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Jonathan Dismuke enters his sixth season with the University of Houston and his second as director of golf for the menâ?TMs and womenâ?TMs programs.
With the addition of the Womenâ?TMs Golf program in 2013-14, he will oversee both programs for the first time at Houston. He will continue to serve as menâ?TMs head coach.
As a student-athlete, assistant coach and head coach, Dismuke has enjoyed tremendous success throughout his collegiate golf career while competing against the nationâ?TMs top players and teams.
As impressive as his and his teamsâ?TM achievements have been on the course, he also has worked dligently behind the scenes to continue to move Houston Golf forward.
Dismuke played a key role in brokering a partnership with Golf Club of Houston to make that facility the Cougarsâ?TM 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 Golf Club of Houston.
This first-class facility offers the latest technology and amenties for Houston 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.
In the spring of 2014, Houston Golf opened the Mike and Pat Booker Short-Game Facility at Golf Club of Houston.
AT HOME IN HOUSTON
Houston enjoyed four team championships in 2013-14, including three straight to open the spring season. Included in that impressive streak was a team title at the Querencia Cabo Collegiate on March 2-4, ending defending national champion Alabamaâ?TMs 11-tournament winning streak.
Roman Robledo won three individual titles, while Kyle Pilgrim earned the teamâ?TMs first individual championship, thanks to a final-round 66 at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic on Sept. 24, 2013.
For the third straight season, the Cougars advanced to the NCAA postseason with a berth at the NCAA Eugene Regional as the No. 2 seed. With a fourth-place showing there, Houston advanced as a team to the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2001.
Competing at the nationâ?TMs premier collegiate event, the Cougars finished 10th overall, falling just two place shy of advancing to match play. James Ross tied for third overall with a score of 5-under-par 206, thanks to a final-round 66, while Robledo tied for 19th.
Houston also excelled in the classroom. Ross, Pilgrim, Curtis Reed, Bryn Flanagan, Blair Hamilton, Wincent Martino, Emmett Oh and Jesse Droemer were named to the American Athletic Conference All-Academic Team with Ross, Pilgrim and Reed being named Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars.
The Cougars enjoyed tremendous success during the 2012-13 season. As a team, the Cougars finished among the top-five leaders in each of their first eight tournaments with wins at the Lone Star Invitational and the Border Olympics.
In late April, Dismuke led the Cougars to the Conference USA Championship team and individual titles for the first time since 2001. With that, the program also returned to NCAA Regional play for the second consecutive season.
Robledo drained a 30-foot birdie on the final hole of the final round to clinch the team championship for the Cougars and the individual title for himself.
He and Reed were named to the All-Conference USA First Team, while Wesley McClain earned a place on the Second Team. For his and his teamâ?TMs impressive accomplishments, Dismuke was named the Conference USA Coach of the Year, a first for the program since 1999.
During the 2011-12 season, Dismuke led the Cougars back to the NCAA postseason as a team and guided his squad to 11 top-10 team finishes, including a share of the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic championship.
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 Ross at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic and third-place finishes from 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 leagueâ?TMs All-Freshman Team.
The teamâ?TMs accomplishments were not limited to the course. Five Cougars were named to the Conference USA Commissionerâ?TMs 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 nationâ?TMs 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.
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 teamâ?TMs 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 â?" with three top-five finishes.
JOINING THE COUGARS
"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," Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Mack 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."
AS AN ASSISTANT COACH
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.
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.
He and his wife Maggie have a daughter, Anna Katherine, and a son, George McKinley. The family lives in Humble.