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Carol Rhoades was named the head women's golf coach at UIC on August 6, 2010, the same day that the formal announcement was made by athletic director Jim Schmidt to add the sport as the latest offering in the school's intercollegiate athletics program.
Rhoades is a member of the Professional Golfers' Association of America (PGA) and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge when it comes to teaching the game of golf. In 2002, Rhoades was honored as the Midwest LPGA Golf Professional of the Year and as one of the top 50 Women Teachers by Golf for Women.
Since 2003, the Jamestown, Pa. native has also been a member of the PGA National President's Council. Rhoades is also a three-time finalist for Illinois Teacher of the Year and has been a PGA of America Faculty Member since 2006.
Throughout her decorated career, Rhoades has performed the roles of Director of Instruction and Head and Assistant Golf Professional at places throughout the United States including: Flagg Creek Golf Course (Countryside, Ill.), the Dr. Jim Suttie Golf Academy (Frankfort, Ill.), Olympia Fields Country Club (Olympia Fields, Ill.), The Ridges Golf Club (Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.) and the Gainesville Golf and Country Club (Gainesville, Fla). Along the way Rhoades has been instrumental in the development and implementation of various junior programs including Hook a Kid on Golf, First Tee and the Special Olympics.
In 2014, Rhoades was a honorable mention selection for U.S. Kids Golf's Top 50 Kids Teachers Award, which annually recognizes the world's most outstanding youth golf instructors. Rhoades is a big contributor to junior golf and devotes a lot of time to teaching young golfers.
Rhoades is no stranger to the collegiate game, either. From 1991-92, she worked as the head women's golf coach at the College of William and Mary. In that capacity, she oversaw all aspects of the program from budgeting, scheduling and player development. She has also volunteered with several high school and college programs throughout her career.
"We are extremely thrilled to have Carol Rhoades as our head women's golf coach," said Schmidt. "Her experience as a teacher of the game and her understanding of the responsibilities and challenges that face a Division I golf team make Carol the right fit to lead the UIC women's golf program.
"UIC boasts one of the largest and most successful athletic departments in the league," added Schmidt. "We expect that success to continue in the future with our women's golf program joining the UIC family."
Rhoades received her Bachelor of Science in health and physical education from Longwood University in Farmville, Va. She also holds a master's degree in athletic administration from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania. Rhoades makes her home in Lockport, Ill.