Ali Wright completed her second season as head coach of the University of Richmond women's golf team in 2015-16.
2015-16 was a banner year for Wright and the Richmond Spiders. She led the squad to the program's first conference championship and trip to the NCAA Regionals in Palo Alto. Wright was named Patriot League Coach of the Year as the Spiders held off Boston University to win the conference title in just the second year in the league.
Wright's first recruiting class came up big as three freshmen (Isabella Rusher, Sophie DiPetrillo and Annie Collom) competed in every tournament in the starting lineup and DiPetrillo earned Patriot League First Team honors and Collom was named to the Second Team. Rusher, meanwhile, twice tied the school record with rounds of 69 (-3).
Senior Jessica Lydia also earned Patriot League First Team honors after placing third in the conference championship and leading the team in stroke average. She finished her career with the second-best stroke average (77.57) in school history.
In her first season with the Spiders, Wright led the Spiders to a fourth-place finish at the Patriot League Championships. It marked Richmond's first year in the new conference. Freshman Elsa Diaz and junior Jessica Lydia both earned All-Conference accolades for their top-10 finishes. The Spiders improved four spots over their eighth-place finish in the CAA a season before.
Wright came to Richmond following a very successful nine-year stint as the head women’s golf coach at Longwood University. Prior to Longwood, Wright was assisting the head coach at Ball State University during the fall of 2005, following a year as a graduate teaching assistant at her alma mater, the University of Louisville, where she was a four-year standout for the Cardinals.
In 2012-13, Longwood posted four top-five efforts and seven top-10 finishes overall in 10 events, posting a team average of 308.48 and finishing third at the Big South Conference Championship.Longwood placed three student-athletes on the 2010-11 National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) Division I All-Scholar Team. The Lancers ranked 12th among the 2009 NGCA Division I All-Scholar Teams with an overall combined team GPA of 3.658, including four student-athletes named NGCA All-American Scholars.
At Ball State, Wright conducted video swing analysis of team members and recruits while assisting in recruiting as well. She also initiated fundraising efforts by locating and contacting a target market for boosters while creating the booster program with rewards incentives.
At Louisville, Wright taught physical education classes that included sections of golf where she filmed, edited, and provided feedback of over 150 golf swings. Wright has also worked at the Hidden Lake Golf Club (1996-2004), and was an assistant to the head professional at the “Swing It Golf School” (2002-04).
As an undergraduate student-athlete at Louisville, Wright earned 11 top-20 individual finishes and served as a team captain during her senior year after helping the Cardinals advance to the NCAA Regional Tournament in 2001. She also competed in two Bank of Montreal tournaments as an amateur and was a member of both the Canadian Amateur Team (2003) and the Ontario Provincial Amateur Team (2000-02). Wright was the 1999 Ontario Provincial High School Champion as well.
A native of Oakville, Ontario, Canada, Wright earned her bachelor of science degree in business administration from Louisville. She also earned her master of sport administration degree from Louisville.