After five years as the co-head coach for New Mexico State alongside Paul Brilliant, Jackie Booth took over the reigns by herself as NM State's head coach in 2012. She is now in her second year of her second stint as head of the Aggie women's golf program. Booth was formerly the head coach for the Aggies from 1992-97.
Booth, who started as a volunteer assistant for the Aggies in 1982, returned to NM State in 2007 to help Brilliant lead the program. Together Booth and Brilliant earned 2011 Western Athletic Conference Co-Head Coach of the Year honors. Booth also helped Brilliant in leading Suteera (Pang) Chanachai and Demi Mak to 2011 first team All-WAC honors. Mak also earned WAC Freshman of the Year and was the first Aggie to receive the award since Chanachai in 2008. Mak would go on to repeat as first team All-WAC in 2012.
Before returning to NM State, Booth was the University of New Mexico's women's golf head coach (1997-2007). She led the Lobos to four consecutive Mountain West Conference women's golf championships from 2000-03. She was also named MWC Coach of the Year for three consecutive years, from 2001-03.
During Booth's first stint as the head coach for the NM State women's golf team she led her team to the NCAA Tournament in 1996 and 1997. She was also named Big West Coach of the Year in 1995, 1996 and 1997.
Before she became the head coach for NM State, Booth was the assistant coach from 1982-92 and worked side-by-side with Brilliant. During that time she helped Brilliant coach 10 different players to All-High Country honors and 15 different players to the Academic All-High Country team.
Overall, Booth has coached three All-Americans and 41 academic all-conference selections at NM State.
Under Booth, players have earned National Golf Coaches Association Scholar Athlete honors 68 times and MWC Scholar-Athlete honors 34 times. She also coached the 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2007 MWC Freshman of the Year.
In her 19 years as a head coach or co-head coach, student-athletes earned all-American honors eight times, all-conference honors 50 times and all-scholar honors 68 times.
Besides Jackie Steinmann from UCLA and Linda Vollstedt of Arizona State, Booth is the only other coach to be named LPGA Coach of the Year twice, earning the award in 1998 and 2002. The award is considered the highest award in the country for a women's golf coach.
Booth was inducted into the US Bank/NM State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2005 and into the Albuquerque Sports Hall of Fame in 1998 and again in 2005.
Booth played collegiate golf for Brigham Young, where she received a bachelor of arts in 1978. She grew up in Las Cruces and attended Las Cruces High School, where she was the first girl to letter in a boy's sport as she lettered on the high school boy's golf team.
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