Up over 100 places in the national rankings over the last three years, in her fourth season as head coach, Sally Kosters has put together a women's team best described as "On the Move."
An LPGA professional, Kosters brings more to the team more than just golf. She was a top performer at AT&T, ran her own business, and earned a Bachelor's of Science from Iowa State, an Master's Degree from Drake University, and an MBA from New York University.
Off the course Dayton's academic success continued as nine of the 10 members of the women's golf team earned Dean's List honors. The Flyers also had the second highest team grade point average during the 2009 spring semester.
Kosters led the Flyers to two tournament championships, two individual medalists and one of the highest cumulative team grade point averages among all of the Flyer teams in her second full season as a head coach.
The 2007-08 season proved to be a memorable one as the Flyers won the Ashland Invitational and the Bellarmine Invitational in the spring and finished in the Top Five in seven events. All six returnees posted career-bests in one of three categories: stroke average, total rounds and overall low round. But the achievements didn't stop on the course.
The Flyers also excelled in the classroom during the 2008 spring semester with a cumulative team grade point average of 3.527 and eight student-athletes on the Dean's List.
On the course during the 2006-07 campaign, Kosters helped the Flyers improve its national ranking from 303 in 2006 to 213 at the end of the 2007 spring season. Dayton finished in the Top 10 in seven tournaments with three of the top five golfers in stroke average as freshmen.
Academically, the Flyers had the best cumulative grade point average of any UD sport program at 3.57 during the 2007 spring semester. Seven of the 11 players on the squad made the Dean's List both semesters, two golfers reached a 4.0 grade point average and no Flyer had a GPA below a 3.0.
In addition, Kosters coached Melissa Gaus, UD's 2006-07 NCAA Woman of the Year and an Honorable Mention for the Wooden Citizenship Award, which includes nominations from colleges and universities all over the country.
Kosters continues to draw new coaching ideas from participation in programs such as the renowned LPGA "Coaching Future Stars" seminars conducted by Pia Nilsson -- Annika Sorenstam's coach of 17 years, Rudy Duran -- Tiger Woods' youth coach, along with acclaimed sport psychologists and golf kinesiologists. In pursuit of her golf career, Coach Kosters played extensively and took lessons from a large variety of instructors across the US, Australia, and New Zealand.
Prior to her golf career, Kosters worked 12 years for AT&T, designing and managing new products and had a $6 billion P&L responsibility. She was a member and served on the board of the "Council of Leaders," AT&T's top two percent in performance.
For 10 years she successfully owned and operated a start-up business, "The Oldwick Spa," one of the earliest businesses of its kind on the East Coast. She started her work life as a rehabilitation counselor at The Iowa Women's Reformatory.
Familiar with the world of academics, Kosters earned an MBA from New York University, an MS in Rehabilitation Counseling from Drake University, and a BS in Psychology from Iowa State University.
She lives with her husband in Centerville, Ohio.