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Alexis Mihelich has continued the tradition of excellence in Saluki women's golf in two seasons at the helm, accruing five team tournament titles and seven individual tournament titles. She was named women's golf head coach at Southern Illinois University on Aug. 5, 2011, succeededing Diane Daugherty, who retired after 25 years as head coach at SIU.
In her first year, Mihelich led the Salukis to four tournament wins, the most wins in a single season since records started being consistently kept in 1983. An SIU golfer won medalist honors in five of the team's 11 tournaments, and four different Salukis won at least one tournament. Southern finished among the top three teams in nine tournaments, including a third-place finish at the MVC Championship.
Three golfers were first-team All-Conference selections and another was a member of the seven-person MVC Scholar-Athlete team. Alisha Matthews set a Championship record with a single-round score of 67. SIU had six MVC Golfers of the Week. Four players earned National Golf Coaches Association All-Scholar Athlete honors under Mihelich's watch.
In her second year at the helm of the program, SIU won the SIUE Intercollegiate, giving Mihelich five tournament titles in two years. Cassie Rushing and Amy Lee both won individual titles on the year, giving Mihelich seven medalist golfers in her first two years. The team produced three MVC Golfers of the Week, two All-Conference players (Cassie Rushing and Shaina Rennegarbe), a third-place finish at the MVC Championship, nine straight top-five finishes and one individual runner-up. Both Cassie Rushing and Shaina Rennegarbe earned spots on the MVC Scholar-Athlete team.
Mihelich served four years as women's golf head coach at Chicago State (2007-11). At CSU, she turned a last-place program into one that competed for tournament titles. Her 2011 squad won three events and finished in the top three of four tournaments, including a third-place finish at the Great West Conference Championship.
In 2010, Mihelich was honored with the Huskie Classic Coaches Award, becoming the first coach outside of the Mid-American Conference to win the honor since 2003. After her final season at Chicago State in 2010-11, Mihelich earned Midwest Section Coach of the Year honors by the LPGA.
"The dramatic improvement at Chicago State under Alexis' watch is a testament to her ability to lead a collegiate golf program," said Director of Athletics Mario Moccia. "During the interview process, I was impressed with her vision for our golf program. She is committed to helping young women become the best they can be -- academically, socially and competitively on the golf course."
Before coming to Southern, Mihelich was an assistant at St. Francis (2005-07) and Robert Morris College (2007). She also served as interim men's golf coach at Chicago State for the 2009-2010 season.
Mihelich has family ties to Southern Illinois. Her uncle, Skip Cosgrove, was an assistant softball coach for 22 years before retiring in 2010. Several relatives, including her brother, Adam, are Saluki alumni.
Mihelich played Division I golf at the University of New Orleans. She was a team captain her senior year and represented the squad on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. She graduated with honors in 2005 with a degree in education.
Mihelich has played professionally in LPGA T&CP events including the 2007 and 2008 Midwest Section Championship and the 2008 LPGA T&CP National Championship at Pinehurst. Alexis Mihelich has been an active member of the LPGA since 2005 and a former Teaching Professional at Green Garden Golf Academy (2005-2007).
She completed the United States Army Leadership Training Course in 2003 and is a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts of America. She provided the golf swing model for the arcade game "Golden Tee Live" that was featured in the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. She was also the personal golf instructor for late comedian Bernie Mac and a consultant on the set of his movie, "Soul Men."