CARROLLTON, Ga. – With the start of the UWG men’s and women’s golf seasons just over a week ago, head golf coach Todd Selders is pleased to announce the finalization of his staff, adding Kristen Golightly as his assistant coach and Carson Vaughn as a graduate assistant.
Golightly comes to Carrollton after spending two seasons at Gulf South Conference rival West Alabama as the Tigers' Assistant Men's and Women's Golf Coach.
While at UWA, Golightly was instrumental in the development of Ye Yun Jin, who was the 2017 GSC Individual Medalist and was named All-Conference in 2017 and 2018. Under Golightly's guidance in 2017, the Tigers also landed Alicia Fajardo-Monzon and Savannah Payne on the All-Conference Team. In total, the Tigers had four team victories in Golightly's two seasons.
“The response or the amount of qualified applicants was a testament to the popularity of the University of West Georgia,” said Selders. “It was a very challenging search but Kristen`s experience and fortitude was going to help me with what I am trying to accomplish with both programs.”
Prior to her time at West Alabama, Golightly served as a graduate assistant for the women's golf team and also in the compliance office at South Alabama. There, Golightly helped Carianne Wright to a spot on the All-Sun Belt Conference team, and had three players named WGCA All-Scholar.
As a player at South Alabama, Golightly competed for the Jaguars from 2009 to 2013, and was a fiur-time member of the WGCA All-American Scholar Team and the Sun Belt Conference Commissioner's List. On the course, she was the 2011 Lady Jaguar Invitational Champion, and was named 2013 All-Sun Belt as a senior. In her career, Golightly had eight top-10 finishes in tournament play.
A 2013 graduate of South Alabama, Golightly received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication with a concentration in Broadcast Journalism and received a Masters of Education from USA in 2016.
Selders also added former UWG standout Carson Vaughn as a graduate assistant. A recent graduate of UWG, Vaughn was a part of two teams that reached the NCAA Super Regionals and was also named GSC Freshman of the Year in 2015.
“I cannot thank Coach Daryl Dickey, the athletic staff, and the University Administration for giving me the opportunity to complete what I believe is a coaching staff that will not only support the student-athletes, but help them to improve to be the best student-athletes they can and or want to be,” added Selders. “Both Kristen and Carson will be tremendous to work with.”