The return to national prominence for North Texas golf has been led by sixth-year head coach Brad Stracke.
Since taking the reins of the program in December of 2009, Stracke
has taken the Mean Green golf program to heights it hasn't seen in over 40 years.
was named the 2013 Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year for the first time in his
Stracke was just the fifth coach in school history to win Coach of the Year honors and it was the first time since 2003 a North Texas coach has captured the award.
also brought out the best in Rodolfo Cazaubon.
Since taking over, Stracke
has had 12 players earn all-conference honors in five seasons.
The Mean Green captured the 2012 Sun Belt Conference Championship, the first conference title since 2003 and another bid to the NCAA Tournament.
In 2010-11, Stracke
led the Mean Green to the first at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, and it marks the first time that North Texas has been in the NCAA Tournament in back-to-back seasons since 1974-75.
led the Mean Green to a top-5 finish in nine of the 11 tournaments in 2010-11.
In 2009, Stracke
led North Texas to a third-place finish at the Sun Belt Conference Championship as they posted the lowest team score of the season.
Stracke brings a wealth of experience and a championship pedigree to North Texas after spending time as a highly successful assistant coach and head coach.
Prior to North Texas, Stracke spent the previous three years as an assistant coach at Florida and he was the head coach at Indian Hills Community College for nine seasons from 1996-05, winning a NJCAA National Championship.
At Florida, Stracke
helped guide the Gators to the NCAA Championship three straight seasons, culminating with a second-place finish in 2006.
That year the Gators won the West Regional Championship with a tournament record score of 37-under par.
Florida finished ninth at the NCAA Championship in 2007 and 11th in 2008.
In three years at Florida, Stracke
also coached six All-Americans, eight SEC All-Conference players, and one Walker Cup player.
At Indian Hills
team won the national championship in 2000 and had six straight seasons of finishing either first, second, or third at the national championship.
coach 21 All-Americans at Indian Hills
and led them to its first number one ranking and national title.
Stracke earned an associate of arts degree in arts and science at IHCC in 1990.
He also earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1993, where he played for the Blazers.
After redshirting his
junior year, Stracke
won all-conference honors in 1993.
As a professional player, Stracke
was a sectional qualifier for the U.S. Open in 1995 and earned a top-10 finish in Player of the Year Points in 1995 and 1996.
won the Lake Bracken Pro-Select in 1996, the Fort Dodge Pro-Am in 1996 and the Bos Landen Prairie Tour event in 1997.