Jeff Hull is in his third season as head coach of the Paladin women's golf team, after being elevated to the position in July of 2016.
During the 2017-18 season, Hull, who was chosen by his peers as the Southern Conference Coach of the Year in each of his first two seasons, led the Paladins to their fourth-straight Southern Conference title, Furman’s 17th overall title. Sophomore Natalie Srinivasan was voted SoCon Player of the Year, and the Paladins placed five athletes on the All-SoCon team. Senior Jacqueline Bendrick was named the SoCon Pinnacle Award winner, which is given annually to the player with the highest GPA on the championship-winning team. The Paladins placed third at the NCAA Tallahassee Regional, behind the strong play of Srinivasan, who tied the Furman low-round record with a 65 in the opening round at regionals and went on to finish third, and Bendrick, who also posted three rounds under par to tie for ninth. Bendrick was honored with the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) Division I Kim Moore Spirit Award , and Alice Chen earned the 2018 Dinah Shore Trophy. Furman placed 11th at the NCAA Championships and finished the season ranked eighth nationally. The Paladins won four tournaments and finished among the top two teams at seven of 12 events.
In his first season as head coach, Hull, who was chosen by his peers as the Southern Conference Coach of the Year, led the Paladins to their third-straight SoCon Championship, Furman’s 16th overall title. The Paladins placed a league-record six players on the All-Southern Conference Team, and rookie Natalie Srinivasan was named SoCon Freshman of the Year after winning individual medalist honors at the league championships. Sophomore Haylee Harford was named the SoCon Pinnacle Award winner, which is given annually to the player with the highest GPA on the championship-winning team. The Paladins went on to finish second at the NCAA Lubbock Regional, Furman’s highest finish since 1999, when the Paladins also finished second at the NCAA East Regional. Furman, which went onto place 12th at the NCAA Championships, won four tournaments in 2016-17 and finished among the top three teams at ten of 12 tournaments.
Under Hull's tutelage, Furman concluded the 2016-17 season ranked seventh nationally after scoring a 12th-place finish at the NCAA Championships. Harford garnered WGCA second team All-America honors and was named to the Golfweek All-America third team, while senior Taylor Totland also earned Golfweek All-America honorable mention accolades. Srinivasan went on to compete at the U.S. Open, where she tied for 69th.
Hull, who served as the Furman assistant coach for four seasons and was promoted to associate head coach following the 2016 season, helped the Paladins to a 20th-place finish at the 2016 NCAA Championships. Following the Paladins' second-consecutive SoCon Championship, Furman's 15th overall title, the team placed fourth at the NCAA Bryan Regional to advance to the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2008. Junior Taylor Totland placed 20th among the nation's individuals, while sophomore Alice Chen was named the SoCon Co-Player of the Year, and Haylee Harford claimed SoCon Freshman of the Year accolades.
As SoCon Champions in 2015, the Paladins made their first NCAA regional appearance since 2010. Furman placed a league-record five players on the All-Southern Conference team and three on the SoCon All-Freshman squad after posting a record-low 54-hole score of 858 to win the league championship. Totland claimed SoCon individual medalist honors and was named the 2015 SoCon Player of the Year, while Chen placed second and claimed SoCon Freshman of the Year honors.
Totland, who was honored as Furman's 2015 Edna Hartness Female Athlete of the Year, earned All-American honorable mention accolades from both the WGCA and GolfWeek after tying for fifth at the NCAA East Regional and qualifying for the NCAA Championships.
In his first two years with the Paladins, Hull helped lead the Paladins to a second-place finish at the Southern Conference Championship.
Prior to his time at Furman, Hull, a former All-American at the University of South Carolina, served as assistant coach of the Georgia women's team during the 2011-12 season. He helped the Bulldogs to an NCAA Regional appearance and No. 9 national ranking.
