Grand Forks, N.D. – University of North Dakota athletics director Bill Chaves announced Tuesday that Natalie Martinson is leaving her position as the head women’s golf coach for the Fighting Hawks. Martinson has been part of the golf program as a student-athlete, assistant coach and head coach since the fall of 2004. She is retiring from coaching to pursue other professional opportunities in Grand Forks.
“I would like to thank Natalie for her tremendous dedication to UND and our women’s golf program,” Chaves said. “We are certainly sad to see her depart after 14 years with the program, but wish her nothing but the best as she embarks on a new professional career.”
Martinson arrived in Grand Forks as a freshman in 2004 and was a mainstay in the Fighting Hawks’ lineup throughout her collegiate career. Following her playing days at the Division II level, the Minot native transitioned into an assistant coaching role for both the men’s and women’s programs from 2008-2011, while they both made the move to the Division I level.
She was elevated to head coach of the women’s program in the summer of 2011 and served in that role for the past seven seasons with her players setting a number of the program’s individual and team scoring records along the way as members of the Big Sky Conference.
“It’s been a great journey for me here at UND and there are so many people I’d like to thank for giving a young coach the opportunity to chase her dreams right out of college,” Martinson said. “To the administration, past and present, and all the players that I’ve coached, I appreciate each of you and everything you all did to make my time here special. It’s never easy to walk away from something you truly enjoyed, but for me personally and professionally, it was time to make a change.”
During her tenure as the head coach, 16 Fighting Hawks garnered WGCA All-America Scholar Team accolades, 26 were named to the yearly Big Sky All-Academic Teams and seven times UND had a student-athlete named the Big Sky Golfer of the Week.
“I feel like I’m leaving the program in a good place for the next coach to move in and transition this program to The Summit League where I know they are going to be successful,” Martinson added.
Martinson will fulfill her current contract, which ends on June 30, and the process to replace her will begin immediately.
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