Danielle Downey is entering her second season with the Auburn women's golf team, but her first as Director of Operations. Downey, a native of Rochester, N.Y., spent last season as a student assistant with the Tigers.
As Director of Operations, Downey will handle travel, equipment, daily golf house operations and administrative duties for both the Auburn men's and women's golf teams.
Downey played at Auburn from 1999-2003, earning All-America honors in 2000, 2002 and 2003. She was All-SEC all four years, earning first-team honors three times, and was the 2000 SEC Tournament champion. She also led Auburn to SEC team championships in 2000 and 2003.
She won three tournaments on her career and currently ranks ninth all-time at Auburn in career stroke average with a 74.70. Downey also holds the Auburn record for best finish at the NCAA Championship, tying for second in 2002.
Following her Auburn career, she went on to play on the LPGA and Futures Tours. During her time on the Futures Tour, she notched seven top-10 finishes and one tournament victory, taking top honors at the 2004 Lima Memorial Hospital Futures Golf Classic. On the LPGA Tour, Downey finished in the money at 15 tournaments, including a career best tie for fourth at the 2008 Bell Micro LPGA Classic.
Downey finished out her professional career as a caddy on the LPGA Tour, caddying for Sarah Kemp and Laura Diaz.
Downey returned to The Plains in 2012 as a student assistant to finish her degree. She graduated in May of 2013 with her degree in health promotion.
During the 2012-13 season, Downey stepped up in place of head coach Kim Evans, who had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, therefore missing the postseason. Downey guided the team through NCAA Regionals, earning a place in the NCAA Championship in Athens, Ga. Auburn would go on to take sixth at NCAAs, the team's best finish at the tournament in eight years.