Sean Curtis enters his sixth season as the head women’s golf coach and 14th year as director of intramurals and club sports at Washington University in St. Louis. Curtis oversees the department and also handles other duties as assigned by the director of athletics.
Curtis was named the University’s first head women’s golf coach on Feb. 8, 2008. He is in his second season serving on the National Golf Coaches Association Award Committee, and is a voter in the NFCA Top-25 Coaches' Poll for the third-straight year.
Curtis guided Washington U. to a sixth-place finish at the 2013 NCAA Division III Championship, its highest finish in three previous trips. He also mentored a pair of All-Americans for the second-straight year - sophomore Olivia Lugar and freshman Connie Zhou.
In addition, Lugar was was named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America Division III At-Large Second Team. Lugar is the first women’s golf student-athlete to earn Academic All-America honors in the five-year history of the program
Curtis was recognized by his peers this two years ago, earning the 2012 Division III Eaton Pride NGCA National Coach of the Year and the Division III Eaton Pride NGCA Central Region Coach of the Year. Curtis led the Bears to a 13th place finish and a No. 2 ranking in the Golf World/NGCA top-25 poll. He also mentored a pair of NGCA first team All-America selections in Lugar and junior Hannah Buck. Lugar was named NGCA National Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year in her rookie campaign at Washington U.
In 2011, Curtis guided Washington University back to NCAA Tournament for the second-straight year and recorded a program-best eighth place finish. Buck earned All-America accolades for the second-straight year, picking up first-team honors. Curtis and the Bears' made history in 2010, qualifying for the the school's first-ever NCAA Division III Championship in just its second season as a varsity sport placing 19th. He also mentored Buck, who became the first All-American in school history after earning second-team NGCA All-America accolades.
Curtis, who served as the assistant intramurals director for three years at Washington University before being appointed to the head position, has worked in the athletics field his entire post-collegiate life.
In 1997-98, he served as the assistant men’s basketball coach at McKendree University in Lebanon, Ill. He also was the assistant coach at John A. Logan College from 1995-97, and held the same position at Carterville High School (1994-95) and Carbondale Community High School (1989-93).
A native of Carbondale, Ill., Curtis worked for the Prairie State Games from 1989-94, serving as the director of special events and assistant site coordinator.
Before his arrival on the Danforth Campus, Curtis spent two years working as an outside supervisor at Stonewolf Golf Course from 1997-98 and a year at Gateway National Golf Links as a pre-apprentice assistant in 1998.
Curtis graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in recreation administration. He earned his master’s degree in physical education, specializing in sports management, from SIUC in 1998.