Minnesota seeks stability with 2 coaching hires

Minnesota’s golf program, rocked in the past year by the resignation of its director of golf and a pending lawsuit alleging sexual discrimination, has taken a step toward stability.

Michele Redman was named women’s head coach, and John Carlson was appointed men’s head coach, athletic director Joel Maturi announced Aug. 10.

Redman, in her 20th season on the LPGA, was a two-time All-American and the 1987 Big Ten medalist at Indiana.

Carlson, the associate head coach at Minnesota last year, helped lead the Gophers men to three top-5 finishes and qualified two players for the NCAA regionals.

The Gophers women finished 19th at the NCAA Championship in the wake of Katie Brenny’s abrupt resignation last fall after only two months as coach.

Brenny sued the university, claiming that as a lesbian she faced discrimination from director of golf John Harris, who since has resigned. Harris, named as a co-defendant in the civil complaint filed in Hennepin County District Court in Minneapolis, has denied any wrongdoing. The lawsuit is scheduled for trial in mid-December.

With that drama as a backdrop, Minnesota introduces two known quantities to head its golf program. Assistant coaches will be added to each staff in the coming weeks, officials said.

“We are excited about the future of Golden Gopher golf here at the University of Minnesota,” Maturi said. “We were fortunate to have an excellent pool of candidates, but Michele and John shared a commitment, vision and passion that separated them from the others.

“Michele brings with her an unbelievable wealth of golf knowledge and experience to the University of Minnesota. Our women’s program is coming off its best season in history, and I have no doubt that Michele’s background of teaching will continue that progression.”

Redman, 46, a two-time winner on the LPGA, is a Minnesota resident.

“I am so excited to be selected as the new head coach for the University of Minnesota women’s golf program,” she said. “It is an honor for which I am truly grateful. I feel privileged to be able to guide and encourage young women as student-athletes throughout their college experience.”

Carlson, a native of Bagley, Minn., played at Wisconsin, where he won three tournaments and was Academic All-Big Ten for four years.

“I have really enjoyed my time here at the University of Minnesota and look forward to the opportunity to lead the Golden Gopher program,” he said. “I know that we are heading in the right direction, and I am excited about the years to come.”

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