A highly successful collegiate golfer and accomplished instructor, Jenny Coluccio is now in her third season as head coach of the USF men's and women's golf programs.
The driven former Drury Panther player was named head coach in July 2010, and immediately began assembling the talent necessary to contend for conference championships and compete at the national level on a yearly basis.
"I believe that each year it is my responsibility to improve as a recruiter, a teacher, a sports psychologist, a motivator and a leader," said Coluccio. "We must keep up and be on the cutting edge for our student-athletes and our program to make sure that each year we will have an opportunity to win conference championships and finish as one of the top programs in the country."
Since arriving in Sioux Falls, Coluccio has had success in both her work with individuals as well as putting together quality teams.
In the spring of 2011, she led the men's team to new heights with a second place finish in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) and earned the program's first-ever trip to the NAIA National Championship. The women's program also had a strong 2011 campaign, notching a third place GPAC finish.
In addition to her team success, individuals have flourished under Coluccio's tutelage, including four 2011 All-GPAC selections on the men's side (Shea Stoltenberg, Troy Klongerbo, Levi Smith and Kyle Schock) and two from the women's roster (Kali Gottsleben and Jordan Wilkinson).
While Coluccio is proud of USF's on-the-field success, she may be more proud of the success her golfers have experienced in the classroom. The 2010-11 Cougar men compiled an impressive team grade-point average of 3.2 while the women amassed a team grade-point average of 3.5. Six Cougars were included on the Dean's List (3.5 or better); Davee Johnson, Kali Gottsleben, Troy Klongerbo, Cody Thomsen, Lex Moore and Kyle Schock, who graduated from USF with honors in May 2011.
Coluccio joined the USF athletic department in March 2010 after two seasons as a graduate assistant coach for both golf programs at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, S.D. During her tenure at DWU, both the men's and women's teams claimed the 2008-09 GPAC regular-season championship. In addition, the Lady Tigers made their sixth and seventh NAIA national championship appearance while the men made their first-ever trip to the national tournament.
Coluccio began her collegiate golf career at NCAA D-III Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn. She attended Rhodes College for one season and helped the Lynx achieve a No. 15 national ranking before transferring to NCAA Division II Drury University in her hometown of Springfield, MO.
Coluccio was a three-time All-Great Lakes Valley Conference player for the Drury Panthers. She tallied 12 Top-15 tournament finishes for a Panthers squad that was ranked as high as no. 6 in the country during its run to three consecutive Great Lakes Valley Conference crowns.
Coluccio led the Panthers to an NCAA D-II West Regional Championship in 2005 and the program's first trip to the NCAA DII National Championship in 2007, where the Panthers finished fourth.
Coluccio's golf career has given her the opportunity to travel though out the country while competing in dozens of prestigious tournaments. She has participated in the Women's Western Amateur, Women's Trans National Amateur, College Players Tour, Futures Tour Qualifying School and the LPGA Qualifying School, among many others.
She continues to play competitive golf at the local, state and national level. Coluccio is the two-time reigning SDGA Two-Woman Champion and Sioux Falls Women's City Champion.
Jenny is married to assistant USF golf coach Brett Coluccio. The couple has been married for one year and resides in Sioux Falls.