Duke University Women’s Golf Head Coach Dan Brooks has announced the hiring of Emily Bastel as assistant coach effective immediately. Bastel, who is currently a professional golfer on the Duramed FUTURES Tour, will become the third full-time assistant women’s golf coach for the Blue Devils replacing Jan Dowling, who took the head coaching position at the University of Florida.
“I’m extremely excited to be joining the Duke program,” said Bastel. “For a long time, I’ve admired Coach Brooks and the program that he’s created at Duke and sustained for so many years. This is a tremendous opportunity and I’m really thankful to Coach Brooks and to the University for giving me this opportunity.”
Bastel will begin her second stint as an assistant coach as she was an assistant at Michigan State in 2002-03.
“I’m very excited to rejoin the coaching ranks,” said Bastel. “I’ve kept tabs on collegiate golf and people in the business since I left and started playing professionally. It will be great to be able to help student-athletes grow and get better. But at the same time, it will be great to see all the familiar faces. It’s a small world out there and a very close-knit atmosphere, so I’m excited to be back in that coaching environment, but also at the University setting.”
A 2002 graduate of Michigan State, Bastel is a very accomplished golfer playing on the LPGA Tour in 2005, 2006 and 2008, while notching two top 10 finishes. She also competed on the Duramed Futures Tour in 2004, 2007 and 2009 earning 2007 Player of the Year accolades and was the leading money winner.
“I couldn’t be any more excited,” commented Brooks on the hiring of Bastel. “Emily brings a lot of experience as a player. She played well in college, developed her game in college and went on to develop her game and became one of the better professionals. She played on the tour for three years, while placing sixth and first on the FUTURES Tour money lists in back-to-back seasons. That level of professional play will be a great benefit for us.”
She led the FUTURES Tour with winnings of $59,779 to earn exempt status for the 2008 LPGA Tour season. In 2007, Bastel registered victories at the 2007 Jalapeno Duramed FUTURES Golf Classic with a total of six-under-par, 210, and also at the 2007 Michelob ULTRA Duramed FUTURES Players Championship with a 10-under-par, 278. She has notched career earnings of $94,883 on the FUTURES Tour.
Bastel competed on the victorious U.S. Curtis Cup squad in 2002, 2002 U.S. World Cup Team, was a semifinalist at the 2001 U.S. Women’s Amateur, played in three U.S. Women’s Open Championships (2002, 2004 and 2005) and is a three-time Ohio State Women’s Amateur Champion in 1999, 2001 and 2003.
“Duke’s student-athletes have so many resources available to them, both athletically and academically, and I would just like to add my knowledge of the game to the mix so we can continue to attract top recruits to Duke,” commented Bastel. “I’ve had success at all levels of the game, and I feel like I can contribute and help student-athletes know what it takes to compete at all levels and grow as athletes and as people. I’ve had ups and downs in my career and I believe all of those experiences have helped me to be a better athlete and a better person. I’m excited to share those experiences with Duke student-athletes, because I’m not too far removed from what they’re dealing with, being a collegiate athlete, but I also have a little more experience and maturity from what I’ve gone through the last six years playing professionally.”
During her career at Michigan State, Bastel was a 2002 NGCA All-America, two-time Michigan State Athlete of the Year, four-time All-Big Ten selection, 2002 Big Ten Women’s Golf Player of the Year, 1999 Big Ten Freshman of the Year and won a total of four tournaments. She was also a three-time All-Big Ten Academic honoree.
“Any time you have somebody on your staff who has played at the highest level along with sustaining that level of play for a pretty long period of time -- that’s invaluable,” commented Brooks. “Whenever she is meeting with a player or working with a player, she can talk from experience.”
Bastel received a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing in 2002 and is a native of Upper Sandusky, Ohio.
THE EMILY BASTEL FILE Name: Emily Bastel Hometown: Upper Sandusky, Ohio Education: Michigan State, 2002 (Bachelor of Arts in Marketing) Collegiate Athletic Experience: Golf (Michigan State, 1999-2002) Collegiate Coaching Experience: Michigan State (Assistant coach from 2002-03)