Mitchell Resigns As Women's Golf Coach
Barry Niemann Takes Over As Interim Coach For 2015-16
DENTON – North Texas women’s golf head coach Jeff Mitchell has announced his resignation from the program for personal reasons. Assistant coach Barry Niemann will be the interim coach for the 2015-16 season.
“I can’t thank Coach Mitchell enough for his contributions to the program, including many firsts in North Texas women’s golf history,” said Director of Athletics Rick Villarreal. “His decision is based on family, which always comes first. We wish Jeff and his family all the best and stand ready to assist where possible. He will be missed.”
Mitchell helped reshape the North Texas women’s golf team in his seven seasons. He took the program to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history and he was named the 2010-11 Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year.
Mitchell is the first coach in women’s golf history at North Texas to win Coach of the Year honors. He also led North Texas as a team to another first in school history, a national ranking. The Mean Green for the first time was ranked in the top 50 nationally in 2010-11. The 2010-11 team won a school record four tournaments during the year had a school record four players named to the all-conference team.
During the 2012-13 season, he molded true freshman Georgina Mundy and saw her capture the UALR Women’s Golf Classic title. She was the first freshman to capture an individual title since 2001 and only the third overall in school history.
Jacey Chun, found by Mitchell late in the recruiting process, turned into a two-time all-conference player and at one point early in the season was ranked as a top-five golfer in the nation. Chun was named to the All-Sun Belt team in consecutive years, which is the first time that has happened in nearly a decade at North Texas.
He leaves North Texas as the longest-serving women’s golf head coach in school history.