Cheryl Stacy was named to lead the Central Michigan women's golf program on Dec. 10, 2014.
During her tenure at CMU, the program -- which was restarted in fall, 2014, after a 32-year hiatus -- has shown steady improvement. Its team 18-hole average for the 2016-17 fall and spring season was nearly 5 strokes better than that posted during the 2014-15 season.
The Chippewas set program records for 18-, 36- and 54-hole team scores during ’16-17, and their third-place finish (among a field of 10 teams) in the spring Dolores Black Flacon Invitational is the program’s best in a team event since its resurrection.
Individually, the program 18-, 36- and 54-hole marks have all been set under Stacy’s watch. Freshman Danielle Sawyer holds the 18- and 36-hole marks, a 72 and a 150, respectively, both of which she shot in the Toledo Rocket Classic in October, 2016. The 54-hole program best, a 230, was set by Kristen Wolfe during the Ball State Cardinal Classic in September, 2015.
In addition, Sawyer led the nation with an average of 28.89 putts per round during the fall portion of the 2016-17 season.
Three of Stacy’s players were named All-American Scholars by the Women's Golf Coaches Association for 2015-16, CMU’s Natalie Johnson was named a MAC Distinguished Scholar Athlete in 2016-17, the Chippewas have received the NCAA Public Recognition Team Award in all three of Stacy’s seasons at the helm, and six Chippewas have been named Academic All-MAC a total of eight times in the last three years.
Stacy brought to CMU a wealth of experience as an instructor, collegiate coach and professional player. She served as the head coach of the women's golf program at Michigan from 2009-13.
During her time in Ann Arbor, Michigan twice advanced to NCAA Central Regional, placing 18th in 2011 and 16th in 2012, and two Wolverine student-athletes earned All-Big Ten recognition.
In 2012, Stacy led Michigan to a fourth-place finish at the Big Ten Championships, marking the Wolverines' best finish at the league tournament under Stacy. Stacy's student-athletes also excelled in the classroom, as they earned a total of 14 Academic All-Big Ten honors and 16 Michigan Athletic Achievement Awards. Two were named Big Ten Distinguished Honors Scholars and one received the prestigious National Golf Coaches Association All-America Scholar-Athlete award.
While at Michigan, Stacy also assisted in the planning and development of the university's $2.5 million indoor golf facility.
Prior to taking over the program at Michigan, Stacy served as assistant with the Wolverines from 2005-09.
Stacy worked as a teaching professional at Lake Forest Golf Club in Ann Arbor and served as the boys golf coach at Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor. Before joining the staff at Michigan, Stacy served as a teaching professional for more than a decade at several locales throughout Ohio.
From 1985-94, Stacy played on the LPGA and Futures tours, along with the Women's Florida, Central Florida and Central Florida Challenge tours as well as the Kosaido Asahi Asian Golf Tour. She won a combined six tournaments on the Futures and Florida Women's tours.
Stacy was a standout player at Ohio State, earning All-America honors in 1984 and 1985. She helped lead the Buckeyes to eight tournament wins during her career, including three consecutive Big Ten titles. She was twice the medalist at the Big Ten Championships.
Stacy was inducted into The Ohio State University Women's Sport Hall of Fame in 2001 and is a Class A Member of the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Division.