BOULDER — Current University of Colorado associate head women’s golf coach Madeleine Sheils will assume head coaching duties beginning with the 2024-25 season, Buffaloes athletic director Rick George announced on Monday.
Sheils, in her second season, will become the third full-time head coach in program history replacing Anne Kelly who announced on Oct. 15 that she will retire at the end of this season following a storied 27-year coaching career at Colorado.
“I am very grateful to be named the next CU head women’s golf coach, Sheils said. “First, I express my heartfelt gratitude to Anne Kelly. She brought me to Boulder last summer and has been a wonderful mentor and friend ever since. Her kindness, patience, and humor are the foundations of Colorado women’s golf, and I have big shoes to fill as I follow a coach who has positively influenced so many lives.”
Sheils has made an impact on the program in just a year-and-one-half. She helped the Buffaloes usher in a solid recruiting class this last year highlighted by former All-Big 12 Conference golfer in graduate transfer Sabrina Iqbal from TCU and junior college All-American Maria Eidhagen Harrough in addition to three promising freshmen.
Those additions along with proven experienced returnees in Morgan Miller, Hailey Schalk and Lauren Waxer-Gooding are already paying off for the Buffaloes. Through four fall events, Colorado has improved its stroke average by more than three shots off last year’s pace and over two shots compared to this time last year.
“I would like to thank Rick George for this opportunity,” Sheils said. “I could not be more proud to represent the University of Colorado. My amazing colleagues within the athletic department support our student-athletes with such heart, and the first-class CU education and beautiful Boulder setting make being a Buff a privilege. I look forward to building upon Coach Kelly’s legacy and chasing championships with this team for many years to come.”
Prior to joining Colorado, Sheils teed off her collegiate coaching career with three successful seasons as an assistant coach at Stanford (2019-22). Sheils helped Stanford to the 2022 national championship, its second in program history and assisted the Cardinal to NCAA Finals appearances in both of her seasons a championship was completed (2019-20 was canceled…