Women's Golf Assistant Coach
After four total years of Division I head coaching experience between Wichita State and Ohio University, assistant coach Ann Slater is in her second season at Notre Dame. Slater[apos]s duties include involvement in every aspect of coaching the Irish, including the overseeing of recruiting.
In her first year at Notre Dame, Slater helped the Irish to the finest season in the program[apos]s 17-year history. Notre Dame won a school-record four tournaments and carded a school-best 309.31 stroke average. The Irish also successfully defended their BIG EAST Conference Championship, made the program[apos]s first-ever trip to the NCAA Championship and wound up the year ranked 57th in the final Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index ratings.
[quote]It was extremely exciting to win the BIG EAST again and be selected to the NCAA Championship,[quote] Notre Dame head coach Debby King said. [quote]It is a testament to the job Ann has done to help our team. She is one of the best assistants in the country.[quote]
In 2002-03, Slater served as the head women[apos]s golf coach at Wichita State. In her lone season as the Shockers[apos] head coach, Slater guided the team to a fifth-place finish at the Notre Dame Invitational and 10th-place finish at the Razorback Invitational. Wichita State finished seventh at the 2003 Missouri Valley Conference Championship.
Prior to coaching at Wichita State, Slater was the head coach at Ohio University from 1999-2002. During her tenure at the helm of the Bobcats[apos] program, Slater[apos]s teams won four tournament titles and were runners-up at the 2002 Mid-American Conference (MAC) Championships. Four of her golfers won individual medalist honors, three were selected all-MAC and one student-athlete was named [quote]MAC Sportswomen of the Year.[quote] In the classroom, seven of her players were named to the National Golf Coaches Association[apos]s (NGCA) All-Scholar teams.
Prior to coaching at Ohio University, Slater was an assistant golf professional at Forest Highlands Golf Club in Flagstaff, Ariz., during the summer of 1999. The course was the home of the 1996 U.S. Junior Championship and is ranked as the number one private golf club in the state of Arizona by the Arizona Republic.
A native of Cherokee, Iowa, Slater[apos]s collegiate career began at Briar Cliff College where she earned All-America honors after finishing 10th at the 1995 NAIA Championships. The following year, she transferred to Kansas State and earned Academic All-Big Eight and All-Big XII team honors as a sophomore. Slater was a two-time selection to the NGCA Division I All-Scholar team, earning the honor as a junior and senior at Kansas State. She also represented the school at the NCAA National Leadership Conference in 1997.
Upon completing her collegiate career, Slater served as an undergraduate coach at Kansas State during the 1998-99 season. She also served as a co-advisor (1998-99), chairperson (1997-98) and vice-chair (1996-97) of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Slater graduated from Kansas State in 1999 with a bachelor[apos]s degree in elementary education. She completed her master[apos]s degree in sports administration from Ohio University in June of 2001.