundation because our potential is limitless as to what we can achieve."
Prats played at the University of Miami, lettering all four years, and was captain of the Hurricanes for two seasonos. She also was a member of Miami's student-athlete council. Prats played in 37 tournaments at Mianmi, logging nine top-10 individual finishes. She played in the 2004 and 2005 NCAA regional tournaments before graduating in 2006 with a degree in sports administration and a minor in business.
Prats turned pro in 2007 and played on the LPGA Futures Tour, the Royal Canadian Tour and the Suncoast Series. She also worked as an assistant golf professional at the Deering bay Yacht and Country Club in Coral Gables, Fla.
Prats was named the girls golfer of the decade by the Gainesville (Fla.) Sun in 2009 after an stellar prep career at Williston High School. She lost only one match in high school and was a two-time all-state selection.
Prats comes highly regarded by college golf coaches.
"Tiffany is a very hard worker ad extremely motivated," said former Miami coach Lela Cannon. "She will do an outstanding job and I believe will put Marshall in the top 35 in the country. She is a true competitor and will do great things in Huntington."
Emilee Klein-Gille, coach at the University of Tulsa, said Marshall made an outstanding hire.
"I have watched Tiffany grow through the years as a coach and she truly has learned what it takes to be a top coach," Klein-Gille said.
"I think Marshall is very lucky to have her and I expect she will take the program to new heights."
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