Kelley Hester gets women’s golf job at Furman, Dogs tab USC assistant

ATHENS – Kelley Hester, Georgia’s women’s golf coach for the past five years, didn’t stay unemployed for long. The UGA graduate landed the head coaching job just up the road at Furman, she confirmed Friday.

Meanwhile, it appears that the Bulldogs have tabbed Josh Brewer to replace Hester as the Lady Dogs’ coach. Brewer, 36, has been assistant women’s golf coach at Southern Cal since 2009 and was a men’s golf assistant at Indiana before that. Brewer played golf for the Hoosiers from 1995-98.

Hester was informed by athletic director Greg McGarity on May 31 that her five-year contract, set to expire on June 30, would not be renewed. The decision came as a surprise to many as the Lady Bulldogs finished the season ranked No. 9 in the nation by Golfstat and No. 12 by Golf Week, had two All-Americans and had signed the best player in South America. However, Georgia failed to advance to the NCAA Golf Championships for a third consecutive year.

Hester will begin her new job on July 1 after her UGA contract expires.

“We’re going to go up the road and see what we can do there,” Hester said of moving to Furman in Greenville, S.C. “It’s a really good opportunity. They have a strong history and tradition in women’s golf with Betsy King and Beth Daniel and Dottie Pepper and a lot of other great players. Cindy Davis, the president of Nike golf, is an alum as well. So we’re really excited about it.”

The new job provides a softer landing for Hester, her husband Trey and 5-year-old daughter BeBe. Georgia had already agreed to pay her base salary for the rest of the year — a total of $58,350 — as part of a separation agreement, according to documents obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

At Furman, Hester replaces Jen Hanna, who resigned at the end of this past season. A Furman alum, Hanna had been head coach since July of 2005.

Brewer’s hiring by Georgia is expected to be announced later today or Monday. “No comment at this time,” McGarity said.

37 comments Add your comment

padre

June 15th, 2012
3:47 pm

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perk

June 15th, 2012
3:54 pm

had the privelege to meet Kelley last year in Athens while we were there for daughter’s orientation. She was recruiting a friend of mine’s daughter at the same time – She is all class! Good Luck to her at Furman.

duronimo

June 15th, 2012
7:04 pm

Entirely different standards for this golf coach and the football coach. She has done better than Richt in every way measurable and she is gone. His teams have been underperforming for years and he gets an extension. It’s not fair nor right.

Jonkdawg

June 15th, 2012
8:07 pm

Good for her…Good luck wish u come back to haunt somebody!

2Dawgs

June 15th, 2012
8:24 pm

Never played golf, I’m a redneck. Good luck to her.

KelleyFan

June 15th, 2012
10:30 pm

Kelley has a lot of friends and admirers who wish her success and happiness. She will be missed!

Moobs Johnson

June 15th, 2012
10:45 pm

Mediocrity in the top programs are accepted in Athens. Examples are made in gymnastics and women’s golf. Yet football, baseball, and women’s basketball are allowed to continually under-perform.

dawgit

June 15th, 2012
10:46 pm

duronimo you are right on the money..Double standard for womens sports and Football get a pass..
UGA AD better hope Brewer does a better job..which I doubt.
Why not a new Girls Basketball Coach? What has he won lately?

Dawgsam03

June 15th, 2012
10:54 pm

Brian Downing, charged with sexual assault by New Orleans Police Department for allegedly dragging his genitals across the face of a passed-out LSU fan in a French Quarter restaurant shorlty after the 2012 BCS National Championship Game

See what I mean Rock head!

VinnyD

June 16th, 2012
8:17 am

Still baffled by the move. How bout a 1 year extension? Next year UGA hosts the Championship (I believe) and has a great recruiting class coming in. Great chance to right the ship and win it all. They under performed this year but ya HAVE to give her another chance. Not sure how Brewer’s resume is better than Kelley’s.

Damon

June 16th, 2012
8:39 am

Could it be Mcgarity just wants to get rid of who I hired? Isn’t that the only thing that makes sense here?

Carlton Powell

June 16th, 2012
8:40 am

Best of luck to Kelly. Furman will be a great gig. Golf is well supported there, and this is a great place to live and raise a family. I meet a good friend of mine from Asheville at The Furman Golf Club every other Thursday for a round. Great folks, and a nice layout. Just remember to always “lean forward,” and NEVER look back. Go get ‘em. Hit ‘em well.

bitter dawgggs fan/insider

June 16th, 2012
8:41 am

A recruit transfered to furman? really —strang——-bla-hahahahah, woo-mens golf–bla-hahah

curious

June 16th, 2012
10:55 am

No wonder she got fired.

Likely all the team members actually graduate and don’t get arrested.

Douglas

June 16th, 2012
11:23 am

I disagree with you folks. The coach before Kelley was better than her except for his sexual harrassment (which should never be tolerated). Kelley’s teams seem to choke once they got to the NCAA’s. If we are not playing for championships, then what is the point?

XL Dawg

June 16th, 2012
11:48 am

Another Evans hire out the door! Not fair to Kelley, her staff, the team, of the recruits that are on the way in. As an alum she should have been given one more year like Perno.

May A.

