HARRISONBURG, Va. - James Madison University women's golf has added Jessica Hollandsworth as assistant coach, Head Coach Paul Gooden announced today. Hollandsworth will begin her duties immediately with JMU.
"I'm very excited to start coaching at James Madison," Hollandsworth said. "JMU has so much to offer as a school and golf program. I am looking forward to the opportunity to be a part of JMU as we become a nationally-ranked team."
"I am very excited to have Jessica coach with me," Gooden said. "I know she will add a lot to our team with all her school, conference and national success at Maryland and her knowledge of the game. She also will be a great contributor on the recruiting trail, as she knows what to look for in players who can make it in college golf."
A three-time All-ACC selection, Hollandsworth finished her career as Maryland's all-time scoring average leader with a 74.79 scoring average in 123 career rounds. Her average is almost 1.8 strokes per round than the second-place golfer. Hollandsworth also owns four of the top eight single-season scoring averages for the Terrapins, including a career-best 74.44 in 2008-09. She led UM to seven team tournament titles and two team NCAA Regional appearances in 2010 and 2012. Individually, she had 13 top-10 tournament finishing, including capturing medalist honors at the 2008 Spider Fall Invitational and 2009 Palmetto Intercollegiate. The Floyd, Va., native also competed as an individual in the 2009 NCAA East Regional and 2011 NCAA West Regional, finishing 11th in 2009 and also was the first Terp to play all four years in NCAA postseason play. She graduated in 2012 with a bachelor's in English with a minor in special education.
A three-year All-State selection at Floyd County, Hollandworth won the Virginia High School League Group A individual title twice in 2004 and 2008 and helped Floyd County to the team title in 2007 and 2008. She won the Virginia State Golf Association Junior Girls Championship in summer 2007 by 15 strokes, including setting the event's single-round scoring mark with an opening-round 6-under 66. Previously, she had won the Virginia State Golf Association Junior Girls title in 2005 as a 15-year-old and won two events on the International Junior Golf Tour.