New Orleans, La. – Loyola University New Orleans Director of Athletics and Wellness Dr. Michael Giorlando named Lisa Tinkler as the men’s and women’s golf coach today.
Tinkler comes to Loyola from NCAA Division II school, Drury University, in Springfield, Missouri. She served as Drury’s first ever women’s head golf coach, building a successful program from the ground up. Her squad achieved a 3.72 grade point average in 2011-12 that ranked as the highest by any Great Lakes Valley Conference team in any sport last year.
“I am very excited that Lisa Tinkler will be Loyola’s golf coach. She has shown the ability to start a program from scratch by recruiting student athletes who are successful on the course and in the classroom,” said Giorlando.
While at Drury, Tinkler’s squads qualified for the NCAA Division II postseason tournament seven of the last nine seasons. The Lady Panthers had an individual qualify nationally in each of those seasons, including the last three by Katrina Choate. Tinkler has coached two All-American golfers.
Her inaugural team, compiled around freshman in 2003-04, broke the national Top 40 rankings. One year later, Drury was named co-champs of the NCAA-II West Regional and earned an eighth place finish in the NCAA-II Championships.
In 2005-06 and 2006-07, her squad won the GLVC Championship. Tinkler earned the league’s Coach of the Year award on both occasions, as well as the East Valley Region Coach of the Year in 2007 after the team placed fourth nationally. Drury never finished lower than third place in the GLVC Championships in its seven years as a league member during Tinkler's tenure.
Tinkler participated in the prestigious NCAA Women Coaches Academy in December 2005 in San Antonio, Texas, and was the first Division-II women’s golf coach selected since the conference began in 2003.
Prior to Drury University, Tinkler was the assistant women’s golf coach at Evangel University for two years from 2000-02, where she earned a Bachelor in Management and Social Science with Cum Laude honors in 2003.
The Leawood, Kansas native also finished the NCAA Dimension 2 series of classes, an extension of the NCAA Women’s Coaches Academy, in the summer of 2006. In 2007 and 2008, Tinkler spent a lot of her time completing her Level 1, 2 and 3 Coaching Certification series with the LPGA NEP.
“I want to thank Dr. Giorlando and the search committee for the opportunity to be the golf coach at Loyola. I look forward to building a program that the University can be proud of. New Orleans is a great city that will be a great recruiting tool for attracting student athletes. I look forward to putting together a successful program,” said Tinkler.