June 16th, 2012
1:10 pm

No wonder she got fired.

Likely all the team members actually graduate and don’t get arrested.
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You’re right, of course. There’s no way that McGarity and UGA are going to tolerate studious, lawful behavior like that. Let them go to Vandy or Tech if they want to do that.

01HAWK

June 16th, 2012
3:16 pm

Has Andy Landers won a Championship ?,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Not.

No need to fire this lady.

Tammy Tingle

June 16th, 2012
9:31 pm

UGA lost not only a great recruiter for the school but a class act in every sense! UGA’s loss is Furman’s gain!!!!!

dawgit

June 16th, 2012
10:01 pm

Douglas, “if we are not playing for championships, then whats the point”. Well, Douglas go ask Andy Landers that question.. he never won one!

Roadrunner

June 17th, 2012
1:20 am

Is it just me or should that be either “tap” or “nab” instead of “tab” in the title? Somehow tab just doesn’t seem right.

Bart

June 17th, 2012
7:34 am

I think McGarity made the right call here. Now he needs to hold Richt, Perno, Landers, and Fox to the same standards.

How the heathen rage

June 17th, 2012
7:41 am

The Seer has spoken. There will be weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth once again in Athens. The followers are fated to spend many more years wandering in the wilderness.

Joey

June 17th, 2012
9:23 am

So, when was the last time a Richt team finished 9th (or better) in the nation? Yeah, 2007. And he’s under contract through damn-near eternity.

Hester should hire a good shyster . . .

Dawg4ever

June 17th, 2012
12:40 pm

Her problem was bringing a team together so let’s see what she can do at Furman. Nobody was getting any better at UGA. The team had 2 good players and if they didn’t play well the team had no chance. Josh Brewer will do a great job for the Dawgs.

DAWGFAN

June 17th, 2012
4:58 pm

I coach high school women’s basketball and the biggest farce at UGA in womens sports is the Women’s Basketball program! Andy Landers has done nothing but under perform! Tell me how 2 of the best high school womens basketball players in the country attend Norcross and Washington County, but they are headed to North Carolina. When was the last time Andy Landers done anything but yell obsinities to his players? He never makes in game adjustments, he cant recruit Georgia, and he has a horrible staff! He should be fired NOW!

Fan

June 17th, 2012
5:38 pm

McGarity is a heartless pri*k. Typical US mgmt style. Chest puffed out and no sense of community or decent guiding morals. By no means or measurement was she a failure. Consistently finishing high in annual rankings and graduating good/great women. We’re building people, not trophy cases. Hope he dies early.

B

June 17th, 2012
6:30 pm

Interesting that only female sport coaches have been fired.

Dawg Fan in Grayson

June 17th, 2012
7:40 pm

Fan, shame on you. Very uncalled for comments.

interesting

June 17th, 2012
9:04 pm

B –you have a point. If CMR was female he would have been GONE

Andy Landers 2

June 18th, 2012
8:50 am

Stop calling for my job I have won more games than any other coach in the SEC. I know the state of GA. Has 10 of the top 60 players in the country in the 2013 class with 3 in the top 7. I don’t want any of these high rated kids that can’t take coaching. I will buil this team my way! I have earned the right to stay as long as I like.

realisticfan

June 18th, 2012
10:12 am

I have been calling for Andy Landers head for the past 3 years. He must have some dirty pictures of Adams or McGarity or else McGarity would book him Dano.

Hill billy son

June 18th, 2012
10:25 am

WELL IF IT DON’T MAKE SENSE. MAGARITY IS NOT THE MAN FOR THE JOB. Glada Horvat HAS BEEN A TRUE FORCE FOR UGA ATHLETICS . SHE SHOULD HAVE GOTTEN THE JOB AS AD. MAGARITY HAS NO CLUE WHAT HE IS DOING. CHRIS HACK IS THE REASON WHY HESTER IS OUT. THIS SUCKS AND THEY NOW IT. KELLY MAY NOT OF GOTTEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO WIN BUT HER RECRUITING AND HER CHARACTER IS MORE IMPORTANT THEN JUST WINNING. THE WINNIG WILL COME. MAGARITY IS CLUELESS IN WOMEN’S SPORT HE REPLACE FLORIDA WITH ANOTHER WOMENS GOLF COACH WHO IS REPORTLY LEAVING WITH NO GREAT SUCCESS. THAT BAFONE NEEDS TO STEP DOWN AND LET A WOMEN HANDLE THE BUSINNESS (Glada Horvat) SHE KNOWS THE INS AND OUTS OF UGA .

HEE HAW

Girls BBall fan

June 18th, 2012
11:06 am

Andy Landers time has long past. He should retire and not force the AD to make him leave. He can not relate to todays players. He can’t get any of the top kids in state to play for him. he is out of touch with the high school coaches in the state and the program is falling far behind the top teams in the conference. he needs to go asap.

Hill billy son is an idiot

June 18th, 2012
11:13 am

That’s all!

Hill billy son

June 18th, 2012
3:57 pm

It take one to know one.

HEE HAW

Football/Bball Focus

June 18th, 2012
4:48 pm

Great job Kelley! Come back to Athens and whoop some a..!