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Sean Curtis enters his 19th year working in Recreation on the Danforth Campus, and his first year as the dedicated Director for Sport Clubs & South Campus.
He has administrative oversight of WashU's 42 student-run sport clubs and is responsible for scheduling and maintenance of the sport club facilities at WashU's South Campus on Clayton Road.
Curtis started at WashU as an assistant director for intramurals and sport clubs from 1998-2000 before spending the last 16 years as the director of intramurals and sport clubs.
In addition to his work on the recreation side, Curtis also has the distinction of being WashU's first varsity women's golf coach — a role he held for seven seasons (2008-2015).
He led the Bears to six-straight NCAA Tournament appearances from 2010-15, including a program-best third-place finish in 2015. Curtis also guided the Bears to the inaugural University Athletic Association (UAA) championship in 2015.
He was recognized as the 2012 and 2014 Division III Eaton Pride NGCA National Coach of the Year and Division III Eaton Pride NGCA Central Region Coach of the Year. Curtis was also honored as the 2015 UAA Coach of the Year.
In 2015, he guided the Bears to a third-place finish at the 2015 NCAA Division III Championship. WashU placed in the top-three in all 12 tournaments played and tied a single-season school record with six wins. The Bears also set the single-season school record with a 312.77 scoring average and finished the season ranked No. 3 in the Golfstat Division III head-to-head rankings.
Under Curtis’ leadership four student-athletes earned a total of 11 Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-America honors, including four-time first-team honoree Olivia Lugar (2012-15). Lugar was also honored as the Ping Division III National Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year in 2012.
Curtis’ teams also excelled in the classroom with seven individuals earning 12 WGCA All-America Scholar Team honors. He also mentored three-time Capital One Academic All-America and Academic All-District selection in Lugar.
The Bears took home back-to-back top-10 finishes in 2012-13 (sixth) and 2013-14 (seventh) after a 13th place finish in 2011-12. WashU posted a then school-record 313.00 scoring average in 2011-12, which ranked second in all of NCAA Division III. The Bears finished the regular season ranked No. 4 in the Division III head-to-head rankings, and placed in the top-five in nine of 12 tournaments they competed in and won a Division III-best six tournaments.
In 2010-11, Curtis guided WashU 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 2009-10, 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 Hannah Buck, who became the first All-American in school history after earning second-team NGCA All-America accolades.
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.
Curtis and his wife, Chris, have three children: Drew (20), Margaret (16) and Lexie (13).