Akers Adds Former Oregon Duck Kendra Little As Assistant Coach
Head Coach Michael Akers Brings Experienced NCAA Golfer Aboard
DENTON - North Texas women's golf head coach Michael Akers made a very significant addition to the program Thursday, adding assistant coach Kendra Little to his staff. Little is one of the most decorated golfers in University of Oregon history, and also held full status on the LPGA Symetra Tour from 2013-15.
“I am thrilled to announce the hiring of Kendra Little as our new assistant coach," Akers said Thursday. "My goal was to find a person that compliments my skill set and Kendra is the perfect person for that role. Kendra has played at a very high level and competed in the NCAA postseason. My goal is to get our program to that level as soon as possible. I also liked the fact she went through a coaching change at Oregon and will be able to relate to our student-athletes as we make a major change to the program.”
Little, an Oregon native, was a three-time All Pac-10 selection with the Ducks, having played in Eugene from 2007-11. She competed in every single event during her four years in the Pacific Northwest while at Oregon and was a four-time event champion during her collegiate career. She holds the current program record for a single tournament, after firing a -12 (207) at the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational in 2009.
"I am beyond excited and grateful for the opportunity to join coach Akers and the women's golf program at North Texas," Little said of her appointment. "It is a very exciting time to be arriving in Denton with the facilities being built and the vision coach Akers has for this program. He has a proven track record of building programs, and with the resources available at the University of North Texas, there is no doubt in my mind that trend will continue here. I can't wait to be a part it and play a role in helping turn this program into a contender."
Little played in five USGA events, at two women's amateurs and a trio of United States girls juniors, while also competing as a professional at the U.S. Women's Open in 2013.
“Kendra really showed she wanted this opportunity and shows great enthusiasm to help build something special," Akers continued. "I look forward to having her next to me as we move the team in a positive direction.”
The Mean Green return to action at the Johnie Imes Invitational in Columbia, Missouri, beginning on Oct. 3 and wrapping up Oct. 4.
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