The UTEP women's golf program has made tremendous strides under Jere Pelletier, the 1995 WAC Coach of the Year and 2011 Conference USA Coach of the Year. During Pelletier's tenure the Miners have won 10 tournament titles and finished in the top-five at the conference championship on nine occasions.

Equally as impressive, his team has enjoyed success away from the playing field. Under his leadership the Miners have regularly been recognized for their team grade point average and leadership in the community.

Over the last two years (2012-14), Pelletier's best player has been Camino Sardinero. She has been the Miners' top finisher at 16 of 21 tournaments during that span, with four top-10 and eight top-20 placements.

The 2011-12 UTEP roster had an interesting makeup with two seasoned seniors (Shang-Fan Huang and Teresa Nogués) teaming with five underclassmen, including three freshmen. The Miners had their growing pains early in the season but played their best golf late in the year, finishing in the top four at two of their last three tournaments including taking the title at the UALR Classic. Huang earned second team All-Conference USA honors for the third season in a row while pacing the squad in scoring average (75.0).

UTEP won its first conference title and made its first appearance as a team at NCAA Regionals in 2011. The Miners entered the Conference USA Championship rated the seventh-best team in the league by Golfweek, but stunned a field that included two ranked teams in no. 13 Tulane and no. 42 Tulsa.

UTEP recorded a team total of 904 (302-302-300) led by Nogués, who shot a two-over par 218 (71-75-72) to win medalist honors. Rosana Gomez (tied for fifth place, 224) and Huang (tied for 12th place, 228) also landed in the top-20 of the individual standings. Nogués and Gomez were named to the All-Tournament team. Nogués became the second UTEP player to capture a conference title, joining Gerina Mendoza, the 2007 C-USA Player of the Year.

The 2009-10 Miners took first place at the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic, one of four top-five finishes. Pelletier also had three players make the All-Conference USA team for the first time.

Other Miners who have thrived under Pelletier's tutelage include all-conference honorees Linda Chen, Nicco Chilek, Gomez, Huang, Jullianne Kim, Kristen MacLaren, Annie Mallory, Deborah Martinez, Nogués and Susan Wright. Seven different UTEP players have won tournaments in the Pelletier era, headed by Mendoza who was a four-time champion as a senior. Mendoza set a school record by posting a stellar 72.8 scoring average that year. She currently plays on the LPGA Tour.

Over 20 UTEP student-athletes have garnered academic all-conference recognition under Pelletier's watch, and numerous others have been awarded Conference USA Commissioner's Academic Medals for having cumulative grade point averages of 3.75 or better.

A 1977 graduate of New Mexico, Pelletier turned pro that year. He played in the Rotary Pro-Am, El Paso Country Club (first place), New Mexico Open (fourth place), Pro Sun Country Section PGA (second place), McDonald's Matches Sun Country Section PGA, Hilton Open (fifth place), Tiejeras Arroyo Invitational (first place), Albuquerque City Championship (fifth place), New Mexico State Amateur Championship (fifth place) and Arroyo del Oso (club champion).

Pelletier, who graduated from the Professional Golf Association Business School, Rules Seminar and Teaching Seminar, is a member of the PGA of America, Sun Country Section PGA Golf Digest Panel and Top 100 Golf Courses.

As owner of the Nevel Meade Pro Shop, Jere set up all golf operations for running a public course in rural Kentucky. While manager of Puerto del Sol Municipal Golf Course, he aided in the remodeling of the par-three course into a regulation nine-hole course with a state-of-the-art driving range and teaching facility. He received Merchandiser of the Year awards in 1983 and 1987.

Pelletier was born in Spokane, Wash. He has two children, Katie and Heather.

Jere Pelletier

Jere  Pelletier

Head Coach

Alma Mater:
New Mexico 1977

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