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July 18, 2011
CLEMSON, SC - Clemson Athletic Director Terry Don Phillips announced Monday that the school will add women's golf as a varsity sport beginning with the 2013-14 academic year. Current Head Men's Golf Coach Larry Penley will serve as Director of Golf for the department.
Penley will hire a women's head coach who will report to him. He expects to hire the women's coach within the next couple of months and give the new coach time to recruit the team for the 2013-14 season. Current men's assistant men's coach Jordan Byrd will be promoted to Associate Head Men's Coach.
"Clemson has enjoyed tremendous success in Men's Golf and is well positioned to sponsor Women's Golf based on this solid foundation," said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. "The ACC continues to compete at the highest level in both Men's and Women's Golf and we welcome the addition of their program."
Clemson's announcement means the ACC will have 10 schools that sponsor a varsity sport in women's golf by 2013-14. The others are North Carolina, Duke, Virginia, Wake Forest, Florida State, Maryland, NC State, Miami (FL) and Boston College. Clemson will be the ninth Division I program in the state of South Carolina with a women's golf program when the 2013-14 academic year begins. The others are College of Charleston, The Citadel, Coastal Carolina, Furman, Presbyterian, South Carolina, Winthrop and Wofford.
This is the first time since the 1998-99 academic year that Clemson has added a new sport. Rowing was added that year and the program just completed its third straight year in the top 15 in the nation at the NCAA Championships.