Linzy Woolf is in her sixth year as associate head coach of the Texas A&M equestrian team and 10th overall as a member of the coaching staff. She oversees all aspects of the Aggie hunter seat squad, coaching both the equitation over fences and equitation on the flat riders.
Woolf led the Aggies to top-six finishes at the Varsity Equestrian Championships during every single year of her tenure while the Aggies competed in the VENC (through 2011) in addition to leading A&M to its best performances on the national scene in school history. In five seasons under the Varsity Equestrian umbrella, Woolf's hunter seat teams averaged just under 12 wins a year. The team not only advanced to the VENCs each year but never lost a first-round match.
In the Aggies' first season in the National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA), after joining in January of 2012, the team won its 10th and 11th national titles, including the NCEA Overall National Championship on April 13, 2012. Woolf's hunter seat team had a resounding 6-2 victory over Georgia before a 4-3 western win over South Carolina sealed the Aggies' second-ever overall title. The hunter seat team advanced to the national finals for the second time in school history and was edged by Baylor in a raw-score tiebreaker.
In 2013, Woolf’s 10th-seeded hunter seat earned a bid to the NCEA Championships, defeating Fresno State to move on to the national quarterfinals against No. 2 seed South Carolina.
Three of Woolf's riders received All-America accolades in 2011, with one-Brooke Coleman-winning the prestigious Winter Equestrian Festival's Collegiate Equitation Challenge this past February.
The success of the hunter seat team has helped lead Texas A&M to four reserve national championships in the last five years. In 2008, Woolf guided her hunter seat squad to its first-ever VENC championship match, including a win over national power Georgia in the semifinals.
No stranger to the Texas A&M equestrian program, Woolf was a member of Texas A&M's first varsity team back in 1999-2000. She served as interim English coach under Tana McKay in the fall of 2001.
Upon taking the reins of the hunter seat team in 2004, Woolf's administrative focus turned to improving the recruiting process for both riders and horses. Her guidance has led to one of the strongest rosters and equine herds within the NCAA collegiate hunter seat ranks.
In addition to her duties as coach and mentor of the Aggie hunter seat team, Woolf served as the chair of the Standards and Ethics Committee of the Varsity Equestrian Executive Committee from 2010-2011. She currently serves on two committees-competition and standards and ethics-as well as the WEF Collegiate Equitation Challenge task force.
Prior to returning to Aggieland, Woolf spent two years as both the equine center manager and assistant equestrian coach at Stephen F. Austin. Woolf was the hunter seat coach for the Lumberjacks as well as a student instructor in the animal science program.
During her time as a student at A&M, Woolf lettered twice as an open division rider. She was involved in student government, serving as a subcommittee chair for the Board of Regents and was a member of Alpha Zeta, an agricultural honors fraternity.
Woolf has a successful background in riding as well, with over 20 years of competitive riding experience and over 15 years of instruction for junior and amateur riders. She has shown extensively, including competing on the "A" circuit in both hunters and jumpers in Colorado, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas. She captured numerous championships in the Children's/Adult and High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Divisions in Texas from 1994 to 2002.
The Lufkin, Texas native was the grand champion in the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) jumper division at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo in 1995. She also earned a 10th-place finish in the jumper division at the 1996 American Quarter Horse Youth Association (AQHYA) World Championship Show.
Woolf has ridden with Karen Gay of Oaklawn Stables in Lufkin for 25 years and served as an assistant trainer for Gay from 2002-04. She has also ridden with and attended clinics with such names as George Morris, Tony Font and Joe Fargis.
Woolf graduated from Texas A&M in 2001 with a B.S. in animal science. She earned a master's degree in animal science with an equine emphasis from SFA in May of 2004.
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