Lauren (Steates) Cupp '07 was named head coach of the Hamilton College men's and women's golf teams in July 2017. Cupp was interim head coach during the spring of 2017. In her second full season at the helm of both teams, the Hamilton men qualified for the NESCAC championship for the first time since 2016 and were runners-up in the event. Five golfers made the all-conference team and one was voted the 2019 NESCAC Men's Golf Rookie of the Year. The women captured three tournament team titles.
Five men's golfers made the 2019 NESCAC Spring All-Academic Team. In 2017-18 Cupp had three all-NESCAC team selections and two men qualified for the NESCAC championship as individuals.
Cupp started her Hamilton golf coaching career as an assistant in the fall of 2012 when women's golf became the athletic department's 29th intercollegiate varsity sport. She was promoted to associate head coach in June 2015 and served in that capacity until January 2017. As an undergraduate at the College she helped form the women's golf club program and competed with the team for three years.
Cupp helped the Hamilton men qualify for the 2013, 2015 and 2016 NESCAC championship. She has guided 18 NESCAC men's and women's all-conference team selections and two NESCAC men's rookie of the year award winners.
The New Hartford native is one of the top women's golfers in Central New York. In July 2017 Cupp won her first New York State Golf Association Women's Mid-Amateur Championship after finishing in the top 10 five times in the event. She qualified for the 2016 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Championship and then made the cut for match play competition.
Cupp won the inaugural women's open division title at the 2016 Greater Utica City Amateur Tournament and captured at least a share of her seventh Rome City Women's Amateur Golf Tournament crown later that summer. She owns 16 individual women's championships at New Hartford's Yahnundasis Golf Club and three (2011, 2017, 2019) Syracuse Post-Standard/Apogee Investment Management Championship women's titles.
Cupp has a bachelor's degree in economics from Hamilton and she earned her master's degree in childhood education from Utica College. She was a member of the Continentals' volleyball and track & field teams. She was on the track & field coaching staff for two seasons and worked with the high jumpers, long jumpers and triple jumpers. She coached a two-time all-American in the triple jump.