Heather Wall, the University of Arkansas at Monticello men’s and women’s golf coach, has submitted her resignation and has been selected as the new head women’s golf coach at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Wall has been the head coach for both teams at UAM since January of 2012. Since her hire, she has led both programs to all-time highs, including a fourth place finish for the men in the 2015 Great American Conference Championship Tournament, just three strokes behind second place. She recruited and coached recent UAM graduate Hunter Smith, who was named UAM’s male scholar athlete of the year for the 2015-16 season.
On the women’s side, Wall is responsible for recruiting the two best women’s golfers in program history in current roster members and two-time All-GAC honorees Lauren Johnson and Frida Rydberg. Both qualified for NCAA regionals this past season, the first time ever for UAM to be represented in an NCAA postseason event for golf.
Under Wall’s guidance, UAM men’s and women’s golf has combined for nine All-GAC selections, 13 GAC All-Academic honorees, one GAC Golfer of the Month award and one inductee into the Alpha Chi Honor Society.
“I’d like to thank UAM and Athletic Director Chris Ratcliff for giving me the opportunity to lead both teams for the last four years,” Wall said. “I take pride in knowing that both teams are in better shape today than they were when I first arrived. I will miss UAM and my players, and wish them all nothing but the best.”
“Heather has done a fantastic job with our men’s and women’s golf teams,” Ratcliff said. “She played such a vital part in transforming our golf program from a participant sport into a yearly competitor in the GAC. We are sad to see her go, but wish her nothing but success at Nova Southeastern.”
The search for UAM’s next golf coach is currently underway. Ratcliff will coach both teams in the interim.