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Women's golf adds three in early signing period

Cothran, Knight and Miller set to become Blue Raiders next fall

November 23, 2010 · Athletic Communications
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Middle Tennessee women's golf team will welcome three new players to Murfreesboro next fall, as announced by head coach Chris Adams.

Haley Cothran, Allie Knight and Emily Miller, all hailing from various parts of Tennessee, have had success at the state level, and will look to continue it with the Blue Raiders.

"I'm very excited as a coach to see what this group can do at the college level," Adams said. "We are coming off our best finish ever at the Sun Belt Championship, and all of these players are very capable of earning some of the top spots on the team next year."

Cothran will be joining the team from Soddy Daisy High School, where she helped lead the Lady Trojans to Tennessee AAA State Championships in 2009 and 2010. The Chattanooga native also led the team to district titles in 2007, 2008 and 2010, and regional crowns in both 2008 and 2009.

Cothran was successful in a number of amateur competitions as well. At age 15, she became the youngest winner in history of the Chattanooga Women's City Amateur Championship. Cothran also took home the 2008 City Prep Championship, and finished second in the event in 2009.

"Haley has been a player I've had my eyes on for several years," Adams said. "She's had a very decorated career at the junior level and I know that she is excited about coming to Middle Tennessee to help take us to another level."

Knight will be coming to Murfreesboro after a standout career at Bearden High School, where she helped lead the Bulldogs to four consecutive state tournament appearances. The Knoxville native earned All-State accolades in both 2008 and 2010, taking home district titles in both seasons and regional championships in 2009 and 2010.

"I think Allie will be a great addition for our program," Adams said. "She had a tremendous summer this year. She works very hard at her game and conditioning, and I know that she is going to be an instant contributor for us."

Miller joins Middle Tennessee after a great high school career for Livingston Academy. Miller qualified for the state tournament all four years, and placed in the top five in both 2009 and 2010, earning All-State honors each year.

"I'm thrilled to have Emily joining us," Adams said. "She was a top five finisher at state in both 2009 and 2010, and she has a great work ethic. She will come in and work very hard for us, and will make a difference in our program."

With the loss of 2010 All-Sun Belt selection Morgan Hale to graduation after the spring season, Adams looks forward to the competition that the incoming trio will present.

"Although we are losing a great player in Morgan, the core of our team will be coming back. I think we need to have strong competition to help us achieve our goals and continue moving up in the national rankings."

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