Dianne Dailey
Dianne  Dailey

Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Salem College '71


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Sierra Brooks and Mathilda Cappeliez will join Wake Forest in 2016


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The Demon Deacons lead Missouri by one stroke


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Marissa Dodd tied for 16th individually


Wake Forest Completes Weather-Shortened First Round

The Demon Deacons currently sit in a tie for 20th place at the NCAA Championship, but half of the teams did not complete their rounds.


Deacs Second at Regional, Advance to NCAA Championship

Wake Forest advances to the NCAA Championship with a second place finish at the NCAA Notre Dame Regional.


Women's Golf Preview: Landfall Tradition

Head coach Dianne Dailey and junior Sierra Sims preview the 2015 Landfall Tradition


2015 Spring Preview

Head coach Dianne Dailey and senior Allison Emrey talk about the fall season and what's ahead for the spring season.


Dianne Dailey - Cougar Classic Preview


Dianne Dailey -- Northrop Grumman Preview


Women's Golf at Lady Paladin Invitational

The Wake Forest women's golf team in action during the second round of the Lady Paladin Invitational


2015 Bryan National Collegiate

Wake Forest hosts the 2015 Bryan National Collegiate

Dianne Dailey is in her 30th season as Wake Forest's head women's golf coach. Since she took over in 1988, the Deacons have been to 25 NCAA Regionals and 14 NCAA Championships.

Over the years, Coach Dailey has compiled quite the resume. She has coached 14 players who have been named All-America 28 times, seven players who have been named Academic All-American 13 times, four ACC Players of the Year, including Natalie Sheary in 2009 and three ACC Rookies of the Year.

Dailey's teams have notched 29 team victories, including four ACC Championships and two NCAA East Regional Championships. The Deacons have finished in the top 20 of the final national rankings in 20 of the last 25 years.

Under Dailey, Wake Forest squads have advanced to 14 NCAA Championships in the last 25 years. In addition to the team's success, Dailey has continued to develop some of the top individual players in the nation.

In recent years, Dailey has coached two of the best players in the history of the program. Sierra Sims (2014-17) graduated with the best four-year scoring average in Wake Forest history of 73.66 and holds two of the three best single-season scoring averages. Jennifer Kupcho (2016-pres.) earned first-team All-America honors in 2017 after winning three individual titles, finishing runner-up at the ACC and NCAA Championships and setting a school record with a 70.61 scoring average.

Cheyenne Woods (2008-12) was one of the best players to even don the Old Gold and Black. Woods won two events and finished a total of five tournaments under-par. She was named an All-American two times and was one of three Demon Deacons to be named All-ACC three times.

Woods and Michelle Shin each had breakout seasons in 2009-10. Both were named All-Americans as well as first team All-ACC honorees. The duo also claimed a pair of individual victories as Shin became the first freshman to win the ACC individual crown since 2006. Woods finished the year with the lowest single-season scoring average in school history at 73.47. The 2009-10 season marked the third time a pair of Demon Deacons were garnered All-America honors in the same season under Dailey.

Natalie Sheary was named honorable mention All-America by the National Golf Coaches Association in 2008 and 2009 while Nannette Hill was a second team All-American in 2009. In 1995, Stephanie Neill earned first team honors and Alexandra Armas garnered second team accolades.

Sheary joined Woods and Shin in 2011 as the first three Demon Deacons to earn All-America honors in the same season. All three players were named NGCA honorable mention All-America, Golfweek third team All-America and All-ACC first team.

In 2009, both Hill and Sheary were named to the All-ACC Team for the second-straight year and Sheary was named the ACC Player of the Year after earning Rookie of the Year honors in 2008.

The team won back-to-back ACC titles in 2009 and 2010 for the second time with Dailey at the helm. In 2009, the Deacs snapped Duke's 13-year reign as conference champs. As a result, Dailey was named the ACC Coach of the Year each of the last two years, giving her four for her career.

In 2006 and 2007, Mandy Goins was named honorable mention All-America by the NGCA. Goins and Hill were each named All-ACC following the 2006 season. In 2005, Ashley Hoagland was named NGCA First Team All-America, as well as First Team Academic All-America.

Hoagland also was named All-ACC both as a junior and a senior. Throughout her four years, Hoagland dropped her stroke average each season, finishing with a 73.54 average her senior year.

In 2003, Nuria Clau earned numerous awards, including ACC Player of the Year, All-ACC, first team Academic All-America and second team NGCA All-America. Clau earned All-ACC honors for the Deacs and NGCA All-America honors in 2002 as well.

In 1998, Alexandra Armas earned All-America honors for the second time in her career, marking the seventh-consecutive season that Dailey produced an All-American. In addition, Marta Prieto captured the ACC individual championship, becoming the fourth ACC champion in school history and the third under Dailey. Prieto also capped an outstanding 2000 NCAA Championship with a third-place finish, the highest finish ever for a Wake Forest women's golfer.

In 2001, Prieto finished off her career garnering second team All-America honors from the NCGA.

Dailey has built Wake Forest into a consistent powerhouse in women's golf over the past 20+ years. She has placed the Deacons on the collegiate golf map thanks to continued success year in and year out. Wake Forest has finished in the top 10 of the NCAA Championship four times since 1993, including a third-place showing in 1995.

