(release courtesy of Virginia Tech)
BLACKSBURG, Va. – Virginia Tech Director of Athletics Jim Weaver has named Carol Green Robertson as the head coach of the Hokies’ new women’s golf program. Robertson comes to Virginia Tech following two seasons as the head coach at Old Dominion University. A former James Madison women's golf standout, she became the head coach at ODU following one season as the assistant for both the men’s and women’s programs at the school.
“We are extremely pleased to name Carol Green Robertson as our first-ever head women’s golf coach,” said Weaver. “She is regarded as one of the best and brightest young coaches in collegiate golf. She has done a tremendous job in just two years at Old Dominion, guiding that program to new highs. She is not only an outstanding coach and teacher, but her skill on the course and as an accomplished student helps her relate to today’s student-athletes. Carol is the perfect fit for our budding program.”
While with the Monarchs, Robertson led her teams to five tournament titles in her two seasons, including three tournament titles this past season. In the 2012-13 season, ODU finished in the top five in eight of the 10 regular season events. In her first season at ODU, the women’s program placed fifth or better in six tournaments. This past season, the Monarchs finished 74th in Golfstat.com rankings and 78th in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.
Robertson is also an outstanding player. In September of 2010, Robertson reached the finals of the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship, but fell just short of the title against Meghan Stasi in the 18-hole final at Wichita Country Club (Kan.). She won the 2006 Virginia State Amateur Championship.
“I am honored and thrilled to be a part of Virginia Tech history”, Robertson said. “I have no doubt this program is going to offer young ladies the opportunity of a lifetime and I’m proud I get to have a front row seat.”
"I am extremely proud for Carol to get the head coaching job at Virginia Tech," JMU Head Women's Golf Coach Paul Gooden said of his former student-athlete. "I believe they selected the perfect person to start their program and lead them to great success. Carol is a very hard worker and a class act. She will make the Hokie nation excited about women’s golf."
Robertson has been serving as the VSGA Junior golf club tournament director in Hampton Roads. She played on the LPGA Future’s Tour from 2007-09, and was an assistant golf coach at James Madison for the 2005-06 season.
Robertson was one of five collegiate women golfers chosen to represent the USA in the Collegiate World Championships, and in 2006 was the Women’s Amateur Golf Champion for the State of Virginia. She was selected NGCA (National Golf Coaches Association) All-American Scholar Athlete in 2005.
The Tazewell, Va., native graduated from James Madison University in 2005 with a B.S. degree in public administration with a concentration in criminal justice. She received a M.S. degree in sport management in 2007 from West Virginia University.
At JMU, the then Carol Green excelled on the course and in the classroom. She was a two-time Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year, in 2003 and 2004, and three-time first team All-CAA selection. She was the conference championship medalist in 2003, and twice qualified for the NCAA East Region. In January 2012, she was one of 25 selected to the CAA’s Silver Anniversary team for women’s golf. She was on the Dean’s List twice, was a three-time winner of the CAA Commissioner’s Academic Award and was inducted into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She also was named a National Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar-Athlete as a senior.
Robertson and her family are no strangers to Virginia Tech or top-level golf in the Commonwealth. Her father, Charles, is a past president of the VSGA, her older brother, Chuck, played collegiately at Washington and Lee and her younger brother, Garland, was a four-year letter winner on the Hokie men’s golf team from 2007-11. He is currently 11th on the all-time scoring list in Virginia Tech history and plays on the eGolf Tour. Robertson and her husband, Jason, who also played golf at JMU, welcomed son JJ in June 2013.