FREITAG NAMED COACH OF THE YEAR
Kentucky - Martha Freitag of Vanderbilt Unversity was named
the 2003 Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year for women's
golf Saturday. The award was chosen through voting by the
"I feel honored and humbled," Freitag
said. "I coach in what I feel is the toughest league
in the country and have a lot of admiration for my peers,
and to be honored by them I feel very flattered."
In just her third year on the job and with
a limited roster she quickly has transformed the Commodores
into a national championship contender. They entered this
weekend's SEC Championship as the conference's highest ranked
team (ninth) in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index.
In eight events this season VU finished 10th or better in
each, including third in its first-ever appearance at the
prestigious NCAA Fall Preview. The Commodores won their
own event, The Mason Rudolph Championships, and finished
second in two others. They did all that with just five players,
only one of whom was a senior.
Before she arrived the team never had been
among the top 25. Under Freitag, Vanderbilt has become a
constant among the top 10.
"I really feel it is a tribute to the
kids that I've coached the last three years," Freitag
said. "That's why I do it. It makes a statement for
Vanderbilt to see how far we've come."
Freitag joins Cindy Parrott (1994) as the
only Vanderbilt coaches to win this award.