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Jonathan Dismuke enters his fourth season as the leader of the University of Houston golf program in 2012-13. With the addition of the Women's Golf program in 2013-14, Dismuke assumed the new title of Director of Golf and will oversee both programs.
As a student-athlete, assistant coach and head coach, Dismuke has enjoyed tremendous success throughout his collegiate golf career while competing against the nation's top players and teams.
As impressive as his and his teams' achievements have been on the course, he also has worked dligently behind the scenes to continue to move Cougar Golf forward.
In the spring of 2010, Dismuke played a key role in brokering a partnership with Redstone Golf Club to make that facility the Cougars' home course.
He also worked closely with administrators, alumni and the community to raise funds for the construction of the Dave Williams Golf Academy at Redstone Golf Club.
This first-class facility offers the latest technology and amenties for Cougar student-athletes and makes Houston the only school in the state of Texas that can boast of a home course/practice facility that annually hosts a PGA TOUR event. It officially opened to the public in August 2012.
AT HOME IN HOUSTON
In the spring season alone, his teams earned top-three finishes at the Rice Intercollegiate and the Border Olympics.
Individually, his student-athletes garnered six-top-five finishes, including a second-place showing from James Ross at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic and third-place finishes from Roman Robledo and Jesse Droemer.
With his fifth-place finish at the C-USA Championships in late April 2012, Robledo was named to the Tournament All-Tournament Team, only days after being recognized as a member of the league's All-Freshman Team.
The team's accomplishments were not limited to the course. Five Cougars were named to the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll with Ross earning a place on the C-USA All-Academic Team and as a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-American Scholar.
Armed with one of the nation's youngest lineups in 2010-11, Dismuke led the Cougars to five top-five team finishes and seven top-10 finishes throughout the season, including a second-place showing at the Cabo Collegiate in the second tournament of the fall.
The Cougars regularly competed with five student-athletes in their first seasons in the scarlet and white, including four true freshmen.
Overcoming a challenging stretch late in the spring, Dismuke guided the Cougars to a tie for fourth place at the Conference USA Championships. It was the program's highest finish at the league's annual postseason event since 2003.
Appearing in his first collegiate postseason tournament, Curtis Reed tied for fifth on the individual leaderboard and was named to the league's All-Tournament Team.
Dismuke wasted little time in making his impact felt with the Cougars during his first season, though he was not hired until mid-July 2009 and forced to play catch-up both on the recruiting trail and in building the team's schedule.
The Cougars captured the team championship at the Husky Invitational to wrap up the 2009 fall season in only the fourth tournament of his head coaching career.
In addition to the team title, Jackie Lindsey won medalist honors at the Husky Invitational with four Cougars finishing among the top-seven individual leaders at that event.
When the Cougars opened the 2010 spring season at their own Redstone Challenge at Redstone Golf Club, Dismuke led Houston to a second-place team finish with Clark Mitzner earning medalist honors.
Mitzner also was twice named the Conference USA Golfer of the Week during a three-week stretch in February, while Matt Eschenburg captured the award in October.
By the time that the season was finished, Dismuke had led the Cougars to six top-10 team-finishes, including four straight midway through the season - with three top-five finishes.
JOINING THE COUGARS
It was that kind of success, as a student-athlete and as a coach, that made Houston administrators feel confident that Dismuke was the right man for the job.
"Jonathan is regarded as a rising star in the business, a quality individual and will serve as a great role model for our student-athletes as he helps to prepare them to be champions for life," Rhoades said. "He truly cares about the total well being of his student-athletes and demands excellence from them in all areas of their lives."
Dismuke joined a golf program that historically has ranked among the best in NCAA history, winning 16 NCAA team national championships and eight NCAA individual national crowns.
The program also has produced 19 team conference champions, 20 individual conference champs and 44 All-America honorees while former Cougars on the PGA Tour have won nealry $130 million during their careers.
"Much of what attracted me to the University of Houston is the past success of the golf program," Dismuke said. "It is one of the most decorated programs in collegiate golf history, and I am excited to have the opportunity to be a part of this special program."
AS AN ASSISTANT COACH
As an assistant at Texas A&M during the 2008-09 season, Dismuke helped lead the Aggies to their first NCAA golf national championship.
After emerging from tournament play, the Aggies claimed a 3-2 win against Arkansas in the final match to win the crown.
He played a key role in advising Bronson Burgoon, who hit a 125-yard gap wedge from the deep rough far to the right of the fairway to within three inches of the 18th hole at Inverness Golf Club to clinch the match for the Aggies. Writers with Golfweek magazine called it "one of the best shots in college golf history."
Prior to joining Texas A&M, Dismuke served as an assistant coach at Mississippi from 2006 to 2008. During the 2006-07 season, he helped lead the Rebels to the NCAA East Regional and a fourth-place showing at the SEC Championship.
During Dismuke's final season at Mississippi in 2008, the Rebels overcame an eighth-place finish at the SEC Championship to place sixth at the NCAA East Regional at Council Fire Golf Club in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Mississippi continued its impressive postseason run with a 16th-place finish at the NCAA Championships on the Kampen Course in West Lafayette, Ind.
For his efforts that season, Dismuke was honored as a finalist for the Jan Strickland Assistant Coach of the Year Award, presented by Taylor-Made-Adidas Golf.
As a four-year letterman at Auburn, he competed in four NCAA Regionals and three NCAA Championships and was a member of the 2002 Tiger team that won the SEC championship.
His individual career was highlighted by numerous top-five showings, including a third-place finish at the 2004 NCAA Regional. That same season, he earned All-SEC honors and was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
As a senior in 2004, he posted a three-round score of 211, including a 69 in the second round, at the Yale University Golf Club, at the NCAA East Regional to finish in a tie for fourth at that event.
Advancing to the NCAA Championship, he opened the nation's top collegiate event with an impressive 68 and led the Tigers with a three-round score of 217 to finish among the top-40 leaders.
Dismuke is one of only two Tigers in school history to compete in 11 NCAA Championship rounds and joins seven other Tigers who competed in 12 NCAA Regional rounds during their collegiate careers.
A native of Calhoun, Miss., Dismuke has a decorated background on the course. He was the 1997 Mississippi State Junior Champion and was the Mississippi Junior Player of the Year in 1998.
His amateur career included a victory at the Greystone Invitational (Birmingham, Ala.), where he set the competitive course record (65) and the tournament scoring record (202). He also set the Course Record at Mobile Country Club (Mobile, Ala.) en route to a third-place finish at the 2003 Labor Day Invitational.
Dismuke qualified for the 1999 USGA U.S. Public Links Championship and the 2002 and 2004 U.S. Amateurs. In addition, he played two years of professional golf on the NGA Hooters Tour and received the NGA Golf Achievement Award in 2005. He also attended the PGA Tour Qualifying School in 2004 and 2005.
Following his collegiate playing days, Dismuke received his bachelor's degree in education from Auburn in 2004.
He and his wife Maggie were married in November 2009. They have a daughter, Anna Katherine, and the family lives in Humble.