COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State announced on Friday the hiring of Lisa Strom as the next head coach of the women’s golf program. Strom returns to Ohio State following head coaching stints at Texas State and Kent State over the past five seasons.
Strom is back home! She played for director of golf Therese Hession as a member of the Ohio State team from 1995-99 and then returned as an assistant coach from 2011-16 following her professional playing days. Strom will run the women’s golf program and will work along side Hession who will remain the director of golf for both the men’s and women’s programs.
“We are excited for the Ohio State golf program and in particular women’s golf,” said Dan Cloran, executive associate athletic director. “We’re thrilled to welcome Coach Strom back to Columbus. She is one of the brightest coaches in the game of golf and has made a positive impact on the programs she has been associated with. Coach Strom will be reunited with Coach Hession who will be able to utilize her role as the director of golf to continue to impact both the men’s and women’s teams. Coach Hession has been a part of Ohio State golf for over 30 seasons, and while she’ll still have an instrumental role teaching and coaching the women’s program, this shift will allow her to also focus and build upon the impression she has already made within the men’s program as well.”
Hession has been with the women’s program since 1991 and has led the Buckeyes to 11 Big Ten Championships and 25 NCAA Regional appearances. In 2015, Hession was elected to the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame and was then promoted to the director of golf in 2018.
“I am thrilled to have Lisa Strom rejoin our Ohio State golf program,” said Hession. “Her knowledge and now 10 years of coaching experience will benefit both our men’s and women’s golf teams in a big way. Lisa has been a part of Buckeye golf as a student-athlete, an assistant coach, and now returns as head coach after developing student-athletes at Texas State and Kent State. We are grateful to welcome her home!”
As an assistant for the Buckeyes from 2011-16, Strom helped guide the program to six straight NCAA Regional appearances and four appearances at the NCAA Championships (2011, 2012, 2014, 2016). She was also instrumental in the team’s nine tournament victories, including back-to-back-to-back Big Ten Championships in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
“It’s just a dream come true to be able to come back to my alma mater and return to Columbus,” said Strom. “It just feels like home and I’m super excited. I don’t think that can put it fully into words, but I can’t thank Gene Smith, Dan Cloran and obviously Coach Hession enough. I now get a chance to return and give back to a university that has given me so much.”
During her OSU playing days, Strom was a two-time All-Big Ten and four-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. In 2000, she earned a first-place finish at the NCAA East Regional Championship and was a member of the 1999 Big Ten Championship team.
Following her time as an assistant at OSU, Strom was the head coach at Texas State from 2016-19. She led the Bobcats to a runner-up finish at the 2019 Sun Belt Conference Championship and two team tournament titles. The 2018-19 season, her last in San Marcos, was a historic one for Strom and the Bobcats as the team set seven program records and finished with the highest final season ranking in program history.
She then returned to Ohio to take the reigns at one of the top programs in the area at Kent State. In her two seasons with the Golden Flashes, Strom led the team to nine tournament titles and helped continue the program’s dominance in the MAC, winning Kent State’s 22nd consecutive conference crown. This past May, Strom and the Golden Flashes came to the OSU Scarlet Course for the NCAA Regional and the team finished tied for fifth in the 18-team field to advance to the NCAA Championships.
Strom played professional from 2000 until 2011 and competed in more than 50 LPGA sponsored events as a member of the LPGA Tour (2003, 2007-2010). In 2007, she earned a career-best finish of 13th at the Navistar LPGA Classic. In addition to her time on the LPGA Tour, Strom competed on the Futures Tour for seven seasons, recording her best finish at the 2002 El Paso FUTURES Golf Classic where she finished second overall. Strom is a three-time winner of the Ohio Women’s Open and a two-time winner of the Michigan Women’s Open.