After finishing one of the finest playing careers in UTA golf history, Shad Muth joins the coaching ranks as a student assistant this year.
Muth lettered twice for the Mavericks after transferring from Indian Hills Community College in Iowa. In his two years as a Maverick student-athlete, Muth played in the NCAA Central Regional Tournament, making the 2001 tournament as an individual and appearing in the 2002 tournament with his teammates. He was also a two-time All-Southland Conference selection.
The Clear Lake, Iowa native owns two of the top six single season scoring averages since 1992, averaging 73.3 strokes per round as a junior in 2000-01, and 73.6 as a senior last year. His 63 at the Texas-San Antonio Invitational remains the lowest score by a Maverick since 1992, and his 54-hole composite score of 206 (rounds of 69, 69 and 68) is the lowest three-round tournament score in the same time frame.
Muth was named the Southland Conference's Newcomer of the Year in 2001, a year in which he finished in the top-10 in four different tournaments. That award came on the heels of a pair of junior college All-American awards at Indian Hills, which appeared in the National Junior College Athletic Associate National Championship Tournament in Muth's freshman and sophomore years. In Muth's second year, IHCC won the national championship.
Winning championships was not a new experience, since Muth led his Clear Lake High School team to the 1998 Iowa Class 3A state title. He also played basketball and graduated with honors from Clear Lake.
The son of Linda and Fred Muth, Shad is pursuing a Bachelor's degree in kinesiology from UTA.