College golf job blog: News from around the coaching community

College golf job blog: News from around the coaching community

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College golf job blog: News from around the coaching community

Interested in which college-golf coaching jobs are open around the country? Get the latest updates on this page.

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May 23

SAN FRANCISCO

Sara Doell, who coached the last six seasons at Seton Hall, has been named head women’s golf coach at the University of San Francisco.

Doell replaces Sarah Glynn, who relocated with her family to the Sacramento area after seven years as the Dons’ head coach.

“Sara’s great results at Seton Hall clearly stood out in the process of hiring a new coach to lead our women’s golf program,” said Scott Sidwell, USF’s Director or Athletics. “We feel fortunate to have been able to hire someone with her credentials and history of winning at the highest level. Sara will make an immediate impact as we look forward to continuing to elevate our women’s golf program on the national level.”

Doell was the first head coach in Seton Hall women’s golf history after the program was launched in 2010. She led the Pirates to three consecutive Big East titles. She was named Big East Coach of the Year in 2015.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead USF’s women’s golf program,” said Doell. “When I visited campus, the sense of community and family was undeniable. The holistic approach to the student-athlete concept at USF aligns with my values and vision for what the student-athlete experience can and should be. I am grateful to Scott Sidwell and Doug Pardon and the rest of the department for the warm welcome I have already received and I am excited about the future of our program.”

Prior to her time at Seton Hall, Doell spent four and half years as an assistant coach at Penn State, where she played her collegiate golf.

As a player at Penn State from 1996-2000, Doell had numerous top-10 finishes and served as the Nittany Lions’ team captain as a senior.

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May 19

CHARLESTON SOUTHERN 

After one season coaching the Charleston Southern men’s golf team, Todd Selders has decided to step away from coaching.

“I enjoyed my time at Charleston Southern, but need to explore other opportunities, one of which is in the private sector,” said Selders, who has not ruled out coaching again.

Selders came to Charleston Southern last fall with more than 20 years of experience as a college and high school golf coach. He had spent the 2015-16 season as the men’s and women’s head golf coach at Western Texas College. He spent 10 years as the women’s golf coach at SMU, where he was a two-time Conference-USA Coach of the Year. He had also spent time as an assistant men’s and women’s coach at Iowa, North Carolina State, Coastal Carolina and Oklahoma.

This past season Charleston Southern placed fourth at the Big South Conference Championship and is ranked No. 150 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.

This job is one that is ideal for the numerous assistant coaches out there looking to become a head coach.

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May 17

NOTRE DAME

After 13 seasons as head men’s golf coach at the University of Notre Dame, Jim Kubinski will not return in that role for the 2017-18 season.

Kubinski led Notre Dame to four Big East Conference titles which results in four postseason appearances. However, the Fighting Irish moved to the ACC in men’s golf in 2014 and have finished no better than seventh.

“I am appreciative of the way in which Jim and his team have represented the University, both on and off the golf course,” said Notre Dame vice president and athletics director Jack Swarbrick.

“However, our expectations regarding competitive performance are also high, and we regrettably have not been able to meet those in recent years. I’d like to thank Jim for all he has done for the program – while at the same time we begin a national search to identify a new head coach for our men’s golf program.”

Kubinski, who was just the sixth head coach in the history of the Irish men’s golf program, was an assistant men’s and women’s coach at Duke prior to his time at Notre Dame.

“I appreciate the opportunity I’ve had as Notre Dame men’s golf coach these last 13 seasons,” said Kubinski. “I’m very proud of our team’s academic achievement awards, our 100 percent graduation rate and the six NCAA appearances (four team/two with individuals).

Who does Notre Dame hire? They must find someone who understands how to win in the Midwest. Notre Dame has a national name and even global appeal and making the right hire is key if they want to make it to the next level.

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May 11

WOFFORD

After spending one season as the head coach at South Alabama, Alex Hamilton has been named head coach at Wofford.

Hamilton saw his South Alabama team finish sixth in the Sun Belt Conference Championship and finish the regular season ranked No. 86 in the Golfweek/Sagarin college rankings.

For Hamilton, leaving South Alabama to head to Wofford is about getting closer to home.

