LEXINGTON, Va. – Washington and Lee Director of Athletics Jan Hathorn has announced the promotion of Kelsie Carralero to Assistant Professor of Physical Education, Head Coach of Women's Golf and Assistant Coach of Men's Golf. Carralero begins her new position immediately. Pete Gyscek remains the head coach of the men's golf team, and he will also serve as an assistant for the women's golf program.
"It is with a great deal of pride that I announce Kelsie Carralero as our new head coach of women's golf," said Hathorn. "Kelsie is one of the best young golf coaches in Division III and we are pleased to be able to promote her and keep her here at W&L. She has already been a positive influence upon our golf teams, as well as our department and campus community, and I am confident she will continue to contribute on the highest level in her new role. I am especially proud that the women golfers at W&L will have Kelsie as a role model and mentor while they work to achieve their aspirations, academically and athletically. I am looking forward to serving beside Kelsie for many years to come."
Carralero had served as the assistant coach for both the men's and women's golf programs for the past three years. She arrived at W&L prior to the 2016-17 school year after spending the previous two years as assistant women's golf coach at her alma mater, Methodist University.
In her time with the Generals, Carralero has helped to vault both programs to the top of Division III. The men's team has qualified for the NCAA Division III Championship all three years, placing as the National Runner-up in 2018. She also helped coach Brian Peccie '20 to an individual National Championship that year as well.
The women's program has also shown steady improvement during Carralero's time with the program. The Generals won the ODAC title each of the last two seasons, finishing 16th at the NCAA Division III Championship in 2018 and placing in a tie for 11th this past spring. She helped mentor Liza Freed '18 to First Team All-America honors in 2017, while W&L athletes have earned WGCA Scholar All-America honors seven times over the past three seasons.
"I am excited for this opportunity ahead and to further my career at W&L as the head women's coach and the assistant men's coach," said Carralero. "I would like to take this time to thank Pete Gyscek for taking the last three years to mentor me into the coach I am today! I would also like to thank Jan Hathorn for giving me this great opportunity."
In addition to her collegiate coaching experience, Carralero has also served as a professional golf management intern at multiple locations including the Suzy Whaley Golf Academy in Cromwell, Conn. While interning, Carralero worked directly with Suzy Whaley as the lead instructor for junior coaching programs, camps and private lessons.
Carralero is a 2014 graduate of Methodist with a bachelor of science in business administration with a concentration in professional golf management. She earned four letters with the Monarchs' women's golf team, serving as a team captain for two seasons. She was a member of two NCAA Division III National Championship winning teams at MU, and she was a four-time Division III All-American, claiming the National Division III Kim Moore Spirit Award in 2014. A two-time Academic All-American as well, Carralero was named the 2014 Methodist Female Athlete of the Year.
Carralero earned a master of science in business administration from Methodist in 2016. She is a member of the Professional Golfers' Association of America and the Women's Golf Coaches Association, serving on the Division III Awards Committee.