"We appreciate Kelley's efforts as a student-athlete and a coach, and wish her the best in her future endeavors," McGarity said. "She has always represented UGA in a first-class manner." As a student, Hester (then Kelley Richardson) was a four-year letterwinner, from 1993-96. Additionally, she was recognized as All-SEC in 1993, 1994 and 1995.
When McGarity stepped in as UGA athletic director, he indicated at that all Georgia athletics programs, not just the “money” programs, were expected to perform at the highest levels. During five seasons under Hester, the women’s golf program has not performed at that standard.
Over the last five seasons, the Lady Golf Dogs have made five NCAA Regional appearances; placed 10th and 15th at the 2008 and 2009 NCAA Championships; and fielded one National Player of the Year, Marta Silva Zamora in 2011. This season, the Lady Golf Dogs finished fifth at the SEC Championships and tied for 10th at the NCAA Central Regional.
McGarity indicated that the search for Hester’s replacement would begin immediately.