Lexington, Ky. – The Transylvania women's golf team has added Megan Kinney to its coaching staff as assistant coach, women's golf head coach Tyrus York announced Monday.
Kinney, a native of Frankfort, Kentucky, joins a Transylvania women's golf program coming off of its best finish ever at an NCAA National Championship this past spring and also holds the designation as the reigning Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference champions.
"Megan will bring a positive energy to our team and will help us compete at the highest level," commented York on the addition of Kinney. "I wanted to find someone who had a background in collegiate golf that can relate with our student-athletes, and Megan is very personable and optimistic."
"I am very excited to join the Pioneer family," commented Kinney. "This is such a great opportunity to work with a group of girls that have the potential to accomplish so much. Tyrus and I share similar coaching philosophies and a passion for the game of golf."
A former golfing standout at the University of Kentucky from 2013 through 2017, Kinney has spent the past two years as the Director of Junior Golf at the High Performance Golf Academy in Nicholasville, Kentucky, instructing both individuals and groups of golfers. In addition to her coaching role with High Performance Golf Academy, Kinney works in planning and hosting junior camps, clinics, and events held at the academy.
Kinney adds her unique insight and impressive credentials to the Transylvania women's golf coaching program; she is currently a PGA Associate working towards a Level 1 Instruction Certification in the PGA program. As a student-athlete at Kentucky, Kinney was a four-time SEC Academic Honor Roll Member.
"My coaching philosophies are rooted in the love and respect for the game of golf," added Kinney. "I think I will be able to immediately make an impact in the mental aspect of the game. After my own competitive career, I understand what these girls are going through on a daily basis. Golf is a game of toughness and mental strength, and I think I will be able to help our team find their inner grit."
Kinney's familiarity with the landscape of women's golf in the Bluegrass is rich and long-tenured. Prior to her collegiate career, Kinney competed for the Western Hills High School golf team, winning multiple tournaments in her junior career which included the Kentucky Region 7 Tournament. She recorded top-15 finishes in the 2011 and 2012 state tournament.
Kinney joins a winning program at Transylvania which is bidding for its second consecutive HCAC title in October, a second straight berth to the NCAA Tournament, and features the two-time defending HCAC Most Valuable Player in women's golf, senior Meredith Moir.
Kinney now hopes her impact will assist in vaulting the Pioneers to the next level in the program's ascent. "Tyrus has already made so much progress with this program, and I think I can help this team accomplish the goals we have set."
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