College Station, TX -
Virginia's Brian Bailie has been named the National Golf Coaches Association's Assistant Women's Coach of the Year. Bailie helped the Cavaliers to a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships Saturday. It was the best postseason showing by UVa in the program's eight-year history. The award was announced following the tournament at the NGCA Division I Awards Banquet in College Station, Texas.
Bailie is in his sixth season as the assistant coach for the Cavaliers. During his tenure at Virginia he has seen the Cavaliers qualify for the NCAA Championships the past four seasons and make it to NCAA Regional play all six years.
Bailie's responsibilities include recruiting correspondence and evaluation, assisting in the design and supervision of practice plans, coordinating travel arrangements, ordering equipment, monitoring academic progress, working with the Virginia Athletics Foundation and on-course coaching.
"Brian's work ethic to our program, our athletes, and our ethos is a big reason Virginia has quickly risen to be one of the top programs in the nation," said Virginia women's coach Kim Lewellen. "Brian is always interested in helping the student-athlete become the best golfer they can. He is an ongoing student of the game and strives to gather as much information as possible in order to aid the athletes mentally and physically."
Over the past two years Bailie has developed a digital notebook system for the Cavalier golfers that allows them to access virtual notebooks that include swing videos, drills, articles, statistics, practice plans, coach's notes and other pertinent information for each player. He recently began the process of certification in Golfing Machine and Aimpoint Technology.
Bailie joined the UVa staff after four seasons as the head men's and women's golf coach at Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory, N.C. A 1995 graduate of Virginia Tech, Bailie earned a master's degree in coaching from the U.S. Sports Academy in 2002. He is a member of the National Collegiate Golf Coaches Association, the Golf Coaches Association of America, the American Junior Golf Association, and the U.S. Golf Association.