“For us, this is a chance to get back home and lead a program that has had some success as well. It’s a fit that we felt was too good to pass up,” Hamilton said. “I want to thank the South Alabama community for being so supportive and for allowing us to accomplish what we did this year.  

Hamilton, who is from Aiken, S.C., replaces Vic Lipscomb, who resigned after 13 seasons as head coach. 

“I am extremely excited for the opportunity to coach the men’s golf team at Wofford,” said Hamilton. “The Terriers have a strong tradition and the chance to lead such a great program is something that I am looking forward to. Wofford has a track history of producing professional players such as William McGirt and the recruiting base in the Carolinas is one of the best in the country.”

Prior to his year at South Alabama, Hamilton was the assistant coach at South Carolina, where he helped the Gamecocks to three straight NCAA championship appearances. Hamilton started his coaching career as an assistant coach at Mercer during the 2013 spring season. Mercer would participate in the 2013 NCAA Regional for the first time in school history.

Hamilton played his college golf at South Carolina, where he was named second-team All-SEC as a junior. The Gamecocks earned an invitation to an NCAA Regional all four of his years, including advancing to the NCAA Championship when he was a sophomore.

Hamilton competed on several professional tours after graduating, including playing in a pair of PGA Tour events during the 2010 season. In six-and-a-half years, he participated in more than 100 tournaments, picking up 31 top-10 finishes highlighted by a pair of victories on the eGolf Tour.

“We are pleased to introduce Alex Hamilton as head coach of the men’s golf team,” said Richard Johnson, Director of Athletics. “During our search, one of the names that kept coming up was Alex’s. He has strong connections in the South Carolina golf community and has all the attributes we were looking for in a leader for this program. We look forward to working with Coach Hamilton.”

Wofford finished the regular season ranked No. 153 and placed third in the Southern Conference Championship.

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May 9

HAWAII

It’s hard to believe that the University of Hawaii women’s golf team has won just three tournaments in program history and also only played in the NCAA postseason just twice with the last appearance coming in 2007. But, it’s true and now there is a new coach that will try to lead the program to more wins and another start in the postseason.

Hawaii athletics director David Matlin has announced Stephen Bidne, who is 28 years old, will be the next women’s golf coach. Bidne has spent the past four seasons coaching at the University of Northern Colorado.

Earlier this spring, Lori Castillo announced she would retire as the University of Hawaii women’s golf coach at season’s end. Hawaii finished the regular season ranked No. 109 in the Golfweek/Sagarin college rankings and placed third in the Big West Conference Championship finishing just five shots behind Cal Poly. Castillo coached the golf team for nine years.

“We are excited to welcome Stephen to our UH Athletics ‘ohana,” Matlin said. “He has high energy and creativity and we look forward to him leading our Rainbow Wahine golf program for years to come.

“We also want to take this time to thank Lori for leading our Rainbow Wahine Golf program for the past nine years. She has done a great job in developing student-athletes both on and off the course. We wish her the best in her well-deserved retirement.”

This past year Northern Colorado finished the regular season ranked No. 140.

“I want to thank Athletics Director David Matlin and the entire UH administration for this great opportunity and entrusting me to lead the Rainbow Wahine golf program,” Bidne said. “I’m inspired by their vision and leadership, and I can’t wait to meet all of the student-athletes and get to work. Coach Castillo did an excellent job as the head coach, and I’m eager to step into her shoes and continue to build upon the rich success of the program. I also want to thank the University of Northern Colorado and the Bear Golf family. My wife and I will forever be indebted and grateful for the last four years.”

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May 9

SAN FRANCISCO

The University of San Francisco has named Jack Kennedy men’s head golf coach. Kennedy has served as interim head men’s golf coach since Jan. 1 and has worked with both men’s and women’s programs for the previous three seasons as an assistant coach.

Kennedy’s arrival into college golf is different from the norm.

Kennedy first came to USF in 2008 as a graduate assistant coach with the men’s basketball program. In 2010, he was promoted to director of basketball operations and then moved into a full-time coaching capacity for the 2012-13 season. He was an assistant men’s basketball coach at San Jose State for the 2013-14 season before returning to USF to coach golf.

