July 20, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Leigh Ann Mills, a 10-year veteran of the LPGA Tour and a former Seminole team captain, has been named an assistant women’s golf coach at Florida State University as announced by head coach Debbie Dillman. Mills played in more than 200 career tournaments as an LPGA Touring Professional and enjoyed a successful career as a professional on the Futures, European and Asian Tours during her career.
Mills will work hand in hand with her former collegiate coach in all aspects of the Seminole program. She will be involved in recruiting, scheduling, team travel, academic development and team community service projects. Mills will also be involved with fund raising for the program.
Mills was a four-year member of the Florida State women’s golf team from 1985-88 and helped the Seminoles to tremendous success. She earned 15 top-10 career individual finishes and helped the Seminoles to three team titles including Metro Conference Championships in both 1986 and 1988. Mills helped lead the Seminoles to more than 15 top-10 team finishes during her career. She graduated from Florida State in 1988 with a degree in risk management and insurance.
“I am very excited to be back at Florida State and feel this is a great opportunity for me to give back to the school that gave so much to me when I was a student-athlete,” said Mills. “I love to coach, I love to teach and I love to help players improve. I am excited about working with Debbie because there is so much I can learn from the person who taught me many of the skills that allowed me to enjoy a 15-year career as a professional.”
During her LPGA career, she earned her career best finish of second place at the 1995 First Bank Presents the Edina Realty LPGA Classic. She recorded her career low round score of 66 at the first round of the 1994 du Maurier Classic. Prior to becoming an LPGA touring professional she won the 1990 Indonesian Open, the 1990 Angso open in Sweden, 1991 International Women’s Open and 1991 Windser Park Futures Classic.
Mills finished as the fourth lowest ranking amateur at the 1987 U.S. Women’s Open (as a junior at Florida State) and finished in fourth place at the Doral Open that same year. She was also a semifinalist at the 1988 Women’s Western Open.
Since her retirement from professional golf, she has enjoyed a successful career as a teaching professional and was recently an assistant men’s golf coach at Temple University in 2008. She was also a professional golf instructor at the BQ Golf Academy where she specialized in private lessons and developed junior golf camps.
Mills, 43, is a native of Melbourne, Fla.
“The addition of Leigh Ann Mills as an assistant coach at Florida State is a dream come true for me,” said Dillman. “Not only is she a proud Florida State alumna but her resume as a professional and her ability to teach the game of golf will help us continue the longstanding tradition of great teams and great individual golfers here at Florida State. I couldn’t be happier for our program with the addition of Leigh Ann to our staff.”