If sustaining success for nearly a quarter of a century is the goal of every coach on every level in every sport, then consider Florida State head coach Debbie Dillman a successful coach on the Division I collegiate level in the sport of women's golf. One of the top coaches in the nation, Dillman has made a career of leading the Seminoles into NCAA Championship play and to lofty national rankings while producing All-America golfers and All-America scholar-athletes throughout her tenure at one of the most highly competitive universities in the country.
Dillman has led the Seminoles to the NCAA Tournament in 15 of the last 18 years, guided the team to 21 tournament championships and nearly 80 top-10 finishes during her Florida State career. She has coached four All-American players and 10 individuals who have earned All-ACC honors a total of 15 times and has led the Seminoles to three conference championships.
Florida State has been a fixture in the national rankings during each of Dillman's 23 years as the program's head coach. The Seminoles have become regular winners of both team and individual championships in the Atlantic Coast Conference since joining the league in 1992. In addition, the Seminoles are annually invited to play in the most prestigious tournaments in all of college golf and can usually be found near the top of the leader boards in those events.
Dillman's teams consistently rank among the best in the ACC and the nation. In the last eight years, she has guided the Seminoles into the NCAA Tournament seven times, produced 10 All-ACC selections and helped the Seminoles improve their standing in the ACC - considered by many to be the toughest women's golf conference in the nation. The Seminoles finished in third place in the ACC Championship in 2007 and 2008.
Dillman has established the Seminoles program as one of the nation's best by recruiting the world's top talent to play at Florida State. The Seminoles have had at least one player earn All-American and All-ACC honors in nearly each of the last 10 seasons with those players achieving success professionally once they have finished their careers at Florida State.
Two former Seminoles -- Karen Stupples and Kris Tamulis -- are currently achieving tremendous success on the LPGA level. Stupples, an All-America and two-time All-ACC selection under Dillman, has earned more then $2 million during her career, won the 2004 British Open and represented England in the Solheim Cup in 2005. Tamulis, an All-American and three-time All-ACC selection, joined the LPGA Tour in 2005 and has won more then $200,000 as one of the top young players in professional golf.
Four golfers who excelled under Dillman are currently playing professionally: Stupples and Tamulis on the LPGA Tour, Caroline Larsson on the Futures Tour and Tiffany Faucette on the Canadian Tour.
Dillman has helped Florida State compete as one of the top teams in the ACC since joining the league in 1992. The Seminoles have consistently finished placed among the top four teams in the conference and have finished in third place six times. Since becoming members of the ACC, the Seminoles have advanced to the NCAA Tournament 14 times.
Dillman was honored as the Atlantic Coast Conference Coach-of-the-Year in 1992, the Seminoles' first year in the conference. The Seminoles finished second in the conference tournament that season and finished only two strokes behind North Carolina for the team championship.
Dillman was a member of Florida State's 1980 nationally ranked squad and 1981 AIAW national championship team.
Dillman grew up in Davison, Mich., in an active golf family. Both of her parents were involved in country club management. While in high school, Dillman captained her high school golf team for four years and twice was runner-up at the Michigan State Championship. She also won the Flint Junior Golf Championship for three consecutive years which is considered to be one of the top junior tournaments in the state of Michigan.
Dillman attended Florida State as an undergraduate and played golf from 1979-1982. While taking classes and playing golf, she also worked at Seminole Golf Course allowing her to learn both the management side and the competitive side of golf. Dillman has a daughter Anne-Lynn (14).