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#0 Karen Bahnsen
Position: Head Coach
Hometown: Mobile, Ala.
High School: McGill-Toolen HS
Alma Mater: LSU
Graduating Year: 1984
Experience: 24 Years
Email: kbahnse@lsu.edu
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Karen Bahnsen Bio
Courtesy: LSUsports.net (@LSUsports)
Release: 01/23/2014

Karen Bahnsen has seen seasons come and seasons go in her years first as a member of the LSU women’s golf team and then as the head coach of the women’s golf team at LSU.

Bahnsen has developed the LSU program into a respected national contender and she is as enthusiastic about her 30th season in 2013-14 as she was when she stepped on the campus as a freshman in the fall of 1979.

That’s why the dean of SEC coaches and a Women’s Golf Coaches Association Hall of Famer continues to get the job done for her program and her University each and every year. She is driven to succeed and has the beliefs and values that reach her players and gives them the chance to be successful as well.

As the program enters its 35th season, the 30th under the head coaching watch of Bahnsen, it’s easy to see how far this program has come – from visiting the campus book store to get matching shirts for the first tournament to back-to-back third place team finishes in the NCAA Championships.

She was the first recruit of a program that LSU started in the fall of 1979 that has under the tutelage of Bahnsen contributed her share of great stars in her years as head coach.                

It was 2011 and 2012 that the Lady Tigers brought home third place hardware from the NCAA team championships. The Tigers have advanced to that championship round 12 times, 11 under Coach Bahnsen, including three of the last five years.

Now the wheels have turned to 2013-14 and new expectations are sitting on the horizon. A young Lady Tiger team, suddenly in the midst of the best teams in the country, learned and got better from the experience of the 2012-13 season and is now ready to challenge again.

They have seen the best, played with the best and are now ready, with the help of some incoming freshman, to be among the best.

To Coach Bahnsen, it seems like only yesterday when Buddy Alexander, who was handling both the men’s and women’s golf teams at LSU, elected to hand her the keys to the LSU women’s golf program prior to the 1984-85 season. The enthusiasm and competitive spirit that Bahnsen showed people like Alexander as a player is the same enthusiasm and competitive spirit that is evident as a coach.

She has had the drive, the determination and the willingness to succeed ever since those playing days. Now that drive, determination and willingness to succeed can be seen in those that have had success under Bahnsen’s careful vision.

The numbers show her success: 21 All-Americans, 45 All-SEC, 36 tournament titles, 37 individual titles, 11 top three finishes in the SEC championships, 19 appearances in the NCAA regionals, 11 appearances in the NCAA Division I championships and seven top-10 finishes in those 11 events. Off the course -- 89 SEC Academic Honor Roll selections, 29 Women’s Golf Coaches Association Academic Scholars and for many years, the women’s golf team has had one of the highest GPAs for an athletic team at the school.

Bahnsen came to LSU with credentials that were excellent, lettering in golf at McGill-Toolen High School in Mobile, Ala. She led the school to two state titles and in 1979 won the state individual championship and the National High School Tournament. Her mother was an LPGA teaching professional, a four-time Alabama state women’s champion, and a Mobile Sports Hall of Fame inductee.

Bahnsen is married to LSU Senior Associate Athletic Director David “Bo” Bahnsen. They have two children, son, Darren, 25 (an LSU graduate, a former member of state championship basketball and golf teams at University High in Baton Rouge and a graduate assistant for the LSU men’s basketball team) and daughter, Devin, 22.

The Bahnsen File
Date of Birth: Oct. 11, 1960
Husband: David “Bo” Bahnsen, LSU Sr. Associate AD
Children: Darren 24, Devin 22
High School: McGill Toolen, Mobile, Ala.
College: BA, LSU, 1984

1979 -- High School All-American; National High School Champion
1980-83 -- Four-year letter winner at LSU, first golf signee; AIAW Tournament participant, 1980-81; NCAA Tournament participant, 1982
1986 -- SEC Coach of the Year; NGCA South Region Coach of the Year; Team finished ninth at the NCAA Division I Championships
1992 -- Team won Southeastern Conference Championship Tournament
1994 -- Member, La. Team, SE Women's Amateur Championships
1995 -- Member, La. Team, SEC Women's Amateur Championships; SEC Coach of the Year; Winning Co-Coach, East-West All-Star NCAA Match
1996 -- Team finished eighth at the NCAA Division I Championships
1997 -- NGCA South Region Coach of the Year
1998 -- Team finished fifth at the NCAA Division I Championships
1999 -- Team finished 10th at the NCAA Division I Championships
2000 -- Team finished 10th at the NCAA Division I Championships
2001 -- Team finished 12th at the NCAA Division I Championships
2006 -- Team finished 23rd at the NCAA Division I Championships; LSWA Louisiana Women's Golf Coach of the Year
2007 -- LSWA Louisiana Women's Golf Coach of the Year
2008 -- Team finished 15th at the NCAA Division I Championships; LSWA Louisiana Women's Golf Coach of the Year; Inducted into NGCA Hall of Fame
2009 -- Team finished 12th at the NCAA Division I Championships
2011 -- Team finished 3rd at the NCAA Division I Championships; LSWA Louisiana Women's Golf Coach of the Year
2012 - Team finished 3rd at the NCAA Division 1 Championships; LSWA Louisiana Women's Golf Coach of the Year.

Bahnsen's Year-by-Year Coaching Record

Year

Won

Lost

Tied

Pct.

Team Titles

Notes

1984-85

60

80

1

.441

1

 

1985-86

131

15

0

.897

5

9th in NCAA Championships

1986-87

67

45

0

.598

1

 

1987-88

94

49

1

.653

1

 

1988-89

55

60

3

.479

0

 

1989-90

86

39

4

.682

1

 

1990-91

98

28

1

.772

2

 

1991-92

73

50

0

.593

2

SEC Champions

1992-93

55

80

0

.407

0

NCAA Regional Participant

1993-94

61

65

1

.480

1

 

1994-95

89

59

2

.593

2

NCAA Regional Participant

1995-96

138

33

1

.805

3

8th in NCAA Championships

1996-97

120

31

0

.795

3

NCAA Regional Participant

1997-98

137

34

3

.796

1

5th in NCAA Championships

1998-99

110

62

0

.639

0

10th in NCAA Championships

1999-2000

129

38

0

.772

1

10th in NCAA Championships

2000-01

110

50

4

.683

1

12th in NCAA Championships

2001-02

89

67

1

.587

0

NCAA Regional Participant

2002-03

24

95

3

.209

0

 

2003-04

98

37

2

.715

1

NCAA Regional Participant

2004-05

118

32

2

.776

2

NCAA Regional Participant

2005-06

91

77

0

.542

0

23rd in NCAA Championships

2006-07

87

83

3

.511

0

NCAA Regional Participant

2007-08

119

81

0

.595

0

15th in NCAA Championships
2008-09

149

41

0

.784

2

12th in NCAA Championships
2009-10

104

62

3

.624

1

NCAA Regional Participant
2010-11

153

45

1

.771

1

3rd in NCAA Championships
2011-12

147

47

0

.758

4

3rd in NCAA Championships
2012-13 89 74 5 .545 0 NCAA Regional Participant

Totals

2778

1542

41

.642

36

1 SEC Title; 11 NCAA Appearances; 19 NCAA Regional Appearances
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