"Christie was our No. 1 choice and we are excited to have been able to retain her as our next head coach of women's golf," Van De Velde said. "She has prepared herself academically and professionally for this position and has demonstrated success at the highest level of competition both as a competitor and as a coach. We believe she will take our women's golf program to the next level and do a great job of teaching and recruiting quality student-athletes to Iowa State University. I want to recognize and thank the work of the search committee, chaired by associate athletics director Bill Smith."
In Hermes' first season in West Lafayette, Ind., the Purdue women's golf team placed fourth at the 2002 NCAA Central Regional and second at the Big Ten Championship. The Boilermakers were fourth at the Central Regional and Big Ten Championships in 2003. Last season, Purdue was fourth in the Big Ten and sixth at the NCAA Central Regional.
"Iowa State is a school at which you can recruit women to excel in competition and academically," Hermes said. "I am going to do everything I can to build on what has already been accomplished at ISU. I have high aspirations for this program."
During Hermes' tenure at Purdue, she coached a first-team All-American and two honorable mention All-Americans. The Boilermaker program has produced eight all-Big Ten players, five academic All-Americans, three tournament team titles and a pair of individual tournament champions.
Hermes earned a bachelor's degree in learning and organizational change from Northwestern University in 2001. A three-time academic all-Big Ten honoree, she captained the 2000 Wildcat team, which was the first NU women's squad to advance to the NCAA Championships. The Northwestern record-holder for 18- and 54-holes, she placed among the top 10 finishers at the 1999 Big Ten Championship. She received the Walter K. Smart scholarship at Northwestern, recognizing a student-athlete who achieves in both academics and athletics.
Hermes, a native of Dixon, Ill., played in the 2000 U.S. Women's Amateur in Asheville, N.C. She replaces Julie Manning at Iowa State, who resigned to accept an administrative position in the Colorado athletic department.