Nicole Hollingsworth is in her 10th season as the Rockets' women's golf coach. She is the second coach, as well as the first full-time coach, in the Rocket program's 18-year history.
A Clinton, IN native, Hollingsworth has led the Rockets to 15 tournament and nine individual titles during her tenure.
Hollingsworth is coming off one of the best coaching efforts of her career. She guided a young squad which entered the season with just one returning starter to UT's second third-place finish at the MAC Championship in the last three years.
Senior Piyathida Chaiyapan paced the Rockets with a 76.7 stroke average to earn second-team All-MAC honors. She also registered UT's best showing ever at the MAC Championship by tying for first place before losing in a playoff.
The 2010-11 season saw two of the top golfers in school history graduate. Erica Rivard and Michelle Hui concluded their careers with 78.2 and 78.4 stroke averages to finish second and fourth in the UT record books, respectively.
Toledo finished the 2009-10 campaign with a school-record five golfers registering a stroke average under 80. Hui topped the Rockets with a 77.4 mark to earn second-team All-MAC accolades and help UT capture a pair of tournament titles.
Three tournament victories and two individual medalist honors highlighted the 2008-09 campaign. Freshman Georgina Hunt and Hui each posted playoff wins in back-to-back tournaments for their first collegiate victories. Boram Lee capped off the season by earning second-team all-conference and MAC Sportswoman of the Year honors.
The 2007-08 season concluded with a third-place finish in the Mid-American Conference Championship, where UT tallied its best score ever in the event with a 296 in the final round. Senior Joanna Periversoff capped off her career with a fourth-place finish to equal the best showing by a UT golfer at the MAC Championship in program history.
The 2006-07 campaign saw UT post victories at the Baja Invitational in Ensenada, Mexico and Bowling Green's Falcon Invitational. The Rockets also set a school record for lowest 18-hole round and tied the school mark for the best 54-hole total at the Rio Verde Invitational. On an individual basis, seniors Kim Kester and Natalie Storck received second-team All-MAC accolades.
Toledo posted its best season in school history in 2005-06, culminating with a second-place finish at the MAC Championship. UT captured four tournament titles, posted a second-place finish on four other occasions and had three all-conference honorees for the second time in school history.
Sophomore Tammy Clelland earned first-team All-MAC honors in 2005-06, while juniors Kim Kester and Natalie Storck received second-team All-MAC accolades. Storck also was named the MAC Sportswoman of the Year and to the MAC All-Academic Team.
As a team, UT set new marks for lowest 18-hole score (293), 54-hole score (892) and team stroke average (306.2) and tied the record for most victories (4) and individual medalists (3). UT also received its highest national ranking ever at No. 43 by Golfweek Magazine.
Clelland set or tied five school records including lowest 18-hole score (68), 54-hole score (214) and stroke average (75.65).
In 2004-05, UT registered its third-lowest season stroke average ever and finished in the Top 10 in 11 of its 12 tournaments.
Freshman Katie Myos established a then-school record for lowest 18-hole score (69) and tied the record at the time for best 54-hole total (225). Sophomore Natalie Storck earned first-team All-MAC honors and finished just one stroke shy of tying Sara Boogaard for the best season stroke average in school history.
In 2003-04, UT set three team and six individual records. The Rockets established new marks for lowest 18-hole (295) and lowest 36-hole (602) team scores as well as lowest season team stroke average (313.86).
On an individual basis, senior Sara Boogaard set school records for lowest season stroke average (77.5) and most career rounds played (113), while senior Breanne Hall established new marks for lowest career stroke average (78.1), as well as most rounds under 80 in a season (24) and a career (56).
Boogaard received first-team All-MAC honors as well as MAC Sportswoman of the Year, while Hall earned second-team All-MAC accolades for the third straight season.
Prior to coming to Toledo, Hollingsworth coached three seasons at Ohio University (1996-99) and three at the University of Kansas (1999-2002).
In her first career coaching stint at Ohio, Hollingsworth was the youngest coach in the country at age 24 when she started its program from scratch. In her three years with the Bobcats, her teams registered 19 top-10 finishes and improved the team scoring average by nearly 16 strokes.
In Hollingsworth's three years at Kansas, the Jayhawks registered 14 top-10 team finishes and landed a pair of top 100 recruits in 2002.
