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University of Washington women’s golf coach cited for misconduct at championships

University of Washington women’s golf coach Mary Lou Mulflur displayed unprofessional behavior during the 2015 NCAA Women’s Golf Championships in Bradenton, Florida in May which has resulted in a public reprimand from the NCAA Division I women’s golf committee.

Mulflur made inappropriate comments specific to the conduct of the championship on Washington’s women’s golf Twitter account, as well as on the NCAA championship text messaging system that was used to provide updates to coaches participating in the tournament.

The NCAA defines misconduct as “any act of dishonesty, unsportsmanlike conduct, unprofessional behavior and breach of law, occurring from the time the championship field is announced through the end of the championships that discredits the event or intercollegiate athletics. Washington’s women’s golf team advanced to the match play portion of the team championships before being defeated in the quarterfinals.

“The NCAA Division I women’s golf committee was very disappointed in Coach Mulflur’s decision to voice her dissatisfaction on a social media platform during the women’s golf tournament in May,” said Peter Fields, chair of the NCAA Division I women’s golf committee and director of athletics at Montana State University-Bozeman.

“There are appropriate measures in place that coaches can take if they have a question or concern about a tournament decision, and coaches know of those procedures. The golf championship is a place where student-athletes should be in the spotlight with all attention focused on their accomplishments. Nevertheless, we were satisfied that the University of Washington took appropriate action immediately following the coaches public comments and we hope this behavior will not occur again,” said Fields.