Belton (July 19, 2012) -- Long-time professional golfer Nancy Taylor-Capps has been named the new head women’s golf coach at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Cru Vice-President for Athletics Randy Mann announced today. Taylor-Capps will begin her duties at UMHB on Monday, August 6th and she replaces Darla Kirby following Kirby’s promotion to Associate Athletic Director last month.
Taylor-Capps joins UMHB after spending the past two years as a volunteer assistant coach at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. She has also served as an assistant coach at Pfeiffer College (2010) and Belmont Abbey (2009) and has been a golf instructor at Edwin Watts Golf Super Stores (2007-10), Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation (2004-10) and Jim Bell Harris Driving Range (2001-03). Capps had a 13-year playing career on the LPGA tour, competing in over 220 events from 1986-1998. Taylor-Capps posted a second place finish at the 1987 Jamie Farr Toledo Classic, finished second at the 1986 LPGA Tour School and played in four USGA Women’s Open events during her career. Taylor-Capps also played on the LPGA Futures Tour for three years, winning a Futures Tour event in 1986.
“We are excited to have Nancy join our staff and take over our women’s golf program,” Mann said. “She has a great knowledge of the game and has experience in golf at every level. She brings great passion for the game of golf and we are looking forward to a new chapter and continued success for our outstanding women’s golf program.”
Taylor-Capps was the 1982 Nation USGA Public Links Champion and finished second in that event in 1983. She graduated from Arizona State University in 1983 with a degree in Physical Education. She was a four-year letter winner for the Sun Devils women’s golf team, earned All-Conference honors and competed in the NCAA Division I National Championships in 1983. Taylor-Capps has also been a golf instructor at the Dana Rader Golf School (2000-01), served as the Associate Director of the Fellowships of Christian Athletes Golf Ministry from 1998-2000 and served as a golf instructor at the Ben Sutton Golf School from 1992-97. She is married to Stanley Capps.
“I am really excited and looking forward to this opportunity,” Taylor-Capps said. “I am looking forward to being a part of the Christian environment at UMHB. I am also excited about taking the women’s golf program to new heights and making an impact.”
The UMHB women will return six letter winners from a team that finished sixth in the 2012 NCAA Division III National Championships. The Cru women also posted a 31-stroke victory at the 2012 American Southwest Conference Tournament to record the ninth conference championship in the program’s history. Taylor-Capps will be just the second coach in the history of the UMHB women’s golf program after Kirby started the program from scratch in 1996.