ATHENS – Georgia women’s golf coach Kelley Hester has been dismissed by athletic director Greg McGarity.
Hester, 38, said she met with McGarity on Thursday in Athens. An official announcement from UGA will come Friday afternoon.
“My contract was up and he didn’t renew it,” Hester said Friday morning. “He just said he didn’t have the confidence in me to lead the program in the direction he felt like it should go.”
Hester, who played for the Bulldogs from 1992-96, was the head coach at Arkansas for five years before accepting Georgia’s offer to return to her alma mater. Her first signee was Marta Silva Zamora of Spain, who became just the second four-time All-American in UGA history and was the 2011 National Player of the Year. Hester helped produce 11 All-Americans during in time in Athens. She signed Manuela Carbajo Re, the top-ranked junior in South America, earlier this year.
However, Georgia failed to advance out of regionals and on to the NCAA Championships in each of the last three seasons.
Hester is the second UGA coach to be dismissed by McGarity this year. Women’s gymnastics coach Jay Clark was forced to resign earlier this month after the Gymdogs failed to advance to the Super Six round of the NCAA Championships for a third consecutive year. Georgia hired Danna Durante as a replacement on May 23.