Carol Robertson is in her third season and second season of competition, as the head coach of the Hokies’ women’s golf program. Robertson was hired on July 8, 2013, as the program’s first-ever head coach.
Robertson has built this program the right way. Recruiting outstanding student-athletes who compete on the course, in the classroom and in the community. The Virginia Tech women’s golf program was a known and respected entity before the team ever competed in their first event.
Robertson’s players immediately became integrated into the fabric of not only the athletics programs, but the university community as a whole. And as the team competes on the course, they have taken advantage of the support of the Hokie Nation.
Robertson came to Virginia Tech following two seasons as the head coach at Old Dominion University. She became the head coach at ODU following one season as the assistant for both the men’s and women’s programs at the school.
While with the Monarchs, Robertson led her teams to five tournament titles in her two seasons, including three tournament titles this past season. In the 2012-13 season, ODU finished in the top five in eight of the 10 regular season events. In her first season at ODU, the women’s program placed fifth or better in six tournaments. This past season, the Monarchs finished 74th in Golfstat.com rankings and 78th in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.
Robertson is also an outstanding player. In September of 2010, Robertson reached the finals of the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship, but fell just short of the title against Meghan Stasi in the 18-hole final at Wichita Country Club (Kan.). She won the 2006 Virginia State Amateur Championship. During the Virginia Tech inaugural season, while on a spring break trip with the two original members of the team, Robertson carded two hole-in-ones on the front nine of the Celebration Golf Club in Orlando, Florida. Odds of that happening in a round is 1 in 67 million.
Robertson had been serving as the Virginia State Golf Association’s Junior golf club tournament director in Hampton Roads. She played on the LPGA Future’s Tour from 2007-09, and was an assistant golf coach at James Madison for the 2005-06 season.
Robertson was one of five collegiate women golfers chosen to represent the USA in the Collegiate World Championships, and in 2006 was the Women’s Amateur Golf Champion for the State of Virginia. She was selected NGCA (National Golf Coaches Association) All-American Scholar Athlete in 2005.
The Tazewell, Va., native graduated from James Madison University in 2005 with a B.S. degree in public administration with a concentration in criminal justice. She received a M.S. degree in sport management in 2007 from West Virginia University.
At JMU, the then Carol Green excelled on the course and in the classroom. She was a two-time Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year, in 2003 and 2004, and three-time first team All-CAA selection. She was the conference championship medalist in 2003, and twice qualified for the NCAA East Region. In January 2012, she was one of 25 selected to the CAA’s Silver Anniversary team for women’s golf. She was on the Dean’s List twice, was a three-time winner of the CAA Commissioner’s Academic Award and was inducted into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She also was named a National Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar-Athlete as a senior.
Robertson and her family are no strangers to Virginia Tech or top-level golf in the Commonwealth. Her father, Charles, is a past president of the VSGA, her older brother, Chuck, played collegiately at Washington and Lee and her younger brother, Garland, was a four-year letter winner on the Hokie men’s golf team from 2007-11. He is currently 13th on the all-time scoring list in Virginia Tech history. Robertson and her husband, Jason, who also played golf at JMU, have a three-year old son JJ.