Emilee Klein is moving back West.
The former Women’s British Open champ was named head women’s coach at San Diego State on Thursday. She had served as head coach at Central Florida since 2005.
“I’m excited about the opportunity,” said Klein, a native of Sherman Oaks, Calif. “San Diego State has the support and the resources to build a national-championship program. I’m proud to become a member of the SDSU family and return to my home state of California.”
Klein played on the LPGA from 1995 to 2005 and won three events, including the ’96 Women’s British Open. She compiled 46 top-10 finishes and was No. 9 in the world at the end of the 1996 season.
After retiring from the LPGA in 2005, Klein took over at UCF. The Knights qualified for the NCAA regionals in 2008 and ’09.
Klein spent two seasons at Arizona State and won the NCAA individual championship in 1994.