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Athletics Coaching Staff
LaRee Sugg
Associate Athletic Director/Senior Woman Administrator
Coach Info:
Position: Associate Athletic Director/Senior Woman Administrator
Alma Mater: UCLA
Graduating Year: 1991
Experience: 9 Years
Email: lsugg@richmond.edu
LaRee Sugg is currently the Associate Director of Athletics / Senior Woman Administrator at the University of Richmond. She spent three years as Assistant Athletic Director (2005-2008) before being promoted to Associate Athletic Director in 2008.  LaRee is administrator for eight sports: women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, men's tennis, field hockey, lacrosse and men's and women's golf, as well as overseeing the areas of sports medicine and strength and conditioning.

LaRee came to Richmond in 2001 when she was named the school's first head women's golf coach.  Under her direction, four players were named to the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) All-Conference Team with two players garnering CAA Rookie of the Year honors. In 2002, LaRee was named the CAA Coach of the Year. Additionally, she had a short stint as the men's golf coach at the University of Richmond in the spring of 2005 before moving to administrative duties within the department.


A native of Petersburg, Va., she was introduced to the game of golf at the age of six by her grandfather, the late Dr. James C. Nelson, Professor Emeritus at the Virginia State University. Under his tutelage, she was a four time Golf Magazine Junior All-American (1981, 1983-1985) winning over 30 junior titles including the North and South Junior and the Ohio State Junior Championships. At age 16, she qualified as an amateur to participate in the United VA Bank Golf LPGA Golf Classic in Portsmouth, VA.

In 1987, she was the recipient of the Amy Alcott Scholarship to attend the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). During her time there, she helped her team win the 1991 PAC-10 Conference Championship and was a crucial member of the 1991 NCAA Women's Championship Team making the winning birdie putt on the first hole of a ten man sudden-death play-off. She was named to the 1991 NCAA Coaching Association All-American Team and the 1991 PAC-10 Conference Team. Additionally, she had the honor of representing the United States in the 1991 Shisedo Cup International Team Championships. Throughout her amateur career, LaRee participated in numerous prestigious amateur championships winning 3rd place medalist honors in both the 1991 U.S. Women's Amateur Golf Championship and U.S. Women's Public Links Golf Championship.

Upon graduation from UCLA with a degree in English in 1991, LaRee turned professional playing on the LPGA Tour (1995, 1996, 2000, 2001), the Women's Professional Golfers European Tour (1992-1994), the Future's Ladies Golf Tour (1991-1994, 1997-1999), the Kosaido Ladies Asian Tour (1993, 1997) and various other mini tours. She qualified for six U.S. Women's Opens (1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2006) and four Women's British Open Championships (1995, 1996, 2000, 2001). Under the instruction of her husband, Paul McRae, she was the winner of the 1998 Aurora Health Futures Classic during a sudden death play-off. Her best professional finish on the LPGA was 8th at the 2000 Wegman's Rochester International LPGA Golf Classic. She was only the third African-American Woman to play on the LPGA tour in its 60 year history.

LaRee was featured in Arthur Ashes' Hard Road to Glory, and Pete McDaniel's, Uneven Lies. She is the former national spokesperson for Epoches of Courage and Champions for Kids, Inc. LaRee is a current member of the Petersburg Chapter of the Links, Inc. and the University of Richmond Chapel Guild.

She contributes her success to the love of her family especially that of her grandparents, the late James and Maggie Nelson, and her mother, Cynthia Nelson Sugg. She is married to Paul McRae, who is a PGA teaching golf professional at the Resorts of Pinehurst, and the son of Willie McRae, a 2004 inductee to the World Golf Caddie Hall of Fame. LaRee is the proud mother of a son, James McRae.