Selders resigns as SMU coach after 10 years

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Todd Selders resigned as head women’s golf coach at Southern Methodist after the fall semester. Selders, who was hired in February 2000, is a two-time coach of the year: 2004 in the Western Athletic Conference and 2006 in Conference USA. SMU finished the 2005-06 season with a Golfweek/Sagarin Ranking of 27th, its best finish under Selders.

SMU is ranked No. 134 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings after the fall season, and will begin its season spring season Feb. 13 at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic.

Phone and e-mail messages left with Senders were not immediately returned.

“At SMU, our goal is to be successful on a national level,” SMU athletic director Steve Orsini said. “There is a tradition of winning here, and with the support of this tremendous university, as well as our new home for SMU golf at the Dallas Athletic Club’s 36-hole facility, there is no reason we cannot again be a national contender in women’s golf. We think there is great potential here and that this opening is a tremendous opportunity for the right individual. We will win and graduate our student-athletes at SMU, and we will find the coach that will help us reach that goal.”

Assistant coach Emily Milberger is handling the day-to-day activities as SMU conducts a search for a replacement. A spokesperson in the athletic department said the university could have a new coach in place soon or at the end of the season, depending on the applicant pool.

During winter break, SMU added Spaniard Maria Elena Villamil to its roster. Villamil, a native of Madrid, was a member of the Spanish National Team and took medalist honors at the 2010 Spanish International Ladies Junior Amateur Championship, the 2010 Madrid Ladies Championship and the 2009 Province of Albacete Spain Championship.

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