Thursday, July 1, 2021

Former Denver coach Lindsay Hulwick Kuhle hired to take over KU women’s golf program

Kansas women's golf coach Lindsay Hulwick Kuhle

Kansas women's golf coach Lindsay Hulwick Kuhle


The University of Kansas women’s golf program has its new head coach, as Athletic Director Travis Goff on Thursday announced the hiring of former Denver head coach Lindsay Hulwick Kuhle.

This past spring, during her ninth season leading the Denver program, Kuhle was named the Summit League’s coach of the year for the seventh time.

“I could not be more excited to lead the KU women’s golf program and bring my family to Lawrence,” Kuhle stated in a release, in which she thanked both Goff and executive associate athletics director Nicole Corcoran for the opportunity.

“From day one, I was impressed with the energy and excitement of the people in (KU’s athletic department), their camaraderie, and plans to make this program great,” Kuhle said, adding she is confident the program can become a championship contender.

Kuhle’s successful nine-year run with Denver included seven conference championships, 11 team titles, 10 individual tournament wins and the Pioneers qualifying for the NCAA Tournament eight times.

Goff called the Jayhawks’ new coach a “proven winner,” pointing to Kuhle’s success as a head coach, assistant and golfer through the years.

“She has built a championship culture at Denver, where success on the course, in the classroom and the community are cornerstones, and are exactly the characteristics we are looking for in our leader,” Goff stated. “I’m confident her competitive spirit, vision and passion to be at the University of Kansas will significantly elevate our women’s golf program in the days ahead.”

Kuhle replaces former KU women’s golf head coach Erin O’Neil, who resigned in May.

Before getting into coaching, initially as an assistant at Denver, Kuhle was an all-conference college golfer at Tulane. While golfing for the Green Wave, Kuhle also qualified for three consecutive U.S. Women's Amateur Championships from 2002-04, and finished as the low amateur at the 2004 Colorado Women's Open.

Kuhle has been an LPGA member since 2007 and is a Class A teaching and club professional. In 2020, she was named the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Central Coach of the Year. Kuhle also serves on the NCAA women’s golf awards committee and is a member of the NCAA Women’s Coaches Academy, as well as a graduate of the academy in 2019. 

When she first joined Denver’s staff in 2005, Kuhle spent seven seasons as an assistant before leaving briefly to be an assistant at Georgia from 2012-13. She returned to take over the Denver program ahead of the 2013-14 season.

Originally from Littleton, Colo., Kuhle earned her master’s degree in sport and performance psychology from the University of Denver in 2014 after earning a bachelor’s in management with a concentration in finance from Tulane in 2005.
She is married to A.J. Kuhle, who is a military veteran, and played four years of college basketball for Air Force from 2000-04. He is a former assistant basketball coach at Air Force and Denver.


Waylon Cook 12 months ago

So weird to have an AD who hires people that make sense!

Welcome aboard!!!!!!!

Brett McCabe 12 months ago

Sounds outstanding! The fact that she is leaving a top-notch program, that she built, for the KU job says something about what Goff is offering.

Dirk Medema 12 months ago

Agreed that Coach Kuhle sounds like a great hire. I don’t see that she built the program though still great that they had tremendous sustained success. Hopefully she too will have a successful transition to P5 athletic competition.

Dirk Medema 12 months ago

Is this a twofer? We sorta have an assistant coaching position open. Or maybe Coach Self will do his classic support staff hire.

Gary Wirsig 12 months ago

Having served in the Air Force for 33 years and taught at the Air Force Academy, it's cool to get the AF connection at KU

David Kelley-Wood 12 months ago

Goff stated. “I’m confident her competitive spirit, vision and passion to be at the University of Kansas will significantly elevate our women’s golf program in the days ahead.”

Sounds like a very good hire, and wanting to 'significantly' elevate the program goes without saying. Nonetheless, it might have come off less like a tasteless slam to the outgoing coach of 17 years had it actually gone without saying.

Dirk Medema 11 months, 4 weeks ago

Unless you are regularly competing for championships, the goal is always to significantly improve. I don’t think we were, so it wasn’t inappropriate to say, nor a tasteless slam. Just a matter of fact.

David Kelley-Wood 11 months, 4 weeks ago

Precisely because it IS always true, it goes without saying. When he says he's confident that significant improvement will occur, it's the equivalent of saying he considers the incoming coach to be clearly (significantly) superior to the former coach. Thinking it is one thing, but making a point of saying it is a needless dig at the predecessor. Unforgivable? No. Tasteless, tacky, not classy, undiplomatic? For sure.

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