Thomas Chatfield M'18 was named the Blazers' interim women's golf coach in January 2019, Director of Athletics Dr. Susan Kolb announced.
"Thomas is no stranger in our athletic department, but I am excited to see him in a new role as our interim women's golf coach," Kolb said. "Coming off of an improved fall, Thomas will have a strong core of women to work with to improve the overall success of the women's golf program."
Former head coach Chelsea Danel will remain on the staff as a volunteer assistant coach.
He joined the staff of both programs in the fall of 2018 as a volunteer assistant and has a golf fitness specialization certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
Chatfield is adding the coaching duties to his resumé. He has served as Hood's assistant athletic trainer since the fall of 2014.
"I would like to thank President Dr. Andrea Chapdelaine and Director of Athletics Dr. Susan Kolb for this opportunity to be the next women's golf coach at Hood College," Chatfield said. "I am very passionate about the game of golf and I hope to leave each of my student-athletes with a similar passion after their four years here. Golf is a game most people get into because of family members and most people are blessed with the ability to play for the rest of their lives, so these four years at Hood are just a small step in each student-athletes golfing journey. Hopefully, I am able to provide them with four memorable years that they can look back on fondly.
"The game of golf has dramatically increased its focus on fitness in the last decade and has proven to be an important quality for success. I look forward to helping our women's golfers realize their peak physical fitness to than achieve their greatest golf scores."
Before coming to Hood, Chatfield worked as the head athletic trainer at St. Maria Goretti High School in Hagerstown, Md. since 2011. He also served as an assistant athletic director from 2012 until accepting his position at Hood. Chatfield taught physical education and health at St. Maria Goretti High School.
Chatfield received his bachelor's degree from Towson University in 2011 and an MBA from Hood in 2018. While attending Towson University, he served as an athletic training student, assisting with the Tigers' 21 NCAA Division I athletic offerings.