BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Samford University has hired Haley Wilson as its new head women’s golf coach, the athletics department announced Thursday.
“We are excited to have Haley join our Bulldog family,” Deputy Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator Michelle Durban said. “She is a perfect fit for Samford’s Christian mission while also bringing a wealth of golf knowledge from her playing days at Auburn and her different coaching stops along the way. She will bring a new energy to the program and continue to build on the foundation laid by former coach Rachel Ingram.”
Wilson comes to Samford after spending the last season as an assistant coach at UAB. In her season with the Blazers, she was involved in all aspects of the program, including coaching, recruiting, budgeting, compliance and fitness.
Prior to coming to UAB, Wilson spent one season at an assistant coach at Campbell University. In her one season at Campbell, Wilson helped lead the Camels to a Big South Conference title and NCAA Regional berth.
Wilson spent two seasons at Point University from 2014-2015. At Point, she was an assistant coach her first season before being promoted to head coach in her second season with the program.
“I am very excited about the opportunity to take over the women’s golf program at Samford University,” Wilson said. “It is always good to step into a situation where things are pointed in the right direction. Obviously, that is the case at Samford and I look forward to leading this program to the highest level. I must add that it is wonderful to be at a Christian institution where I can not only coach golf, but serve my Lord freely.”
Wilson played collegiately at Auburn University from 2009-12. She was a member of three Southeastern Conference Championship teams (2009, 2011, and 2012), and was named to the 2009 All-SEC Freshman team.
During her career at Auburn, she recorded 12 top-20 finishes, including a seventh-place at the 2011 University of Central Florida Challenge, a seventh-place at the 2010 SEC Championship and an 11th at the 2011 SEC Championship. Wilson also holds the 10th-best career stroke average at Auburn (75.3).
Wilson turned pro in 2012 and competed in the 2012 United States Open. She also played in the 2012 Tennessee Open, where she finished third, and added a 12th-place finish at the 2012 LPGA Texas Open.
Wilson graduated from Auburn in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in communications.