Director of Golf Jay Albaugh
- In his eighth season at the helm of Tribe Golf, Jay Albaugh looks to lead the 2010-11 menís and womenís teams to heights unparalleled in the history of the program.
In the 2009-10 season, the menís team saved its best play for the end of the year, earning a pair of runner-up finishes in its final three tournaments of the campaign. After placing second at their host tournament, the C&F Bank Intercollegiate, the Tribe was right in the thick of it at the CAA Championship, coming up just 11 strokes short of its second CAA title in program history, finishing second. Individually, junior Brandon Parker led the College, averaging 74.16 strokes a round, ninth best in the history of the school. Freshman Jeremy Wells played well all season long, culminating in a team-best ninth-place finish at the CAA Championship.
On the womenís side, the Tribe continued it accent into the national conversation, posting a 103-60-3 record over the course of the season, marking the first time in program history that W&M has recorded back-to-back 100-win seasons. The Tribe won two team titles in 2009-10, capturing the Bucknell Invitational and the C&F Bank Intercollegiate, marking the first time that school had posted multiple wins since the 1990 season. Individually, sophomore Caroline Sweet earned medalist honors at the first two tournaments of the season, the Bucknell Invitational and the Great Smokies Intercollegiate. Senior Morgan Stepanek ended her brilliant career for the Green and Gold in tremendous fashion, earning a spot on the All-CAA First Team. Stepanek ended her four years with W&M with a career record of 2,157-769-87, a winning percentage of .730, best in school history.
The 2008-09 season was a very successful one for the menís golf program, as a pair of seniors each earned their first collegiate medalist honors. At the Raines Develop¨ment Intercollegiate, senior Brent Paladino fired back-to-back school-record rounds of 66 (-6) on his way to captur¨ing the victory. Paladino finished the tournament with a 202 (-14), shattering the previous 54-hole school record by eight strokes. Then at the Georgetown Invitational, class¨mate Doug Hurson notched his first collegiate win, finish¨ing the 36-hole event with a score of 143 (+1). It was the first time since 2001 that more than one player captured a tournament title in a season for the Tribe. Behind great team play, led by Paladino and Hurson, the Green and Gold finished the season with a record of 114-52-3, the ninth 100-win season in the programís history.
The womenís team started the 2008-09 season off with a bang, winning its first tournament of the season, the Nittany Lion Invitational. Junior Morgan Stepanek fired a school-record 69 (-3) in the first round, and along with freshman Caroline Sweet, led the Tribe to victory with each tying for third place with scores of 225 (+9). The College set school-records for 36 and 54 holes with team scores of 602 (+26) and 909 (+45), respectively. Later in the year at the ECAC Championship, freshman Kristen Hamel tied Stepanekís school-record 69 (-3) with her final round score. Hamel finished the tournament in fourth-place with a 148 (+4). It was a record year for the Tribe, as the College went 115-50-1, posting the most wins in the programís history and just its second 100-win season.
In 2007-08, the menís team season was highlighted by its fourth-place finish at the CAA Championship. Junior Brent Paladino led the Tribe during the season, claiming 12 school records over the course of the year. His season culminated with a runner-up finish at the CAA Championship with a school record-tying three-day total of 207 (-6). His second-place finish is the best finish at the conference championship since John McHenry in 1986. Freshman Brandon Parker took great strides over the course of the season for the Tribe. He was named CAA Menís Golf co-Player of the week on March 26 after carding a 143 (+1) at the William and Mary home tournament at Kingsmill. His rounds of 72 and 71 were both new collegiate-lows for the rookie.
The 2007-08 womenís team played solidly all season, but saved its best golf for the last two tournaments of the year. At the Lady Seahawk Invitational, all five Tribe golfers shot in the 70ís for two consecutive rounds, highlighted by senior Erika Old¨enkampís school-record 54-hole total of 224 (+8) that earned her a tie for eighth. At the CAA Championship, the Tribe shot a school-record 299 (+11) in the final round to cement its third-place finish. The team also set the school-record for a 54-hole tour¨nament, carding 914 strokes (+50) as Oldenkamp finished ninth with a three-day total of 226 (+10). On an individual note, sophomore Morgan Stepanek was named to the All-CAA second team for her outstanding play during the season, which included the second-best season scoring average in school history of 77.90.
