Stephanie (Mory) Wagemann begins her second year as an assistant women's golf coach at Illinois.
Wagemann was a four-year letterwinner for Illinois, graduating in 2008. As a senior, she totaled the second-best stroke average (77.38) on the team and notched four top-20 and two top-10 finishes. That year she tied for third at the Illini Spring Classic and led Illinois to the team title. The Haslett, Mich., native was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten and two-time George Huff Award winner and ranks eighth on Illinois' all-time stroke average list (79.33). Wagemann received a bachelor of science degree in kinesiology, graduating with honors.
Since graduation, Wagemann has served as an assistant coach for St. Thomas More High School in Champaign, helping guide the Sabers to the runner-up finish at the IHSA Class A State Tournament. She has been the assistant golf professional at Champaign Country Club since March, coaching and supervising over 40 women's golf clinics and schools. Wagemann has also been a leadership team captain for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes on campus.
"Coming back to Illinois and coaching for the school I love in a sport that is a big part of my life is certainly exciting," Wagemann said. "Renee has been a mentor to me as I searched for a direction on staying involved in golf, whether it be playing or coaching. She has a lot of knowledge of the short game and has taught me a lot about the mental side of the game."
"I was looking for someone who wanted to pursue a coaching career," Slone said. "Stephanie is familiar with the program obviously, having been a team member from 2004-2008. She is one of the most reliable people I know and a very hard worker. Stephanie has had experience teaching and coaching golf since she graduated and is looking forward to sharing that experience with our current team."