Tim Mickelson reportedly has a new assistant coach at Arizona State: his famous brother.
Phil Mickelson has already begun serving as an interim assistant for his alma mater, according to Golfweek’s Lance Ringler. The new gig is expected to be short term, with the Sun Devils likely to name a full-time assistant sometime during the spring season.
Mickelson has already been busy in his new role. The Sydney Morning Herald reported last week that top Australian junior Ryan Ruffels received an hour-long phone call from Mickelson in an attempt to lure him to Tempe.
“I was out here putting and I got this call from an international number and I jumped on the phone and he said, ‘Hey, it’s Phil Mickelson,’” Ruffels told the Herald. “I thought one of my mates from school was giving me a prank call.”
Ruffels will reportedly take a trip to the U.S. next month to meet with the Mickelsons.
Though unlikely that he will ever drive the team bus to a tournament, Mickelson could play an integral role in recruiting by making phone calls to prospective players – permissible in his new role, per NCAA rules – and also helping the current team, currently ranked No. 28 by Golfstat. Conveniently, Wednesday is the first day that high school seniors can sign their national letter of intent.
Arizona State has been without an assistant coach since September, when Joe Prince left the program.
Mickelson was a three-time NCAA champion when he played for Arizona State from 1988-1992. Tim Mickelson, who was part of the Sun Devils’ NCAA title team in 1996, became ASU’s head coach in 2011.