May 20, 2013
HOUSTON - Oklahoma assistant coach Gerrod Chadwell has been chosen to lead the first University of Houston Women's Golf program, Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Mack Rhoades and Director of Golf Jonathan Dismuke announced Monday afternoon.
Chadwell, who joins Houston as women's head coach on June 1, comes 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.
"When we began the search process, we focused on selecting an individual who is highly regarded in the industry, an exceptional fit with our core values and operating principles, created a dynamic vision for building a nationally competitive program and has experienced great success as a coach, recruiter and mentor of student-athletes," Rhoades said. "Gerrod quickly rose to the top amongst a number of highly-talented individuals who were interested in this position.
"Early in his career, both as a head and assistant coach, Gerrod has successfully demonstrated the ability to identify, recruit and develop student-athletes both on and off the course. He has had a tremendously positive impact on all teams he has been associated with both as a player and coach, demonstrating great leadership and the ability to realize the full potential and more from his student-athletes. His previous coaching achievements on the course speak for themselves and equally impressive are the academic achievements his former student-athletes have accomplished. We are excited Coach Chadwell is joining the Houston Athletics Family."
"We are pleased to welcome Gerrod to Houston Golf," said Dismuke, who just completed his fourth season at Houston. "Success has followed Gerrod at every school at which he has worked throughout his career. Everywhere he has coached, his student-athletes have developed and matured as competitors and as young women, and that translates into overwhelming team success at the highest levels. It's an exciting time to be a part of Houston Golf, and we could not find a better coach for the first women's team in our history."
"Being able to start this program from the first day was very appealing to me. As much of a challenge as it will be, it also will be a lot of fun," Chadwell said. "With the facilities at Redstone Golf Club and the talented players in this area, now was a great time for the University of Houston to add Women's Golf. When you look at the history of the men's program, it also can be done on the women's side, and I am looking forward to getting started."
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.
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.
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.
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING
"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
THE Gerrod Chadwell FILE
Full Name: Gerrod Dean Chadwell
Born: September 26, 1977
Hometown: El Reno, Okla.
Education: East Central University
Bachelor's in exercise science 2002
Master's in sports administration 2003
East Central 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 assistant coach
2013 NCAA Championships
2013 NCAA Norman Regional
2012 NCAA Championships
2012 NCAA West Regional
2011 NCAA West Regional
2012 NCAA Individual National Champion Chirapat Jao-Javanil
2012 Big 12 Champions
2009 NJCAA National Champions
2008 and 2009 NJCAA Individual National Champion Nicola Race
2009 NJCAA Coach of the Year
2008 NJCAA National Champions
2008 NJCAA Coach of the Year
15 team tournament titles
17 individual tournament titles
1997-01 East Central