Nicki Cutler, previously an assistant women's golf coach at Vanderbilt University, was named as Princeton University's head coach of women's golf on July 17, 2010.
Through her four seasons, she has guided Princeton to three top-three finishes at the Ivy League Championship, finishing runner-up in both 2013 and 2014 with the 2013 finish coming by a single shot. Cutler has had eight All-Ivy League honorees over her four seasons, including four first-teamers.
Cutler coached Kelly Shon '14, who finished as perhaps the most accomplished golfer in program history. Shon won two Ivy League Player of the Year honors, was a three-time first-team All-Ivy League honoree and was the third Princeton player and seventh overall to be a four-time all-league finisher. Shon participated in three NCAA East Regionals, becoming the second player in both Princeton and Ivy League history to play in the NCAA Championship when she advanced to the final tournament in 2013.
Returning to her alma mater after playing professionally and developing her coaching career, Cutler served as an assistant coach at Vanderbilt for three seasons from 2007-10.
"I'm thrilled to join one of the most prestigious universities in the world," Cutler said upon her hiring. "I'd like to thank Gary for giving me the opportunity to be Princeton's next head coach. I look forward to getting out on the recruiting trail and to working hard with the team come September. I am proud to join the Princeton family and I am eager to embrace its rich academic and athletic traditions."
In 2010, Vanderbilt finished seventh at the NCAA championship and second in the Southeastern Conference, while placing sophomore Marina Alex on the first-team All-America to become just the third Commodore women's golfer ever to achieve that honor. Alex was also the SEC individual champion and the SEC Player of the Year in 2010.
Cutler was an All-America herself, earning honorable mention nationally while getting second-team All-SEC honors in 2001 and 2002.
After graduating from Vanderbilt in 2003, Cutler played on the LPGA Tour in 2005 and the Duramed Futures Tour in 2005 and 2006. Before returning to Nashville, Cutler served as an instructor at the Maidstone Club in East Hampton, N.Y.