SAINT GEORGE, Utah -- Dixie State director of athletics Jason Boothe announced the hiring of Rachel Newren-Harmon as the head women’s golf coach. The newly added program will begin competition in the fall of 2012.

Newren-Harmon said, “I am extremely excited to join Dixie State College athletics. I am coming into a very exciting time for Dixie State and look forward to building a solid program.”

Boothe said, “She will be able to start recruiting right away this year in order to put together a very competitive team from the beginning to start competing in the 2012-13 academic year.”

Newren-Harmon has been a member of the Duramed Futures Tour, Cactus Tour and Canadian Tour since 2007. Prior to her professional career, she had a very successful collegiate experience at Brigham Young. She was named as an All-American in 2005, 2006 and 2007. In her senior year, 2007, she was named as the Mountain West Conference Co-Player of the Year. The MWC also honored her by naming her to the 10th Anniversary Women’s Golf Team. She finished her collegiate career ranked 11th in the country. She also achieved success by winning the Utah Women’s State Amateur Championship in 2005 and 2006.

Boothe continued, “Rachel is the perfect fit for us to start our women's golf program.  She'll bring her tremendous collegiate playing experience being a three-time All-American at BYU.  She'll also bring her professional playing experience, which will set a fantastic example for our young women to follow and strive for.  And naturally, she's an excellent teacher of the game of golf.  Not just in the mechanics of swings or putting, but in the very important mental aspect of the game too.”

Newren-Harmon, a native of Salt Lake City, Uah, was a volunteer assistant coach at both Brigham Young and Utah Valley for one year each. She continues to play professionally and give personal golf instruction. She graduated from Brigham Young with a bachelor's degree in Science Sociology. She is married to Curtis Harmon and they have a six-month-old daughter Lily.