June 12, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS (GopherSports.com) -- After a successful collegiate career with the University of Minnesota women's golf program, Michele Edlin will replace her former coach Kris Wessinger as the next head coach of the St. Catherine University golf team, Director of Athletic Eric Stacey announced Wednesday.
"I am very pleased to bring Coach Edlin into our department," said Stacey. "She has tremendous passion about the game of golf and will bring great energy and enthusiasm to our department. I know she will continue the work of developing this program and be a great fit for our student-athletes."
During her time as a Gopher, Edlin helped the women's golf program become one of the top teams in the Big Ten. As a senior captain in 2011, Edlin led the Gophers to their first postseason appearance in 10 years where they placed third at the NCAA Central Regional. She and her Gopher teammates then placed 19th at the NCAA Championships – the best finish in program history.
Edlin also holds the 10th-best individual scoring record in Minnesota history. While at Minnesota, Edlin was coached by her predecessor Kris Wessinger who announced her departure from St. Kate's last week after starting the golf program three years ago. Wessinger – who was Associate Head Coach of the Gophers during Edlin's playing career – feels Edlin's playing skills will translate well to her new role coaching the Wildcats.
"I was able to watch Michele develop into a strong, confident player at Minnesota," said Wessinger. "Her success as a collegiate athlete and knowledge of the game will allow her to be a tremendous coach. I am confident that under her leadership the St. Kate's golf program will find continued success."
Edlin will take over a Wildcat squad that had its best team finish at the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Championships in its three year history this fall. She hopes to lead the Wildcats to continued growth in the MIAC in the coming year.
"I am very excited about this opportunity to coach at St. Kate's," said Edlin.
"I know Coach Wessinger did a great job getting this program to where it is today and I am excited about the direction it is headed in the future. The team had great success last year, and I plan on them bringing that same momentum into the fall season."
Edlin is no stranger to college athletics as a postgraduate who most recently served as an academic mentor at the University of Oklahoma for a year. While at Oklahoma, Edlin earned her master's degree in adult and higher education with an emphasis on intercollegiate athletic administration.
Following her collegiate career, Edlin spent several years working in the business world after earning her bachelor's in business from the Carlson School of Management at Minnesota. As a student, Edlin was a Big Ten All-Academic award recipient, a National Golf Coaches' Association (NGCA) Academic All-American and Gophers' Gold Scholar Athlete.
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