Virginia Tech Golf Teams
Men's Head Coach - BRIAN SHARPE
A 1971 graduate of Virginia Tech, Jay returned to his alma mater in 1983 and assumed the dual role of Director of Golf for the Virginia Tech Golf Course and Head Golf Coach for the Hokies. He was promoted to the position of Director of Golf Operations/Head Golf Coach in 2003. In addition to his coaching duties, he is responsible for the staffs and overall operation of both the Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech and the Virginia Tech Golf Course.
Hardwick is in his 35th season at Virginia Tech. During that time he has developed the Hokie golf program into one that not only wins, but does so the right way. Academic integrity, solid fundamentals and a sense of right are trademarks of this program. In January 2008, Hardwick was inducted into the Golf Coaches Association of America's Hall of Fame. He received the award at the association's annual banquet in Orlando, and sharing the dais with Hardwick and the two other inductees was golf legend Arnold Palmer, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the GCAA. He was named the 2005 recipient of the Bill Strausbaugh Award presented by the Middle Atlantic PGA to a PGA member who has made significant contributions through mentoring of PGA Professionals and through involvement in Community and charitable activities. Hardwick also received the inaugural Labron Harris Sr. Award, given by E-Z-Go Textron, in association with the PGA of America. The award is presented to the coach and PGA Professional whose support of the game through teaching, coaching and involvement in the community has helped ensure the continued growth of the game and represent the finest qualities the game has to offer.
A head golf professional for 45 years, Jay is a Class "A" Member, Quarter Century Club Member, and Life Member of the PGA of America. In 1994 he was inducted into the Virginia PGA Hall of Fame, making him the youngest member of this prestigious group.
Men's Assistant Head Coach - Todd Eckstein
Women's Head Coach - Carol Robertson
Carol Robertson became the first-ever Head Coach for the Hokies' women's golf program in 2013. She came to Virginia Tech following two seasons as the head coach at Old Dominion University. She became the head coach at ODU following one season as the assistant for both the men's and women's programs at the school
While with the Monarchs, Robertson led her teams to five tournament titles in her two seasons, including three tournament titls this past season. In the 2012-13 season, ODU finished in the top five in eigh of the 10 regular season events. In her first season at ODU, the women's program placed fifth or better in six tournaments.
The Tazewell, Va., native graduated from James Madison University in 2005 with a B.S. degree in public administration with a concentration in criminal justice. She received a M.S. degree in sport management in 2007 from West Virginia University.
Women's Assistant Head Coach - Russell Abbott