Skaug Closes Out Freshman Campaign With 18th Place Finish
The East Carolina men and women's golf programs are under the direction of tenth-year head coach Kevin Williams. The men's program has been a highly competitive and successful program in the Southeast over the past two decades. The fifth-year women's program has been very successful compiling a 502-204-6 overall record through the fall of 2004, a .705 winning percentage.
A 1985 graduate of East Carolina University, Williams returned to his alma mater, becoming the 15th ECU golf coach on August 1, 1995. He succeeded longtime coach and GCAA Hall of Fame member, Hal Morrison. In the time since his hiring, Williams has led the men's team to four tournament championships, including back-to-back Charleston Southern Fall Invitational titles (1995 & 1996), 2001 Carolina First Intercollegiate and 2003 Pirate Fall Intercollegiate. Williams has guided his teams to numerous top-five team finishes including a school record eight during the 2002-03 season. The 2001-02 team recorded a school record five second place finishes and the men's program has an overall record under Williams' of 911-737-26, a .546 winning percentage. Under Williams, the 2003 Women's C-USA Golf Coach of the Year, the Lady Pirates golfers have won eight tournament titles, including the Lady Pirate Fall Intercollegiate (3 times, 2000, 2001 & 2002), 2002 & 2003 Bradford Creek Spring Invitational, 2003 Pinehurst Invitational, 2003 Cardinal Cup and the 2004 Beacon Woods Invitational, where the Lady Pirates fired the lowest 54 hole team total in school history (291-293-294=878). During this time the Lady Pirates have defeated three top twenty five schools, #21 LSU (Spring 2002), #14 South Carolina and #24 UNC (Spring 2003). The Lady Pirates made its first NCAA tournament by receiving an at-large bid and the number 12 seed in the 2003 NCAA East Regional, where they finished 14th out of 21 teams.
Individually, the Pirates have succeeded under his leadership as well. On the men's side, Williams has coached seven different golfers to nine individual wins with Jonathan Hill and Jason Harris each capturing two titles. Williams has produced five Academic All-Americans including Kevin Miller in 1997 & 1998, Jason Harris in 2003 & 2004 and Calle Andren in 2003. Richie Creech was the first Pirate to capture a win under Williams as he brought home the 1997 CAA title. Other tournament winners include Scott Campbell, Frank Adams, III, Ryan Leveque and Adam Howell.
For the women, Senior Adrienne Millican continues to rewrite the record book. She successfully defended her title this fall in the Edwin Watts/Palmetto Intercollegiate. It was her fifth individual victory (school record) and she is currently ranked #33 in the country. In the 2003-04 season, Millican received an individual bid to the NCAA East Regional where she finished tied for ninth to advance to the NCAA Championship. At the NCAA Championship in Auburn, Alabama, Millican finished tied for 33rd, just missing All American status by two strokes. Jessica Krasny won four individual titles during her four years under Williams and current graduate assistant, Margaret Mitchell is a three-time Academic All-American ( 2002-2003-2004).
During Williams' tenure, many of his golfers have tied or broken long standing Pirate records. In the fall of 2003 Jonathan Hill broke the 54-hole record after firing a 201 total (15 under par) in the Pirate Fall Intercollegiate, surpassing the record of 203 (13 under par) set by Scott Campbell during the 1999 Bradford Creek Intercollegiate. Campbell broke the record set by PGA Tour member John Maginnes who set the record of 209 (7 under par) during the spring of 1991. Hill also owns the record for single season low stroke average of 72.1 during the 2002-03 season. This broke the record set by Jason Harris (72.7) the year before. Harris holds the career scoring average record of 73.43 during his three year career (2002-2004) and current senior Adam Howell has moved ahead of Hill into second place with a 73.88 scoring average. Hill, Harris, Howell and Calle Andren all tied the low 18 hole score of 66. Hill tied this score on six different occasions.
A North Carolina native, Williams is a graduate of Warren Academy in Warrenton, N.C. He then went on to attend East Carolina University, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in history in 1985.
Prior to joining the ECU golf program, Williams was the Head Golf Professional and Director of Golf Operations at the Kinston (N.C.) Country Club for eight years, dating back to 1987. While at the Kinston CC, Williams was very active as a junior golf coordinator/teacher and a player in the Carolinas PGA Section.
Williams is also responsible for creating and directing the Eastern North Carolina Junior Golf League. The ENCJGL grew from four teams in its first year (1987) to its current roster of 24 teams. A nominee for Carolinas PGA Junior Golf Leader in 1992, Williams' love of junior golf and the program he created at the Kinston CC led him to his current role at East Carolina. Four of Williams' students played golf collegiately on the Division I level and another student, Parshant Dhiman, was a Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina. These five students also played a large role in Williams' success as the golf coach at Kinston High School from 1989 to '93. Williams also stayed involved with his alma mater before East Carolina hired him as head golf coach. From 1991-94, he held various offices in the Lenoir County chapter of the ECU Pirate Club.
Williams' playing career highlights include victories in eight of the Carolina's PGA Pro-Am Championships. He also qualified for and competed in the 1989 and 1992 PGA Club Professional Championship. His career led him to get involved in the affairs of the Carolinas PGA Section, first as a member of the board of directors and later as a chairman of the tournament committee. Williams considers being elected to this office by his CPGA peers as one of his proudest accomplishments. His six years of service to the organization ended in 1997.
Williams, along with his wife, Trude and children, Patrick and Anniken, reside in Kinston.