Old Dominion University hired Mallory Hetzel as its head women’s golf coach, ODU Director of Athletics Dr. Wood Selig announced in August of 2016.
“She brings a wealth of experience to the program not only as a previous head coach but as an outstanding college player as well,” Senior Associate Athletic Director Bruce Stewart said. “She has been categorized as a coach that is demanding and passionate about the holistic development of her student-athletes.”
Hetzel was the head women’s coach at Western Carolina the last six seasons. Under her tutelage, WCU had four golfers earn All-Southern Conference accolades and two more earn All-Freshman team honors. At WCU she coached 18 WGCA All-Academic honorees and 19 Southern Conference All-Academic selections.
“I would like to thank Dr. Selig, Bruce Stewart and the entire search committee for taking the time to get to know me. I'm honored to accept their offer to be the women's golf coach at Old Dominion University. It's an exciting time to be a part of the Monarch family.” Hetzel said. “The resources at ODU will give current and future Monarchs every opportunity to be successful. This year's team is very talented and they are ready to compete for a Conference USA Championship in April. I’m looking forward to getting settled in and going to work to help our student-athletes be successful in the classroom and on the golf course.”
During her collegiate playing career at the University of Georgia, Hetzel amassed eight top 10 individual finishes for the Bulldog women's golf program including a career-best, individual medalist honor at the 2009 UNLV Invitational and a third-place finish at the 2009 SEC Championship. She twice garnered All-SEC and All-America honors by the NGCA and Golfweek following both her freshman and senior seasons. Hetzel was also a part of Georgia's 2006-07 SEC Championship squad.
Additionally, Hetzel competed in NCAA regional and national championship tournaments all four years, finishing tied for sixth as a team her freshman year, eighth as a sophomore with 10th and 15th-place national finishes her final two seasons.
Also while in Athens, Hetzel served as a camp counselor at the Chris Haack Golf Camp - directed by Georgia's men's head coach - and the Kelley Hester Golf Academy for Girls - organized by UGA's women's coach - during the summer of both 2007 and 2008, where she worked directly with teaching campers fundamental elements of golf.
Hetzel has continued her playing career while coaching, and has won back-to-back Carolina's Golf Association (CGA) Carolinas Women's Match Play Championship titles in 2014 and 2015. She has seven career CGA tournament titles all-time. She recently finished second in the Carolinas Golf Association Women’s Four-Ball Championship.
As an amateur, she was a four-time American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Rolex Junior All-American, earning the honor in 2001, '02, '04 and again in 2005. During that same time frame, she managed to advance to match play in three U.S. Girls' Junior Championships and was named to the East Canon Cup Team twice. She was also twice dubbed the Beth Daniel Player of the Year (2003, '04) by the South Carolina Golf Association.
Upon her arrival in Athens, Ga., in 2005, Hetzel was ranked No. 7 in the Golfweek / Titleist Junior Girls' rankings.
Following her graduation, during a brief stint on the Duramed Futures Tour - a developmental tour for the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) - Hetzel posted a 74.20 stroke average on the highly competitive circuit, making the cut in five of her 10 career events during 2009. Her career-best professional finish came at the Alliance Bank Golf Classic in Syracuse, N.Y., in late July, 2009 where she finished tied for 45th.