Trendsetter to Know: Chelsea Carroll, Golf Coach at South Mountain Community College

Name: Chelsea Carroll

Twitter: @CoachC_Carroll

Facebook: Chelsea Carroll


Age: 28

Title: Interim Head Men’s Coach/Head Women’s Golf Coach

Married/Single: Married

Kids: Not yet

City you live in: Scottsdale

A typical day in my life includes… Get up around 4:00 a.m., cup of coffee and read Bible, workout, get ready for the day, office work (recruiting calls, expense reports, meetings, tournament planning), 1:15 p.m. head to the course for team practice, Practice ends at 5:00 p.m., Head home to the dogs and husband, Dinner, journal, bed.  

I was born… in Amarillo, TX

My favorite thing about Arizona… is that there is little to no wind! Love that. I do wish we would have more rain.

I’m listening to… everything. Podcasts, sermons, country, rap, hip hop, audio books. Everything. Right now my favorite podcast is Coaches on the Rise. Talking about some of the best coaches and how they got started in the industry. Also love listening to Tap Into College Golf by Brandi Jackson. She interviews some of the top college golf coaches and talking about their day to day and how they got to where they are today. Love these to listen to the ups and downs these successful coaches have had to get to where they are today.

My family… is so supportive and so much fun. I have two younger sisters and we couldn’t be any more different. My Mom and Memaw are my biggest cheerleaders and the two women I look up to the most. My dad is the golfer and the one who got me into the sport. He is very supportive, and I love that he and I can share the game together. 

If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be… John Wooden. I would love to have a conversation with him about his legacy and how he also kept family first always. 

One thing I cannot live without… the Bible. I am a woman of faith and God has helped me and guided me through reading the bible. 

When I was younger, I wanted to be… a Veterinarian (I use to call it vegetarian) but then I once I was bitten by a snapping turtle and a dog, I quickly found that is not the path for me. 

I’m inspired by… John Wooden. How he valued his family and was one of the best coaches to live. 

The one person who motivates me is… My mom. She is super woman. I always tell her she should be a motivational speaker. She taught us so much growing up. As a single mom, she taught us how to be independent, to work hard, and to always treat people with respect. 

The perfect day would be…Waking up to the sound of birds chirping and he smell of fresh pine outside then looking outside a large window of a wooden cottage to see the mountains and the lake. Making breakfast and sipping coffee on the porch with my husband. Then going to the course and playing a relaxing 18 holes and grabbing lunch in town with a view of the landscape. 

My first job was… My first job was cleaning windows and the golf shop of golf clubs. My first official job was working as an assistant golf coach as well as a personal trainer at D1 sports training. 

My favorite escape… I love to escape to the mountains. Either skiing or going in the summer hiking and smelling the fresh pine. Summer or Winter I love the mountains and pine trees. So much to do. 

My life… is not perfect but is blessed.  

I’m currently working on… Becoming a PGA professional. It is a 3-level process and currently working through level 2. Once I finish all levels, I will be Chelsea Carroll, PGA and classified as a PGA Professional

Always… strive to be the best version of you. Do your best every day, and that’s the best you can do. 

Never… Think that you are better than someone. Rather think you are just as good. 

Favorite Quote… “Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming” –John Wooden

“If you do what is easy, life will be hard. If you do what is hard, life will become easy.” –Les Brown

Biggest Dream… I think a dream is always a work in progress. Right now, my dream is to be Chelsea Carroll, PGA, Best Division I College Golf Coach, Loving wife and mother. At the end of the day, I want to fulfill my purpose and inspire and motivate others to do the best they can do in whatever they do.  

My Pet Peeve(s)… When people have their headphones in and you can’t get their attention, or showing up late. Time is the most valuable thing you can take from a person. That time cannot be given back. Showing up on time or early shows respect without saying a word. 

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