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Burkhead named head women's golf coach

Sara Burkhead, assistant Austin Peay golf coach the past two years, has been named head womens golf coach.

Burkhead replaces Mark Leroux, who served as head coach of both the mens and womens (he built the program after it was reinstated in 1998) programs before his recent hiring as the University of Missouri head mens coach. After his departure, it was decided to divide the two APSU golf programs, with Kirk Kayden recently being hired as mens coach and Burkhead moving up as womens coach.
Sara Burkhead, assistant Austin Peay golf coach the past two years, has been named head women's golf coach.

Burkhead replaces Mark Leroux, who served as head coach of both the men's and women's (he built the program after it was reinstated in 1998) programs before his recent hiring as the University of Missouri head men's coach. After his departure, it was decided to divide the two APSU golf programs, with Kirk Kayden recently being hired as men's coach and Burkhead moving up as women's coach.

APSU Athletics Director Dave Loos believes splitting the program was just a natural move. “When you consider everything—the different match schedules, practice schedules and other dynamics of the programs, this will certainly enhance both programs.”

Having Burkhead already in place will facilitate the transformation. She came to APSU from Belmont, where she served one season as student assistant after playing for the program from 1998-2001. Her duties as assistant included keeping team statistics and assisting the head coach in all administrative aspects.

In the summers of 2001-02, Burkhead was assistant academy director for the Indiana Golf Association. There, she was a group mentor and taught designated programs and clinics. Previously, she also was junior golf office assistant for the Tennessee Golf Foundation.

The Metropolis, Ill., native graduated in May 2002 from Belmont with a degree in religion and elementary education.
—Brad Kirtley