Western Carolina Women's Golf Head Coach Steve Lott Announces Retirement at Conclusion of 2009-10 Season
Lott, a native of Blackville, S.C., has been in Cullowhee since 1988. A 1972 graduate of Blackville High School, Lott played collegiate golf at Limestone College. After school, he enjoyed a brief stint in the golf business at Sea Pines Plantation on Hilton Head Island, S.C. Lott then worked 14 years for DuPont at the Defense Department's Savannah River Plant.
After taking over the women's golf team during the 1998-99 season, Lott saw exceptional improvement each year. His team's 18-hole average finished over 42 shots lower than it was his first year with the Cats. Lott himself was named the SoCon Coach of the Year three times and he has produced three Freshmen of the Year in Brandy Andersen (2003), Line Cordes (2002) and Desiree Karlsson (2006). Andersen was also named WCU's Female Athlete of the Year in 2003 after leading the Cats to their first ever SoCon Championship, making them the first Div. I women's sport at WCU to advance to the NCAA tournament. Lott has also had players named to the All-SoCon team 16 times and two consecutive top 20 Freshman classes (2002 and 2003). Academically, his teams have done even better.
During his tenure in Cullowhee, nearly every team member has been both on the Southern Conference Honor Roll and has made the WCU Athletic Director's Honor Roll. He has also had players named to the NGCA Academic All-America team 21 times.
In January 2004, Lott was named Western Carolina Director of Golf.
Coach Lott is married to Dr. Mickey Randolph of the WCU Psychology Department and currently resides in Cullowhee.