ATHENS, Ga. — Ember Holloway has joined the Georgia women’s golf program as assistant coach, head coach Josh Brewer announced on Friday.
Holloway arrives in Athens after spending the previous season as an assistant coach at Purdue.
“We just became better today,” Brewer said. “Ember Holloway is a perfect fit for our program and the University of Georgia. Her background as a player, pro and coach is impressive. Most importantly, she believes in developing student-athletes in golf and life. Ember showed her coaching skills by helping guide Purdue to a top-12 finish at the 2022 National Championships. Her tutelage under hall-of-fame coach Devon Brouse means we are adding a coach who is ready to help us build on our top-5 finish at the National Championships last season. We are excited to have Ember and her husband, Mike, in Athens.”
Holloway was a standout golfer at Illinois from 2010-14 as the former Ember Schuldt and then played professionally for three seasons.
“I cannot express my gratitude enough to Coach Brewer for giving me the opportunity to be apart of such a storied program,” Holloway said. “I’m thrilled to join the team in Athens and work on building off of last year’s success. The campus, community and facilities are truly one-of-a-kind, and I look forward to helping the Bulldogs on and off the course.”
Holloway served as the assistant and interim head golf professional at Urbana Country Club in Illinois in 2020 after spending two years as the senior assistant golf professional at Boot Ranch Golf Club in Fredericksburg, Texas.
A native of Sterling, Ill., Holloway compiled the second-lowest career stroke average in program history at Illinois. In 50 career tournaments, she recorded 10 top-10 and 20 top-20 individual finishes.
Holloway became the first Illinois golfer ever to participate in three NCAA Regionals and produced the Illini’s lowest stroke average in 2013 and 2014. She was tabbed second-team All-Big Ten as a senior in 2014 after leading Illinois individually in six of 11 tournaments, including a sixth-place finish at the Big Ten Championships. Holloway also was a standout in the classroom and earned Big Ten Distinguished Scholar honors as both a junior and a senior.
Over three professional seasons, Holloway participated in 21 Symetra and 18 Cactus Tour events. She also qualified for two U.S. Women’s Amateurs and three U.S. Public Links Amateurs.
Georgia is coming off a fifth-place finish at the 2022 NCAA Championships, where the Bulldogs dropped a 3-2 decision to Stanford in the match play quarterfinals. Individually, Jenny Bae and Candice Mahé tied for sixth, making Georgia the only team in the nation with two top-10 finishers.
A national power in women’s golf for several decades, Georgia has claimed four national championships – the 2001 team title and individual honors by Terry Moody in 1981, Cindy Schreyer in 1984 and Vicki Goetze in 1993. The Bulldogs have now recorded 21 top-10 and 28 top-20 team finishes at the national championships since 1979. During that same span, Georgia golfers have combined to record 23 top-10 and 38 top-20 individual finishes at the AIAW and NCAA Championships.
Eight letterwinners from last season, including all six golfers who played at the NCAAs, will return to Athens for the 2022-23 campaign.