In terms of performance, women’s golf as a sport was actually pretty solid. After all, despite finishing 10th in the SEC, the program did finish 24th at the NCAA Championships. So those are solid results.
At the same time, Micheala Williams emerged into a star as the face of the program, and her performances alone are a credit to Judy Pavon. There’s also some exciting youth right now in the program that sets it up for the future.
Waverly Whiston and Mariah Smith are both sophomores, and Mikayla Bardwell is a freshman. However, there’s more experience overall with the program than you think, and that’s why we had Pavon at No. 10 among Tennessee Vols coaches.
Williams, for starters, is a junior. So she has experience. And at the same time, Ariana Macioce was a senior, and she did record an Eagle during the championships. Then there’s Pavon herself, who is in her 19th season.
Pavon has done a tremendous job taking the school to 12 women’s golf championship appearances. Overall, she is a mark of stability on the program and coached two top 100 players at championships this year. But compared to other coaches on this list, we just couldn’t move her past 10.