Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Jim Earle has been named to lead the Central Michigan women’s golf program.
Earle, a St. Louis native, coached the women’s program at Cal State Monterey Bay from 2015-18 and the women’s program at Missouri-St. Louis from 2003-15. He led both NCAA Division II programs to unprecedented success.
“We are very happy to welcome Jim and (his wife) Tracy to the Chippewa Athletics family,” said Associate Vice President/Director of Athletics Michael Alford. “Jim is from the Midwest and has a proven track record of successful recruiting, locally, nationally and internationally. He has turned around two programs very quickly and taken them to prominence.
“He also has displayed a tremendous aptitude to teach and develop talent. Personality wise, he is a great fit for our culture.”
During his time at CSMB, the Otters won four tournaments in a three-year period and last spring qualified for the NCAA Regional for the second-consecutive season. Prior to 2017, the Otters had not been to an NCAA Regional since 2008.
Three times an Otter won a tournament during Earle’s tenure, and in 2017 CSMB’s Linnea Karlsson qualified as an individual for the NCAA Championships. In 2018, CSMB had three players named an All-American Scholar by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association and two Otters earned All-California Collegiate Athletic Association honors.
“To coach at the Division I level is something I have always aspired to, so when the opportunity came at Central Michigan it was something that professionally I just couldn’t pass up,” Earle said. “When I interviewed at Central, the facilities were impressive and the commitment of the community and the university for the women’s golf program was really inspiring.
“It’s encouraging and exciting to see that as a collegiate coach. The foundation for success is there, and it’s about helping to get the student-athletes to believe in that and continue to bring in talented players in the future. I’ve always loved Michigan. It was an opportunity for my wife (Tracy) and me to get back to the Midwest and find our forever home. We couldn’t be more excited.”
Earle led UMSL to six consecutive NCAA Regional berths from 2010-15 and five times during that span a Triton qualified for the NCAA Championships as an individual. The program was also the recipients of an unprecedented six-straight NCAA SAAC Sportsmanship Awards during that span.
In 12 seasons at UMSL, Earle coached the Tritons to 41 tournament victories and 28 times during that span a Triton earned medalist honors in a tournament. He coached 19 All-Great Lakes Valley Conference selections and five times during his tenure did UMSL earn the GLVC Sportsmanship Award. In 2010, Earle was named the GLVC Coach of the Year.
Earle, who holds a bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, has also served as a golf course manager/tournament coordinator and as a head golf professional at two St. Louis-area courses, Cardinal Creek and Emerald Greens.