Melissa Luellen leaves Arizona State for Auburn

Longtime Arizona State head coach Melissa Luellen is making a move from one power conference in women’s golf to another. Luellen, who spent the past 13 years at Arizona State, has been named the new head coach at Auburn.

Luellen led the Sun Devils to an NCAA title in 2009, and they’ve been a force in the Pac-12 Conference. Now Luellen will transition to the SEC to replace longtime Auburn coach Kim Evans, who announced her retirement last month after 21 seasons leading the Tigers.

“I am thrilled to begin the next challenge of my coaching career at Auburn,” Luellen said. “I was able to see Auburn from the eyes of a recruit when I was brought in for my ‘official visit’ during the interview process. Auburn has everything a coach and student-athlete could possibly want to be amazing in their sport and their life. Kim Evans built an incredible program at Auburn. My goal is to build on what she accomplished and continue to win championships.”

Luellen was inducted into the Women’s Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2014.

Associate head coach Missy Farr-Kaye will take over as interim head coach at Arizona State. Farr-Kaye joined the coaching staff as an assistant in 2002, when Luellen was hired, and the pair have complemented each other well.

“I am immensely grateful to Melissa for giving me my first coaching job here at ASU 13 years ago,” Farr-Kaye said. “We were able to achieve many great things together and I wish her all the best in her new job. I look forward to the amazing opportunity to continue to coach here at my beloved alma mater and to work with the talented student-athletes we have here at Arizona State University.”

Information from Arizona State Athletics, Auburn Athletics used in this report

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