Tim Mickelson, the 2011 co-WCC Golf Coach of the Year, completed his 8th year as the head coach of the USD men's golf program. This past season he guided the Toreros to their third straight trip to Nationals, and to NCAA Regionals for the fourth time in the past five campaigns. This past season USD finished ranked 23rd in the nation (GolfStat.com) and tied for 16th overall at Nationals (30 teams).
His WCC Coach of the Year honor was his fourth award in eight seasons. This past season, behind the play of senior Gunner Wiebe, junior Alex Ching (WCC Player of the Year) and freshman Manav Shah, the Toreros won two tournaments (Wolf Pack Classic & Kauai Collegiate), and finished in the top-5 in eight of twelve events. He guided the Toreros to Nationals for the first time back in 2008, then directed them to a tie for 8th at the NCAA Nationals in 2009, just missing out on the Match Play format.
The 2009-10 campaign was record-setting for the Toreros as USD captured a school-best five tournaments and finished in the top-5 in 10 of their 13 events. The fall season was highlighted by the team's win at the Kauai Collegiate Invitational where the Toreros won by 30 strokes. Following the team's title at the San Diego Intercollegiates in early February against the three other San Diego colleges, USD won back-to-back tournaments with their very own USD Callaway Invitational, and the Allstate Sugar Bowl Mardi Gras Invitational just outside of New Orleans. Since then the Toreros tied for 4th at the prestigious USC Collegiate, tied for 1st at the Fresno State Lexus Golf Classic, finished 7th out of 16 teams at the Callaway Match Play Championships (including a win over No. 1 seed Stanford), posted a strong 2nd place showing at the Wyoming Cowboy Classic, and earned a runner-up spot at the WCC's.
After the second-place finish at the 2010 WCC Championships, Mickelson was named the WCC Golf Coach of the Year for the third time in his career but for the first time without sharing the award with one of his peers.
The Toreros entered the 2010 NCAA National Championships with an 18th-seed and eventually worked themselves into a tie for 8th-place. USD was sent into a sudden death playoff with Arizona State and #2 Stanford to compete for the final spot among the top-eight teams that advance to the Match Play portion of the championships. The Toreros shot a minus-two in the playoff, falling one stroke short of Stanford's minus-three that moved the Cardinal on to Match Play.
During the 2008-09 season, Mickelson guided the Toreros to their first-ever appearance at Nationals. The Toreros turned in a strong showing, placing 13th overall out of 30 teams. They finished just a few strokes back of advancing into the match-play event. Alex Ching was named the program's first All-American as he was selected to Ping's Freshman team. During the 2008 fall campaign USD earned three top-5 finishes in their five tournament showings, including a first place title at the Kauai Collegiate Invitational where they won by 15 strokes. In their final two tournaments this past Fall, USD placed third at the Sycuan Collegiate with a 25-under-par team score of 839, then followed up with the championship trophy at the Kaua'i Collegiate Invitational with an incredible 39-under-par team score of 825.
In 2007-08 he guided the Toreros to the program's first-ever West Coast Conference Championship, sharing Coach of the Year honors. USD finished with a three-day total of 888, edging out both Pepperdine and Saint Mary's College (892 totals). Junior Jake Yount earned medalist honors at the WCC Championships, winning the title in sudden death. With the title, the Toreros also earned the league's automatic bid into the NCAA Regionals. This marked USD's second trip to the NCAA Regionals in a three year period. For the season USD placed in the top-five in six tournaments, also winning the SDSU Intercollegiate, placing 2nd at their own Callaway Invitational, 3rd place in both the Nevada Wolf Pack and Barona Collegiate, and 5th at the Ron Moore Invitational.
In 2006-07 he led the Toreros to eight top-five finishes in tournaments, including three second place showings. The Toreros tied for second at the fifteen team Hawaii Fall Intercollegiate; placed 2nd out of fifteen teams at its own Callaway Golf Invitational; and was runner-up at the 2007 WCC Championships. Sophomore Darrin Hall became just the second Torero to advance to the NCAA Regionals, and three Toreros earned All-WCC honors: Darrin Hall (5th at 221; 74-72-75), Dale Smith (6th at 222; 75-74-73), and Michael Barry (t9th at 225; 79-74-72).
In his 2005-06 season, USD finished top three in three tournaments, all of which had fifteen or more teams entered. The season prior, Mickelson shared West Coast Conference Coach of the Year honors, guiding San Diego to its first tournament victory since 2000. Inheriting a Torero team that had placed in the lower half of the WCC in 2003, Mickelson immediately led San Diego to a top-tier conference finish in his first year directing the fortunes of USD golf. Mickelson's second campaign was highlighted by San Diego winning team championship honors at the 17-school, 2005 Men's Fidelity National Title held at Cypress Ridge Golf Course on California's Central Coast.
Prior to taking the head coaching position at USD Mickelson spent two seasons as assistant to Dale Walker at San Diego State, helping lead the Aztecs to back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Regionals, as well as an appearance in the 2003 NCAA National Championships. Additionally, he played a key role in recruiting, scheduling, fund-raising, daily practices, booster/alumni relations, and the running and operation of two tournaments annually. Additionally, he is the published author of a book about college golf recruiting titled "The Road to College Golf".
Mickelson was an outstanding collegiate player at two PAC-10 programs. He played his first three seasons at Arizona State (1995-98) where he was a member of the 1996 NCAA Championship team. Mickelson also earned Academic All-PAC-10 honors in 1997 and 1998. He went on to play his senior year at Oregon State University (1998-2000) where he led Oregon State to a 2nd place finish in the 2000 PAC-10 Championships, and also finished 2nd individually. The current holder of numerous OSU golf records, including low 18, 36, 54, and 72 hole scoring records, he graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Liberal Studies.
Tim is the younger brother of current PGA tour pro Phil Mickelson.
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