Jul 27 2010 Texas A&M Coach Trelle McCombs - Part 1
McCombs succeeded longtime coach Jeanne Sutherland, who retired in 2007. A three-time Big 12 coach of the year, Sutherland was thrilled that Byrne chose McCombs to take over the program.
The 33-year-old McCombs came to A&M after just one season at Tulsa, where two of her players earned All-Conference USA honors.
Prior to that, she has spent three years (2003-06) as the head coach at Augusta State (Ga.) and coached the men's and women's teams at Mercer for four years (1999-2003).
In 2005-06, McCombs led Augusta State to the school's first-ever NCAA regional and national tournament appearances. In just its fifth season as a Division I program, ASU rose as high as 29th in the Golfstat rankings, climbing 107 spots under McCombs' leadership.
The 2005-06 team won six tournament titles while five players captured individual tournament crowns. In 2004-05, McCombs freshman class was rated as the second-best in the nation by Golfstat.
At Mercer, she was involved in every aspect of the men's and women's programs, including practice preparation, budget planning, recruiting, fund-raising and monitoring academic progress. Her teams boasted a 100 percent graduation rate and 13 academic all-conference honorees along with two all-league selections.
During her tenure, the Mercer men's program improved more than 150 places in the Golfstat rankings.
In addition to her coaching duties at ASU, McCombs served on the Forest Hills Golf Course Management Committee and the Board of Directors of the Greater Augusta Sports Council. She also was tournament director for the Atlanta Junior Golf Association, founded the Josh Gregory/Trelle McCombs Junior Golf Camp and initiated and coordinated the ASU Junior Golf Clinic in conjunction with the Lady Jaguar Invitational.
An accomplished player, McCombs posted a top-10 finish as an amateur in the 1996 Georgia Women's Open, then matched that effort in 2002 as a professional. She tied for 11th in the 2004 Yamaha Georgia Women's Open.
McCombs qualified for the 1998 U.S. Women's Amateur, participated in the 2002 Future's Tour Qualifying School and was a member of the Mid-Florida Golf Tour.
A 1998 graduate of Georgia State with a B.S. in exercise physiology, McCombs was a two-year team captain and won two collegiate tournaments. She earned academic all-conference honors in each of her four seasons.
A native of Macon, Ga., McCombs and her husband, John, were married in 2004.
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