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.