Mallory Hetzel completed her second season as the head coach of the Monarchs in 2017-18.
2017-18 marked yet another successful season for Hetzel and the Monarchs, as the team earned the program's first-ever at-large bid to an NCAA Regional. ODU ended the season ranked 60th in the GolfStat Team Rankings. During the regular season, the squad notched six top-five finishes and won the UNF Collegiate. At the Pinehurst Challenge, where ODU placed third, the Monarchs set a new school record for a 54-hole team score with an 859. Individually, seniors Maggie Simmermacher and Katerina Vlasinova capped off their illustrious careers with a bevy of accolades. Simmermacher was named the 2017-18 C-USA Player of the Year, while both Simmermacher and Vlasinova earned First Team All-C-USA honors.
In her inaugural season at ODU in 2016-17, Hetzel guided the Monarchs to a record-setting season. The squad captured the 2017 Conference USA Championship, marking the program's first-ever conference title. The team also qualified for an NCAA Regional, also a first in program history. For the team's efforts, Hetzel was named the Conference USA Coach of the Year and the VaSID State Coach of the Year. Aside from the championship and coach of the year honors, there were many more accolades for Hetzel and the Monarchs in 2016-17. Maggie Simmermacher and Katerina Vlasinova both garnered all-conference accolades and Sana Tufail was named to the C-USA All-Academic Team. As a team, the Monarchs recorded three top-10 finishes, including a fourth-place finish at the Golfweek Challenge in the fall and a 3rd-place finish at the UNF Collegiate during the spring. Sana Tufail was also the individual medalist at the UNF Collegiate.
Prior to ODU, 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.
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.