College Sports

Althoff graduate is new golf coach at LU-Belleville

Alex Anderson
Alex Anderson

The Lindenwood University-Belleville Athletics Department has announced Alex Anderson is the new head men’s and women’s golf coach.

“I’m extremely honored to be the next Lindenwood-Belleville golf coach,” Anderson said. “I’ve seen the positive impact that this school has already made on the community and I’m excited to help this university grow. I grew up playing golf in Belleville and I’m looking forward to now coaching in my hometown.”

She added: “I feel that I’ve been fortunate enough to be around the game of golf in many capacities and I’m extremely excited that as a coach I’ll be able to provide a platform for my players to achieve the same type of opportunities.”

Anderson is a native of Swansea and went to Althoff High School.

Anderson joins LU-Belleville after spending three seasons as an assistant women’s golf coach at Lindenwood University-St. Charles. There, she helped them advance to the NCAA Regional Tournament for three straight seasons.

The Lady Lions placed second at the MIAA Championships, and had six tournaments during the year where they placed fourth or higher. Also, four golfers were named to the All-MIAA team and 10 received a conference academic honor.

In 2013-14, she was part of a program that received the NCAA Regional Championships in Lindenwood’s first season of eligibility. The Lady Lions won one tournament during the year and finished fourth out of nine teams at the conference meet. One Lindenwood golfer was named to the all-conference team while eight golfers received a conference academic award.

“At Lindenwood-St. Charles I was able to gain insight into all of the work that it would take to be the head coach of a program,” Anderson said. “I was fortunate enough to spend a good amount of time on recruiting, organizing and running practices, maintaining program budgets, and working with individual athletes to improve their golf swings.”

Anderson added, “Coach (Abby) Weber was also able to teach me the importance of balance for the student-athletes. Our women’s team maintained a 3.91 GPA last semester and qualified for the NCAA Regional Tournament. Coach Weber has really built a successful NCAA program and I plan on working owards the same high expectations both in the classroom and on the golf course as I transition from a Lion to a Lynx.”

She has previous work experience as the Director of Junior Golf at the PGA of America, Gateway Section.

Anderson was able to gain experience not only in tournament operations, but how players develop their games from ages 5-19.

In her first year as head coach with LU-Belleville, Anderson sees a lot of potential on the men’s side, while she’ll focus on building up the roster on the women’s team.

“For this first season I think each program will have its own unique set of goals,” said Anderson. “The men’s team had three wins during the 2015-16 school year and are ranked 40 th in the nation. I’d love to see us move up in the rankings this season and build on tournament wins. The women’s program was not able to have a team score for some of the events last year. My first goal would be to focus on recruiting to fill my roster. I also want to focus on creating a positive team environment that the student-athletes enjoy being a part of. Lindenwood-Belleville has great resources and I believe that in the future both programs will be top NAIA golf teams.”

She’s a 2011 graduate from SIU-Carbondale with a degree in political science. She played four years of NCAA Division I women’s golf at SIU-Carbondale.

At Althoff, Anderson was a two-time All-Conference honoree. She was named to all-Metro and all-Area teams three years in a row. She qualified for sectionals in her freshman season. She earned Player of the Year runner-up honors as a senior.

As a senior, she became the third player in Althoff history to advance to state, where she finished tied for 16th.