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Emily Marron took over the UCF women's golf program on June 29, 2012.
In 2013-14, Marron led the Knights to a runner-up finish at the American Athletic Conference Championship and a third straight NCAA Regional Tournament appearance. She coached Ashley Holder to American Athletic Conference Freshman and Player of the Year honors. She also coached Holder, Fanny Cnops, Kristine Odaiyar and Kaitlyn Price to AAC All-Conference honors. The Knights took Top 5 finishes in each of their regular season tournaments in 2013-14, as well.
In her first season at UCF, the Knights racked up eight Top 10 finishes, while finishing third at the Conference USA Championship. She coached Monifa Sealy to All-Conference USA Second-Team honors, while assisting Carolin Pinegger to All-CUSA Third-Team accolades.
Prior to her tenure at UCF, Marron spent nine seasons at UNC Greensboro. Under the leadership of Marron, the Spartans finished runner-up in the Southern Conference Tournament in April. She was tabbed coach of the year by the league and coached Cnops, who later transferred to UCF, to Southern Conference Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year honors. Cnops turned in one of the best seasons by a collegian in 2012 with the guidance of Marron. In 32 rounds played, the Gent, Belgium native's average score was 72.56, seventh in the nation. Cnops became the second individual under Marron to make an NCAA Regional appearance. While excelling on the links, the Spartans also performed admirably in the classroom.
Her final UNCG squad finished the academic year with a 3.46 GPA, tops among all teams at UNCG. In 2009-10, Sofia Aidemark took first-team ESPN The Magazine CoSIDA Academic All-District III honors for the second-straight season and became UNCG's first international student to be inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.
Prior to working in Greensboro, Marron spent three seasons as an assistant coach at her alma mater, Penn State. While with the Nittany Lions, she 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 career for Penn State in 1998 after joining the team as a walk-on in 1994. An Academic All-Big Ten honoree, she served as the team's co-captain as a senior. A four-year letterwinner, Marron won the 1997 Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship (ECAC) and was a two-time All-ECAC honoree.
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.