The Dianne Dailey File
Birthdate July 22, 1949
Hometown Frankfort, Kentucky
Alma Mater Salem College, 1971
Degree History
Masters Degree NC State, 1973
Degree Guidance and Personnel Services
Playing Background
Joined the LPGA Tour in 1979 and served as the Vice-President of the LPGA and on the Board of Directors in 1985-86; Was the President of the LPGA Tour in 1986; Won the North Carolina Amateur in 1977 and 1978 as well as the Carolinas Amateur in 1977.
Coaching Awards
ACC Championships 1994, 1995, 2009, 2010
ACC Coach of the Year 1994, 1995, 2009, 2010
LPGA Coach of the Year 2001
LPGA Southeast Coach of the Year 1994, 1998, 2001
NGCA District Coach of the Year 1994, 1996, 2000
NGCA Gladys Palmer Service Award 1995
Inducted to NGCA
Hall of Fame

The third-place finish remains one of the highest ever for an ACC school in women's golf, and capped a remarkable run which saw Wake Forest capture back-to-back ACC and NCAA East Regional championships in 1994 and 1995.

As a result of her hard work and success, Dailey has been recognized by her peers as one of the nation's best coaches. In 2001, the National Golf Coaches Association inducted Dailey into the NGCA Hall of Fame. She is just one of four ACC coaches in the prestigious hall, the others being Dan Brooks (Duke), Dot Gunnells (North Carolina) and Lela Cannon (Miami).

Also in 2001, the LPGA named Dailey their Coach of the Year, an award given to a woman golf professional who is actively engaged in teaching and/or coaching golf at the college, university or high school level.

Dailey was named ACC Coach of the Year in 1994, 1995, 2009 and 2010, District Coach of the Year by the NGCA in 1994, 1996 and 2000 and LPGA Southeast Coach of the Year in 1994, 1998 and 2001. In 1995, she was recognized by the NGCA with the Gladys Palmer Service Award for her service to the National Golf Coaches Association.

After serving 11 years as both the women's golf coach and the Senior Women's Administrator for the WFU athletic department, Dailey stepped out of the administrative role in September of 1999 to dedicate her full attention to the golf team.

"It was difficult to manage both as well as I would have liked to, and I wanted the chance to develop a championship golf team at Wake Forest," Dailey said.

In previous seasons, Dailey served as chairman of the NCAA Golf Committee, heading up the NCAA Championship as well as setting policies for college golf. In addition to those duties, she has been the Associate Director of the College Golf Foundation and President of the NGCA. A native of Frankfort, Ky., Dailey graduated from nearby Salem College in Winston-Salem in 1971 and gained her master's degree from NC State. After working as Assistant Academic Dean at Salem from 1976-79, she turned to her pro golf career and subsequently, Wake Forest.

Since taking over the women's golf program in July of 1988, Dailey has guided 14 players to All-America recognition, including Laura D'Alessandro (1990), Stephanie Neill (1991-95), Alexandra Armas (1995, 1998), Laura Philo Diaz (1996, 1997), Marta Prieto (2001), Nuria Clau (2002, 2003) Ashley Hoagland (2005), Mandy Goins (2006, 2007), Natalie Sheary (2008, 2009), Nannette Hill (2009), Cheyenne Woods (2010), Michelle Shin (2010), Sierra Sims (2015, 2017) and Jennifer Kupcho (2017).

"Just to be a part of the Wake Forest golf tradition is an honor," Dailey said. "You can feel it right away when you step on campus and see the facilities. Golf is a major sport here, just like football and basketball. Trying to build a tradition with the women's team is a challenge I'm enjoying."

"This university has a lot to offer young people, not only from a golf standpoint, but academically," Dailey continued. "Wake Forest is recognized as one of the top private institutions in the nation. There's a family atmosphere here -- from the students, to the faculty, to the other administrators -- there's a closeness here that other universities cannot match."

Wake Forest redesigned is on-campus practice facility in 2010 and honored Dailey by naming the new instruction center the Dianne Dailey Golf Learning Center.

Dailey's Year-by-Year Coaching Record
Season Titles ACC All-ACC NCAA Reg. NCAA All-Americans
1988-89 1 -- -- -- -- --
1989-90 1 -- -- -- -- --
1990-91 1 -- -- -- -- --
1991-92 -- 4th 1 -- -- 1
1992-93 1 3rd 1 3rd 7th 1
1993-94 1 1st 1 1st 8th 1
1994-95 5 1st 3 1st 3rd 2
1995-96 3 2nd 2 2nd 11th 1
1996-97 1 2nd 1 5th 11th 1
1997-98 -- 2nd 2 9th -- 1
1998-99 -- 3rd 1 9th -- --
1999-00 2 2nd -- 7th 17th --
2000-01 -- 2nd 1 9th -- 1
2001-02 -- 2nd 1 3rd 22nd 1
2002-03 1 2nd 1 10th -- 1
2003-04 -- 2nd 1 5th 14th --
2004-05 1 2nd 2 17th -- 1
2005-06 -- 3rd 2 7th 15th 1
2006-07 -- 2nd 1 3rd 12th 1
2007-08 1 4th 2 6th 10th 1
2008-09 3 1st 2 3rd T13th 2
2009-10 1 1st 2 T9th -- 2
2010-11 1 4th 3 8th T14th 3
2011-12 -- 3rd 1 14th -- --
2012-13 -- 7th -- 14th -- --
2013-14 -- 8th -- 9th -- --
2014-15 1 3rd 2 2nd 19th 2
2015-16 -- 2nd 1 8th -- 1
2016-17 1 12th 2 15th -- 2
Totals 29 4 35 2 14 app. 28
Women's Football Camp