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.