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Golf adds new coach, women’s program

Stuart Deane has high expectations for the UTA golf program. Named head coach last spring, he had served as the assistant men’s coach since February.

“I’m looking forward to making it a top 50, top 25 program,” says Deane, who also will coach the women’s team, which begins play in 2017-18. “I’m excited about adding women’s golf and building something that is extremely positive in that area.”

Deane previously was a volunteer assistant for the Mavericks, working with several current and former student-athletes. He is a PGA teaching professional at Rolling Hills Country Club in Arlington, one of the facilities the UTA golf program uses.

He is ranked seventh among PGA members in the United States, has been a member of the tour, has played in 10 PGA tour events, and won the Trump Million Dollar Invitational. He arrived in the United States in 1996 after a successful professional career in Australia and Asia.

Women’s golf is the first sport expansion for UTA athletics since women’s tennis in 1983. It will bring to 15 the number of NCAA Division I sports on campus.

Jim Baker, director of Intercollegiate Athletics, says the program allows for increased participation for women while strengthening the University’s footprint in the Sun Belt Conference.

“Enhancing opportunities for female student-athletes is part of our mission,” Baker says. “The addition of women’s golf furthers our commitment to building and fielding championship-caliber Division I programs in each of our sports.”