DENTON, Texas (12/22/08) North Texas Director of Athletics Rick Villarreal has named Brad Stracke, a former assistant coach at the University of Florida, as the new men’s golf head coach. Stracke has spent the last three years as an assistant coach at Florida and he was the head coach at Indian Hills Community College for nine seasons from 1996-05, winning a NJCAA National Championship.
“We are extremely excited to have someone with the experience and passion for coaching golf that Brad Stracke has,” Director of Athletics Rick Villarreal said. “Brad has been exposed to coaching at the highest level and has a proven track record of building championship caliber teams at various levels. His reputation as a highly-respected recruiter makes him an ideal candidate to help re-establish the proud tradition of the North Texas men’s golf program.”
At Florida Stracke helped guide the Gators to the NCAA Championship three straight seasons, culminating with a second place finish in 2006. That year the Gators won the West Regional Championship with a tournament record score of 37-under par. Florida finished ninth at the NCAA Championship in 2007 and 11th in 2008.
In three years at Florida, Stracke also coached six All-Americans, eight SEC All-Conference players, and one Walker Cup player.
At Indian Hills his team won the national championship in 2000 and had six straight seasons of finishing either first, second, or third at the national championship. He coach 21 All-Americans at Indian Hills and led them to its first number one ranking and national title.
Stracke earned an Associate of Arts degree in Arts and Science at IHCC in 1990. He also earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1993, where he played for the Blazers.
After redshirting his junior year, Stracke won all-conference honors in 1993. As a professional player, Stracke was a sectional qualifier for the U.S. Open in 1995 and earned a top-10 finish in Player of the Year Points in 1995 and 1996. He won the Lake Bracken Pro-Select in 1996, the Fort Dodge Pro-Am in 1996 and the Bos Landen Prairie Tour event in 1997.