Klein leaves San Diego State after 2 seasons
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Emilee Klein has resigned as head coach of the San Diego State women’s team after two years at the helm, the school announced Tuesday.
“Emilee came in and lifted our program to another level by going to the NCAA tournament two years in a row,” said San Diego State athletic director Jim Sterk in a statement. “We are thankful for her great work at SDSU and wish her the best in her new career. We plan to start a national search for our next head coach immediately.”
Klein led the Aztecs to consecutive NCAA regional appearances for the first time in school history. She came to San Diego State after serving as head women’s coach at the University of Central Florida for four years. Klein competed on the LPGA for 11 seasons (1995-2005), winning three tournaments: the 1996 Weetabix Women’s British Open, the 1996 Ping Welch’s Championship and the 2001 Michelob Light Classic.
“I want to thank San Diego State for this opportunity, because I have loved my time here,” Klein said in a statement. “It’s a bittersweet moment for me, but I’m excited to follow in my dad’s footsteps into the insurance industry. I wish only great things for the golf program and will continue to support San Diego State through and through.”