CSU adds former Oregon women’s golf coach to lead their program

Mamadou Balde

There’s a new coach on campus, and it’s Laura Cilek, who has been named the head  coach for women’s golf.

Cilek spent the last three seasons with the University of Oregon. During her time in Oregon, Cilek led the Ducks to a No. 17 ranking in 2016, the best finish in program history. Under Cilek, Oregon made three NCAA Regional appearances and two NCAA National Championship appearances.

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“I will work tirelessly to provide the best student-athlete experience possible and to help my players achieve their goals on and off the course,”  Cilek said in a statement. “I will lead a program that makes our Colorado State family proud, gets our community excited, and helps our student-athletes feel fulfilled. I am extremely grateful to Ria Scott for her leadership and helping me to prepare to be a head coach over the past three years at Oregon.”

Before joining Oregon, Cilek served as an assistant coach at Middle Tennessee State University. MTSU had their best two seasons in program history with Cilek’s help, breaking school records for best team round, best individual round and best three-round tournament total for team and individual.

The women’s golf team also earned a pair of All-American Scholars with Jessica Sloot and Fiona Hebbel. The two sophomores were named to the 2017-18 Women’s Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar team, the association announced. This is Sloot’s second consecutive honor and Hebbel’s first. This marks the 24th consecutive year that CSU has had a student athlete named to the team.

Collegian sports reporter Mamadou Balde can be reached at sports@collegian.com or on Twitter @mamadoubalde62.