GRANVILLE, Ohio—Denison University head women's golf coach Rick Bailey has announced his retirement from the college, effective this June. Bailey has served as the head coach of the women's golf team for seven seasons and has been involved with the program for 15 years aiding in the transition from a club sport to varsity status in 2006.
Under Bailey's direction, women's golf has been a mainstay in the upper third of the North Coast Athletic Conference standings. This year, Denison finished third in the NCAC led by seniors Anne Miller and Tina Berardi. Miller broke the varsity scoring record in 2017, firing a two-under par round of 70 at the Laura Bump Invitational hosted by Ohio Wesleyan.
"Rick Bailey's leadership and dedication to the women's golf program is the reason they are thriving today," said Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics, Nan Carney-DeBord. "He has been an exceptional mentor to the young women on the team and we are so appreciative of all that he has given to Denison over the last 15 years."
After a fifth-place NCAC finish in 2010-11, Denison placed fourth in 2011-12 and 2012-13. In each of the last four seasons, the Big Red has placed third in the NCAC. Under Bailey, 12 players have earned all-conference accolades and nine individuals have been named to the Women's Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar teams. In 2013, Brynn FitzGerald became DU's first WGCA All-Region performer. The following year she was named to the College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District team.
This season, Denison posted their lowest season scoring average in program history (332.1), besting the 2014-15 team scoring average of 336.3. In seven seasons, Bailey has coached Denison to 11 tournament championships. This season, Denison strung together three consecutive tournament wins for the first time in school history.
Bailey got his start at Denison in 2002 as the head coach of the women's club team. When the program transitioned to varsity status in the fall of 2006, he was named assistant coach. In the fall of 2010, he assumed the role of head women's golf coach. A certified PGA Professional, Bailey was named the 2008 Southern Ohio PGA Member Assistant of the Year. An eight-time club champion at Moundbuilders Country Club in Newark, Ohio, Bailey has also participated in the Ohio Amateur, the Ohio Mid-Amateur as well as qualifiers for the United States Golf Association Mid-Amateur.
Denison is currently conducting a search for a faculty head coach position that will oversee both the men's and women's golf programs.