Jay Lester of Maumelle has been named golf coach at Hendrix College.
Lester, 53, a 1982 Hendrix graduate, has owned Little Rock Golf, a club repair business, since 1999. He said he planned to continue that work in addition to the part-time Hendrix position.
“I’m working it full-time, but it’s officially part-time,” he said. “I can only work with the kids 19 weeks a year, but I can recruit and get around. I’ve had really good response from recruits so far. I’ve heard a lot from people all over the country who are interested in playing college golf and getting a good education. We have a very good budget for both the men and women, our own athletic trainer and strength and conditioning coach. It’s a wonderful staff to work with.”
He said he had three returning men (with a freshman coming in) and four returning women. The Warriors have three tournaments scheduled this fall before a fuller schedule in the spring.
“I have very high expectations for us,” Lester said. “I’m looking forward to it. It’s a perfect fit.”
Hendrix competes in the Southern Athletic Association of NCAA Division III, which has no athletic scholarships. When Lester played, the Warriors were in the old Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference and the NAIA.
“I am ecstatic,” Lester said. “It’s a dream job for me. I’ve been around golf almost my entire life, and I understand, I can help people, coaching-wise. I have no doubt about that.”