Jenny Coluccio begins her second season as assistant women's golf coach at the University of Illinois after being hired on July 8, 2013.
In her debut season, the Illini demonstrated growth across the board. Ember Schuldt became just the eighth Illini to be named All-Big Ten. The senior recorded her best season to date, finishing second on both the single season (74.78) and career stroke average list (76.36). The Illini also qualified two golfers to NCAA Regionals -- Schuldt became the first three-time qualifier and Stephanie Miller became the first freshman qualifier in program history. Speaking of Miller, she was the first Illini freshman to win a tournament outright since 1992, when she claimed the Diane Thomason crown in the fall. Miller finished third on the single season stroke average list with a 75.00, ahead of teammate Sam Postillion who also made the list in a tie for eighth (76.00). In all, the team recorded the lowest scoring average in school history (301.36), besting the record set in 2011-12 by 2.5 strokes, an improvement of 11.25 strokes from a season ago.
Before her arrival to Champaign, Coluccio spent three seasons as the head men's and women's golf coach at NCAA Division II University of Sioux Falls. Coluccio led the USF men's golf team to a third place finish at the 2013 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Men's Golf Championship, while the women took fourth. Sophomore Tavia Rutherford became the first Cougar golfer to compete in the NCAA Central Region Tournament since USF reached NCAA Division II status.
In 2011, Coluccio led her men's and women's teams to second and third place finishes, respectively, in the Great Plains Athletic Conference. In the same year, she produced six All-GPAC selections (four men, two women) while her teams set impressive grade-point averages in the classroom (3.2 for the men, 3.5 for the women).
Before she became head coach at USF, Coluccio served two seasons as a graduate assistant for Dakota Wesleyan University, working with both men's and women's teams. DWU would claim men and women's GPAC regular-season championships and advance to the NAIA national championships during her stint as a GA.
Coluccio, a 2007 Drury University graduate, had a successful playing career; being named a three-time All-Great Lakes Valley Conference golfer while also collecting 12 top-15 tournament finishes. She's played in several tournaments including the Women's Western Amateur, Women's Trans National Amateur, College Players Tour, Futures Tour Qualifying School and LPGA Qualifying School.
Coluccio is married to Brett Coluccio, who served as her assistant at USF.
The Coluccio File
Drury University - BA Exercise Science: Sports Management (2007)
Dakota Wesleyan University - (M. Ed) Master's in Education Policy and Administration (2010)
2013 - Asst. Coach University of Illinois
2010-2013 Head Men's and Women's Golf Coach, University of Sioux Falls
2008-2010 Asst. Men's and Women's Golf Coach, Dakota Wesleyan University
2008 Asst. Women's Golf Coach, Drury University
2013 SDGA: Husband Wife Champion
2012 SDGA: Player of the year, Husband Wife Champion, Two-Woman Champion, Runner up - Match Play and Mixed Team Championships
2011 SDGA: Two-Woman Champion, Husband Wife Runner-up
2010 SDGA: Two-Woman Champion
2008 MWGA (Missouri Women's Golf Association) Four State Team
2007 LPGA/Futures Tour Qualifiers
2003-2007 Drury University (Rhodes College - 2003-2004)
1999-2003 Glendale High School