Gerrod Chadwell became the first head coach in Houston Women's Golf history with his hiring in May 2013 and has wasted little time in putting the Cougars in the national spotlight.
His resume is decorated with team national championships, individual national champions, NCAA Championships and NCAA Regional appearances and Coach of the Year honors and has continued to develop during his Houston tenure.
Although Houston competed in only its second year of existence and first season of team eligibility in 2014-15, Chadwell led the Cougars to the NCAA San Antonio Regional, a first in program history.
Houston enjoyed six top-5 team finishes and five top-3 showings in 2014-15 and made history on March 9-10, 2015, by capturing the program's first team championship by 15 strokes over second-place Texas at the UNF Collegiate.
Megan Thothong became only the second player in school history to win an individual title, closing that tournament with a Final-Round 68 on the way to a 1-stroke victory.
Raegan Bremer and Yuka Kajiki were named to the All-American Athletic Conference Team with Bremer earning the postseason honor for the second straight season.
Off the course, Thothong, Courtney Ferguson, Emily Gilbreth, Kelli Rollo, Yuka Kajiki and Courtney Tibiletti were named to the American Athletic Conference All-Academic Team.
In 2013-14, Chadwell guided Bremer, Ferguson and Gilbreth as the founding members of the first Houston Women's Golf team in school history. While those three young women could only compete as individuals in tournament play per NCAA rules, they helped lay the foundation for the program.
Under Chadwell's leadership, Bremer posted four top-10 finishes and etched her name in the Houston records book forever after winning the HBU Husky Invitational individual title with a score of 221. She was named to the All-American Athletic Conference Team and was a two-time American Athletic Conference Golfer of the Week.
Ferguson posted four top-20 showings with Gilbreth adding a pair of two-20 finishes in their first seasons with the Cougars. Bremer, Ferguson and Gilbreth joined Rollo on the American Athletic Conference All-Academic Team.
|Full Name||Gerrod Dean Chadwell
|Born||Sept. 26, 1977
|Hometown||El Reno, Okla.
|Education||East Central 2003
Master's in sports administration
East Central 2002
Bachelor's in exercise science
El Reno High 1997
|2013 -||Houston, women's head coach|
|2010-13||Oklahoma, women's assistant coach|
|2008-10||Redlands CC, women's head coach|
|2005-07||David Pelz Golf, instructor|
|2002-03||Redlands CC, women's asst. coach|
|2015||NCAA San Antonio Regional|
|2013||NCAA Norman Regional|
|2012||NCAA West Regional|
|2011||NCAA West Regional|
|2012||NCAA Individual National
Champion Chirapat Jao-Javanil
|2012||Big 12 Champions|
|2009, 2008||NJCAA National Champions|
|2009, 2008||NJCAA Individual
National Champion Nicola Race
|2009, 2008||NJCAA Coach of the Year|
|16 Team Tournament Titles|
|18 Individual Tournament Titles|
Chadwell came to Houston after spending the previous three seasons at Oklahoma. There, he helped lead Oklahoma to three straight appearances in the NCAA Regionals from 2011 to 2013, two straight NCAA Championships berths and a No. 2 national ranking from Golf World/Women's Golf Coaches Association in 2012-13.
In three years at Oklahoma, Chadwell helped lead the Sooners to top-five team finishes in more than half of their tournaments, including nine of 10 in 2012-13 alone. In their most recent event, the Sooners finished second at the NCAA Norman Regional on May 9-11 with three players placing among the top-six individual leaders.
During his time with the Sooners, he was a part of teams that advanced to three consecutive NCAA Regionals in 2011, 2012 and 2013, won the 2012 Big 12 championship and finished sixth at the 2012 NCAA Championships, tying for the best showing in school history.
In 2012, he mentored Oklahoma's first NCAA national champion in Chirapat Jao-Javanil, who won the title by four strokes with a 6-under-par effort in Franklin, Tenn.
AT REDLANDS COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Before joining the Sooners, Chadwell served as head coach at Redlands Community College in his hometown of El Reno, Okla., from 2008 to 2010.
In addition to their on-course accomplishments, Chadwell's student-athletes at Oklahoma and Redlands CC also were successful in the classroom. His Sooner teams posted a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or higher each year with a 3.7 mark in 2011-12. During his career, he mentored a combined 11 NCAA and NJCAA Academic All-Americans.
As women's head coach at Redlands Community College. Chadwell led the Lady Cougars to the National Junior College Athletic Association national championships in 2008 and 2009 and a third-place showing in 2010 after winning the regional crown by an astounding 94 strokes.
He also guided Nicola Race, who captured the NJCAA individual national championships in 2008 and 2009. For his and his team's impressive efforts each season, he was named the National Coach of the Year in both 2008 and 2009.
Golf has been a part of Chadwell's life since the age of 14. As a student-athlete at El Reno, High, he led the Indians to a state runner-up finish as a senior and competed from 1997 to 2001 at East Central University in Ada, Okla.
As a collegian, he was honored as an All-American in 2001 and earned his bachelor's degree in exercise science in 2002. After receiving his master's degree in sports administration from East Central in 2003, he joined the staff at Redlands CC as assistant coach for the 2002-03 season. That year, he led the Lady Cougars to a third-place national finish.
From 2005 to 2007, Chadwell worked on the staff at Dave Pelz Golf, a nationally renowned school that has worked with numerous professionals, including Phil Mickleson, Vijay Singh and Annika Sorenstam. As an instructor there, he worked with all levels of players, from beginners to tour professionals.
He is single and lives in Houston.
WHAT THEY SAID
"I have no doubts Gerrod will be successful as a head coach. He has the ability to get the very best out of his players. He is a patient coach, and he gets to know his players on a personal level. Gerrod will be phenomenal, and I am so excited for him."
Amy Bond, Florida State Women's Golf Head Coach
"Gerrod is one of the great young coaches in women's college golf today. He is a tireless recruiter and is passionate about developing players. He will be a great fit for University of Houston and starting their women's program."
J.T. Horton, Clemson Women's Golf Head Coach