DURHAM, N.C. - Duke University Women's Golf Head Coach Dan Brooks announced the hiring of Jeanne Cho as assistant coach on Tuesday. Cho replaces Emily Bastel, who served one year as an assistant coach with the Blue Devils.
"I can't think of a better place than Duke to start my coaching career," said Cho, "I've always looked at Coach Brooks with the utmost respect. It's a great opportunity to learn from him and be part of such a wonderful program. It's an honor."
Cho arrives in Durham with an impressive resume, which includes six years of professional play on both the Duramed FUTURES Tour and the LPGA Tour. In April of 2010, Cho accepted the position of corporate marketing coordinator for the PGA TOUR.
"When I was given an opportunity to get into the corporate world with the PGA Tour, I wanted to expand my horizon and learn the other side, the business side of golf, and through that experience I learned so much in the short amount of time I was there," commented Cho.
"When this opportunity came to me with Duke, I just couldn't pass it up," said Cho. "This was a sign that maybe it was time for me to move on and really give coaching a try. I have always had a high interest in coaching at the collegiate level. I just didn't know when the time would be right."
Although Duke will inaugurate Cho's coaching career, her vast experience began in her teens, with a 1999 victory of the Japan Junior Masters and as a member of the French Junior National Team in 1999. She then took her talents to the University of Florida, where she thrived as both a student and an athlete, winning two collegiate events, earning two selections to the All-SEC Second Team and achieving numerous academic awards including the NGCA Academic All-American Award three times and Verizon Academic All-America as a senior. She graduated cum laude in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Quantitative Sciences.
Cho pursued a professional golf career after graduating, playing on the Duramed FUTURES Tour from 2004-06 and the LPGA Tour from 2007-09.
"I think I'm in a good position to prepare them, to mentor them," Cho commented on what she will offer the players." I haven't been off the tour for that long. I look forward to sharing my experiences and lessons that I have accumulated, not just the golf game, but the lifestyle that comes with the career."
Brooks anticipates the addition of a coach who offers an array of skills and accrued knowledge of all aspects of the game.
"Jeanne has a wealth of experience having played as a professional for six years. She was an All-America golfer at Florida and was an excellent student there. She speaks four languages fluently (English, French, Korean, Spanish). She's very well spoken. I very much look forward to bringing her onto the team. A lot of the players who come onto the team have dreams of being pros, and so having someone who's not only played on the FUTURES Tour, but was exempt on the LPGA Tour, she can talk from experience about what it's like to be a professional."
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