USF women's golf coach Marci Kornegay was let go by athletic director Mark Harlan today. The release from USF in full:
USF Director of Athletics Mark Harlan announced Tuesday that head women's golf coach Marci Kornegay has been relieved of her duties.
"We thank Coach Kornegay for her dedication and significant contributions to our golf program and department, and we wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors," Harlan said. "After a very deliberate evaluation, I made the decision that our women's golf program needs new leadership. We expect to achieve excellence in all of our sports, which includes competing for conference and national championships."
USF will begin a national search for a head coach immediately.
This one seems pretty straightforward: Kornegay was a two-time Big East Coach of The Year (2012, '12), but the Bulls haven't been to an NCAA Regional since. Though Ashley Burke competed at Regionals this year as an individual, the Bulls hadn't been as a team since winning the Big East in 2012. They finished 3rd in 2016, 4th in 2015, and 5th in 2014 in the American Conference Championships.
We have no idea at what level USF should expect to compete in this sport, so we don't really know what expectations should be. But when you have a fully-funded $1.4 million facility just for your golf teams, and you're a school based in the state of Florida that won a lot under previous coach Susan Holt, apparently USF Athletics doesn't think the middle of the AAC pack is good enough.
This is the second coach fired by Mark Harlan, the first being Agustin Moreno under some pretty awful circumstances for women's tennis.