|Title:||Head Coach, Director of Intramurals|
Sean Curtis enters his seventh season as the head women’sgolf coach and 15th year as director of intramurals and club sportsat Washington University in St. Louis. Curtis oversees thedepartment and also handles other duties as assigned by thedirector of athletics.
Curtis was named the University’s first head women’sgolf coach on Feb. 8, 2008. He is in his first season serving onthe National Golf Coaches Association Award Committee, and is avoter in the NFCA Top-25 Coaches' Poll for thefourth-consecutive season.
Curtis was recognized by his peers as the 2012 and 2014 DivisionIII Eaton Pride NGCA National Coach of the Year and theDivision III Eaton Pride NGCA Central Region Coachof the Year.
The fourth season as a varsity program brought overwhelmingsuccess for Curtis and the Bears, posting a school-record 313.00scoring average, which ranked second in all of NCAA Division III.Washington U. finished the regular season ranked No. 4 in theDivision III head-to-head rankings.
The Bears also made their third-consecutive appearance in theNCAA Division III Championship finishing 13th, and was ranked No. 2in the Golf World/NGCA top-25 poll. The Bears placed in thetop-five in nine of 12 tournaments they competed in, and won aDivision III-best six tournaments in 2011-12.
He also mentored a pair of NGCA first team All-Americaselections in freshman Olivia Lugar and junior Hannah Buck. Lugarwas named NGCA National Player of the Year and Freshman of theYear in her rookie campaign at Washington U.
In 2011, Curtis guided Washington University back toNCAA Tournament for the second-straight year and recorded aprogram-best eighth place finish. Buck earned All-America accoladesfor the second-straight year, picking up first-team honors.
Curtis and the Bears' made history in 2010, qualifying for thethe school's first-ever NCAA Division III Championship injust its second season as a varsity sport placing 19th. He alsomentored Buck, who became the first All-American in school historyafter earning second-team NGCA All-America accolades.
The Bears' inaugural season was a success as WashingtonUniversity ended the season ranked 38th in the NCAA Division IIIhead-to-head rankings. The Bears placed in the top five in seven of10 events, and won the McKendree Fall Invitational.
Curtis, who served as the assistant intramurals director forthree years at Washington University before being appointed to thehead position, has worked in the athletics field his entirepost-collegiate life.
In 1997-98, he served as the assistant men’s basketballcoach at McKendree University in Lebanon, Ill. He also was theassistant coach at John A. Logan College from 1995-97, and held thesame position at Carterville High School (1994-95) and CarbondaleCommunity High School (1989-93).
A native of Carbondale, Ill., Curtis worked for the PrairieState Games from 1989-94, serving as the director of special eventsand assistant site coordinator.
Before his arrival on the Danforth Campus, Curtis spent twoyears working as an outside supervisor at Stonewolf Golf Coursefrom 1997-98 and a year at Gateway National Golf Links as apre-apprentice assistant in 1998.
Curtis graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in1991 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.