Cantu named Maryland women's coach

Ken Venturi makes the final putt on the 18th green during the U.S. Open Golf Championship at the Congressional Country Club course in Bethesda, Md., on June 20, 1964. Despite suffering from severe dehydration and exhaustion due to the 100-degree heat, Venturi went to win the event with a score of 278.

Cantu named Maryland women's coach

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Cantu named Maryland women's coach

Baylor assistant coach Diana Cantú has been named head women’s golf coach at the University of Maryland.

Cantú spent the last three seasons as the assistant coach for Jay Goble at Baylor. In her first year with the Lady Bears, she helped guide the squad to just the second NCAA Championship appearance in program history.

“I am honored to be leading the University of Maryland women’s golf program and I want to thank Kevin Anderson and associate athletic director Ryan Bowles for this incredible opportunity,” Cantú said. “Maryland has an outstanding reputation both academically and in athletics. I am looking forward to continuing to grow this great program coach Jason Rodenhaver has built and taking it to new heights.”

As a student-athlete at the University of Tennessee, Cantú put together one of the finest careers in Lady Vols women’s golf history as a member of three NCAA Championship teams (2006-07, 2008-09, 2009-10). She earned All-SEC honors as a senior and ranks eighth in Tennessee history in stroke average (76.16) and second in career rounds played (130).

“I’m so happy for Diana. She will do a great job as the head coach at Maryland. She was a great player during her career at Tennessee and she has gained coaching experience working for coach Goble at Baylor. I look forward to seeing her representing Maryland on the road recruiting and in tournament play,” Tennessee head coach Judi Pavon said.

Prior to arriving to Tennessee, the Monterrey, Mexico, native captured the 2005 Mexican Amateur title and was the runner-up in 2006. Cantú has been a member of the Mexican National Team since 2005 and won an individual silver medal to help lead Mexico to team gold at the 2007 University Games in Thailand.

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