Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk announced on November 5 that women's golf will be elevated to a varsity sport and that Nadia Ste-Marie will serve as the head coach.
The Naval Academy will now field 33 intercollegiate sports and women's golf will be eligible to compete at the Division I level immediately, including the season-ending Patriot League championship in April.
"I am extremely pleased Coach Ste-Marie will work at the NAAA to elevate our women's golf club team to varsity status. She is a premier athlete, professionally accomplished on the LPGA level, a terrific teacher of the game and well respected in Annapolis," said Navy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk. "Fielding women's varsity golf will be an immediate logistical challenge, but it's only a matter of time before Nadia will have us competing for championships. She is a winner on and off the course."
"For the past 13 years I have watched and admired what Navy Men's Golf coach Pat Owen and his team have accomplished. It is an honor to be part of the United States Naval Academy and its traditions. I am excited to pioneer the Navy women's golf program and look forward to building a top quality team," said Ste-Marie.
Ste-Marie had an outstanding collegiate career at both Hawai'i and Florida State before graduating in 1990 with a degree in sociology from Florida State. As a Seminole, Ste-Marie won four individual tournaments and had 13 top-10 finishes during her career.
In the summer before her senior year at Florida State, she played in the 1988 U.S. Women's Open and U.S. Women's Amateur, then capped off her career in Tallahassee by being named a first-team All-American and qualified as an individual competitor in the 1989 NCAA Golf Championship.
During her time at Hawai'i, she competed in the 1985 and 1987 U.S. Women's Amateur Tournaments and won a pair of amateur tournaments in Hawai'i in 1985. After graduating from Florida State, Ste-Marie turned pro on the LPGA tour in 1990 and went on to play in the 1991 and 1992 Women's British Open Championships and the 1996, 1997 and 1998 U.S. Women's Open.
She was the qualifying medalist for the 1997 U.S. Women's Open, and recorded 19 top-10 professional finishes including titles at the du Maurier Ltd. Series in London in 1993 and at the 2006 LPGA TC&P North East Sectional Championship.
Ste-Marie held seven different professional tour membership cards, competing professionally for 10 years on the LPGA Tour, European Tour, Asian Tour, Canadian PGA and the FUTURES Tour, among others.
Ste-Marie is currently an assistant golf professional at the United States Naval Academy Golf Club, a position she has held since 1999. She has also served as the Director of Golf at the Sherwood Forest Boys and Girls Summer Camp and has been an LPGA Teaching & Club Professional since 2000.
She was inducted into the Florida State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008.
Ste-Marie and her husband, Bill McKeon, are the parents of two sons, Kyle (12) and Noah, (9) and a daughter, Taylor (4). The family resides in Annapolis.