GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Former LPGA Tour player and collegiate All-American Emily Bastel is the University of Florida women’s golf coach, UF Athletics Director Jeremy Foley announced Friday. Bastel served as the Gators’ assistant coach last season before being elevated to Florida’s fifth head women’s golf coach.

Bastel, 31, helped Florida to a 12th place finish at the 2012 NCAA Championships. Stepping into the head position will be a smooth transition for Bastel, as she tracked the academic progress of the players, handled much of the team’s administrative duties in addition to aiding in recruiting and player development on the course.

This Upper Sandusky, Ohio, native brings experience as a student-athlete, coach and professional. Prior to joining the Gators, Bastel served as assistant coach for Duke University’s women’s golf team during the 2009-10 season. The team finished third in the ACC and tied for eighth at the NCAA Championship.

“I believe my past experiences as a player and coach and my working knowledge of the game of golf will allow me to guide our teams to success both on and off the golf course. The University of Florida has all the tools in place help our student-athletes achieve,” Bastel said. “It is an exciting time for the women’s golf program and we are poised for success.”

Bastel, who played four years at Michigan State (MSU), was an NCAA All-American in 2002, a four-time All-Big Ten selection (1999-2002) and was the 2002 Big Ten Golf Athlete of the Year.

Bastel’s storied career at Michigan State includes being named to the United States’ Curtis Cup team in 2002 and being selected as the Michigan State George Alderton Athlete of the Year in 2000 and 2002. After her stint as a player, she was hired as an assistant coach at MSU, a position she held from 2002-03. While coaching at MSU, Bastel worked closely with Dayna Burleigh, the 2003 Big Ten Freshman of the Year.

Bastel competed on the victorious U.S. Curtis Cup squad in 2002 and also played on that year’s World Amateur Team Championship squad for the U.S. She was a semifinalist at the 2001 U.S. Women’s Amateur, played in three U.S. Women’s Open Championships (2002, 2004 and 2005) and is a three-time Ohio State Women’s Amateur Champion (1999, 2001 and 2003).

"Emily is an impressive individual. I am confident she has what it takes to continue elevating this program. Her experiences as an assistant coach, a professional and collegiate player have given her the necessary tools for success,” Foley said. “She has a plan for this program and I share her view for this program’s potential."

“I want to thank Jeremy Foley for his belief in me and what I can bring to UF and the women’s golf program. Florida is certainly one of the nation’s elite athletic programs and this an exciting opportunity,” Bastel said. “Jeremy’s passion for Florida athletics is infectious and I felt it throughout the entire athletic department. I couldn’t be more proud to be a Gator.”

After her career at Michigan State, Bastel competed on the LPGA Tour in 2005, 2006 and 2008 and played on the Duramed Futures Tour in 2004, 2007 and 2009. She captured the Futures Tour Player of the Year award and was the leading money winner in 2007. Bastel carded a career low 66 at the 2008 McDonald’s LPGA Championship. She also notched two top-10 finishes on the LPGA Tour.

A three-time member of the Big Ten All-Academic Team, Bastel received her bachelor’s degree in marketing from Michigan State University in the spring of 2002.