Courtesy of Centre Athletics
DANVILLE, Ky. (Jan. 10, 2019) – The Centre golf programs are under new leadership, with Jane Hopkinson-Wood named the Women's Head Coach and David Jones the Men's Head Coach, effective immediately.
Director of Athletics Brad Fields announced the changes following the resignation of Bryan Hearn, who spent the last few seasons as the head coach of both squads.
"I appreciate the energy and passion that Bryan Hearn put into the Centre golf programs over the past two and a half years," said Fields. "Bryan has made the difficult decision to step away from his love of coaching to move back closer to his family in Virginia. Bryan is living the 'family first' model and I applaud and support his decision."
This is the first time the two sides will be "split" since the 2013-14 season.
Hopkinson-Wood joined Centre as Hearn's primary assistant prior to the fall season, and was impactful right away in helping sophomore Bailey Plourde card a pair of program-record 71s.
A four-time All-American as a player, Hopkinson-Wood graduated as the most decorated golfer in Wittenberg women's golf history. She was a four-time conference player of the year, and capped her student-athlete career with a third-place finish at the 2018 NCAA Championships.
"I would like to thank Brad Fields and President John Roush for this tremendous opportunity," Hopkinson-Wood said. "I am honored and grateful to continue to be part of the Centre family and lead the women's golf program. I am impressed and motivated by the support from the administration, staff and community for the program.
"With the strong foundation that is present here, the potential is limitless. I'm looking forward to building on the success the team has experienced over in recent years, and I'm very excited to see how far we can go. Lastly, I also want to say thank you to my family, friends, mentors and peers who have all continued to challenge me to improve every step of the way."
Fields added: "Jane has only been with us a short time, but she has been impressive to many who have worked alongside her. She was a talented student-athlete and brings an intense passion for returning Centre women's golf to the national scene."
Jones, who is also Associate Director of Athletic Facilities and Operations, officially rejoins the golf program after having spent a couple of seasons as the assistant coach in 2014-15. He held the title of interim head coach.
"I feel very blessed to have this opportunity to lead Centre men's golf program full time," Jones said. "I would like to thank Brad Fields for his trust in me to lead this program into its next chapter. I also, would like to thank my wife and my family for all their support they have shown me in this process, words can't express how excited we all are for this opportunity."
Fields added: "David has played a number of roles within our athletic department over the past six years, including stints with the golf programs, both as an assistant coach as well as the interim head coach. David understands what Centre is about, he is dedicated to the student-athlete, and he, too, is excited to rebuild Centre men's golf.
"I am thankful that the timing is right for both Jane and David with these opportunities."
Both squads begin their spring seasons at the Callaway Gardens Intercollegiate in Pine Mountain, Ga., the first week of March.