CORPUS CHRISTI – Head Coach Carol Blackmar of the Texas A&M – Corpus Christi golf team recently served as an administrator for the NCAA Central Regional in Columbus, Ohio. Blackmar represented the Island University in the Buckeye State in her role as a member of the NCAA Division I Golf Committee.
"It was a lot different wearing the administrator's cap," Blackmar said. "For instance, a lot of the coaches weren't happy with some of the pin placements in the second round, and being a coach I could see where they were coming from, but as an administrator I had to look at it from a different point of view."
Blackmar was part of a four-person committee that was responsible for a number of different issues that arose during the event. Along with fellow committee member Kansas Associate AD Theresa Becker, Blackmar joined with a rules official and the site representative for host Ohio State. The group dealt with individuals teeing off on time, rules compliance, NCAA rules, weather issues and safety issues, among other things.
The top eight teams from each of the three regionals advanced to the 2012 NCAA Women's Golf Championship, where Blackmar will again serve as an administrator. The event will take place from May 22-25 and is hosted by Vanderbilt University at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn.
Blackmar found that the opportunity was a valuable one and allowed her to grow as the Islanders' coach.
"It was really nice to be a coach on the committee, because you do see things from the other side as opposed to an administrator," she said. "I think it was valuable for me to be there to help the administrators understand where the coaches were coming from.
"As a coach," she added, "it was interesting to look at other styles of coaching – how coaches deal with pumping their players up or settling them down after they had a tough hole. Every coach is different and every player is different, I learned."