(New Orleans, La.) Loyola University New Orleans head men’s and women’s golf coach Lisa Tinkler has resigned to pursue opportunities in collegiate athletic administration. Tinkler will coach the women’s squad through the NAIA National Championship on May 20-23.
Tinkler led the effort to bring back golf at Loyola with the women’s program in 2012-13 and commanded the return of the men’s golf squad this season. She led the 2013-14 women’s team to a second place finish at the Southern States Athletic Conference Women’s Golf Championship, earning them an automatic bid to the NAIA National Tournament in just their second year as a program. The Wolf Pack women earned a first place tournament finish for the first time in program history at the Emmanuel Invitational this season.
Director of Athletics and Wellness, Dr. Michael Giorlando, released the following statement, "We would like to thank Coach Tinkler for her hard work and dedication over the past two seasons as our head golf coach. We wish her nothing but the best in her future administrative endeavors."
In their first season competing, the men’s golf team finished ninth in conference. The squad featured six freshmen this season and will welcome three players to the fold for next year.
“I would like to express my gratitude to the administration, faculty, coaches and staff for an amazing opportunity to start the men's and women's golf teams at Loyola. It is my desire to complete my master’s degree on a full time basis and later return to college athletics as an administrator. Wolf Pack golf will always be near my heart, and I will follow their continued success as a premier golf program in the south,” said Tinkler.
A national search for a new golf coach will begin immediately.