July 31, 2008
Purdue head golf coach Devon Brouse announced this afternoon that women's assistant, JoJo Robertson has been promoted to associate head coach. Robertson joined the Boilermaker coaching staff in March of 2005, after serving as the girls golf coach at West Lafayette High School and assistant professional a the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex.
"JoJo is very deserving of the title of Associate Head Coach," coach Brouse said. "She has been with us for four years now and is a big part of the tremendous success that we have experienced during that time. It is important to keep her on our staff and I believe this promotion will help. She is as good a coach as a lot of the head coaches that I see out there and I wanted to make sure she was rewarded for that."
The Boilermakers have experienced great success during Robertson's tenure, including two Big Ten Championships (2006 and 2008) and three top-10 NCAA Championships finishes. In Robertson's first full season at Purdue, the women won a school-record six tournaments and recorded a ninth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. In 2006-07, Robertson helped guide Purdue to a runner-up finish at the NCAA Championships, the best finish ever for a Big Ten school and this past season the Boilermakers finished fourth in the nation.
"The promotion means a lot to me because I've always wanted to be a head coach and this is a positive step in that direction," Robertson said. "More than anything, I am happy to be at Purdue with the opportunity to work with coach Brouse and learn from one of the very best coaches in the country."
Robertson has been instrumental in the recruitment of some of the best talent in the country. Purdue has had the Big Ten Freshman of the Year every year that Robertson has been an assistant. Whitney Frykman took home the honors in 2005, Christel Boeljon was tabbed in 2006, Stefanie Endstrasser was named in 2007 and Maude-Aimee Leblanc earned the title in 2008. First team All-American and two-time Big Ten Golfer of the Year, Maria Hernandez was part of the first recruiting class in Robertson's tenure. Hernandez finished this past season as the fifth-ranked golfer nationally. Also part of the first recruiting class was Boeljon who became Purdue's first Honda Sports Award Nominee for national player of the year after finishing tied for second at the 2007 NCAA Championships.
Robertson was a standout golfer at Oklahoma State University, earning first team all-conference in her senior season. In 1995 and 1997, she was the United States Women's Amateur Public Links Champion and in 1997 was the 11th-ranked female amateur by Golfweek magazine. While still in college, Robertson participated in the U.S. Women's Open (1997 and 1998) and was a member of the 1998 United States Curtis Cup team. Robertson spent three years playing professional golf, competing on the Futures Tour in 2000 and 2002 and the Ladies Challenge Professional Tour in 2001.