Mickelson's brother resigns as Arizona State coach


Former Arizona State Sun Devils men's head coach Tim Mickelson.

Tim Mickelson has resigned after five seasons as the head coach of the Arizona State men’s golf team, the school announced Wednesday.

Mickelson said in a statement that he left to “pursue other business opportunities outside of the college athletics world.”

Assistant Judd Easterling was named the interim coach until a replacement is hired by the school.

With two-time Hogan Award winner Jon Rahm leading the way, Mickelson, the younger brother of PGA Tour player Phil Mickelson, positioned Arizona State as a top-10 team the past few seasons. The Sun Devils finished the 2015-16 season at No. 7 in Golfstat’s rankings, and the head-coaching vacancy will be the most sought-after opening in college golf.

There was speculation this spring that Mickelson would join Rahm in the pros and become the Spaniard’s agent – the path taken by former ASU coach Steve Loy, who coached Phil Mickelson in the early 1990s and has worked as his manager since 1992 – but Tim Mickelson said in a text message to GolfChannel.com on Wednesday night that “nothing is finalized right now.” 

“I wanted to step away the right way first,” he said. “Now I will pursue some options.”

Prior to arriving at Arizona State, Mickelson spent eight years at San Diego, where he built the program into a national contender.

“ASU has always been a special place for collegiate golf,” he said in a statement, “and it has been an honor to serve as the head coach of the Sun Devil men’s golf program.”