Young takes assistant women’s post with Cowgirls

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STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State women’s golf has added Annie Young to its staff as an assistant coach, head coach Greg Robertson announced today.

“We are very excited to add Annie to the coaching staff, and we want to welcome her and her family back to Stillwater,” Robertson said. “She was an All-American player here at OSU and has since become an accomplished coach. I have known Annie since her days on the team as a Cowgirl, and I have always been impressed with her hard work as a player and a coach.

“She will bring 15 years of coaching experience, and there is no doubt our players will benefit from having her here. As she joins Maddi Swaney, I’m fortunate to have two of the best coaches in college golf working with me. I think that’s a tribute to the commitment Oklahoma State is willing to put toward the women’s golf program.”

Young resigned as head coach at the University of Tulsa last week. In six seasons, Young led Tulsa to nine tournament titles and a 2021 American Athletic Conference Championship. The Golden Hurricane made back-to-back NCAA Championship appearances in 2023 and 2024. Young was named The American Coach of the Year twice and was named to the watchlist for the WGCA National Coach of the Year award in 2023. She served on the Women’s Golf Coaches Association Board of Directors for 2023-24 as the WGCA Division I Director.

Young, a four-year letterwinner at Oklahoma State from 2001-05, was head coach of Cowgirl Golf from 2008-2011 before resigning to move with husband Caleb to California after he accepted a position in San Diego. She became head coach at Cal State Northridge for a season then Colorado State from 2012-18 before spending the past six seasons at Tulsa

“My family and I are excited to be back in Stillwater,” Young said. “The chance to be back where I played college golf and where I started my coaching career 15 years ago is a dream and one I couldn’t pass up. We have the best facility in the nation at Karsten Creek and I look forward to coaching a great group of young ladies. Greg and Maddi are some of the best coaches in the country, and I can’t wait to work with them!”

Young was named the 2024 American Athletic Conference Coach of the Year after taking Tulsa to its second consecutive NCAA Championship appearance. She also won the award in 2021 when the Golden Hurricane captured their first ever AAC Championship.

Young’s coaching journey began in Stillwater as she served as the fifth head coach of Oklahoma State women’s golf from 2008-11.

In her three seasons at the helm, Young led the Cowgirls to a pair of top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships and the 2009 Big 12 Conference title. She coached OSU’s first NCAA women’s individual champion in 2010 when Caroline Hedwall took home the top honors and garnered 2010 GolfStat Cup Player of the Year and NGCA Player of the Year accolades. Five players earned All-America honors under Young’s tutelage.

Three of Young’s OSU golfers – Hedwall, Pernilla Lindberg and Caroline Masson – went on to play on the LPGA Tour and have combined for more than $10 million in career earnings. Hedwall and Masson have represented Team Europe nine times collectively in the prestigious Solheim Cup, while Lindberg made worldwide headlines after winning the 2018 ANA Inspiration, a major championship, for her first professional win. Masson and Lindberg have also graced the Olympic stage, with Masson representing Germany at the 2016 Rio De Janeiro and 2020 Tokyo Summer Games, while Lindberg represented Sweden in Rio.

Young is one of the most-decorated golfers in Cowgirl history. As a senior in 2005, she earned first-team All-America honors and was the Big 12 Conference Player of the Year. She captured medalist honors in leading OSU to the team title at the Big 12 Women’s Golf Championship and helped the Cowgirls to an eighth-place finish at the NCAA Championships.

Young’s career also included a 2004 Big 12 individual title, and she was a three-time All-Big 12 performer from 2003-05. In 2004, she helped OSU to a second-place finish at the NCAA Championships, which marked the best finish in Cowgirl Golf history.

As an amateur, Young competed in the U.S. Women’s Open in 2003 and led the United States to a win in the 2004 Curtis Cup. She won the 2002 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship in Sunriver, Oregon. The win also qualified her for the 102nd U.S. Women’s Amateur. As a professional, Young competed on the LPGA Tour, Duramed Futures Tour and the Cactus Tours, where she owns five career victories.

She and her husband, Caleb, have one son: Cameron.

The Annie Young File:

Coaching Resume:

  • 2018-24 – Tulsa Women’s Golf – Head Coach
  • 2012-18 – Colorado State Women’s Golf – Head Coach
  • 2011-12 – Cal State Northridge Women’s Golf – Head Coach
  • 2008-11 – Oklahoma State Women’s Golf – Head Coach

Coaching Accolades:

  • 2x American Athletic Conference Coach of the Year (2021, 2024)
  • 2x Conference Team Champion (Oklahoma State, 2009; Tulsa, 2021)
  • NCAA Individual Champion (Caroline Hedwall, 2010)
  • 4x NCAA Championship Team Appearances (Oklahoma State, 2009 and 2010; Tulsa 2023 and 2024)
  • 6x NCAA Regional Team Appearances (Oklahoma State, 2009, 2010 and 2011; Tulsa 2021, 2023 and 2024)
  • Two Top-10 Team Finishes at NCAA Championships (Oklahoma State, 4th in 2009, T8th in 2010)
  • Five All-Americans Coached
  • Women’s Golf Coaches Association Board of Directors – WGCA Division I Director (2023-24)

Player Accolades:

  • First-Team NGCA All-American (2005)
  • Honorable Mention NGCA All-American (2003)
  • Big 12 Player of the Year (2005)
  • 2x Big 12 Individual Champion (2004, 2005)
  • 2x First-Team All-Big 12 (2003, 2005)
  • Second-Team All-Big 12 (2004)
  • USGA Champion – 2002 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship
  • 2004 Curtis Cup Winner – United States
  • Played professionally on LPGA Tour, Duramed Futures Tour and the Cactus Tours

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