Entering his seventh season at the helm of the Lady Mustang golf program, SMU head coach Todd Selders has turned the Ponies into national contenders.
In 2005-06, Selders earned Conference USA Coach of the Year honors, marking the second time that he earned such accolades. Five SMU golfers were named All-Conference and the Mustangs took second at the C-USA Championships. SMU narrowly missed qualifying for the NCAA Championships as a team, finishing 12th at the NCAA Central Regionals.
The 2004-05 season saw the Mustangs take home team titles in two tournaments and post four more top-three finishes. SMU just missed out on qualifying for the NCAA Tournament as a team, finishing 11th at the Central Regionals. Jennifer Ackerson and Laura Cross were both named first-team All-Conference players, marking the first time since 1990 that SMU had multiple All-League performers.
In the 2003-04 season, the Mustangs fielded a young team with three freshmen in the top five. Despite their lack of collegiate experience, Selders molded the team into a strong unit and coached the squad to third-place honors at the Western Athletic Conference Championship. The finish was SMU's highest ever in the WAC and highest conference ranking since 1996. For his efforts, Selders was named the WAC Coach of the Year. Selders also guided Cross to WAC Freshman of the Year and All-Conference honors, as she became the second Mustang golfer to earn All-League honors under his tutelage. She also qualified for the NCAA Tournament as an individual, becoming SMU's first participant since 1997 and finishing in a tie for 62nd.
Selders came to SMU from the University of Oklahoma, where he was the assistant coach for nearly three years. With his help, the Sooners went to the NCAA tournament in 1998. Besides coaching, his duties included recruiting, scheduling practices, assisting in the conditioning program, running the day-to-day operations for the Charlie Coe Golf Learning Center and serving as Camp Director for the Sooner Golf Academy.
Before coaching at OU, Selders worked in the Mansfield Independent School District, where he taught psychology and coached the boys and girls golf teams for eight and a half years. In that time, the teams combined to win 15 District Championships, one regional title, one regional runner-up, one 5A state runner-up and one fourth place at the 5A state tournament.
His best year came when his boys' team finished 5A state runner-up in 1996. He was named MISD Coach of the Year, Star-Telegram Coach of the Year and Arlington Citizen's Journal Coach of the Year. His girls' program, which he began in 1989, has won over 10 District Championships since 1992.
Selders attended Edmond Memorial High School in Oklahoma, where he played football for the Bulldogs. Upon graduation from high school, he began to golf seriously. In his second year of college, he made the team and played for the next three years. Having graduated in 1986 from Central State University in Oklahoma with a BA in education, Selders decided to pursue a career in the golf business. Taking a job as an assistant professional took him to Mansfield, Texas. After a brief stint, he was offered the chance to begin a golf program at the high school.
While coaching at SMU, Selders obtained an MLA in 2001. In his spare time, Selders enjoys snowboarding, biking, playing guitar and tennis. He is also serving his third year as a committee member for US-Japan Matches.