UHV golf coach resigns
BY JOHN HORNBERG
July 19, 2010 at 2:19 a.m.
February 22: UHV announces that it has hired Whitney Stromgren as its first women's golf coach.
March 31: The team announces the signing of its first golfer.
May 24: The Jaguars first freshman golfer signs on.
Mid-July: Stromgren resigns position before first season because her husband had accepted job in another location.
The first women's golf coach for the University of Houston-Victoria didn't even make it to her first season.
Whitney Stromgren, hired back in February to guide the Jaguars new women's golf team, resigned last week, Athletic Director Ashley Walyuchow said Monday.
He said Stromgren resigned to relocate because her husband had taken a job elsewhere.
Walyuchow added that her decision hasn't hurt the program, and none of the golfers recruited by Stromgrem were leaving as of Monday.
"It hasn't really affected us too much at all. We haven't lost anybody yet," he said. "I don't anticipate anything like that. It does put us in a little bit of a bind for a coach."
The team has a full roster of eight golfers, Walyuchow said, and as of right now it does not appear that Stromgren's decision will change that.
"She had commitments from eight golfers, and barring them changing their minds, we should be ready to go," Walyuchow said.
The university will open its search again for a new coach. Walyuchow said he does not anticipate that the university will revisit any of the other candidates from the original February search that resulted in Stromgren's hiring.
"We're starting the process, and we'll see what applicants turn up," he said.
Stromgren was a 2006 graduate of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, golfing for the Islanders for four years, earning several top 10 finishes and serving as team captain. She was also named NCAA Division-I all-independent team.
For the last two seasons, she had been an assistant coach in Corpus Christi.
She had been hired in late February to head the Jaguars women's golf team, which opens play this fall.
"I am ecstatic about the future of our women's golf program at UHV," she said in a news release back in February when she was hired. "Starting a program from the ground up is a tremendous opportunity."