Colleen Cashman-McSween enters her fifth season at the helm of the UAlbany women's golf program in 2016-17.
Last season the Great Danes were the runner-up in the 2017 MAAC Championship, just strokes behind the defending champion Quinnipiac.
In her second season, Cashman-McSween was named the 2015 MAAC Women’s Coach of the Year, leading the Great Danes to the program’s first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title. Shooting a record-low 303 in the championship’s first round, UAlbany finished 11 strokes ahead of runner-up Siena after three days with a score of 937. Freshman Annie Songeun Lee took the individual title and Rookie of the Year honors, as the Great Danes boasted three athletes in the top-10. Junior Yoorim Kang tied for sixth and sophomore Paige Fujihara tied for 10th. With the conference title, Cashman-McSween led UAlbany to its first NCAA Regional appearance. The Great Danes competed at Entrada at Snow Canyon Country Club in St. George, Utah.
In her first season, the Great Danes competed in 10 events, placing second at the ECAC Championship in the fall and third in the MAAC Championship in the spring. At the time, the MAAC performance marked the Danes’ best finish since becoming an associate member of the conference in 2010. In addition, seven athletes were named to the MAAC Academic Honor Roll under her direction.
Prior to her appointment on Sept. 6, 2013, Cashman-McSween spent the previous two seasons as an assistant coach with the University of Michigan women’s golf team.
During the 2011-12 season at Michigan, Cashman-McSween helped the Wolverines reach their seventh NCAA regional appearance, while capturing five top-five individual finishes and a fourth-place team result at the Big Ten Championship. Michigan ended the season ranked 48th in the nation at the NCAA Division I level. In the 2012-13 season, she helped the squad to co-medalist team honors at the Wolverine Invitational, and coached the tournament’s individual champion.
Cashman-McSween oversaw Michigan’s recruiting process, and successfully committed two of the nation’s top-35 recruits. She also monitored and oversaw the team’s academic progress, helping the squad achieve a perfect 1,000 APR mark.
Prior to arriving in Ann Arbor, Cashman-McSween coached 12 years at her high school alma mater, St. Thomas Aquinas, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. She helped St. Thomas Aquinas to a 131-16-2 record in 12 seasons and to 12 straight Florida High School Golf State Championship appearances, winning the title in 2001 and earning a runner-up finish in 2003. The 12-year run is currently the longest streak in school history.
Cashman-McSween has seven regional titles and four runner-up titles to her credit as well as eight district titles and three district runner-up finishes. She was named the Florida State High School Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 2001 and earned Coach of the Year honors from the Miami Herald and Sun Sentinel newspapers three times (2001, '03, '04). In 2011, she helped in the founding of the South Florida Off-Season High School Golf Tour.
In addition to her coaching duties with the Raiders, Cashman-McSween served as the director of marketing and membership for the Plantation Preserve Golf Course and Club in Plantation, Fla. from 2004-2011.
Before beginning her coaching career, Cashman-McSween played in more than 100 professional golf tournaments as part of the LPGA's FUTURES Golf Tour. Making the cut in nearly 80 percent of her events, she posted nine top-10 finishes, including winning the 2003 Tampa Bay Next Generation FUTURES Golf Classic. She also had two appearances at the U.S Women's Open. She played in 2002 at Prairie Dunes in Hutchison, Kan., and again in 2006 at Newport Country Club in Newport, R.I.
During her collegiate career at Purdue, she was a two-time All-Big Ten first team selection (1997, '98) and three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree (1996, '97, '98). A three-time captain, she played in 45 consecutive events for the Boilermakers, never missing an event in her career. Helping Purdue to five team titles in her career, she was a two-time medalist -- the 1996 San Diego State Invitational and the 1998 Hawkeye Invitational -- and garnered four runner-up finishes.
Earning her bachelor's degree in restaurant, hotel, institutional and tourism management (RHIT) in 1998, Cashman-McSween was named Purdue's MVP on two occasions (1997, '98) and Purdue's Female Athlete of the Month twice (Sept. 1994 and Oct. 1996). She was awarded the Red Mackey Award for Commitment to Purdue Athletics in 1998 and has been nominated to serve on Purdue's Advisory Board for Women's Athletics.