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Here is some advice from Assistant Women’s Golf Coach Jackie Booth offers to NCSA Coaches Corner about New Mexico State University:

1. How would you describe yourself as a coach?

My motto in coaching is a quote from Janet Evans; “When we are here we should set goals and achieve them, make the best of things, make others feel good about themselves, and be happy with who we are and what we are doing.”

2. What is unique about the experience at New Mexico State U.?

We are a medium size school that takes a lot of pride in knowing each and every athlete. You will be given every opportunity to be successful in the classroom and on the golf course. People at NMSU are very friendly and caring. Each student is a unique person that we value. We are a town that revolves around NMSU. The AGGIES are very important in Las Cruces. We have great weather that allows year round practice and play on our home course and private short game practice facility. When you leave Las Cruces you will miss the environment you have enjoyed for four years but more importantly you will know that you have a second home and family here.

3. What do recruits need to know about you.

I will push them to be their best. I know they might thank me for pushing them, but they will not thank me for being too easy on them. We will work hard everyday to be our best selves and we will have fun and creat great memories along the way.

4. What do you look for in recruits?

I really am looking for a recruit that shows their love for the game in their play and practice. I like to see someone who is competitive but at the same time respects the etiquette and values the game is renown for in a world where so many sports are getting away from those values.

5. What is the one thing every recruit needs to do with the recruiting process?

Be honest with the schools and coach. If you don’t think a school is a good fit for you, tell the coach. We spend a lot of time in the recruiting process and it would be very helpful if the recruits would let us know if they think they are interested or not. We hear no more from recruits than we hear yes so you are not going to hurt our feelings, (for very long).

6. What sort of questions do you really like to hear from recruits?

I would really like a recruit to tell me why they are a good fit for our school. It is very refreshing when a coach hears what the recruit will give to the school, instead of what the school is going to give to them. It is nice to know upfront that it is going to be a two way street.

7. What turns you off when you are recruiting a student athlete?

The letter that is word for word from the PING Recruiting Guide is a turn off. Not hearing back from recruits is rude also. If you are not interested please take the time to thank the coach for their interest but you do not think the school is a good fit. It also really bothers me when recruits are rude to their parents.

8. What do you think your program is the most successful at?

We take a lot of pride in our graduation rate at NMSU. We believe that our players are student/athletes and that school should come first. NMSU is currently working very hard to rebuild the program to the top 30 program is was in the past and we are looking for the people who want to be apart of rebuilding a successful program.

9. Why should a recruit consider your program?

There are 4 core reasons to play golf at NMSU:

1 We have a university golf course across the street from campus.

2 You can improve your game daily on our team practice short game facility.

3 NMSU is located in southern NM where the weather allows year round play.

4 Our coaching staff is experienced and knows the game and what it takes to be successful at the college level. If you have an open mind and will listen you will be successful here.

10. If a recruit is interested in your program, how should they reach out to you?

The best way to reach me is email at:

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Aaron Sorenson