“Jack has done a great job transitioning our men’s golf program over the past year as acting head coach,” said USF Director of Athletics Scott Sidwell. “We are excited to have him take the reigns of the program on a permanent basis to put USF golf back on the national stage in the postseason and consistently compete for West Coast Conference championships. We look forward to working with Jack to win at the highest level.”

Kennedy, 35, played college golf at Grinnell (Iowa) College and earned first team All-Midwest Conference honors in 2006. He also played basketball for the Pioneers under head coach David Arseneault. He was responsible for starting the women’s golf program at The Gregory School, his high school alma mater located in Tucson, Ariz.

“It’s a great honor for myself and family to be appointed to the position of head men’s golf coach at the University of San Francisco,” said Kennedy. “I’d like to thank Scott Sidwell and his administrative team for giving me this opportunity. USF has been a very special place to me over the years. I’m confident this program can compete on a national level.”

The Dons finished the regular season ranked No. 99 in the Golfweek/Sagarin college rankings and tied for sixth place in the West Coast Conference Championship.

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May 8

TOLEDO

The University of Toledo announced today that men’s golf coach Jamie Broce has been relieved of his duties, effective immediately.

Broce served as head coach for the last five years.

“I want to thank Jamie for his dedication to our men’s golf program, and we wish him well in all of his future endeavors,” said Mike O’Brien, Toledo’s vice president and athletic director.

Broce, who played his college golf at Ball State and was one of the top golfers in school history, came to Toledo after spending four years as the assistant coach at Indiana.

Broce’s teams twice finished second (2013, ’15) in the Mid-American Conference championship. The Rockets placed eighth this year and finished the regular season ranked No. 163 in the Golfweek/Sagarin college rankings.

“It was a privilege to serve as the men’s golf coach for the past five years,” Broce said. “I want to thank my players and wish them well in their golfing careers.”

This will be a tough position to hire. With Broce being “relieved of his duties,” it appears that a more winning culture is expected at Toledo. Certainly those expectations will leave many assistants looking to make the jump a little leery of this vacancy. Furthermore, it’s not like we are seeing successful mid-major coaches being picked up in the power leagues.

In a press release, O’Brien said a national search for a new head coach will begin immediately.

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May 8

SAN DIEGO

There will be a coaching change at the University of San Diego. After six seasons guiding the University of San Diego golf program, Cory Scoggin will not return. Scoggin was hired in August 2011 after spending four seasons as an assistant coach under head coach Tim Mickelson.

This opening is certain to garner the interest of many coaches around the country. Hall of Fame golf coach and former Golf Coaches Association President John Means once told me: “Two of the best destinations to coach college golf in the United States is Miami and San Diego.”

The Toreros golf program has had success on the national level. At the 2010 NCAA Championship, Mickelson and Scoggin saw their team lose in a playoff for the eighth and final qualifying spot for match play at The Honors Course.

Who would be interested in this job? Depending on the salary, just about anyone.

Obviously this would be a good job for any assistant coach looking to make the jump to having their own program. However, winning is the goal here and you might see some successful coaches at the mid-major or even non-Division I level be in the mix.

San Diego finished the regular season ranked No. 182 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings and placed eighth in the West Coast Conference Championship.

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May 5

APPALACHIAN STATE

Longtime Appalachian State University head men’s golf coach Bill Dicus announced last week he retiring. Dicus just completed his 26th year at Appalachian State and his 22nd year guiding the men’s golf program. Dicus also coached the women’s program for 17 seasons.

“Appalachian State is grateful to Bill for his dedication and commitment to the program and the university,” Appalachian State director of athletics Doug Gillin said on Tuesday. “His teams resembled what it means to be an Appalachian student-athlete both on the course and in the classroom. Congratulations both Bill and his wife Pepi on his retirement.”

Appalachian State finished the season ranked No. 190 in the Golfweek/Sagarin college rankings and placed 12th out of 12 teams at the Sun Belt Conference Championship.

While coaching the women’s team the Mountaineers placed second in the Southern Conference three times.

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May 2

DEPAUL

Longtime DePaul men’s golf coach Betty Kaufmann has announced she is retiring. Kaufmann had announced she would retire at the conclusion of the 2016-17 season and with the Blue Demons making a run today at the Big East Conference Championship it looked like she may get to coach again in the NCAA postseason. However, DePaul would end up in fourth place.

