For the second time in just over two years, Jay Jacobs has reached out to Arizona State for a head coach. Two years ago it was softball coach Clint Myers. Today, it's women's golf coach Melissa Luellen.
The news was first broken this morning by WarBlogle, who pointed to an article in Golf Week that Luellen was expected to be named the Tigers' head coach.
Luellen brings a successful resume to the Plains. She led the Sun Devils to the NCAA Championship in 2009. In nine of her thirteen years at Arizona State, her teams finished in the Top 10.
She is an individual NCAA Champion herself, having won the NCAA title in 1988. She spent 11 years on the LPGA tour.
Luellen replaces Kim Evans, who stepped down from Auburn's top job after 21 years to move to other duties within the athletic department.
While nothing in the official site's article indicates it to be the case, you have to believe that Clint Myers also played a bit of a role in luring Luellen to the Plains. I'm sure she reached out to him about the move given their connection in coaching women's programs at Arizona State.
So what do you think? I honestly don't know much about women's golf coaches around the nation, but I'd say the Tigers snagged an excellent coach. This is another great hire by Athletics Director Jay Jacobs.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Welcome to the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Auburn?src=hash">#Auburn</a> Family, new women's golf head coach Melissa Luellen! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WarEagle?src=hash">#WarEagle</a> <a href="http://t.co/5w3FZN68eo">http://t.co/5w3FZN68eo</a> <a href="http://t.co/1GLGJCw9Cw">pic.twitter.com/1GLGJCw9Cw</a></p>— Auburn Women's Golf (@AuburnWGolf) <a href="https://twitter.com/AuburnWGolf/status/610900478835032064">June 16, 2015</a></blockquote>
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