Lobo Coach Jill Trujillo is one of the top teaching professionals in the West and she is recognized as one of the elite educators of the game. But Trujillo, in her eighth season as the head coach of the nationally-recognized University of New Mexico women's golf program, also likes her Lobos to find success in the competitive world of college golf.
In 2014, Trujillo’s Lobos found success in the Mountain West Championships, placed a MW crown on their collective heads, and went NCAA dancing. That pretty much is the standard for her Lobos on the course. They seek conference titles and NCAA success. They also excel in the classroom at a high rate.
The Lobos were national runners-up in the race for the 2013-2014 WGCA All-Scholar Team GPA Award when UNM’s team GPA of 3.839 was just nipped by Texas El Paso’s 3.840. The closest Mountain West team in that race for academic distinction was 14 spots below Trujillo’s Lobos. Her team’s 3.839 GPA was the highest in the UNM athletic department for all teams during the 2013-14 year.
“I am so proud of the young ladies who become Lobos and accept the challenge of our program to excel both on the golf course and in the classroom,” said Trujillo.
“We develop golfers who have a chance to succeed on the professional level, but we also produce young ladies who will contribute as vibrant members of society. It’s really an honor for me to be able to coach these types of student-athletes.”
Trujillo, a UNM graduate who became the ninth coach in Lobo history on June 14, 2007, was promoted to her current position after serving as the interim head coach for the latter part of the 2007 spring season. As the interim head coach, she guided UNM to its 16th consecutive NCAA regional appearance and her Lobos also made the NCAA Championships for the 13th time. The Lobos placed 22nd at the 2007 championships.
"Jill is an outstanding golf coach and mentor to our student-athletes," said Paul Krebs, UNM's vice president for athletics. "She's a Lobo alum who knows what it takes to compete at the national level. I'm delighted that she is on board and that we are continuing the strong tradition of our women's golf program."
Trujillo’s Lobos continued that tradition in a big way in 2013-14. The Lobos won their fourth Mountain West title under Trujillo’s leadership and returned to the NCAA postseason competition hopefully reviving a string of 20-straight NCAA appearances that was snapped in 2012-13. This past season Trujillo had five players earn 2013-14 Mountain West Scholar-Athlete awards (3.5 or higher): seniors Sammi Stevens, Manon De Roey and Sofia Hoglund and freshmen Katerina Jaeger and Kalyn Thayer.
Trujillo also had six players on the 2014 Academic All-Mountain West Team (3.0 or higher): Stevens, Jaeger, De Roey, Hoglund, Eva Saulnier and Manon Molle. The Lobos had five golfers -- Stevens, De Roey, Hoglund, Jaeger and Saulnier – named as Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-American Scholars (3.5 or higher) at the Division I level.
Trujillo was recognized this past season as the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) 2014 Central Region Coach of the Year. She also won the award in 2007 and 2009. UNM’s 2014 MW title was the fourth for a Trujillo-led UNM squad and she was named the Mountain West’s 2014 Coach of the Year for women’s golf.
Trujillo’s Lobos of 2009-10 set a school-record 72-hole total of 1,189 finishing 16th at the NCAA Championships. That squad was paced by now-LPGA standout Jodi Ewart, who became the first student-athlete in any MWC sport to be named Player of the Year four times. Ewart, a First Team All-American, won her third MWC individual championship as a senior setting a school record with five career titles. She was also named the MWC Female Athlete of the Year, which included all sports.
Trujillo's first full season (2007-08) provided a number of highlights. New Mexico captured the 2008 Mountain West Conference championship on the UNM Championship Course by a staggering 19 shots. Sophomore Jodi Ewart won the individual title to complete the Lobo sweep. UNM also won the 2008 Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational title in Austin, Texas, beating No. 5 Florida and No. 6 Arkansas in the process.
For her accomplishments in her rookie season at UNM, Trujillo was honored as the 2008 MWC Coach of the Year.
Prior to becoming the Lobos head coach, Trujillo served as an assistant with UNM women's golf for three seasons starting in the fall of 2004. She helped lead New Mexico to a pair of regular-season tournament titles and three consecutive NCAA Championships appearances, while remaining nationally-ranked and among the nation's elite programs.
Before joining the UNM staff, Trujillo was the head golf professional at the Isleta Eagle Golf Course south of Albuquerque. She was responsible for the overall operations at the course from 1996 to 2003, and was the tournament director for numerous events, including the Futures Golf Tour, the PGA Junior Series and the AJGA Southwestern.
While working at Isleta, Trujillo earned numerous accolades, including the 1997 Sun Country Section PGA Merchandiser of the Year, the 2001 Junior Golf Leader award and the LPGA Central Section Professional of the Year in 2000 and 2002. Additionally, she was named one of Golf For Women magazine's Top 50 teachers in the United States in 2002 and 2003. Trujillo served as the assistant golf professional at the University of New Mexico Championship Course from 1990 until August of 1996. During her tenure, Trujillo assisted with the day-to-day operations at the course.
Trujillo was a member of the Lobo women's golf team from 1986-90, and earned all-conference and academic all-conference honors her senior season. She also won the 1988 New Mexico Women's Amateur Open. Trujillo has more than 20 years of experience as a golf professional and is a Class A member of the PGA of America and the LPGA T&CP. The Silver City, N.M., native graduated from UNM in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration.