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Washington's Thurmond replaces Mickelson at ASU

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

Arizona State has found a replacement for Tim Mickelson.

The Sun Devils announced Monday that they have hired Matt Thurmond as their next head coach. Thurmond had spent the past 15 years at Washington, where he recruited and coached some of the best players in college golf, including Nick Taylor, Chris Williams and Cheng-Tsung Pan.

The news comes just two weeks after Mickelson stepped down following five successful seasons to pursue other opportunities outside of college athletics.

“Coach Mickelson did an excellent job as head coach and he and the team accomplished some great milestones, while also setting up the program for continued success in the future,” Thurmond said in a release. “He and I have been close colleagues for a long time and it’s an honor to step into his shoes.”  

Arizona State has been a top-10 program each of the past few seasons, thanks in large part to Jon Rahm, the two-time Hogan Award winner. The Sun Devils will have an experienced starting lineup next fall with four upperclassmen, including rising senior Jared du Toit, who finished ninth at last week’s RBC Canadian Open. 

Thurmond led the Huskies to seven top-10 finishes at NCAAs and reached the quarterfinals in 2009, ’10 and ’12. He has recruited and coaches three No. 1-ranked amateurs in the past six years.

Thurmond becomes just the fourth coach at ASU in the past 30 years.