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Jan. 21, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio ­- Therese Hession, head coach of the Ohio State women’s golf team, was inducted into the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) Hall of Fame last week at the annual conference in New Orleans, La. Hession, who was nominated by fellow coach Jill Briles-Hinton of Florida, was among four honorees.

Dana Dormann (San Jose State) and Renee Heiken Slone (Illinois) were also inducted into the NGCA Hall of Fame. Former Washington women’s coach Edean Ihlanfeldt was the recipient of the Gladys Palmer Meritorious Service Award. Currently, there are 38 coaching members and 46 player members of the NGCA Hall of Fame.

“Coach Hession’s induction into the Hall of Fame is just another reflection of the type of person that she is,” Richelle Simonson, Associate Director of Athletics, said. “It is an indication of the respect she commands from her student-athletes, administrators, and colleagues throughout the golf world and coaching profession. Ohio State is fortunate to have a golf coach of Therese’s caliber. We consider her to be the best golf coach in the country and that is remarkable for someone who has only been in the coaching profession for 13 years.”

Hession is in her 14th year at the helm of the Buckeye women’s golf program. She has led the Buckeyes to six Big Ten championships and nine appearances in the national championships, including the last eight consecutive years. Hession, a five-time Big Ten coach of the year honoree, was the 1997 National Coach of the Year. In 2003, she led the Buckeyes to a fourth-place finish at the NCAA championships.

Hession and the Buckeyes will play host to the 10th annual Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge Feb. 7-9 in Palos Verdes, Calif.