Aug. 18, 2005
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming Athletics Director Gary Barta announced today the hiring of Josey Stender (Edwards) as head coach of the Wyoming women's golf program.
Stender comes to UW from Boise, Idaho where she has been the Communications Director for the Idaho Golf Association. A collegiate golfer at the University of Memphis from 1998-2002, she served as a graduate assistant intern in 2003. Formerly Josey Edwards, she will marry Jeff Stender on Aug. 20th.
"We conducted a national search to find someone who can take us to the next level, someone who will fit at Wyoming," stated Barta. "I'm excited to have Josey on board."
On June 1 of this year, Barta announced the restructuring of Wyoming's men's and women's golf programs. Joe Jensen was elevated from his position of head men's coach, where he has served for the past four years, and was named Director of both the UW men's and women's programs.
"I am thrilled to work with Josey and look forward to the continued improvement of Cowgirl Golf within a very strong Mountain West Conference," said Jensen. "She is prepared for this position despite being young in the business, and will be a great role model for the girls because of her background as a successful student-athlete."
Jensen will remain as Cowboy head coach and will oversee all aspects of Wyoming's golf teams, while Stender will function primarily with the UW women's squad, also serving as the Assistant Director under Jensen. As the assistant director, Stender will be very involved in multiple aspects of Wyoming Golf, including outreach, recruiting, practice and scheduling. She will begin her position at UW on Sept. 1.
"It has been a dream of mine to become a head coach," said Stender. "This opportunity at Wyoming was very appealing and a great fit for me. Wyoming is very similar to my home in Idaho, and I was impressed with the school and facilities during my visit.
"I'm excited to have a talented young team that I can grow with and build upon. The Mountain West Conference is one of the top golf conferences in the nation, which should be a good selling point for recruits and certainly was for me."
The MWC regularly produces teams that are nationally ranked in women's golf, with seven of the nine member schools sponsoring women's golf programs. Five MWC schools finished the 2004-05 year ranked in Golfweek's Top 50, led by New Mexico at number 15. The seven MWC women's golf programs are: Wyoming, Brigham Young, Colorado State, New Mexico, San Diego State, TCU and UNLV.
The Wyoming women will return six golfers from their 2004-05 team, including sophomore Laura Mengelkamp, who won an individual tournament title her freshman year, as well as ranking 14th in the MWC for stroke avg.
Stender earned her bachelor's degree in education, with an emphasis on Sports and Leisure Studies/Sports Management from Memphis in 2001, and then earned her Master's of Science in Sports and Leisure Commerce from Memphis in 2004. An accomplished student, she received numerous academic honors during her playing career, including being named to the National Golf Coaches Association All-Scholar Athlete team in 2002-03.
The 25-year old Idaho native was a successful amateur golfer, winning three state high school titles, earning the 1999 Idaho Women's Amateur Championship, as well as being named the Rocky Mountain PGA Female Amateur Golfer of the Year in 1999. She was a member of the USGA Idaho State Team in 2003, and was a participant at the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship in 2004. Stender was runner-up in the 2001 Pacific Northwest Golf Association Women's Amateur Championship.