It's a shame Sally Austin has decided to step down after 16 seasons as North Carolina's women's coach at the end of the school year next May. Austin, a former LPGA Tour player and UNC alum, cited the desire to spend more time with family and to pursue other interests.
Austin (right) joins Virginia's Jan Mann and Texas A&M's Jeanne Sutherland as quality veteran coaches who in recent years stepped down after feeling that changes in the time and effort it took to recruit top players had made the job less appealing. Austin's team, meanwhile, started the season unranked but finished the fall No. 12 in the Golf World/NGCA coaches' poll.