In 15 seasons at Ohio, Kansas and Toledo, Hollingsworth has produced 27 NGCA All-American Scholars and has coached teams that registered team GPAs above 3.0 in all but one semester. In the fall 2009 semester, the Rockets posted the athletic department's highest GPA with a 3.651 mark.
A 1995 Indiana University graduate with a degree in public policy, Hollingsworth was a member of the Hoosiers' golf team for three years and helped IU capture the Big Ten conference title as well as finish fifth in the NCAA Championships as a senior. She received the team's Mental Attitude award on two occasions and became a member of IU's athletic Alpha Beta Honorary in 1995.
Hollingsworth proceeded to earn her master's degree in physical education in 1998 during her coaching tenure at Ohio University.
The Hollingsworth's File
Full Name: Nicole Jon Hollingsworth
Hometown: Clinton, IN
Birthdate: December 3, 1971
Year at Toledo: 10th year
B.S. in public policy with concentration in management and certificate in labor studies from Indiana University (1995);
M.S. in physical education with concentration in athletic administration from Ohio University (1998)
2003-present Head Coach, University of Toledo
1999-2002 Head Coach, University of Kansas
1996-1999 Head Coach, Ohio University
1992-95 Indiana University
IU Golf Mental Attitude Award, 1994 & 1995
IU Golf Letterwinner, 1994 & 1995
Member of Big Ten Conference Champions, 1995
Member of fifth-place NCAA Championship team, 1995
Getting to Know Nicole Hollingsworth
Hobbies: Golf, shopping and watching movies.
Favorite Movie: "Rudy," "Hoosiers."
Favorite TV Shows: "Big Brother," "The Good Wife," "Smash," "Scandal," "Hawaii 5-0," "Vegas," "Castle," and "The Biggest Loser."
Favorite Music: Country.
Favorite Foods: Italian and anything my mother makes (she is a great cook).
Best Times of My Life: Coaching at the Division I level for 16 years.
Greatest Golf Moment: Being a member of fifth-place team at 1995 NCAA Championships.
Favorite Athletes: Jack Nicklaus and Peyton Manning.
Personal Heroes: My parents.
Plans for the Future: Continuing the success of Toledo golf and winning the MAC Championship.
Favorite Things About Toledo: The golfing community, the great golf courses that we have access to and the support we have to be very successful in women's golf.
Rocket Accomplishments Under Hollingsworth
2003 Lady Falcon Invitational (Tie)
2004 Illini Spring Classic
2005 Rocket Fall Classic
2005 Cincinnati Fall Invitational
2006 William & Mary Invitational
2006 EKU Lady Colonel Classic
2007 Baja Invitational|
2007 Lady Falcon Invitational
2008 Dayton Fall Invitational
2009 EKU Spring Invitational
2009 Falcon Invitational
2010 Lady Herd Spring Classic
2010 Falcon Invitational
2011 The Preview
2012 Redbird Invitational
Sportswoman of the Year
Sara Boogaard, 2004
Natalie Storck, 2006
Boram Lee, 2009
Sara Boogaard, 2004
Natalie Storck, 2005
Tammy Clelland, 2006
Breanne Hall, 2004
Kim Kester, 2006 & 2007
Natalie Storck, 2006 & 2007
Boram Lee, 2008 & 2009
Michelle Hui, 2010
Piyathida Chaiyapan, 2012
NGCA All-American Scholar
2004 Breanne Hall
2005 Joanna Periversoff
2006 Joanna Periversoff
2007 Joanna Periversoff
2008 Joanna Periversoff
2009 Marguerite Johnson
2010 Emily Hardcastle
Kaitlyn Van Gunten
2011 Emily Hardcastle
2012 Kate Hoops
Natalie Storck, 2006
Joanna Periversoff, 2008
Michelle Hui, 2010
Team School Records
Lowest 18-Hole Score
289 (Rio Verde Invitational - 3/10/07)
Lowest 36-Hole Score
602 (Illini Spring Classic - 4/9-10/04)
Lowest 54-hole Score
892 (Rocket Fall Classic - 9/25-26/05)
892 (Rio Verde Invitational - 3/9-11/07)
Lowest Team Stroke Average
Individual School Records
Lowest Round - Tammy Clelland - 67 (Shootout at the Legends - 10/10/06)
Lowest 54-Hole Score - Tammy Clelland - 214 (Rocket Fall Classic - 9/25-26/05)
Lowest Season Stroke Average Tammy Clelland - 75.7 (2005-06)