They haven't gotten to the point where they are completing each other's sentences, but the teaming up of Head Coach Karen Bahnsen and former player now Assistant Coach Alexis Rather has brought LSU women's golf to another level.
The pair has put helped put together back-to-back third place team finishes in the NCAA Women's Golf Championships, the best in the 30-plus years of women's golf at LSU.
See one on the court and the other one is close by. They both know the advice to give and the proper times to give it. They know when to press and when to back off. It's a coaching staff in sync in recruiting talent and then developing it to be the best it can be.
Now it's not like Rather suddenly gained all the knowledge of LSU women's golf in one short year. She is an LSU program veteran and, like her mentor, she knows the history of the team and what is necessary to get teams through delicate moments in important rounds because she has lived it.
The former LSU golfer is back for her third season as assistant coach for the LSU program following a two-year stint as assistant coach at Ole Miss.
The native of Tupelo, Miss., was a four year letter winner at LSU, appeared in two NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships as a player and was a four-time National Golf Coaches Association scholar-athlete. Rather, a two-time First-Team All-Louisiana golfer had three top 10 finishes in her 2008 senior season.
That year, she also chipped in for the only birdie in sudden death in a playoff for the final qualifying spot at the NCAA East Regional that got LSU to the NCAA Women's National Championships.
LSU finished in 15th place in the NCAA Championships that season.
Over the course of her career, Rather played in all but three tournaments during her four years. She posted three top 10s and six top 20 performances and her 128 career rounds played is tied for fourth most rounds played by an LSU women's golfer.
She averaged 76.84 strokes through her four year career. She was also a four-time member of the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll.
At Ole Miss, she showed the type of coach she would be, helping guide the Rebels back to postseason play and win a tournament for the first time since 2004 as the women's golf team earned the Chancellor's Cup for the women's varsity team at Ole Miss with the highest grade point average.
Since returning to LSU, she has helped the program at practice, in tournaments and on the road, giving LSU another important voice on the road when it comes to recruiting. During tournaments, Rather can be seen at various spots on the course, offering help when needed and just encouragement to the Lady Tigers at other times when needed.
Rather was named LSU's recipient on the SEC Community Service Team while in college and heavily involved her entire LSU career with CHAMPS service projects throughout the community. She graduated from LSU in July 2007 with an honors degree in Communications and her master's in Sports Management from LSU in 2008.
"It is wonderful having Alexis here at LSU as my assistant," said Coach Bahnsen. "She is part of our LSU family. As a former player, she has brought a lot to our team and in the assistant coach position has played a big role in our success the last two years. It is great to have her to work with and I believe we make a great team."
The results prove that right.
The Rather File
Name: Alexis Jane Rather
Hometown: Tupelo, Miss.
Date of Birth: March 2, 1985
BA, Communications, 2007
MA, Sports Management, 2008