OU hires Drouin; Texas Tech takes Robertson
Should the University of Georgia athletic department be contacting local authorities to see if they can have grand theft charges levied against their counterparts at the University of Oklahoma? Less than a week after luring Georgia assistant Ryan Hybl to take the Sooners head men's job, OU officials have done the same on the women's side, signing Bulldog assistant Veronique Drouin to be the women's head coach.
"Veronique diligently prepared for the role of a head coach and demonstrated specific abilities to identify, recruit and develop the best and the brightest student-athletes in women's golf," said OU athletic director Joe Castiglione. "Her philosophy and history of developing young people in the classroom and on the golf course fits very precisely with our goals in athletics."
A Quebec native, Drouin was an assistant at UGa for three years and before that coached as a graduate assistant at Kent State for 2 1/2 years. A 2003 graduate of Kent State, she was the Mid-American Conference player of the year as a senior.
Another job got filled today as well, as Texas Tech announced the hiring of JoJo Robertson as its women's coach. Robertson, an All-American at Oklahoma State and a two-time U.S. Women's APL champion, had been an assistant at Purdue the past five seasons.
"JoJo Robertson was one of the first names we heard in the beginning of our search for a women's golf coach," said Red Raider athletic director Gerald Myers at a press conference today. "As we proceeded through the search, her name kept coming up. Her background as a player and coach fit the criteria that we were looking for in a coach. We think JoJo will be a very successful women's golf coach for Texas Tech."