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July 6, 2004

Columbia, S.C. – University of South Carolina head women’s golf coach Kristi Coggins announced the hiring of assistant coach Marci Kornegay today.

Kornegay comes to USC from Winthrop University, where she served as an assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s golf programs since January of 2003.

“Marci has great experience and we are happy to have her at South Carolina,” Coggins said. “She has a passion for coaching and will be an excellent role model for our student-athletes.”

Kornegay has ties to the Southeastern Conference both as a student-athlete and as a coach, lettering four years at the University of Mississippi from 1997-2001 and serving as an assistant coach at LSU from 2001-02.

“I’m very happy to be back in the SEC and especially at South Carolina,” Kornegay said. “The program has had a lot of success under Coach Coggins, and I look forward to being a part of that. Coach Coggins has great enthusiasm, and I believe in the direction the program is heading in. This is a very exciting opportunity.”

Kornegay appeared on the SEC Academic Honor Roll in all four of her years at Ole Miss, highlighted by a spot on the Dean’s List in 2001. She earned Rebel Ringer honors for having the lowest cumulative score on the team in 1999, 2000 and 2001. In addition, Kornegay earned the team leadership award in 2000 and 2001 and was named team captain her senior year.

Immediately after graduating, Kornegay moved into an assistant coach role at LSU, where she coached from January of 2002 through January of 2003 before moving on to Winthrop.

“Marci and I will work hand-in-hand and she will be heavily involved in all aspects of the program, both administrative and on the course,” Coggins said.