Sally Austin enters her second year on the NC State women's golf staff after compiling nearly 16 years of head coaching experience at North Carolina.
In Austin's 15 seasons as head coach, North Carolina finished in the top 25 at the NCAA Championships six times.
The Tar Heels won six tournament titles, and six players captured 13 individual championships with Austin at the helm. Players under Austin earned seven All-American and 16 All-ACC mentions. Under Austin's guidance, Marcy Newton was selected ACC Rookie of the Year in 1996-97 and was named to the 1999 Golfweek Sagarin Mid Atlantic/East District First Team.
Austin was named LPGA Coach of the Year in 2004. In 1999, she was named the LPGA SE Section Coach of the Year.
In 1995, North Carolina posted its best finish at the NCAA Championships under Austin, finishing eighth-nationally. Austin guided the Tar Heels to 14 NCAA Regional appearances, including 11-straight from 1994 to 2004.
A native of Raeford, N.C., Austin took over head coaching duties of the women's golf team after the 1992-93 season. Austin replaced longtime Tar Heel coach Dot Gunnells after serving as an assistant to Gunnells since 1983. While on staff, Austin coached current Wolfpack head coach Page Marsh.
In addition to her tenure as assistant coach, Austin was a member of the Tar Heels' first varsity program in 1973-74. Austin competed during all four years from the team's inception until graduation, capturing the 1974-75 UNC-CH Invitational individual title.
Upon graduation from North Carolina in 1977 with a B.S. in Business Administration, Austin continued her pursuit of golf. The winner of the 1979 North Carolina Women's Amateur Championship, Austin won events on the Women's Professional Golf Tour and the Futures Tour. She received her LPGA Tour card in 1987.
In addition to the one-year LPGA experience, Austin played for five years on mini-tours across the country (1980-85), two years on the Asian Tour (1984-85) and one year on the WPGA European Tour (1986). At the 2007 SkyCaddie LPGA Teaching & Club Professional Championship, she was the runner-up, losing by just a single stroke in the senior division.
Austin has been a golf instructor at the Pine Needles Schools in Pinehurst since 1978, where she has worked under the supervision of Peggy Kirk Bell. She also was a golf instructor from 1986-89 at the Ben Sutton Golf Schools and from 1989-94 at the Craft-Zavichas Schools.Austin holds an LPGA Class A Teaching Certification.
As a volunteer assistant for NC State, Austin splits time between her duties with the Pack and teaching full time at Chapel Hill C.C. and Pine Needles.