Hull, who was the Gamecocks' career stroke average record holder when he completed his career in 1989, has more than two decades of experience in the game. A Class A PGA member and an accomplished professional golfer, he notched victories at the 2004 Georgia PGA Championship, the 2007 Georgia Open and the 2008 Georgia PGA Players Championships. Hull was named Georgia PGA Player of the Year in 2007, the same year he earned the Georgia PGA low stroke average award.
At South Carolina, Hull compiled a 73.68 stroke average over 82 rounds played from 1985-89. He placed 13th individually at the 1988 NCAA Championships to lead the Gamecocks to an eighth-place showing in the team field. That result still stands as the best in the program's history. South Carolina then finished 18th at the 1989 NCAAs during Hull's senior season.
Hull was named All-America in 1988, was tabbed first-team All-Metro Conference in 1989, and was selected as an All-American Scholar in both 1988 and 1989.
A native of Newark, Ohio, Hull earned his bachelor's degree in retail management from South Carolina in 1989. He is married to the former Ashley Harmstad of Columbia, S.C., and is the father of a son, Maclane.
Full Name: William Jeffrey Hull
Born: April 20, 1966, in Columbus, Ohio
Wife: Ashley Harmstad of Columbia, S.C.
Newark High School, 1984
University of South Carolina, B.A. Retail Management, 1989
COLLEGIATE PLAYING CAREER
Georgia Tech, 1984-85
University of South Carolina, 1985-89
All-American (1988), First-team All-Metro Conference (1989), All-American Scholar (1988 & 1989)
NCAA Tournament (1988 - 13th place individually, 1989)
COLLEGIATE COACHING CAREER
Year School Position Highlights
2012 Georgia Asst. Coach NCAA Regional (10th), No. 9 National ranking
2013 Furman Asst. Coach SoCon Runner Up
2014 Furman Asst. Coach SoCon Runner Up, SoCon FOY (Taylor Totland)
2015 Furman Asst. Coach SoCon Champions, NCAA Regional (10th), No. 28 National Ranking,
SoCon POY (Taylor Totland), SoCon FOY (Alice Chen),
WGCA & Golfweek All-American Honorable Mention (Taylor Totland),
Edna Hartness Female Athlete of the Year (Taylor Totland)
2016 Furman Asst. Coach SoCon Champions, NCAA Regional (4th), NCAA Championships (20th), No. 20 National Ranking, SoCon Co-POY (Alice Chen),
SoCon FOY (Haylee Harford)
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT FURMAN HEAD COACH JEFF HULL...
"I am thrilled to have Jeff Hull take the helm of the women's golf program at Furman University. He has played an important role in the program, knows the women who are currently on the team as well as the incoming recruits, and has a great understanding of the game. I believe he is an outstanding choice to successfully take the team into the future."
Beth Daniel, Furman Alumna, LPGA Hall-of-Famer
"Jeff has played an integral role in elevating the program over the past few years to one of the best in the country. He's done an excellent job of recruiting top-notch student-athletes, developing their golf talents, and guiding them to become well-rounded young people."
Cindy Davis, Furman Alumna, Former President of Nike Golf
"Jeff has been a very big part of the success of the Furman team the last four years. I have full confidence in his ability to continue to move the program forward. I wish Jeff and the team continued and bigger success on the course and in the classroom."
Betsy King, Furman Alumna, LPGA Hall-of-Famer
"I'm very excited for the opportunity presented to Jeff. The players really respect him, and he loves being at Furman. An absolutely ideal fit."
Dottie Pepper, Furman Alumna, Former LPGA Professional, Golf Commentator - CBS Sports & ESPN
"In my opinion, Jeff is one of the most knowledgeable golf coaches in the nation (head or assistant) and was the best person for the job at Furman. He is invested in the program and has been a huge part of the success over the last four years. I am excited to see what is in store for the next chapter of Furman Women's Golf with Jeff as the head coach. I predict the program will continue to flourish."
Kelley Hester, Head Coach, Clemson University