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Martinson had been named interim head coach last June.
Martinson elevated to full-time head coach
Courtesy: Jayson Hajdu, UND Athletic Media Relations
Release: 03/30/2012
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GRAND FORKS, N.D. - University of North Dakota Athletics Director Brian Faison announced today that interim head women's golf coach Natalie Martinson has been named full-time head coach. Martinson was named interim head coach last June after Dan Frei resigned as men's and women's golf coach to pursue other career opportunities.

In her first season at the helm of the program, Martinson has guided the Fighting Sioux to a first-place finish and a runner-up finish among the team's eight tournaments.

Martinson (formerly Ruppert) had spent the previous three seasons as an assistant coach under Frei with both UND's men's and women's teams, playing a significant role in the programs' transition to Division I competition.

"Natalie brings excellent coaching and development skills to the position and has the right focus on a balance between academics and athletics," Faison said.

Last season, UND enjoyed a fourth-place finish at the 2011 Great West Conference Championship, where the Sioux placed a pair of golfers in the top 11 individually.

The program also enjoyed a highly successful season in the classroom, with four student-athletes earning 2011 GWC Winter/Spring All-Academic honors. UND also received public recognition from the NCAA for its outstanding multiyear Academic Progress Rate (APR). UND's APR ranked in the top 10 percent of all Division I women's golf programs, which accounts for the 2006-07 through 2009-10 academic years.

The women's golf program also received UND's Female Team Community Service Award after logging 298 hours of community service over 32 events in 2010-11, an average 27 hours per student-athlete.

Prior to joining UND's coaching staff, Martinson was a four-year letterwinner for the Sioux from 2004-08, and earned All-North Central Conference first team honors in 2007-08 after placing fourth at the NCC Championship. She also participated in the NCAA Division II regional championship in three of her four years with the Sioux.

Martinson, a native of Minot, N.D., was a three-time member of the NCC Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll and graduated from UND in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and a minor in sociology.

Rob Stiles is the interim head coach for the men's golf program.

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