Campbell Assistant Jenny Bruun Hired As Head Women's Golf Coach at Memphis

May 18, 2004
Contact: Stan Cole

Campbell Assistant Jenny Bruun Hired As Head Women's Golf Coach at Memphis

MEMPHIS , TENN. -- The University of Memphis has hired Jenny Bruun as its head women's golf coach. Bruun, who has spent the last two seasons as assistant men's and women's coach at Campbell , will replace Sheryl Maize at the helm of the Lady Tiger program.

Over the past two seasons, Bruun helped guide the Campbell men's and women's teams to four tournament victories, including the 2004 Atlantic Sun Women's Championship.

"We are very pleased to have Jennifer Bruun join the University of Memphis athletic family," said Athletic Director R.C. Johnson. "She has an outstanding resume as both a player and young coach and I'm sure she will have the same success at Memphis that she has had at Campbell ."

Bruun, a former University of Minnesota standout, spent the last two seasons at Campbell assisting with both the men's and women's teams. The 2004 women's team won the Atlantic Sun Championship and qualified for their second straight NCAA Regional, finishing 14th in the team competition, while Josefina Usandizaga finished 12th overall.

During Bruun's first year with the Fighting Camel program, Campbell won four tournament titles, had six players earn all-conference honors and had senior Sharon O'Neill named the A-Sun Conference Women's Golfer of the Year. In 2004, eight CU golfers were named all-conference while head coach John Crooks was tabbed as the A-Sun Women's Coach of the Year.

Bruun was a three-year starter on the Golden Gopher golf team and played in 32 events during her collegiate career. She earned Minnesota 's Patty Berg Academic Award in each of her four years and was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. She was the team's low player in four tournaments in 2001, including the NCAA Central Regional.

Named Minnesota 's Outstanding Female Athlete in 2001, Bruun earned her B.S. in kinesiology that same year, before graduating from Minnesota with an M.Ed. in physical education in July of 2002. Also a standout prep basketball player, Bruun chose a golf scholarship at Minnesota over a basketball scholarship at Iowa State .

Bruun takes over a Memphis women's golf program that last appeared in the NCAA Regional in 2001-02. The Lady Tigers finished in eighth place at the Conference USA Championships in April, where senior Jennifer Jaszek capped her Lady Tiger career tied for 16th.

"The Lady Tiger golf program has had a history of participating in the NCAA Tournament and I am certain that Coach Bruun will return the team to that lofty status," Johnson said. Bruun is anticipated to begin at the U of M, June 1.

"I'm very proud to be associated with Jenny for the past two years," said John Crooks, head coach at Campbell for the last 14 seasons. "She's certainly had a very positive impact on both our men's and women's team. I told the Memphis assistant A.D., Lynn Parks that Jenny is every bit as good in real life as she is on paper. She has a wonderful work ethic and has a great understanding of all the responsibilities and duties that it takes to be a successful Division I golf coach."