Since arriving at Williams in 2016, Tomas Adalsteinsson has led the women’s golf program to back-to-back runner-up and a fourth place finish at the NCAA Championship - in addition to coaching the team to three consecutive NESCAC Championship titles. Under Adalsteinsson’s guidance, the team has established itself as one of the most prominent programs in NCAA DIII women’s golf. Tomas Adalsteinsson was named WGCA & Golf Pride DIII National Coach of the Year for the team’s performance during the 2018-19 campaign, as well as WGCA & Golf Pride DIII East Region Coach of the Year, and NESCAC Women’s Golf Coach of the Year. Adalsteinsson was not able to lead his team back to the NCAA tournament in the 2019-20 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Adalsteinsson’s 2018-19 team concluded the season ranked #1 by Golfstat after a runner-up finish at the NCAA DIII Women’s Golf National Championship. The team won seven tournaments during the season, including the NESCAC Championship, and the adjusted scoring average for the team (308.0) is the lowest since the program’s establishment in 2004.
The team scoring record for 18 holes was set in the second round of the 2019 Jack Leaman Women’s Championship at the Ledges GC when the Ephs shot 289. The following weekend the team had its best ever performance at home, playing the challenging Taconic Golf Course in 599 (303-296) shots as a team for 36 holes.
The 2019 NCAA Individual National Champion was Williams’ senior, Cordelia Chan. Chan also received WGCA First Team All-America recognition, was named on the WGCA All-Region Team, WGCA All-Scholar Team, NESCAC All-Conference Team, and NESCAC All-Academic Team. For the second round of the Mt. Holyoke Invitational, playing the Orchard Golf Course, Chan carded the program’s lowest 18-hole round when she shot a five-under par 67, to break her own record by one shot from the same course. Her 36-hole score of 142 (75-67) was also a record breaking performance.
Joanna Kim, a first year, was also named on the WGCA All-Region Team, and received the NESCAC’s Rookie of the Year recognition. In addition to Chan and Kim, sophomore Holly Davenport was named to the NESCAC All-Conference Team. Three team members, Cordelia Chan, senior Isabella Wang, and sophomore Mehr Sawant earned NESCAC All-Academic Team honors, and those three along with first year Olivia White were named on the WGCA All-Scholar Team.
In 2017-18, the Williams team finished four rounds of competition at the NCAA DIII Championship tied for first place. After two playoff holes, only one shot left Adalsteinsson’s team as runner-up. Cordelia Chan and Holly Davenport were both named WGCA All-Americans, and in addition to Chan, senior Elizabeth Gudas was named to the WGCA All-Region Team. The team won five tournaments during the season, including the NESCAC Championship, and posted a record breaking team score for 18 holes came in the Mt. Holyoke Invitational at the Orchards Golf Course, when they carded a 296. All members on the team secured the 18th highest team GPA in DIII women’s golf, with seniors Phoebe Mattana, and Elizabeth Gudas, Cordelia Chan and Isabella Wang named to the WGCA All-Scholar Team. In addition to those four, Madeline Abrahams (Sr.) was named to the NESCAC All-Academic Team. The NESCAC Golfer of the Year was Cordelia Chan, while Elizabeth Gudas and Phoebe Mattana were selected NESCAC All-Conference.
During Adalsteinsson’s first year at Williams, the team finished fourth at the NCAA DIII National Championship. In total, the team won six tournaments, including the NESCAC Championship, and the adjusted scoring average at the end of the season (309.9) was the lowest for the program to date. Cordelia Chan was named to the WGCA All-America Second Team, and both her and Elizabeth Gudas received WGCA All-Region Team honors. Elizabeth Gudas was also selected the NESCAC Golfer of the Year. Two more players from Adalsteinsson’s team collected NESCAC All-Conference laurels; Phoebe Mattana and Sophie Kitchen, and four players received NESCAC All-Academic Team recognition: Sophie Kitchen, Phoebe Mattana, Cordelia Chan, and Isabella Wang.
A native of Iceland, Adalsteinsson has a strong background as a player and coach in both golf and soccer, and in sport psychology. Prior to his current role at Williams, Adalsteinsson served as the head coach of men's and women's golf teams at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., from 2012-16. Adalsteinsson graduated from the University of Iceland in 2007 with Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. In 2011 Adalsteinsson earned a Master's degree in Sport Psychology from John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, Calif., and has since worked with elite amateurs and professional golfers on their mental game, serving as their mental performance coach.