Charlotte 49ers women’s golf coach Ryan Ashburn has hired accomplished amateur player Ellen Secor as assistant coach.
“Ellen is a team player with loads of positive energy,” Ashburn said. “I know with her playing career and passion for coaching, she will have a big impact on this new team and I can’t wait to get started with her.”
Secor, a recent graduate of Oklahoma, played at both Colorado State and Oklahoma. She and CSU teammate Katrina Prendergast captured the 2018 USGA Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship. She was a medalist on the 2021 Sun City Cactus Tour and was the second-lowest amateur at the 2020 Colorado Open. She has participated in eight USGA Championship events.
“I am so thankful for the opportunity to work alongside Coach Ryan at Charlotte,” Secor said. “I could not be more excited to start my coaching career here and build a championship program. From the moment I stepped foot on campus and met with the amazing staff, I knew this is where I wanted to be. I can’t wait to get to work for Niner Nation and be a part of something special.”
While at Oklahoma, she placed second at the 2019 Westbrook Invitational, matching the second-best tournament score in program history. A 2017 All-Mountain West performer at CSU, Secor won the 2018 Ron Moore Intercollegiate. In her collegiate career, she boasted six top-five finishes.
She was team captain of the Sooners’ women’s golf team and was a member of Oklahoma’s Captains Table Committee, which works to ensure excellence in the student-athlete experience. This past year, she was named an all-America Scholar by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association. At Colorado State, she was a member of the department’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, which strives to enhance the overall student-athlete experience.
She spent three seasons at Colorado State’s School of Business with a focus on business marketing before completing her degree in multidisciplinary studies with a focus in organizational operations at Oklahoma.