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Zips replace departed coach Porten

By mrasor Published: August 6, 2007

Men's golf
Akron hired a new golf coach today with an impressive resume.
Nick Goetze comes to the Zips by way of Mississippi State, where he led the Bulldogs to new heights. He also coached at UTEP, which also is the former institution of Mack Rhoades.
Earlier this summer, Rhoades lost a coach in Tom Porten who nearly led the team to the MAC Championship. Porten went to Kent State to be an assistant coach.
My only criticism of Goetze is his 254.8 driving distance while on the PGA Tour. Come on, man. That's a 5-wood for anyone else.
Women's golf
As if that wasn't enough golf news today, Rhoades announced the university's first-ever women's golf coach.
Jenny King comes from Kentucky, where she was an assistant. Before that, she led the Vampires of Translyvania University. (The school's mascot is just a guess.)
I give Rhoades an "A" grade on both hires. Both seem like good teachers with solid track records.
The university announced plans to re-grade the infield and install a new irrigation system on Lee Jackson Field -- the baseball one.

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