Courtesy: Ball State Athletics
Katherine Mowat, who was named the head women's golf coach at Ball State University Aug. 2, 2004, completed her ninth season at the helm of the program in 2012-13.
Mowat has been named the Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year twice in the past four seasons, claiming the honor in 2010 and 2013.
She has led the Cardinals to 13 tournament titles during her tenure, including a program record-matching four victories during the 2012-13 season. Her 2007-08 team also won four tournaments, while her 2008-09 squad won three times.
Mowat's Cardinals have twice won The Preview, an annual fall event that features the majority of MAC teams.
Mowat has guided Ball Sate to top-3 finishes at the MAC Championships in three of the past four years, including runner-up showings in 2010 and 2012. The second-place finish in 2010 was the first ever for the Cardinals at the MAC Championships and came in the same year Mowat became the program's first league coach of the year.
Ball State's Jenna Hague won the individual title at the 2012 conference championships, joining Katie Sundberg from 2005 as Mowat-coached players to win MAC individual medalist honors.
Mowat tutored Hague (2011 and 2012), Brittany Kelly (2009 and 2010) and Sundberg (2005) to all-conference honors, and she has also coached five MAC All-Tournament selections.
"Building this program has been an enjoyable experience," Mowat says. "To be able to mentor female student-athletes at a great place like Ball State has been a pleasure. The young women in this program know what is necessary to be successful as a student-athlete. We have a lot of work to do to get where we want to be, but we have a strong foundation of golfers and are looking forward to the challenge of winning a Mid-American Conference Championship."
Mowat's student-athletes have also been recognized numerous times for their character and academic excellence.
Ball State's Kirsty O'Connor received the MAC Sportsmanship Award in 2010, while Autumn Duke was honored with the Women's Golf Coaches Association's Kim Moore Spirit Award in 2013.
Mowat's teams have had at least three National Golf Coaches Association All-America Scholars in each of the past seven years, including five in both 2005-06 and 2006-07. The five selections in 2005-06 were the second-most by any Division I program.
Ball State has ranked among the top 25 nationally twice in the NGCA rankings of GPAs for women's college programs. The Cardinals ranked 21st for 2009-10 and 22nd for 2005-06 at 3.549 both years. In 2010-11, the team's 3.591 GPA was the highest among Ball State's 19 intercollegiate athletic teams.
"We want student-athletes to have a great experience while here at Ball State," Mowat says. "It is important for us to be competitive, but academic success is the No. 1 priority. We have a program of young women who want to do well academically and athletically, and we are constantly striving for improvement and excellence in both areas. The academic support student-athletes receive at Ball State is outstanding, and we make a conscious effort to recruit great students who are great golfers."
Mowat came to Ball State as the school’s head coach after spending three seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Mississippi.
While at Mississippi, the Lady Rebels made back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2003 and 2004 under the guidance of Mowat and Ole Miss head coach Meghan Bolger. As a team, Ole Miss registered six top-five finishes in 2003-04. The Lady Rebels placed first in the Waterlefe Invitational for the school’s first tournament title since the 2001-02 season. In addition, Mowat helped tutor former Ole Miss golfer Bernadette Luse, who qualified for the 2005 LPGA Tour and won the 2008 Golf Channel's Big Break.
In her final two collegiate seasons at Louisville, Mowat earned All-Conference USA accolades and was named to the league’s all-tournament team. She captured low-medalist honors at the 2000 conference meet and followed that performance by helping her team qualify for an NCAA Regional in 2001. In addition to playing, Mowat was highly successful in the classroom. In 2001, she was named to the NGCA All-America Scholar Team and the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America First Team. A 2001 NCAA Woman of the Year nominee, Mowat was honored as a Conference USA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient plus was named to C-USA’s Honor Roll and Louisville’s Dean’s List.
Mowat continues to compete in various golf tournaments. She captured first-place honors in the Indiana Women’s Golf Association Mid-Am Championship in 2006 and again in 2007. Mowat also placed second at the 2002 Tennessee Women’s Open in Dixon, Tenn. She competed in the 2002 Ontario Women’s Amateur and Canadian Women’s Amateur, finishing in the Top 20 of both tournaments.
9 Seasons at Ball State
Family: Partner Mandy Harrison . . . one daughter - Myla Susan Mowat Harrison - born Dec. 18, 2011.
High School: Lester B. Pearson H.S. in Burlington, Ontario
College: University of Louisville (2001);
** 2009-10 Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year **
2004-Present: Head Women's Golf Coach at Ball State University
Other: Director of the Mississippi Golf Camps; Golf Instructor at Mississippi and Stanford Golf Camps; Instructor at the Longest Drive Junior Golf Program through the Boys and Girls Club of Muncie (2006-present)