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Cathey re-united with Govs, this time as coach

APSU Athletics Communications

By Colby Wilson

APSU Athletics Communications

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — An Austin Peay golf legend is coming home.

Jessica Cathey, a three-time All-OVC selection and two-time individual medalist for the Govs in her record-shattering senior campaign, has agreed to become the sixth head coach in Austin Peay women’s golf history, Director of Athletics Gerald Harrsion announced, Thursday.

“I am excited to welcome former Governor student-athlete Jessica Cathey back to Austin Peay as our head women’s golf coach,” Harrison said. “Jessica’s passion for Austin Peay, teaching and the game of golf is infectious and I am confident she will build a team that will compete for the OVC championship and beyond.

“I would also like to thank Sara Robson for serving as interim head coach and leading this national search. She truly stepped up when we desperately needed her and I am much appreciative.”

Cathey’s work as a player is well-documented. A lineup stalwart and defacto No. 1 from the moment she stepped on campus, Cathey was Austin Peay’s scoring leader in all four seasons and finished with a flourish, posting a 76.57 mark as a senior which ranks fourth all-time. She’s one of only three Governors to post season scoring averages below 80 in all four seasons, and is one of only three Govs with three or more career All-OVC selections.

She wasn’t just a talent on the course as well, earning four straight Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-American Scholar honors and serving on Austin Peay’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).

Since departing Austin Peay, Cathey has remained a visible part of the Austin Peay community, most recently working as the LPGA Teaching pro and assistant club professional at the River Club Golf and Learning Center. She was also the Tennessee Golf Foundation’s Assistant Pro from 2017-18 and will soon obtain her LPGA Class A teaching certification.

Cathey will hit the ground running on her start date; at June’s midway point, she has an assistant coach to hire and junior tournaments to recruit before Austin Peay’s incumbent golfers and newcomers return to campus this fall.

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