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Lobo Women’s Golf Announces Staff Changes

by Steve Kirkland

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M – The New Mexico women’s golf program has announced changes to its coaching staff. Darian Zachek, who has served as a volunteer assistant coach for the past two seasons has been elevated to assistant coach, while Britney Choy, who has served as the assistant and associate head coach for the past nine seasons will now serve as a volunteer assistant coach after accepting another position on campus.

“Darian has incredible playing experience and has shown in her work as a volunteer coach that she is more than ready to take on this bigger role in our program,” said head coach Jill Trujillo. “Her demeanor and attitude create a positive atmosphere every day within our team. It is fantastic that we now have two native New Mexicans leading the Lobos. Britney was a huge part of our program and we are lucky to have her to stay on as volunteer coach. What she did for our team is immeasurable and it is great that our players will continue to be able to benefit from her knowledge and experience.”

Zachek played for the Lobos from 2015-19, earning All-Mountain West honors as a junior and WGCA All-American Scholar honors as a senior. Her senior season was highlighted by a runner-up finish at the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational. A native of Deming, N.M., she was a two-time state champion in high school. After graduation from UNM, she played professionally while also serving recently as the Lobos’ volunteer assistant coach.

“I am excited to be promoted to assistant coach,” said Zachek. “I really enjoyed my time as a player under Coach Jill and I am looking forward to giving back to the program. I think that my recent experience playing professionally will give me a unique perspective going into the position. We have a really talented team this year and I can’t wait to be a part of their continued success.”

Choy is in her 10th season on the coaching staff, helping the Lobos win the 2014 and 2021 Mountain West Championships, while the program had the highest GPA in the nation in each of the last four seasons. She joined the staff of her alma mater after playing professionally on the Symetra Tour.

“Coaching the women’s golf team alongside Jill for the past nine seasons has been one of the greatest experiences,” said Choy. “I love every aspect of coaching and being part of student-athlete success, whether it is competing, in the classroom or giving back to the community. I have Jill to thank for mentoring me all these years and for all the memories we created with the team over the years. I am most excited for Darian to begin her coaching journey. She has a wonderful, calming demeanor and years of high level golf experience in college and as a professional that will allow her to succeed as a coach.”

The Lobos open the spring portion of their schedule with the Lamkin Invitational in February in San Diego.