Menzel named head coach for Iowa women

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IOWA CITY, Iowa - Megan Menzel has been selected as the head coach for the University of Iowa women's golf program, athletic director Gary Barta announced today. Menzel joins the Hawkeyes after serving as a teaching professional at the Denver Country Club since 2009.

Menzel replaces Kelly Crawford, who resigned at season's end. The Hawkeyes finished the season ranked No. 121 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.

"The University of Iowa has always been a very special place to me, and I look forward to carrying on the strong academic and athletic traditions of this great university," Menzel said. "The golf team has great leadership returning and a strong freshman class. I look forward to our team climbing the ranks in the Big Ten Conference and establishing a national reputation of excellence."

Menzel, who was born in Cedar Rapids, brings a wealth of collegiate coaching experience with her to Iowa City, having served as the head coach at three schools: Boise State (1998-99), Colorado State (2000-2002) and Kansas (2002-04).

After two seasons in Lawrence and five seasons as a head coach, Menzel resigned her post as the Jayhawks' head coach to focus on her growing family. Menzel returned to teaching as the assistant golf professional at Lawrence Country Club from 2007 to '09. In April 2009, she joined the teaching staff at Denver Country Club in Colorado.

"We are very excited to add Megan as our head women's golf coach," Barta said. "Megan brings a wealth of coaching and teaching experience to our program. She shares the Iowa values and has a proven track record in building programs. We are confident in Megan's ability to develop our student-athletes and move our women's golf program forward."

Menzel's first coaching opportunity came at Boise State, where she was in charge of the program during the 1998-99 campaign at age 23. She recruited the first NCAA regional individual qualifier in school history.

After one season in Boise, Menzel took over as head coach at Colorado State in July 2000. During her stint with the Rams, she recruited and coached the 2002 Mountain West Conference individual champion. Her squad qualified for NCAA regionals in 2001 and 2002 and claimed the 2001 CSU Invitational team title.

Menzel played at New Mexico from 1993 to '97, leading the Lobos to three Western Athletic Conference titles (1994, 1995, 1996). The two-time team captain (1995, 1996), was a two-time academic all-conference selection and the 1996-97 Bank of America Academic Athlete of the Year.

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