FORT MYERS, Fla. - Brittany Bertilson announced Monday that she will resign her position as Florida Gulf Coast University women's golf coach effective August 31, 2010.
“I truly enjoyed my four-year playing experience as an FGCU Eagle,” said Bertilson. “I am thankful for having the opportunity to develop and transition a young Division I women’s golf program. I am proud to say that during my two-year coaching experience I was a able to recruit strong student-athletes, improve the scores of our current players, exceed fundraising goals, while also displaying a commitment to organization and structure for the FGCU women’s golf program.”
A former member of the women's golf team, graduating from FGCU in 2006, Bertilson returned to her alma mater in July 2008 to become the third coach in program history. The former Eagle golf standout replaced Jim Suttie, who had served as interim head coach for the women's team. Bertilson was a four-year letter-winner for the FGCU women’s golf team (2002-06) and served as team captain in 2005 and 2006. During her time as an Eagle golfer, her lowest 18-hole competitive round was a 68, which she shot in 2006.
In her first season, Bertilson helped guide the Blue and Green to a fifth place finish at the 2009 Atlantic Sun Championships in DeLand, Fla. The Eagles picked up nine top-10 finishes on the season, including a season-best second place finish at the 2009 Spring Lake Intercollegiate (3/6/2009).
Coach Bertilson’s success continued during the 2009-10 season as FGCU finished in the top-10 in each of their nine competitions. The team opened the year with a second place finish at the Eagles Golf Invitational (9/21/09), where freshman Briana Carlson (Inverness, Fla.) took top individual honors. The spring portion of the schedule saw the Eagles post top five finishes in four of their five competitions, highlighted by fourth places at the 18-team UC Women’s Spring Invitational (3/26/10) and the 10-team Canes and Cardinal Classic (4/5/10). The Eagles rapped up the 2009-10 campaign with a fifth place finish at the A-Sun Tournament firing a school record total 890 (294-298-298), which was only six strokes behind the champion Stetson and two out of second place in the closely contested event. FGCU, competing in its second A-Sun Championship, set a first-round conference championship scoring record with their 6-over 294, breaking Campbell’s mark of 296 set in 2007. The team score looked even more impressive after FGCU finished the round at 5-over par on the course’s four par-5 holes, which surrendered only 27 birdies to the field in the first round in 200 holes played. Individually, FGCU had three team members finish in the top 20 (Carlson – 3rd, Jessica Paulmann – 13th, and Amber Pedersen -17th).
“We want to thank Brittany for her many efforts and contributions as both a decorated Eagle student-athlete and valued member of our FGCU Athletics Staff,” said FGCU Director of Athletics Ken Kavanagh. “In particular, fresh off our quality showing at the recent A-Sun Conference Championship that included freshman Briana Carlson finishing in third place, she is to be commended for leaving our program in better overall shape than she inherited – a goal of any individual. We wish Brittany all the bests in her future endeavors, one that we know will be filled with many more successes.”
A national search will commence in the near future for Bertilson’s replacement.