In 2006-07, the menís team enjoyed a string of six-consecutive top-five finishes in the fall, and only had two tournament finishes under .500 for the entire year. Doug Hurson suffered no sophomore slump, leading the team with a 74.00 stroke average that at the time placed him fifth all-time in school history. He collected seven top-20 finishes through 10 events, and was named second-team All-CAA. Brent Paladino had the tournament of the year at the CAA Championships, placing fifth to earn a spot on the all-tournament team.
The womenís team in 2006-07 had to find its way with youth in the fall, and was able to use that experience along with the return of Erika Oldenkamp and Marissa Sprick from semesters abroad to forge through the spring and cap the year with a fifth-place finish at the CAA Championships. At the Bobcat Desert Classic, the team had two rounds where every player shot 79 or better, the first two times that had ever happened at W&M.
In 2005-06, Albaugh mentored the womenís golf team to a program renaissance. In the fall, the squad won its first team championship since 1992 at its own Tribe Classic, setting a school record for lowest team score in a round with 299 strokes (+11). Senior Sayde Murray captured her first individual medal, and the programís first since 2001, winning the Tribe Classic on the third playoff hole. In the spring, Murray continued her strong play to lead the team and finish fifth at the CAA Championships, and then-sophomore Erika Oldenkamp tied the school record for the lowest round (70, -2) and posted the second-best 36-hole score (147, +3) at the Bonnie Hoover Invitational. For her steady play throughout the season, Oldenkamp named second-team All-CAA.
The menís team had its share of hardships to start the 2005-06 season, but the emergence of a trio of players gave the program a renewed vitality at the end of the spring. Then-junior Matt Brantingham improved his career average from ninth to sixth in the school charts, and qualified for the U.S. Amateur Public Links in the summer. Freshman Doug Hurson led the team in six of 10 tournaments and Brent Paladino led in five of the 10. Hurson had a season-average of 75.04, second on the team and second-best for any freshman in school history. Paladino led the team with an average of 74.64, setting the school record for best freshman average, and tied for the lowest score at the W&M Invitational with 69. In the summer, he qualified for both the U.S. Amateur and the Amateur Public Links, advancing to the third round of match play at the APL.
In his second year, the menís team had a year for the ages, just missing out on a bid to the NCAA Regional. Gary Barton and classmate Tim Pemberton were both named to the all-region team, with Pemberton also earning first-team All-CAA and second-team all-state honors as he set the school record for lowest career average in Tribe history. Barton garnered second-team all-conference and first-team all-state acclaim after lead¨ing the team throughout the year. He capped his career by winning the Cavalier Classic in a one-hole playoff, his second individual medal in four years.
As a team, the men captured two tournament titles, an outstanding accomplishment for a squad that was composed primarily of underclassmen. In March the Tribe defend¨ed its home course, winning a three-team playoff to triumph in the W&M Invitational. In April, the College followed Bartonís charge to win the Cavalier Classic by a stroke over a 12-team field that included many Atlantic Coast Conference and CAA rivals. In recognition of his accomplishments, Albaugh was named the Menís Coach of the Year by the Virginia Golf Coaches Association.
His inaugural campaign in 2003-04 saw 2004 graduate Ann Schnell earn first-team All-CAA and CAA Womenís Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards, and 2005 gradu¨ate Gary Barton earn second-team All-CAA and all-state honors.
Albaugh came to the Tribe from Eastern Illinois University where he served as the head coach for both the menís and womenís golf teams. In his five years at Eastern Illinois, Albaugh saw both squads achieve their best finishes at the Ohio Valley Con¨ference Championships, including a runner-up result for the women in 2003. Overall, Albaugh coached his teams to four wins during his tenure, which included the womenís first win as a program. He also led each team to its lowest stroke average in history.
Previously, Albaugh served three years as the head golf coach at Mount St. Maryís College. While there, he oversaw the creation of the womenís golf program and also led the menís team to its best conference finish (fourth).
Albaugh, a 1996 graduate of Mount St. Maryís, was a four-year letterwinner in golf and was named first team All-Northeast Conference his junior and senior seasons. The Mountaineersí number one golfer for three years, Albaugh won the American University Invitational in 1994 and was a two-time selection to the NEC Scholar-Athlete team.
Active on the national level within his profession, Albaugh is a member of the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Advisory Committee, and currently serves as the CAA represen¨tative to the Golf Coaches Association of America Congress. He is also a member of the National Golf Coaches Association. Albaugh holds a bachelorís degree in business administration from Mount St. Maryís and a masterís degree in athletic administration from Eastern Illinois. He lives in Richmond with his wife, Leighann.
Director of Golf Jay Albaugh