With a résumé dubbed “Better Than Most” in the words of NBC Sports’ Gary Koch, Rachel Rohanna Virgili will try her hand at coaching.
The LPGA touring professional, who played at Ohio State and Waynesburg High School, has been named senior women’s golf coach at Waynesburg University.
“I never had any plans to coach golf at the college level; However, I thought I would like it if the opportunity presents itself, ”Rohanna Virgili said in a press release. “It was definitely unexpected, but it sounded like a good opportunity to promote the women’s golf program.”
Born in Waynesburg, he has been touring for eight years and has participated in 41 LPGA events, including three at the US Women’s Open, and has made it ten times. She also played in the KPMG Championship, another LPGA major.
Before Rohanna Virgili rose to LPGA, she performed at 88 Symetra Tour events and made 66 cuts. She won the 2017 Symetra Tour Championship. As a 2010 US Women’s Amateur medalist, she won two Frank Fuhrer III Collegiate Player of the Year Awards while playing in Ohio State. As a two-time All-Big-Ten-First-Teamer, she won two college tournaments and qualified for the NCAA Division I Championships.
“As a former college athlete and currently a professional athlete, I am very passionate about sports and especially women’s golf,” she said. “I love being an advocate of the game and I love the challenge of helping others improve their game. I look forward to the relationships I will forge with the players and staff and hope that I can make a difference during my coaching in Waynesburg.
In high school, Rohanna was the top player on the boys’ team, winning both the WPIAL and PIAA championships in 2005 and ’07.
She made the cut at the 2012 West Penn Open and was the first woman to do so. Rohanna Virgili now lives in Marianna, Washington County.
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