In Courtney Trimble's two years at UCF, the Duluth, Ga., native has developed a young program into a conference contender. Challenging the Knights with quality opponents, tough tournament fields and achieving academic excellence, Trimble is preparing the team for elite national recognition.
Success during the 2010-11 season not only came on the course (UCF defeated No. 21 Kent State head-to-head), but off as the Knights had six team members named to the Conference USA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll.
It didn't take long for UCF to see some of the improvements that Trimble hopes to continue to bring. UCF finished in the top three in two out of its four tournaments during her first fall in Orlando. UCF had just two top-three team finishes in the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons combined. UCF's 879 at the FIU/Pat Bradley Invitational in Fort Myers was a school record low by 10 strokes.
When Trimble's first spring season rolled around, UCF opened it in historic fashion, winning the team championship at the Hurricane Invitational in Miami Lakes - the Knights' first team title since 2002. UCF earned GolfWeek's National Team of the Week honors for its efforts.
As the season progressed, three Knights, Katie Detlefsen, Valentina Fontaine and Carolin Pinegger, earned All-Conference USA honors. Detlefsen would go on to win a host of academic awards including ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America recognition and the LPGA's Dinah Shore Trophy Award.
A proven winner who has experienced success at the collegiate level as both a coach and player, this success is nothing new to Trimble.
When UCF Director of Athletics Keith Tribble hired Trimble, he correctly saw a dynamic young coach who was poised to take UCF on a charge up the NCAA rankings. His words have proven prophetic so far.
"Courtney has seen the top of the collegiate golf world at Auburn and will be able to utilize our new golf facility, the tremendous Orlando golf community and this great University to get us to the top," Tribble said at the time of her hire. "We look forward to building on our NCAA Regional appearances the past two seasons and become a consistent nationally-recognized program."
"I am very excited to have this opportunity to be the head coach at UCF," Trimble said of the chance to coach at America's second-largest university. "UCF has the foundation in place to be not only a successful program, but also to compete for a national championship. The combination of a fine University and its proximity to world class golf makes UCF a recipe for success both on and off of the golf course. Having the school's new practice facility so close to campus is another great benefit for our student-athletes. I am grateful to have this opportunity."
Immediately prior to UCF, Trimble spent three and a half years as an assistant coach at her alma mater, Auburn University, working under long-time Tigers head coach Kim Evans. The Tigers finished the 2008-09 season ranked eighth nationally. Trimble also helped coach the Tigers to the 2006 and 2009 SEC Championships, four NCAA East Regional berths and three NCAA Championship appearances. The one-time All-American player helped mentor several other Tiger All-Americans, including first-teamers Maria Martinez (2006), Cydney Clanton in 2008 and Candace Schepperle (2009), along with third-team pick Nicole Hage (2007) who also earned honorable mention All-America honors in 2006.
Trimble also worked with consecutive SEC Freshmen of the Year in Schepperle (2007) and Clanton (2008). Clanton was also named the 2008 NGCA National Freshman of the Year.
Formerly Courtney Swaim, Trimble spent over two years on the Duramed FUTURES Tour, competing in 37 tournaments and posting four top-five finishes. She qualified for the 2004 U.S. Women's Open and made the cut, finishing 61st.
Trimble played at Auburn from 1998-2002. Trimble's senior season was the most successful in the program's history as the 2001-02 team finished no worse than second in 12 tournaments, amassed five victories and was national runner-up at the NCAA Championships, the school's best finish in the tournament.
Individually, Trimble is one of Auburn's most decorated players. She played in 46 tournaments over the course of her career, more than any other Auburn golfer. She was an All-SEC selection in 1999 and 2001 and earned both All-SEC and All-America honors in 2002. Trimble was also a member of the 2002 victorious Curtis Cup team and played in the 2002 U.S. Women's Open as an amateur.
Trimble graduated from Auburn in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in business administration. She is married to Billy Trimble.