--Extra! Extra! Mickelson to coach at ASU (by Bill Huffman, Arizona Golf Association/July 10, 2011)
"Tim Mickelson is a talented and proven leader on this level, an experienced coach and a dynamic recruiter. He has the ability to rally our Sun Devil community. He knows our program from being a student-athlete here and he understands the Sun Devil Way. His personality and demeanor match our ideals in what we want as a Sun Devil coach," said former University Vice President Steve Patterson.
"It's an honor to be the men's golf coach at Arizona State. Our goal will be to produce teams and individuals who are competing at the highest level. I look forward to working with the Phoenix golf community in promoting the program and working with another national championship coach in Melissa McNamara Luellen [women's golf NCAA champions in 2009]. It's an honor and a privilege to once again be a part of Arizona State and the Pac-12 Conference."
Mickelson, the younger brother of Sun Devil and PGA Tour professional Phil Mickelson, arrived at ASU following a remarkable eight-year run at USD where he steadily built the program into a national contender, which finished in the Top 20 each of his final three years (2009-11), including an eighth-place finish in 2010. In addition to advancing to NCAAs the final three seasons, Mickelson guided the program to the NCAA Regionals five of his final six seasons, including the last four. He also spear-headed the most successful season in USD history in 2009-10, leading the Toreros to a school-record five tournament victories and 10 top-five team finishe
In 2011 Mickelson was named WCC Coach of the Year for the fourth time in his career (2011, 2010, 2008, 2005), as he led the Toreros to nine top-five finishes, including a pair of tournament victories, and a 16th-place finish at the NCAA Championships. Under Mickelson's guidance, USD junior Alex Ching was named the WCC's Golfer of the Year.
After inheriting a Torero team that had placed in the lower half of the WCC in 2003, Mickelson immediately led San Diego to a top-tier conference finish in his first year directing the fortunes of the USD program. Mickelson's second campaign was highlighted by San Diego winning team championship honors at the 17-school, 2005 Men's Fidelity National Title held at Cypress Ridge Golf Course on California's Central Coast.
Prior to taking the head coaching position at USD, Mickelson spent two seasons as assistant to Dale Walker at San Diego State, helping lead the Aztecs to back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Regionals, as well as an appearance in the 2003 NCAA National Championship.
Mickelson, who was a member of ASU's 1996 NCAA Championship team, played three seasons at Arizona State (1995-1998) before concluding his collegiate career at Oregon State. He earned Academic All-Pac-10 honors in 1997 and 1998. At OSU Mickelson finished second individually at the 2000 Pac-10 Championships, leading the Beavers to a second-place conference finish. The current holder of numerous OSU golf records, including low 18, 36, 54, and 72-hole scoring records, he graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Liberal Studies.
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COACH MICKELSON'S YEAR-BY-YEAR RESULTS AT ARIZONA STATE
2012-13: Earns NCAA Quarterfinal appearance as Jon Rahm shoots NCAA Championship opening-round 61. Rahm also wins 2013 San Diego Classic (March 11-12) and 2012 Bill Cullum Inviational in September.
2011-12: Team ties for team title at 2011 Bill Cullum Invitational (September 17-18), its first tournament title since fall of 2009, and Spencer Fletcher eans Cullum Invitational co-medalist honors.
COACH MICKELSON'S YEAR-BY-YEAR RESULTS AT UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO
2009-10: Tied for eighth at NCAA Championship, third in the regionals and second in the WCC. Named WCC Coach of the Year for third time.
2008-09: Finished 13th at NCAA Championhips, fourth at regionals and tied for third in the WCC.
2007-08: Won the WCC title and earned WCC Coach of the Year.
2006-07: Finished second in the West Coast Conference.
2005-06: Finished 25th at Regionals.
2004-05: Finished sixth in WCC and earned WCC Coach of the Year for the first of four times.
2003-04: Finished fourth in the WCC.