LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech Director of Athletics Gerald Myers tapped two-time defending Big Ten champion Purdue for the next Lady Raider head golf coach as JoJo Robertson was named to the position at a press conference Thursday morning.
"JoJo Robertson was one of the first names we heard in the beginning of our search for a women's golf coach," Myers said. "As we proceeded through the search, her name kept coming up. Her background as a player and coach fit the criteria that we were looking for in a coach. We think JoJo will be a very successful women's golf coach for Texas Tech."
Robertson, who has regional ties and played collegiate golf at Oklahoma State, recently completed her fifth season with the Boilermakers, whom she helped lead to back-to-back Big Ten Championships. The Roswell, N.M., native also was instrumental in Purdue's four-straight top ten NCAA Championships finishes, including runner-up and fourth-place finishes in 2007 and 2008.
"I'm really excited about being at Texas Tech and having this opportunity," Robertson said. "I know there is great potential for this golf program. There are some good players coming in and quite a few returning, and with some hard work and the right attitude, the opportunities are out there."
Under Robertson's tutelage, Big Ten Female Athlete of the Year and Purdue women's golfer Maria Hernandez won the 2009 NCAA Championship and the last two conference individual titles. In just her second season, the 2006 squad turned in one of the most successful seasons in program history that culminated in the NCAA Championships. The Boilermakers won a school-record six tournaments, including the Big Ten Championships and the NCAA West Regional Championships.
The 1995 and 1997 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links champion, Robertson enjoyed a distinguished collegiate career at Oklahoma State, which included a Big 12 first-team honor during her senior season and a team conference championship. Her amateur career included a ranking of No. 11 on Golfweek magazine's Female Amateur List in 1997 as well as being named one of the top 10 amateurs by Golf Digest.
Robertson participated in the 1997 and 1998 U.S. Women's Opens, making the cut in 1998. Additionally, in 1998, she was a member of the United States Curtis Cup team.
Prior to joining the collegiate ranks as a coach, Robertson was an assistant professional at Spring River Golf Course in Roswell from 1999-2000. While playing on the Futures Professional Tour from 2000-02, she was also an assistant professional at the New Mexico Military Institute Golf Course through 2004.
Robertson coaches the West Lafayette (Ind.) High School girls golf team in the fall of 2004 and worked at Purdue's Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex as an assistant professional until her hiring as an assistant coach at Purdue in 2005.