Emily Marron begins her ninth season as head coach of the women’s golf program at UNCG in 2011-12. Marron was selected as the Spartans’ coach in 2003.
Under her leadership, the Spartans have continued to be contenders for the Southern Conference title. The Spartans have finished fourth or better in five of her seven seasons.
Last season, Marron led UNCG to a sixth place finish at the Southern Conference Championship at Hilton head, S.C. Two players -- Eric Creed (11) and Ana Lucia Martinez (15) finished among the top 15 at the championship. Overall, the Sparrtans enjoyed three Top 10 finishes during the season.
In 2009-10, UNCG posted a third-place finish at the SoCon Championship, with three student-athletes posting top-15 finishes. Courtney Taylor – who would be named the SoCon Freshman of the Year as well as earning all-conference and all-freshman honors – led the way for the Spartans with a fifth-place effort. Senior Sofia Aidemark tied for 11th place, while classmate Annelie Weimenhog tied for 14th.
Marron guided the Spartans to a pair of top-five team finishes in 2009-10, as UNCG also took second at its own Starmount Fall Classic. In addition, the team posted six of the top 15 – and three of the top five – 54-hole team totals in school history in 2009-10. The Spartans matched the school record of 894 at the Starmount Fall Classic.
Individually, Taylor set a school record with her 54-hole 216 at the SunTrust Gator Women’s Invitational, while Weimenhog and Erica Creed turned in rounds of 69 during the season, tying for the fourth-best rounds in school history.
Marron’s squad also impressed in the classroom, as has been the case throughout her tenure. Aidemark took first-team ESPN The Magazine CoSIDA Academic All-District III honors for the second straight season and became UNCG’s first-ever international student to be inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. Aidemark was also named the SoCon’s Student-Athlete of the Week and was inducted into UNCG’s prestigious Golden Chain Honor Society during the season. In addition, Aidemark and Taylor earned spots on the NGCA All-American Scholar Team.
UNCG turned in a fifth-place finish at the 2009 SoCon Championship, one stroke out of fourth. Creed carded her second straight top-10 finish at the league tournament, tying for ninth place.
During the regular season, Marron led the Spartans to the win in their own UNCG Starmount Fall Classic, topping the 15-team field in a tiebreaker over defending champion East Carolina. Three Spartans finished in the top 10, with Creed tying for third, Weimenhog tying for fifth and Ashley Parrott tying for eighth. The tournament win was UNCG’s first since September 2000. The Spartans pulled off the win in record fashion, smashing the school record for a 54-hole tournament with a score of 894, seven strokes better than the previous mark.
Later in the season, the Spartans tied for fifth at the UNCW Lady Seahawk Classic and finished seventh at the John Kirk/Panther Intercollegiate. UNCG set another school record in the spring portion of the season, carding a third-round 290 at the JMU Eagle Landing Invitational to shave two strokes off of the previous school record for an 18-hole team round.
The Spartans excelled in the classroom in 2009, as well. Aidemark was named to the ESPN The Magazine Women’s At-Large Academic All-District second team, while Aidemark and Creed earned spots on the National Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar Team. For Creed, it marked the second straight season she had earned the award.
UNCG also put a school-record four student-athletes on the Academic All-Southern Conference squad, with Aidemark, Creed, Jennifer Link and Weimenhog – more than half of the seven-member roster – earning the distinction.
Marron led the Spartans to a second-place finish at the 2008 SoCon Championship at Stono Ferry GC. It was UNCG’s best finish since 2002, when the Spartans completed a run of five consecutive second-place finishes.
The Spartans had three players in the top 10, led by Erica Creed’s fifth-place finish.
The Spartans placed fourth at the 2007 Southern Conference Tournament with four golfers finishing in the top 15 - Parrott (tied for fifth), Gabby DiMora (tied for 12th), and Ashley Mylton and Weimenhog (tied for 14th). For the second year, Mylton was named all-conference. In other tournament action, UNCG tied for fourth at the Nittany Lion Invitational, finished ninth at both the lady Pirate Invitational and the Landfall Tradition and tied for seventh at the Pinehurst Challenge.
In her third season, Marron led the Spartans to a third-place finish at the SoCon Championship with the help of sophomore Mylton’s second-place finish, which gave her all-conference accolades. The Spartans had six top-10 finishes and a pair of top-five finishes. Mylton also placed second at the Fighting Camel Spring Classic, in which the Spartans placed third. Marron’s group had three seventh-place finishes (Sea Trail Women’s Intercollegiate, Pine Needles Intercollegiate and the Pinehurst Challenge) during the season.
In just her second season at UNCG, Marron guided the Spartans to seven top-10 finishes and three top-five finishes, including a sixth-place finish at the SoCon Championship. The Spartans recorded a second-place finish at the Peggy Kirk Invitational, led by junior Jenna Schmidt’s second-place finish. UNCG also earned a second consecutive second-place finish at the Shamrock Intercollegiate just a week later.
During her first season at the helm of the Spartans, her squad finished third at the 2004 SoCon Championship, which was held in Greensboro. Polly Willett led the club with a third-place finish. The team also placed fourth at the Peggy Kirk Bell Classic, led by Willet, who garnered medalist honors.
Marron came to UNCG after three seasons as an assistant coach at her alma mater, Penn State. While with the Nittany Lions, Marron was the recruiting coordinator and helped lead the squad to the 2003 NCAA East Regional Tournament. Marron was also involved in fundraising, travel, practice and the team’s summer golf camps.
A native of Johnstown, Pa., Marron completed her playing time for Penn State in 1998. An Academic All-Big Ten honoree, she served as the team’s co-captain as a senior. She posted two top-five finishes during the fall of 1997, when she twice shot career-low rounds of 74.
Marron was a two-time All-Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference selection and captured medalist honors at the ECAC Championships as a junior in 1996.
In high school, Marron played golf for the Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School boys’ team. In 1993, she won the Kings Tri-State PGA Tournament and the District 9 qualifying tournament and placed second at the Keystone State Games.
Marron graduated from Penn State in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in recreation and park management. Upon graduation, Marron worked for one year as an assistant golf professional at The Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., Phil Mickelson’s home course.
A Class “A” member of the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Division, Marron taught at the Peter Kostis/Gary McCord Learning Center at Grayhawk.