Jill McCoy completed her fourth season at the helm of the Valpo women’s golf program in 2021-2022.
The fourth year of McCoy’s tenure saw Valpo post a team scoring average of 323.8 that ranks fourth in program history. Two of the top four team single-season scoring averages in program history have now come under McCoy’s watch.
McCoy led the team to a program-record 54-hole team score of 931 at the Redbird Invitational on Sept. 5-6. The team finished that event at +67, breaking the program’s previous 54-hole score in relation to par record by 10 strokes. The top two 54-hole scores in program history came during the 2021-2022 season, as she led the team to a 932 at the Butler Fall Invitational on Oct. 4-5. The team’s Butler Fall Invitational performance in relation to par of +92 ranks eighth in program history.
The 2021-22 campaign also featured a pair of 36-hole tournament performances that ranked among the top-10 36-hole scores in program history – the Dayton Fall Invitational (624, fourth) and the Redbird Spring Invitational (638, t-10th). McCoy’s team also had two different rounds at the Redbird Invitational in September that ranked in the top 10 in program history in terms of 18-hole score in relation to par.
The third year of McCoy’s tenure saw the program produce a pair of MVC Scholar-Athlete Honorable Mention recipients: Morgan Kier and Maddison Murphy. Kier was also featured in the MVC Scholar-Athlete Spotlight. The team thrived in the classroom, finishing the Spring 2021 semester with a 3.59 GPA, the second-best among all Valpo programs.
In Year 2 under McCoy, the program finished with its second-best single-season team scoring average in program history at 322.7, just behind the record of 322.2 set in 2016-17. The team established the program record for 54-hole tournament score in relation to par with a +77 at the Loyola Fall Invitational (Sept. 16-17). By season’s end, three of the top nine 54-hole tournament scores in relation to par in program history came in 2019-2020, as the APSU Intercollegiate (+84, Sept. 30 – Oct. 1) ranked third and the Benbow Invitational (+95, March 9-10) ranked tied for seventh. In addition, Valpo’s team score of 633 at the Dayton Fall Invitational (Oct. 14-15) was the fourth-best 36-hole tournament score in program history and best since 2013.
Numerous individuals saw success under McCoy’s tutelage in 2019-20, including Kayla Krueger, who posted the second-best single-season scoring average in program history and finished the season with the best career scoring average in the history of Valpo women’s golf. She also shattered the program record for 54-hole score in relation to par with a +9 at the Loyola Fall Invitational. Tiffany Curtis tied for ninth in program history in 54-hole tournament overall low at the Loyola Fall Invitational while ranking fourth all-time in relation to par. Payton Hodson cracked the program’s all-time Top 10 for 36-hole tournament low at the Dayton Fall Invitational.
In addition to her coaching responsibilities, McCoy helped oversee and organize the 2019 MVC Women’s Golf Championship, which was hosted at Sand Creek Country Club in Chesterton. It marked the first Valley championship event hosted by Valpo in any sport.
On the course, McCoy led her team to improved scores during her first year at the helm in 2018-19. In the final tournament prior to the MVC Championship, Valpo posted a 36-hole team score of 639 at the Indiana State Invite, a mark that ranked tied for ninth in program history. The team’s performance in that event also cracked Valpo’s all-time Top 10 in the 36-hole team score in relation to par at +63, which tied for seventh. During her first fall season, McCoy led Valpo to a +99 over 54 holes at the Loyola Fall Invitational, a 54-hole score that ranked 10th in program history in relation to par.
Under McCoy’s guidance, Kylie Shoemake rounded out her four-year career in 2018-19. She finished her career with a scoring average of 83.08, which ranked ninth in program history. In McCoy’s first season at the helm, she also instructed junior Tiffany Curtis, who finished the season with a 234 (+18) at the MVC Championship, a 54-hole score that ranked tied for 10th in program history in both overall score and in relation to par. Junior Kayla Krueger also made improvement under McCoy’s direction in 2018-19, finishing the season with an 82.13 scoring average.
McCoy currently serves as the director of golf instruction at Sand Creek Country Club in Chesterton, Indiana, where she manages, oversees and directs the golf instruction and player development program for the facility.
Before taking her current role at Sand Creek, McCoy was the head golf professional at The Brassie Golf Club in Chesterton from 2014–2018. She has served as the executive director of the Northwest Indiana Junior Golf Association since 2016. McCoy was an assistant golf professional from 1995–2014.
During her playing days, McCoy was a captain at the University of Southern Indiana from 1996–1998, then was a member of a Purdue team that won the Big Ten championship in 1999–2000. She earned a degree in organizational leadership and supervision from Purdue in 2001.