IU Kokomo will have a new face leading its women's golf team.
After serving as the men’s and women’s assistant coach at Taylor University this past spring, helping to lead both teams to multiple invitational victories, culminating conference champions, and NAIA National Championship qualifications, Barry Gulley will take the reins of the Lady Cougars.
“Barry will be a great fit to take this program to the next level,” said IUK Athletic Director Greg Cooper. “His experience and connections at the high school and collegiate level, as well as his positive energy, are what set him apart in our search. I look forward to his leadership and guidance of a young team that finished fourth in our conference this past year. This group has an immense amount of potential, and Barry is the right person to take them further.”
Prior to his successes at Taylor University, the Richmond-native spent fall 2018 with Earlham College, primarily as the assistant men's golf coach where he led the team to the program's first invitational win at the Anderson University Fall Invitational, his alma mater school, where he graduated in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.
At the high school level, Gulley served as the head coach for both the boys’ and girls’ teams at Heritage Christian School from 2016 to 2018. Both teams saw success during Gulley's tenure, with the boys making three straight regional finals appearances and the first-ever state finals individual qualifier in school history and the girls’ team seeing unprecedented numbers of participation and only the second-ever regional final qualifier in school history.
IUK was a perfect fit, according to Gulley. After coaching for three seasons at Heritage Christian, spending the fall at Earlham College, and the spring at Taylor University, he was ready to be a head coach again.
“I want to bring a new culture and consistency to the program,” Gulley said. “I want to help each player improve individually and also the team as a whole. I want our standards to be at conference championships and national tournament qualifying level. IUK has the resources as well as the fantastic IU academics that make this such a great opportunity for me as a coach. And hopefully I will be able to attract quality recruits by displaying that value. I’m excited to spend more time with the squad and evaluate their games and where we are as a team.”
Gulley brings with him a vast knowledge of the golf industry, having served as an assistant pro at the Hawthorns Golf and Country Club, the golf assistant at Dick's Sporting Goods, manager of outside services at the Sagamore Club, and is currently a sales representative with Callaway Golf.
The official season begins Aug. 1, with the first meet on Aug. 30 at the IU East Red Wolves Fall Classic, and Gulley is hopeful the team will remain competitive and continue improving this year.
“I'm extremely excited and thankful for this opportunity,” Gulley said. “I look forward to taking this program to new heights and becoming a part of the IU Kokomo community.”