DENTON, Texas - The Mean Green men's golf coach Brad Stracke was named the Greater Denton Sports Commission North Texas Coach of the Year at the Annual Scholarship Awards Banquet held a the Gateway Center tonight.
Stracke, who is in just his second season at North Texas, has rebuilt the Mean Green program and has two players competing in the NCAA Regional for the first time in school history.
The Mean Green captured its first tournament title in five seasons this year and had numerous individual accomplishments throughout the year.
Two of Stracke's first recruits, Rodolfo Cazaubon and Carlos Ortiz have paid immediate dividends. Both players have been selected to play in the NCAA Men's Golf Regional, marking the first time in school history that two individuals have advanced to a regional.
Stracke's freshman competing at the regional puts North Texas in elite company. North Texas is the only school in the nation that will send two freshman to play at a regional this year.
Cazaubon was named the Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year; the first-time in the program's storied history that has happened. He also posted the lowest stroke average in seven seasons for North Texas and was an all-conference selection.
Ortiz was also an all-conference pick and shot the third lowest round of golf with a 64 in the nation this season.
Along the way as a team Stracke guided North Texas to the best stroke average since the 2002-03 season this year. North Texas had seven top-5 finishes or better this season.