Story and photo courtesy of Princeton Athletic Communications
PRINCETON, N.J. -- Princeton University's next women's golf coach will come from a program renowned both for its academic credentials as well as those earned on the golf course.
Erika DeSanty, who has spent the last five seasons leading the Williams College women's golf program, has been named the head women's golf coach at Princeton, Ford Family Director of Athletics Mollie Marcoux '91 has announced.
"We're thrilled to welcome Coach DeSanty to the Princeton family," Marcoux said. "Erika is a dynamic, innovative leader with a firm commitment to building team and to developing student-athletes on and off the golf course. She has an impressive track record of success and we are confident that she will lead our women's golf team to great success."
DeSanty guided Williams to top-10 finishes at the NCAA Division III championship in each of her five seasons, including top-five finishes in each of the last three years. This spring, Williams finished third in the nation, the highest finish in program history, while senior Georgiana Salant won the individual national title to capture her third All-America recognition.
"I'm honored to join the Princeton community and thrilled to have the chance to work with some of the most driven student-athletes and brightest minds in the world," DeSanty said. "Thank you to Mollie Marcoux and the entire search committee. I deeply appreciate their support and their confidence in my ability to lead the women's golf program."
The success under DeSanty at Williams has come throughout the calendar, with the Ephs winning 26 tournaments during her five years. DeSanty's team won seven of its eight regular-season events in the 2013-14 campaign before posting the third-place finish at the NCAA finals. In tournament play overall, Williams has finished ahead of 447 out of 502 opponents during DeSanty's five years. She was honored in 2011 and 2014 by the National Golf Coaches Association as the Division III East Region Coach of the Year.
DeSanty's record at Williams is all the more impressive given that all the NCAA championship appearances were earned via at-large berths as the NESCAC, Williams' conference, does not sponsor women's golf. In 2014, Williams earned one of six at-large berths in the 21-team NCAA championship field.
DeSanty has been a coach since earning her undergraduate degree in exercise and sport sciences from Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire in 2005 while playing four seasons of varsity basketball. She served as an assistant varsity and head junior varsity women's basketball coach at Elmira College from 2005-07 while earning a master's degree in education. She then headed to Williams, where she served as an assistant women's basketball coach for two seasons before taking over the women's golf program in 2009.
DeSanty earned her LPGA Teaching and Club Professional certification in 2011 and is pursuing a Class A certification, the highest level the LPGA offers.
Over the past seven years, DeSanty has served as a teacher of
the game. Beginning in 2012, DeSanty was a director and instructor
at The Lesson Tee, leading the instruction program at Waubeeka Golf
Links in Williamstown, Massachusetts for more than 150
participants. For two years prior to joining The Lesson Tee,
DeSanty was an instructor at eduKaytion, a program run by LPGA
Teaching and Club Professional Hall of Famer Kay
McMahon. DeSanty also served as a demonstrative technician
for the Callaway Golf Company from 2007 to 2009.