Lissa Bradford begins her 20th year as the head coach of the women's golf program at Belmont.
In her two decades as head coach, the Bruins have taken enormous strides. During her tenure, she has had one conference Player of the Year and nine different players earn All-Conference honors. In addition, her teams have won six team titles and had nine top-six finishes at conference championships. During the shortened 2019-20 season, the women's golf program had three top-five finishes in five events. Their best finish was a runner-up showing at the MSU/Greenbrier Invitational in September. They also finished fourth at the Town and Country Invitational and fifth at the Lady Wolves Classic in Arkansas.
Bradford has also embraced Belmont's ideal of crafting true student-athletes as her team continues to earn academic recognition year after year. In 2019-20, the team earned the NCAA APR Recognition Award for the 12th consecutive year. In addition, three golfers: Emma Kate Liu, Carlee Nanney, and Julia Nittoli were named to the Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-American Scholar Team.
In addition, the program has produced several golfers who have moved on to future success in golf after their time as a Bruin has ended. Sarah Burkhead Robson (1998-2002) served as the head women's golf coach at Austin Peay for over a decade. Tracy Parsons (2001-2003) is Director of Compeititons at the United States Golf Association (USGA), while Sydney Hudson (2011-2015) is the founder and owner of Sydney Elizabeth Golf, a successful women's golf apparel business.
During the past decade, Bradford has been recognized nationally for her service to collegiate golf. In December of 2010, she was given the Gladys Palmer Meritorious Service Award Recipient, the National Golf Coaches Association’s (NGCA) most prestigious honor. Then, in 2011-12, she began a four year term as a member of the NCAA Women's Golf Committee. Today, she continues her work with the NCAA, serving as a rules official annually at NCAA regional and national championship events.
Most recently, in December of 2019, she received the Women's Golf Coaches Association's (WGCA) Kim Evans Award. This award is presented to the college or high school coach, and Class A PGA Professional, whose support of the game through teaching, coaching and involvement in the community has helped ensure the continued growth of the game of golf and represent the finest qualities the game has to offer.
In addition to her Belmont duties, Lissa serves as Director of Junior Golf and Competitions for the Tennessee Golf Foundation. As director, she oversees the Tennessee Golf Association Sneds Junior Tour and conducts Junior Competitions.
Bradford has known success both on and off the course on many levels. As a senior in high school at Nashville's Harpeth Hall, she won the TSSAA State High School Individual Championship. After her prep career, she was a four-year letterwinner at the University of Alabama. While playing for the Crimson Tide, she served as team captain for two years and was named to the Southeastern Conference All- Academic team. Also during this time, Lissa captured two Tennessee Women's Amateur Championships. Following her collegiate career, she served as an assistant professional at several country clubs throughout the South including two in the Nashville area: Belle Meade Country Club and the Gaylord Springs Golf Club. In 1995, she joined the Tennessee Golf Foundation.
Lissa resides in Franklin.