Pirates hold off field by seven strokes to claim their first-ever BIG EAST title.
Pirates lead the BIG EAST Championship by 13 strokes entering Saturday's final round.
In only their fourth year, Pirates are 18 holes closer to their first BIG EAST title.
Pirates are one of six teams seeking a title in the new-look BIG EAST Conference.
The program's first hosting experience is a success as the team fairs well at Trump National.
Sara Doell is currently in her fourth year as the head coach of Seton Hall's women's golf program. She was named the first head coach in the new program's history on March 26, 2010.
Last year, the Pirates continued their climb to national prominence. Seton Hall shaved more than seven strokes per round off their prior year's average, shooting at a 305.86 clip. All nine tournaments in 2012-13 were top-10 finishes, with eight placements in the top-five. Doell's Pirates took home their second team championship with a seven-stroke victory at the Rutgers Invitational, Oct. 5-6. The Pirates' success could have been compounded with a few lucky bounces as they also finished second, three times by just one stroke.
In 2011-12, the program took a major step forward. For the 2011-12 academic year, Seton Hall's team stroke average per round was 313.15, an improvement of more than 27 strokes over its 2010-11 average. The Pirates were an average of 67.80 strokes over par per tournament last year, compared to 161.50 in their inaugural campaign. Furthermore, after just one top-10 finish in tournaments with fields larger than 10 teams in their first year, the Pirates had eight top-10 finishes in 2011-12, and their only other two tournaments had eight-team fields, of which they finished in second and fourth place respectively.
In only the 15th tournament since the program's inception, Doell's hard work paid off when the Pirates took home their first tournament team championship, an impressive 32-stroke victory at the Homewood Suites Siena Invitational.
Last year also provided Doell's first individual tournament champion when Hannah Basalone earned a playoff victory at the Lehigh University Invitational. Basalone also became the first Seton Hall women's golfer to be named to the All-BIG EAST Team.
Doell came to Seton Hall with a wealth of golf knowledge, having spent the prior four and a half years as an assistant coach at her alma mater, Penn State.
Before her work as an assistant coach with the Nittany Lions, Doell spent more than four years as an assistant golf professional at Ballantyne Country Club in Charlotte, North Carolina. She was the professional liaison for the women's golf league and the lead instructor of the junior golf program.
Doell graduated from Penn State University in 2000 with a degree in Media Studies, focusing on the portrayals of women in sports media. On scholarship from 1996-2000, Doell left a lasting impression on the Nittany Lion golf program as she had more than 10 top-10 finishes. Not only does Doell currently hold the Penn State record for the lowest 54-hole score (215), she was team captain for the Lions from 1999-2000. That same year, Doell won the Women's Golf Academic and Athletic Achievement award, the Mary Kennedy-Zierke award and the Penn State Spiritus Lionus Academic Leadership Award. The Kennedy-Zierke award is given annually to the student-athlete who provides outstanding leadership and dedication as a varsity golfer.
In 1998, she was the New York State Amateur Champion. Doell also became the Women's Rochester District Amateur Champion in both 1997 and 2000. She carded her first hole-in-one on March 28th, 2005 at Waterford Golf Club in Rock Hill, S.C.
With competitive playing, teaching and coaching experience, Doell has developed a coaching style that matches her core values. "I value hard work, balance, mindfulness and positive energy. I believe that my role as a coach is to integrate those values into my coaching. It is important to give each individual athlete the tools she needs to improve her skills and approach to the game. Practices will be designed to help each player work on her individual needs while helping the team as a whole. We will focus on short game, course management and target awareness. I also stress the importance of staying with the process instead of being so focused on outcome. I am a strong believer in positive energy and how it directly correlates to success. I can guarantee you one thing - the team will have fun in the process!"
Doell is a Class A Teaching Member of the LPGA. She currently lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.