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- Junior Varsity - Blue
- Junior Varsity - Gold
- 2020 Coaching Staff
Varsity Head Coach: Jill Hegna | email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Coach Jill Hegna joined the SMCHS Girls and Boys Golf Coaching staffs in 2005/2006. She coached the JV Girls and JV Boys teams for six successful seasons. In 2011, she transitioned to the Varsity Girls Coaching staff. Coach Hegna is currently the Associate Dean of Students and Director of Girls Golf/Head Varsity Coach. Her combined Girls and Boys Coaching record is: 265 - 47 (Overall) and 146 - 29 (League). Coach Hegna graduated from Saint Anthony’s High School in Long Beach, CA, and then attended LBCC for a year, then transferred to Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO on a volleyball scholarship. She received her bachelor’s degree in Physical Education K-12 and then attended Kansas University Graduate School. Coach Hegna has taught and coached various sports at the Elementary and Secondary level while living in Colorado, Kansas, Connecticut and California. She has three daughters who graduated from SMCHS: Megan Hickey-Barbosa ’04; Lauren Hickey ’07; Katy Hickey-Miller ’09. In her spare time she and her husband Mike share a passion for family, golf and boating.
Coach Jill Hegna's SMCHS Coaching Records >> Combined Overall and League Record
Varsity Assistant Coach: John Fitzpatrick | email@example.com
John Fitzpatrick has coached Santa Margarita softball for the past 17 years. Coach Fitzpatrick has recently agreed to assist with our golf program. John golfs as a hobby and he is looking forward to becoming a part of the SM golf program on an administrative level. Coach Fitzpatrick received his bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University and acquired a master’s degree in public policy from Long Beach State. He and his wife Therese have two children, Alycia '01 and Mike '04. His favorite quote is "Anything that doesn't kill you makes you stronger."
JV Gold Coach: Chris DeFries
Coach DeFries joined the Eagle golf program in 2006. He has ten years’ experience coaching football and eight years coaching basketball in the military. In his free time he enjoys going hunting, fishing and playing golf. Coach DeFries received his bachelor’s degree from Chapman and master’s degree from USC. He was a US Marine Corps Aviator for 36 years and is a retired colonel. He and his wife Sandra have three children, including two SMCHS graduates, Nicole and Michael.
Lady Eagles Golf Program Mission Statement
Santa Margarita Catholic High School endeavors to bring the person and teachings of Jesus Christ to this time and place through a holistic and nurturing educational experience. This is reflected in the Lady Eagles Golf Program, which seeks to encourage in its golfers, a positive sense of self-worth, self-discipline, personal responsibility, successful interpersonal relationships, and a commitment to Gospel values. We strive to honor the tradition and integrity of the game of golf and promote the highest standards of personal character and leadership in all areas of competition and life.
Our Tradition of Excellence
As we enter our 15th season as a Girls’ Golf Program, the Lady Eagles look forward to continuing the legacy and tradition of success both on and off the golf course. Over the past 15 years, the Program has been blessed with numerous talented golfers who have won individual accolades, titles, and earned college scholarships. But it is our achievements as teams for which we are most proud. Over the past years, the Varsity Lady Eagles have been the CIF Championship Runner Ups twice, have qualified for the CIF Championship Finals 14 times, have captured the league title 9 times, and is the only team to have appeared in the Orange County Register’s top 5 rankings each of those years. Also in 2008, Coach Amy Connelly was named Orange County’s Girls Golf Coach of the Year by the OC Register, and in 2010 she was named one of the top female high school coaches in Orange County by the Association of Athletic Directors.
SMCHS Girls’ Golfers have advanced to play collegiate golf at the following colleges and universities: Arizona State, Princeton, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Santa Clara University, Cal State San Marcos, Chico State, Saddleback College, Wheaton College, Wofford College, San Diego State, Cal State Monterey, and Regis University.
- Trinity/Serra/Sea View League Champions:
- '98, '99, ’00, ‘03, '05, ‘06, ‘07, ’08, ‘09, '15, '16 and 2019
- Undefeated Championship Seasons:
- 2003, 2007, 2008, 2015 and 2019
- CIF Championship Finalists:
- ’99, ’00, ’01, ’02, ‘03, ‘04, ‘06, ’07, ’08, '09, '10, '11, '12, '13, '14, '15, '16, '17, '18, '19
- CIF Championship Runner Up:
- 2000 & 2010