Sue Billek Nyhus named new BYU women's golf coach

PROVO -- K. Fred Skousen, vice president for advancement at Brigham Young University announced the appointment of Sue Billek Nyhus as BYU's new head women's golf coach.

"We are pleased to have a top female amateur golfer as the new women's golf coach at BYU," said Skousen. "Sue is passionate about BYU golf and will attract outstanding junior golfers to the university. We are confident she will lead our women golfers to future success."

Nyhus will replace long-time head coach Gary Howard who will retire this year. For the past three years Nyhus served as Howard's assistant helping BYU qualify for the NCAA West Regional the past two seasons.

Over the years Nyhus has become one of BYU's most-accomplished female athletes. Sixteen years ago, she achieved academic All-American status on BYU's women's golf team and helped the Cougars to a 14th place NCAA finish her senior season in 1985. After graduation she enjoyed a successful five-year career (1987-1991) in the Women's Professional Golf European Tour.

"I'm excited about taking on this new challenge," Nyhus said. "I've prepared myself in every way possible for the last 20 years of my life and I can't believe I finally have the opportunity to coach at BYU."

She has played at the highest level internationally, including a U.S. Open and three British Opens. With last year's play in the USGA Women's Mid Amateur, Nyhus has competed in every national championship that the USGA conducts with the exception of the Women's Senior, which will have to wait until her 50th birthday.

In 1986, she received the Leona Holbrook Spirit of Sport Award from BYU, and in 1996 and 1998, she was recognized as the Utah Women's Golf Association Golfer of the Year.

After regaining amateur status, Nyhus represented Utah in three USGA Women's Team Championships and five Utah/Ariz. matches. In 1997, Nyhus placed 6th individually in the USGA Women's Team Championship.

She was recognized as the 1999 State Amateur Champ and City Parks Open Champion. In addition, she finished runner-up at the USGA Public Links, the best national finish any female from Utah has ever achieved.

The 1999 season culminated in Nyhus being named as the UGA Player of the Year. This was the first time a female was ever considered for the award. For her achievements, she has also been named Female Golfer of the Decade by the UGA.

Not only is Nyhus qualified in the realm of golf, but also academically. She earned a bachelor's degree and a master's degrees in education and a doctorate in sport psychology and performance enhancement.

"Sue is an exceptional teacher of the game and is very highly respected by her golf coaching peers," BYU women's athletic director Elaine Michaelis said. "We're excited she has accepted the position and we know our student athletes will have a wonderful experience at BYU under her leadership."

She is married to Steven Nyhus who directs the Technology Lab at Riverton High School. They have three children Stina (9), Kimberly (7) Katie (3).

Prior to her recent recruitment to BYU, Nyhus spent the previous six years at Hunter High School teaching driver education and coaching golf and softball.

"I appreciate all the work coach Howard did to develop and nurture women's golf at BYU and across the country and I wish him well in his retirement," Nyhus said. "I feel BYU women's golf has a bright future. We return a very experienced team next year with the best depth any BYU team has ever fielded. It will be a great year to begin my head coaching career."