Building one of the most storied women’s golf programs in Division II is no easy feat. Now entering her 19th season at the helm, Rollins women’s golf coach Julie Garner has it down to a science. This is Garner's third stint as head coach of the Tars as she took the reigns in 1984-87 and 1996-97 before rejoining the program in 2000.
Behind Garner’s leadership, Rollins has finished in the top four at the NCAA Division II Championships in 11 of her last 14 seasons, including a run of four straight national titles from 2003-06. In 2009, she led the Tars to their record seventh Sunshine State Conference title and a tie for third at the NCAA Division II National Championship. The following year in 2010, the Tars finished runners-up at the NCAA Division II National Tournament.
Rollins' dominance of Division II golf has been evident by the way they have destroyed the competition at the highest levels. The Tars won their four NCAA Championships by an average of 36 strokes. Along the way, Garner earned a NGCA Division II Coach of the Year award twice (2003 and 2006) and picked up four straight Sunshine State Conference Coach of the Year awards (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006). She has twice been named the Rollins Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Coach of the Year. She has also coached a four-time NGCA Player of the Year award winner, Charlotte Campbell (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006), three individual champions at the NCAA National Tournament, Charlotte Campbell (2003, 2004), Mariana De Biase (2006), and Joanna Coe (2008), as well as numerous All-American award winners. In 2013, she coached the program’s third player to be named both Freshman and National Player of the Year (Annie Dulman), joining the ranks of former Rollins legends Jennifer Beames and Charlotte Campbell. The team has also produced many Academic All-American players, and consistently maintains one of the highest team grade point averages at Rollins as well as among all of collegiate golf.
During her first tenure, Garner led the Tars to a second place ranking at the end of the 1986-87 season and had three players qualify for the NCAA Division I Championships (the NCAA did not have a Division II tournament until 1996). After working for the Walt Disney Company for several years, she returned to Rollins for a year and a half in 1996-97 to lead the Tars to a second place ranking in Division II. She resigned in November 1997 to accept a position at Nike Golf, where she was the Product Line Manager for their women’s golf apparel and accessories business, before returning to the Tars in 2000.
Garner graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in journalism. She originally attended Auburn University, playing on the women’s golf team as a walk-on. She transferred after her freshman year when the women’s golf program was discontinued at AU. While at Alabama as a scholarship athlete, she was a three-year letter winner and a team co-captain.
As an amateur golfer, Garner won the 1984 Tennessee Women's Amateur Golf Championship. She has represented Florida in several regional team championships. She won the 2004 and 2006 Golfweek Orlando Amateur Championship, and the 2005 and 2006 Florida Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship.