For the first time University of Wyoming Golf Coach Joe Jensen received the Mountain West Men’s Golf Coach of the Year award Thursday.

Jensen earned the distinction for the 2015-16 season. He directed the Cowboys to top-five finishes in eight of their 11 tournaments played.

Jensen said in a release from UW that he gives credit to this year’s team.

“There is no doubt they had a great year. Everyone in the athletic department has helped us and been great along the way. We wanted to finish a little better than we did, but nonetheless we still had a great year. Lastly, it truly means a lot. I am so grateful for the other coaches to nominate me and to recognize our program.”

The Cowboys sixth place finish at this year’s MW Championships was their best since 2005. Sophomore Drew McCullough became the first Wyoming golfer to finish in the top ten since 2011. McCullough is just the seventh to accomplish the feat in 17 years UW’s been part of the MW.

The Pokes have also got it done in the classroom under Jensen’s guidance. They achieved a perfect APR score of 1,000 in the latest data released by the NCAA last week. Wyoming has garnered 11 all-conference honors and ten Academic All-American honors with Jensen at the helm of the program.

There was a bit of tough news, however, as no Cowboy golfer received all-conference accolades for this season.