GAINESVILLE, Fla. –- Florida didn’t have to look very far for its new women’s head coach.
Emily Bastel was promoted to replace Jan Dowling, who resigned last month after three seasons at UF.
“Over the last year, being on campus and around the players and getting a feel for what it was like to be around Gator athletics, I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of,” Bastel told GatorZone.com.
Bastel, 31, will take over with the full support of the team according to senior associate athletic director Mike Spiegler, who said that every player called, texted or emailed her support.
Florida finished 12th in the recent NCAA Championship and was No. 13 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.
“Jan and I shared a lot of the same vision, but there will definitely be some of my own touches on the program,” Bastel said in comparing and contrasting her approach to Dowling’s. “We differed in the way we viewed the game of golf. She was a little more analytical, where I’m more of a feel player. I’m sure those type of things will work their way into how I run practices and how I coach the players. My personal philosophy of being a good coach centers on a lot of great communication and relationship with the players.”
Bastel, a native of Upper Sandusky, Ohio, was a three-time Ohio State Amateur champion, won the 2000 Big Ten Conference championship and was a four-time All-Big Ten player. She played on the 2002 U.S. Curtis Cup team and distinguished herself as a professional, leading the Futures Tour in earnings in 2007 and playing three seasons on the LPGA.
She spent one year each as an assistant coach at Michigan State and Duke before being hired last year at UF.