Former Linfield College standout Brynn Hurdus has been hired to lead the women’s golf program, director of athletics Scott Carnahan announced Monday.
Hurdus, a 2011 Linfield graduate and four-time all-Northwest Conference selection, replaces interim coach James Yen. Yen filled in during the spring portion of the 2011-12 season after Brian Trowbridge resigned at the midway point. Hurdus becomes the seventh coach in program history, including Yen’s interim tenure.
“I am excited Brynn has accepted our offer to become our women's golf coach,” said Carnahan. “As a former student-athlete at Linfield, she has a great understanding of Linfield and the Northwest Conference and brings a genuine enthusiasm and desire to build the program back to where it can compete for the NWC championship.”
Linfield last won a NWC crown in 2003, the fourth of four consecutive titles under retired coach Marty Bergan. The Wildcats placed fifth in the NWC in 2011-12.
Regarded as one of the most consistent performers in program history, Hurdus was runner-up at the NWC Championship Tournament three times, in 2008, 2009 and 2011, and shared fourth place individually in 2010. Statistically, she owns the lowest career scoring average (82.96) of any Wildcat since the program was established in 1996.
Hurdus served as Wildcats team captain and was an academic all-district selection as a sophomore while majoring in environmental studies and music.
A native of Gig Harbor, Wash., and a graduate of Gig Harbor High School, Hurdus was a three-time most valuable player and four-time state tournament participant.
GETTING TO KNOW NEW WOMEN’S GOLF COACH BRYNN HURDUS
What excites you about the opportunity to take over as head coach at your alma mater?
"There is such a strong sense of support and community at Linfield, and I am thrilled to be back in such a way that I can help the women's golf team achieve its full potential. I had such a great experience at Linfield and being a part of the golf team, and I am looking forward to providing a place for the team to grow as players, teammates, and individuals. Additionally, I know many of the current players from my time at Linfield, and I am honored to return as their coach. I am looking forward to the season ahead and am proud to be representing Linfield!"
What importance will you place on student-athletes balancing participation in golf while at the same time maintaining high academic performance?
"I have always placed strong value on balancing academics, athletics, and extra-curricular activities, while maintaining a high performance in all that you do. I certainly believe in the well-rounded individual, but never to the point where one is stretched to mediocrity. High academic performance will always be expected of the team, as will a strong dedication to performance on the golf course."
What is your approach to this position?
"With a background of the players and the women's golf team here, I know there is already a strong sense of camaraderie and support among the players. However, I seek to unify the players on a deeper level – one in which teammates can connect with one another through a common goal: always striving to be better. Encouragement from teammates and myself to continue to set higher expectations and find the drive to achieve and surpass these goals is vital in growing both individually and as a team."
What are your goals and expectations?
"Knowing many of the players on the team already, I am very aware of the potential each player has, and we should certainly be setting our sights to placing high in each and every tournament. Many of the teams in our conference have been building their programs over the past few years, and I am looking forward to seeing the same results with our women's team. We have a very solid foundation of strong players, and with the right mentality and strive to continuously raise expectations, I have no doubt we will see great improvement. However, this mentality comes from a place greater than simply on the golf course. In order to find consistent, positive results, one must practice this dedication and strength in all parts of one's life. Golf is a sport of individual drive, integrity, and a respectful attitude, and I will always expect my team to portray dedication as golfers as well as people."