EDWARDSVILLE — Derrick Brown has been named the director of golf for SIUE athletics. In his new role as the director of golf, Brown will oversee both the men's and women's golf programs at SIUE.
Brown, who will begin his fifth season as the men's head coach, takes over the women's team after former head coach Jennifer Jakel left SIUE for a position outside of athletics. Jakel had led the Cougar women's program for the past seven seasons.
During the 2012-13 season, Brown led the Cougar men to their first-ever Ohio Valley Conference Tournament.
Last season the Cougars enjoyed their best 54-hole total score in school history with an 853 at the Tennessee State Big Blue Intercollegiate. SIUE's second round score of 282 at Tennessee State was the second lowest 18 hole-score in school history. The team enjoyed four top five finishes and individual players carded 34 separate rounds under par during the year.
Brown assumes control of a women's program that scored three top five finishes last season. The team also was honored as the OVC's Team Academic Achievement Award winners for having the highest percentage of its student-athletes achieve a grade point average of 3.25 or better. The Cougars' grade point average of 3.70 was the highest in the Department.
Brown also has released the 2013-2014 men's competition schedule. The schedule features 10 tournaments, beginning with the Cougars' home tournament, which returns after a year off. The Derek Dolenc Invitational presented by Doubletree will take place Sept. 9-10 at Sunset Hills Country Club. SIUE won its home tournament the last time it was contested in 2011.
"I am very excited about this year's men's schedule," Brown said. "We have four new tournaments and I believe we will be pushed in those events.
"This fall we are back hosting at Sunset Hills, where we won two years ago. It will be a great way to start the season and Sunset Hills will be in great shape that time of year," Brown continued. "We also added a tournament hosted by Cincinnati where we will see many OVC teams on a great golf course."
SIUE will compete in the Cincinnati Bearcat Invitational Oct. 7-8. The Cougars will return to Illinois State's D.A. Weibring Intercollegiate (Sept. 15-16), DePaul's John Dallio Memorial Tournament (Sept. 28-29), and Kansas City's Bill Ross Intercollegiate (Oct. 14-15) to round out the fall portion of the schedule.
The Cougars will play five tournaments in the spring culminating with the Ohio Valley Conference Championships.
"We again will start the spring season at the Snowman Getaway in Phoenix (Feb. 24-25) and follow that with another southern trip to Primm, Nev., hosted by South Dakota State (March 17-18)," Brown said. "Both of these events will be fun trips with good fields to test our ability early in the spring."
The Cougars will return to Arkansas State's Red Wolves Intercollegiate (April 7-8) and finish the regular season with a new tournament: Kentucky's Bluegrass Invitational (April 12-13). The OVC Championships move to Muscle Shoals, Ala. this season and will take place April 24-26.
"The UK Bluegrass Invitational gives us a great event before conference the following week," Brown said. "I am very excited about this season and I believe this schedule will prepare us for our OVC Championship in late April."