FORT MYERS, Fla. - Florida Gulf Coast University Director of Athletics Ken Kavanagh has announced the hiring of Grey Oaks Country Club in Naples assistant professional, Meghan Spero as the new Head Women’s Golf Coach. A former University of Iowa standout, Spero will replace Brittany Bertilson, who announced her resignation on May 3 after two successful seasons.
“We are delighted to have Meghan joining our FGCU Athletics Family,” said FGCU Director of Athletics Ken Kavanagh. “She possesses a wealth of high quality playing and teaching experience, as well as astute knowledge of our Southwest Florida community. We look forward to her continuing to build upon the solid foundation that was laid by Coach Bertilson, in our pursuit of the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.”
Spero was a 4-year letter winner for the Iowa Hawkeyes (1997-2001). She is currently ranked 8th on the all-time individual season scoring average (76.8) list and tied-12th on the all-time 54-hole individual performance average list at Iowa. Spero has been a club professional in Southwest Florida since 2002 and is the first assistant professional at Grey Oaks Country Club in Naples. The Rock Island, Ill., native played the Futures Tour in 2003 and is now a PGA professional.
“I’m very excited about this terrific opportunity I have been presented with as the head coach of the FGCU women’s golf team,” said Spero. “It will be great to be a part of a university that is so forward-thinking and growing so rapidly. Helping shape the FGCU women’s golf program is an incredible experience that I am really looking forward to.”
After leading after the opening round, the Eagles finished the 2010 A-Sun Championship in fifth place, six strokes behind champion Stetson and only two strokes out of second position. Amongst three returning starters from last year’s squad is 2010 All-Atlantic Sun second team member Briana Carlson (Inverness/Citrus HS, Fla.) who finished third at the conference tournament. Carlson was also one of only two unanimous selections to the A-Sun’s All Freshman team.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT SPERO:
“Congratulations to Meghan and her family. She is a wonderful young woman who is very committed to being a golf coach, and very committed to her student-athletes. She is honest, ethical, and principled, and her values will fit in very well at FGCU. I believe it is a great hire, and I’m sure Meghan will do a wonderful job.”
- Dr. Christine Grant, Former University of Iowa Athletic Director
“FGCU hired a quality person when they chose Meghan as their head women’s golf coach. She has a firm understanding for the game of golf and will be a tremendous teacher, coach, and mentor to her student-athletes. Meghan was a great player with a strong work ethic, and will expect the same from her golfers. She has the ability to identify abilities in players, and she will do a terrific job as head coach.”
- Diane Thomason, Former University of Iowa Women’s Golf Coach
“I’m very proud of Meghan. She is a very bright and energetic young lady, who has a great future ahead of her. This is just one of many fantastic things that I’m sure will happen to her. I couldn’t be more proud of her.”
- Karl Bublitz, Director of Golf at Grey Oak’s Country Club (Naples, Fla.)