Brenny’s tenure at Minnesota ends abruptly
Katie Brenny has resigned as Minnesota’s women’s coach, only two months after returning to her home state, Golfweek has learned.
Brenny, the Gophers’ associate head coach, had been handpicked by first-year director of golf John Harris, a legend in Minnesota golf who won the 1993 U.S. Amateur and recently has played the Champions Tour.
Brenny confirmed her resignation but would not comment further. Harris and UM athletic director Joel Maturi were traveling and unavailable for comment, according to a university spokesman, who confirmed Brenny’s resignation. Brenny’s replacement has not been named.
In July, Harris replaced Brad James as head of the UM golf program. James left Minnesota to become high-performance director for Golf Australia and the Australia Institute of Sport in his homeland.
The Gophers played in four events this fall and rank No. 42 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings. Brenny did not accompany the team to any of the events. Ernie Rose, Harris’ son-in-law and the Gophers’ director of instruction, traveled with the team as coach in the fall.
Brenny, 30, a native of Little Falls, Minn., came to Minnesota after spending time as an assistant club professional at Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort. She played professionally on the Duramed Futures Tour and on the Women’s Canadian Tour. Brenny won the 1998 Minnesota high school championship and the 2007 State Amateur. She played at Wake Forest, where she graduated with a communications degree.