Jan Mann, a well-respected individual in collegiate women's golf, is entering her third year as head women's golf coach at the University of North Carolina. Mann, a proven and experienced head coach, became the third head coach in Carolina history and took over the program July 2009.
"It's clear that Jan Mann is already establishing a firm foundation for an exceptional program at Carolina," said Carolina Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham. "We knew Jan's outstanding reputation as a head coach at Virginia and UNC Wilmington as well as the respect she has from the entire golf community. After an outstanding first season, it's evident Jan is not only a tremendous fit for the Carolina program, but has also embraced the goals of the program athletically, academically and in the community."
"It is an exciting group of student athletes to be working with this year," said Mann. "From our seniors down to our freshmen, they are committed to working hard to accomplish their goals as a team. They are as talented and confident in their abilities as any team I have ever worked with. Each member plays a role in our overall success. We have a great deal of fun together and it is extremely gratifying as a coach to be a part of this Carolina program."
In Mann's first two years at the helm, the Tar Heels have won two team championships, including the 2011 ACC Championship, and carded 13 top-eight finishes. After winning the ACC Championship last year, the Tar Heels went on to a runner-up finish at the NCAA East Regional and then tied for eighth at the NCAA Championships. Carolina also won the first tournament of the year, the Cougar Classic, and was the runner-up at The Landfall Tradition. In 2010, Carolina earned an NCAA bid to the NCAA East Regional where they finished 13th.
Mann was crowned the 2011 ACC Coach of the Year, the second time she has received that honor. She was also selected the 2005 ACC Coach of the Year when she was the head coach at Virginia.
Mann was the first head coach at the University of Virginia from 2002-2007, establishing the inaugural women's golf program there, with 2003-04 being its first year of competition. Mann's teams participated in the NCAA Regionals in 2005, 2006 and 2007 advancing on to the NCAA Championships in 2005 and advancing an individual in 2006. Mann's teams received 20 ACC academic honors and the Cavaliers were presented the ACC Sportsmanship Award in 2006.
Mann coached an All-America who was selected to the team two times and her players received National Golf Coaches Association's (NGCA) Academic All-America honors eight times (one at UNC). Her players were selected to the All-ACC team seven times (one at UNC) and to the All-ACC Academic Women's Golf Team 10 times (three from UNC).
Mann served as the head women's golf coach at UNC Wilmington from 1994-2002, taking the Seahawks to the NCAA Regionals for the first time in school history in 1998. Her players received NGCA Academic All-America awards nine times. The Seahawks were crowned the 2002 Big South Conference Champions and one of her players, Rebecca Dean, was selected the 2002 Big South Conference Player of the Year. Mann was chosen the 2002 Big South Coach of the Year and her 2001 team received the UNCW Leadership Award for performance in the classroom, community and playing field. UNC Wilmington also served as host of the 1995 NCAA Championship as well as the 1994 NCAA Preview Tournament.
Mann has also served on several NCAA committees. From 2000-04 she was an NCAA Regional Advisory Committee member and NCAA Division I Golf Committee Member, on which she served as chair in 2003-04. Mann was selected to coach the 2003 United States team during the U.S.-Japan Matches. She was on the NGCA Board of Directors, 2005-07; on the LPGA Coaches Advisory Committee, 2003-07 and on the USGA Intercollegiate Relations Committee, 2003-05. In 2000 and 2001 she was chosen one of Golf Digest's Top Teachers in North Carolina.
Mann, a graduate of UNC Wilmington, was an accomplished golf professional and teacher before entering the coaching profession. Mann was Director of Pinehurst Golf School and Teaching Center, 1992-1994; a teaching professional at John Jacobs Golf Schools in Point Clear, Ala., 1991; Assistant Golf Professional at Echo Farms Country Club in Wilmington, 1985-91; and Assistant Golf Professional at The Cape Golf and Racquet Club in Wilmington, 1984-1985.
Mann is the third women's golf coach in school history. Dot Gunnells was Carolina's inaugural head coach, serving as coach for 18 years, from 1975-76 through the 1992-93 season. Sally Austin then took over the Tar Heel reins and coached for 16 years, from 1993-94 through 2008-09.
Mann and her husband, John, have one daughter, Lindsay Badour of Wilmington, N.C., and two sons, John Mann of Cary and Robb Mann of Wilmington. They have four grandchildren.