For the second year in a row, Fresno State's Hannah Sodersten has qualified for the United States Women's Amateur Public Links.
Milberger joins Fresno State after leading the University of Montana for the past two seasons as its head coach for the women's golf team.
Last Updated: Aug. 14, 2015
Emily Milberger-Loftin, the second head coach in Fresno State women's golf program history, enters her third season at the helm of the Bulldogs since being hired Aug. 2, 2013.
During Milberger-Loftin's sophomore campaign in 2014-15 she led the Bulldogs to several all-time program bests, including lowest single-round (285-Mountain View Collegiate), lowest three-round score (871-Mountain View Collegiate) and lowest team season scoring average (298.71). Her squad also posted the most birdies (291) and eagles (6) in a single season in school history.
The Bulldogs achieved their best national ranking in 2014-15 since the 2007-08 season.
She won the Fresno State Classic for the second-straight season. The Bulldogs clinched the top spot with a 21-stroke win over the second-place opponent and took the top three spots on the individual leaderboard en route to defending their title.
Milberger-Loftin's star pupil, senior Madchen Ly, reached the NCAA Regionals for a second consecutive season. In 2015 Ly was selected to play in the South Bend Regional. Ly fired a 7-over at the tournament to finish in a tie for 26th overall. Prior to the NCAA selection, Ly was named first-team All-Mountain West
Milberger-Loftin's team's achievements have also been held off the course, and in the classroom as well. The Fresno State women's golf team was recognized for its multi-year NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR). The Bulldogs earned the NCAA's highest possible multi-year score with a perfect mark of 1,000.
Additionally, four Bulldogs were named to the 2015 All-Mountain All-Academic team (Mimi Ho, Madchen Ly, Hannah Sodersten and Samantha Spencer). Three were named MW Scholar Athletes (Mimi Ho, Kayla Luis) and two were named Women's Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholars (Guðrún Brá Björgvinsdóttir and Mimi Ho).
In Milberger-Loftin's first season as head coach of the women's golf program, she guided freshman Guðrún Brá Björgvinsdóttir to an individual Mountain West Championship title - the third individual to claim a conference championship and first from the Mountain West. The Bulldogs freshman took first place at 2-over par, 218 (71-71-76), sinking 10 birdies in the process.
The championship marked Björgvinsdóttir's best career finish, while teammate Madchen Ly claimed sixth-place to help place the 'Dogs third overall at the Championship. Both of Milberger-Loftin's student-athletes were named to the All-Mountain West second-team at the conclusion of the season.
After her first season with the team, five members from the women's golf team were named to the All-Mountain All-Academic team and two were named Mountain West Scholar Athletes.
Milberger-Loftin joined Fresno State in 2013 after leading the University of Montana for two seasons as its head coach for the women's golf team.
While coaching at Montana, Milberger-Loftin led 38 women to top-25 finishes, secured the team record for the lowest three-round total in school history (903) and guided the Grizzlies to one team win along with two individual wins.
In Milberger-Loftin's first season she led an individual to a season scoring average of 76.30, the lowest average in program history and coached another to Big Sky Conference Freshman of the Year accolades.
Her team owned the highest athletics GPA (3.41) in the 2013 spring semester at UM and she has had seven selections on the Academic All-Big Sky Conference team in the past two seasons.
Prior to her seizing her first head coaching position at Montana, she spent two seasons as an assistant at Southern Methodist University (2009-2011) and served as the interim head coach for SMU during the spring of 2011.
Milberger-Loftin guided the Mustangs to a sixth-place finish that spring, just nine strokes behind league champion UTEP.
She began her coaching career at the University of Oklahoma, her alma mater. After serving as a graduate assistant from 2005-07, she moved into her first full-time coaching position. She continued to coach for the Sooners for two seasons (2007-09) before accepting her position with SMU.
Milberger-Loftin earned an undergraduate degree in marketing in May 2005, and then earned a master's degree in adult and higher education in May 2007, both from Oklahoma.
Originally from Olathe, Kan., Milberger-Loftin was a four-year letterwinner and four-time National Golf Coaches Association Academic All-American while at Oklahoma (2001-05). She was a second-team All-Big 12 selection as a senior and advanced to NCAA regionals in 2005 as an individual.
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