Nicole Bird
Nicole Bird

Hometown:
Edmonton, Okla.

Position:
Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Centenary (2000)



04/22/2013

Fifth Recruit Joins Broncos

Pelloille finished 14th at the 2012 U18 French National Amateur Championship.

04/10/2013

Young, Broncos Win Titles at Cowgirl Classic

Young was seven strokes clear of her nearest competitor, and the Broncos won the tournament by 19 strokes.

04/09/2013

Young, Broncos Increase Lead at Cowgirl Classic

Boise State holds an 11-stroke advantage over second-place Portland State.

04/08/2013

Young, Broncos Lead Cowgirl Classic

Boise State will enter Tuesday's second round with a seven-stroke lead over second-place Northern Arizona.

E-mail: NBird@boisestate.edu

Nicole Bird is in entering her seventh season as the head coach of the Boise State women's golf team in 2013-14, the longest-tenured head coach since the program's inaugural season in 1992-93.

Since she took over in 2007-08, Bird has steadily orchestrated a turnaround from near the bottom of the Western Athletic Conference to near the top of the Mountain West.

Along the way, the Broncos have won team titles, individual titles, several student-athletes have earned recognition both on and off the course and records have fallen.

This past season, the Broncos won the Cowgirl Classic (April 8-10, 2013) by 19 strokes, their first outright team title in nearly 13 years and the largest margin of victory since winning the Big Sky Championships by 24 strokes, Oct. 10-12, 1993.

The win was just the seventh in school history, and one of six top-five finishes on the year - the most in school history.

The Broncos earned their first team title under Bird at the Bronco Fall Invitational, Oct. 13-14, 2008. Bird's two victories as head coach are tied for the most in school history.

The Broncos set school records this past season at the Price's "Give `Em Five" Invitational (Oct. 8-10), carding the lowest three-round team score in school history with an 893 (+29). The total included a final-round 291 (+3), the lowest single-round score at Boise State all-time.

Boise State capped the most successful season in recent memory with a second-place effort at the Mountain West Championships, the second-best finish at a conference tournament in school history and the best showing since winning the Big Sky Championships, Oct. 10-12, 1993. The team's final-round 302 (+14) tied the school single-round record at a conference tournament, as did the three-round total of 916 (+52).

Individually, Hayley Young set the school's single-season scoring average record (75.19) en route to second-team All-Mountain West honors. Young broke her own school record, a mark she initially set as a sophomore in 2010-11 (75.83).

In all, six of the top-10 single-season scoring averages in school history have come under Bird.

Young was also named second-team all-conference as a sophomore in the WAC (2010-11), and Iris Ocariza was named All-WAC Second Team in 2008-09.

Young earned medalist honors at the Cowgirl Classic in 2012-13, just the 10th individual title in school history. Her three-round total of 214 (-2) set the school record, and her seven-stroke margin of victory is the second-largest all-time by a Bronco.

In the classroom, 15 Broncos have garnered conference all-academic honors and six have been named Women's Golf Coaches Association All-America Scholars.

Additionally, three of her golfers were named Mountain West Scholar-Athlete Award recipients for 2011-12, one of the highest academic honors bestowed by the conference. Four more received the accolade in 2012-13.

The team set the school record for highest single-semester grade-point average with a 3.68 in the spring of 2012, beginning a streak of three-consecutive semesters with the highest GPA in the department. The Broncos' 2013 Academic Progress Rate score of 992 was a program record (four-year average), and included a perfect score of 1,000 for 2011-12.

Bird brought in a trio of highly-touted freshmen for the 2012-13 campaign, and the group did not disappoint. McKenzie Ford, Samantha Martin and Sammie Pless ranked 20th-natioanally in Golfstat's Freshmen Impact Rankings at the conclusion of the season.

Bird joined Boise State after spending five seasons as an assistant coach at TCU. Her duties as assistant coach included aiding in recruiting, organizing day-to-day operations of the program and helping lead team practices and workouts.

The Horned Frogs posted five-straight NCAA Championships appearances and registered five regular-season tournament victories during Bird's tenure. The 2007 team won the MW Championships, and the program produced three All-America honorees in Catherine Matranga, Valentine Derrey and Brooke Tull. She also helped coach nine NGCA All-America Scholars, one Academic All-American and nine all-conference honorees.

Bird served as the assistant tournament director for the 2004 Conference-USA Women's Golf Championships, as an intern with the American Junior Golf Association and as the AJGA's Manager of Tournament Administration.

A native of Edmond, Okla., Bird attended Western New Mexico University from 1996-98 before transferring to Centenary (1998-2000), where she graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree in communication and professional writing.

She and husband Steve were married during the summer of 2011.