The 2008 Virginia stroke Play Champion and two-time Virginia State Amateur runner-up, Simpson has served as the assistant coach at Old Dominion for both the men’s and women’s golf programs since 2011. In that role, Simpson assisted head coach Andrew Crabtree in all aspects of the program, including practice plans, travel arrangements, academic advising, fundraising and recruiting. Simpson also helped organize and run the ‘Spivey Rentals Golf Classic’ which raised over $41,000 in the 2012 and 2013.
"I am honored and excited to become a member of the University of Maryland family and the women’s golf program,” Simpson said. “I would like to thank coach Cantu and associate athletic director Ryan Bowles for this incredible opportunity.
“I look forward to helping the women’s golf program grow to new heights."
A native of Norfolk, Va., Simpson was a team captain for the University of Virginia's women's golf team during her junior and senior campaigns. In her final season at Virginia, Simpson qualified for the NCAA Regional and finished 21st at the ACC Championships. Simpson capped her collegiate career with a 77.58 stroke average. She was named Virginia Female Athlete of the Year by the Portsmouth Sports Club.
Exemplifying the term ‘student-athlete’, Simpson was a three-time All-American Scholar by the National Golf Coaches Association and a three-time ACC Academic Honor Roll selection.
"Kristen is a great addition to our program,” Cantu said. “She was a Division I player as well as a professional golfer, and spent the last three years coaching at Old Dominion. That experience, along with her passion and enthusiasm for coaching, will prove to be a big asset when taking this program to a higher level.
“I am excited to have Kristen join the Maryland family and look forward to the start of the fall season.”
Upon graduation, Simpson remained in Charlottesville, serving as an administrative intern for Jane Miller, the senior associate athletic director for programs at UVA.
A graduate from Virginia with a degree in economics, Simpson also has a Master's degree from UVA in social foundations of education.