Junior Golf
WMU Women's Golf Coach Cindy Trout Resigns
Written By: WMU Athletic Media Relations
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Western Michigan announced the retirement of head women's golf coach Cindy Trout on Saturday.  Trout has been at the helm of the program since its inception during the 1998-99 season.

"We cannot thank Cindy enough for her 16 years of dedication to Western Michigan Athletics and the Bronco women's golf team," said Western Michigan Director of Athletics Kathy Beauregard.  "She built this program from the ground up and leaves it in great position to have success in the very near future."

During Coach Trout's tenure, the Broncos captured 15 team titles and finished runner up in the Mid-American Conference in 2004, earning Trout MAC Coach of the Year honors.

WMU boasted 14 All-MAC selections under Trout, including four first team honorees, as well as the MAC Freshman of the Year in 2007 (Elise Swartout) and MAC Sportswoman of the Year in 2008 (Laura Bavaird). In the classroom, five different Broncos have earned Academic All-MAC, while eight members of the golf program have earned Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) Scholar All-America honors.  This past semester three Broncos carried a perfect 4.00 GPA and the team earned a collective 3.50 GPA.

Under Trout's tutelage, six different Broncos won at least one tournament during their respective careers with Erica Bieniek setting the standard with six tournament victories.  In 2011, Britney Hamilton became the only Bronco ever to qualify for the NCAA Regionals as an individual.

One aspect of Trout's tenure that may be remembered most fondly, by not only WMU golf alumnae but also by any team that ever participated, is the Rio Verde Invitational.  The event that began in 2003 just celebrated its 12th edition and is referred to as the favorite tournament on a team's spring schedule.

"I was given the opportunity 16 years ago to start this program and I am very proud of that as well as what we have been able to accomplish during that time.  We set clear goals for this past season and were not able to attain them.  I think it is the appropriate time to step aside, announce my retirement and make way for a new leader of this program," said Cindy Trout.

"I feel like this program is being left in very capable hands with the six student-athletes returning in 2014-15 as well as the two incoming freshmen.  I feel they are in a good place and know they will continue to strive toward their ultimate competitive goal of a MAC Championship.  I wish them all the best in the coming years."

The WMU golf team tied for fifth place at the recently played MAC Championships held at The Hawthorns Golf & Country Club in Fishers, Ind.  WMU finished in the top five in four of its last five tournaments of 2013-14.

Coach Trout's retirement officially takes effect June 30, 2014.

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