OGDEN, Utah – After leading NAU to its seventh all-time Big Sky golf championship head coach Brad Bedortha has been selected by his peers as the Big Sky Conference Golf Coach of the Year. The award is the second for Bedortha in just five full seasons as NAU's head coach.
"I am honored to be named the Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year,'' Bedortha said. "It is a testament to our team for how well we have done all season, capped off by winning the conference championship. I couldn't be prouder of them, and I'm excited that we get to compete at the NCAA West Regional.''
After taking over as head coach during the 2007-08 season Bedortha led the program to a Big Sky title the following year and was subsequently named the Big Sky Coach of the Year in 2009. In just five full seasons Bedortha has led NAU to 13 team titles, including two Big Sky championships, as well as 10 All-Big Sky first team honors, nine All-Big Sky second team honors, and nine All-Big Sky Tournament selections. Academically Bedortha's student-athletes have totaled 21 Big Sky All-Academic honors with more likely to follow this year.
The Lumberjacks claimed the 2013 Big Sky golf championship last week in Chandler, finishing four strokes ahead of second-place Portland State. NAU's three-round total of 882 was the second-lowest score in program history and its best at the Big Sky Championship by nine strokes. Junior Kaitlen Parsons represented NAU on the All-Tournament team after tying the program record with a three-round total of one-under par 215.
During the regular season NAU shot three of the five lowest rounds in program history while competing in nine tournaments. The Lumberjacks won the Rio Verde Invitational amongst a field of 19 teams and had a second and third place finish, while Savana Bezdicek, named Big Sky Freshman of the Year on Monday, won two individual tournament titles.
Bezdicek, Parsons, and senior Stephanie Kim represented NAU on the All-Big Sky Golf teams announced Monday. NAU has a Big Sky-best 304.8 stroke average this season and is ranked 98th in the nation in this week's Golfweek rankings. The Lumberjacks will represent the Big Sky at the NCAA West Regional hosted by Stanford University May 9-11.