Aug. 2, 2013
By Matt Burkholder
FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State Director of Athletics Thomas Boeh announced Friday afternoon that Emily Milberger will become the second head coach in program history to lead the women's golf team at Fresno State.
The newest member of the Bulldog family succeeds Angie Cates-Moore, Fresno State's only head coach since its inaugural 2004-05 season, who stepped down after nine seasons with the 'Dogs.
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.
"I would like to thank Thomas Boeh and the search committee for this opportunity and look forward to stepping into this respected program that is known for its success on and off the course," Milberger said. "I am extremely honored to be expanding the history and tradition of excellence that Coach Cates-Moore has established here in the Valley. I can't wait to showcase to the Red Wave the future successes of Fresno State women's golf."
While coaching at Montana, Milberger 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'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.
"Emily will be a wonderful addition to our coaching staff and we are delighted that she will lead our women's golf program," Boeh said. "It was very clear throughout the search process that Emily brings to Fresno State a top-flight professional skill set and a passion for the game that will ensure the continued growth of our women's golf team into one of the finest of the Mountain West Conference."
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 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 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 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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