Coughlin and Lewellen Receive ACC's Top Honors
May 4, 2016
Charlottesville, Va. – After winning the Atlantic Coast Conference’s individual title and helping Virginia repeat as team champions, Cavalier senior Lauren Coughlin (Chesapeake, Va.) has been tabbed as the league’s player of the year. UVA head coach Kim Lewellen was honored as the league’s coach of the year.
By virtue of winning the ACC title, Coughlin automatically earned All-ACC honors. It marked the second time during her career she has received all-conference honors. It is the third time Lewellen has been named the ACC’s coach of the year.
Coughlin is the second Cavalier to earn ACC player of the year honors. Brittany Altomare picked up the honor in 2013, the same year she won medalist honors at the ACC Championships.
Coughlin leads UVA and is tied for second in the ACC with a 72.29 stroke average. She posted six top-10 finishes during the season. She captured the ACC tournament with a birdie on a final hole, shooting 9-under 207. In addition to her win at the ACC Championships, she was the runner-up at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate and the second-place finisher at the Mason Rudolph Championship. She is ranked No. 24 in the latest Golfstat rankings and is No. 15 in the Golfweek standings.
Lewellen directed Virginia to its second-straight ACC title and two tournament wins during the season. The Cavaliers are currently ranked No. 14 and are making their 12th-straight NCAA Championship appearance. During her tenure at Virginia, Lewellen’s teams have placed fourth (2012 & 2011), fifth (2015), eighth (2009), 12th (2008), 13th (2010) and 14th (2014) at the NCAA Championships. She was previously voted the ACC coach of the year in 2015 and 2008.
The Cavaliers open NCAA regional competition Thursday at Stanford.
2016 All-ACC Women’s Golf Team
Celine Boutier, Duke
Virginia Elena Carta, Duke
Matilda Castren, Florida State
Talia Campbell, Notre Dame
Sandy Choi, Duke
Lauren Coughlin, Virginia
Daniela Darquea, Miami
Alice Hewson, Clemson
Jennifer Kupcho, Wake Forest
Leona Maguire, Duke
Kim Metraux, Florida State
Laura Restrepo, Louisville