“I want to thank DePaul for the tremendous opportunity to work for such a great institution all these years. My time here was enjoyable, engaging, challenging and rewarding,” said Kaufmann. “The environment at DePaul allows you to learn every day from tremendous coaches, faculty and staff as well as our student-athletes. I want to personally thank all the student-athletes who played for me and helped to grow the program. It was a pleasure and privilege to work with all of you over the years. I look forward to following the program and wish Marty much success in taking Blue Demon golf to the next level. Thank you all for your support.”

Kaufmann has spent 19 years leading the Blue Demons. DePaul is annually among the top academic programs in the country with four “Academic National Championships” as awarded by the Golf Coaches Association of America. Her teams were named Academic National Champions in 2014-15, 2013-14, 2011-12, 2010-11 and 2009-10.

“Betty has contributed mightily to our men’s golf program,” said athletics director Jean Lenti Ponsetto. “Scholarships for our student-athletes, an indoor facility on campus and our partnership with Ruffled Feathers were all completed with her energy and enthusiasm for providing our young men with all the tools necessary for us to aim towards championship golf.”

Marty Schiene will take over the program for Kaufmann after joining the staff as the assistant coach in August 2016. The former PGA tour participant and NCAA All-American brings more than 30 years of golf knowledge to the Blue Demon program.

Prior to joining Kaufmann last summer, Schiene spent a season as an assistant coach at Loyola-Chicago after five season as head coach at Chicago State. Before he joined the collegiate coaching ranks, Schiene competed for 15 years on the Canadian, South African, Asian and Australian Tours. He was a member of the PGA Tour in 1993. He competed in four U.S. Opens and won the Illinois Open three times. He also won the 1997 Nevada Open.

“I am very excited to take on the role as the head coach of the DePaul men’s golf team,” said Schiene. “I hope to build on the tremendous success coach Kaufmann has had over the years in keeping a high academic standard and being a very competitive golf team. It’s a dream come true to become part of the Blue Demon family.”

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May 1

TEXAS-SAN ANTONIO

The University of Texas at San Antonio head women’s golf coach Carrie Parnaby has announced that she is resigning from her position with the Roadrunners golf program.

“After much thought and discussion with my family over the past year, I have decided to step away from coaching for the time being,” Parnaby said. “This was a very difficult decision for me to make, but I want to be able to spend more time with my husband and two young children.”

Parnaby, who has spent the last nine years at UTSA, was hired in 2008 as the second head coach in the program’s 12-year history. Parnaby led the Roadrunners to nine tournament titles, including a pair of Southland Conference championships in 2011 and ’12, and six runner-up showings. UTSA advanced to three straight NCAA Regionals from 2011-13, including the school’s first-ever at-large bid in 2013.

“We are so proud of the work that Carrie has done for our program,” UTSA Associate Vice President/Director of Athletics Lynn Hickey said. “She took a very young program and moved it to the next level, and she did it the right way. The young women that have been a part of her teams have been leaders in our department and have had success not just on the course, but also in the classroom.

Dickey added: “We will immediately start our search for a new coach knowing that with the strong foundation Carrie built, we have a great opportunity to offer the next leader of this program.”

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April 25

MISSISSIPPI STATE

After 14 seasons as the head coach at Mississippi State, Clay Homan has announced his retirement.

The Bulldogs concluded play this past weekend at the SEC Championship placing 14th out of 14 teams. Mississippi State is ranked No. 72 in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin rankings and is likely to miss the postseason.

“It’s been a privilege to coach my alma mater for 14 seasons and work with four different athletic directors,” Homan said. “To see how far we have come in the growth of our facilities and the program is something I am very proud of. The time has come for me to devote more time to my family and my three children. I am confident in our administration in finding a quality coach who will maximize the potential of our student-athletes both on and off the course.”

Under Homan, who was a four-year letterman for the Bulldogs from 1992-95, guided Mississippi State to 13 tournament victories, four NCAA regional appearances and one NCAA Championship berth in 2008. Homan started his coaching career at Rice where he coached the Owls from 2000-03.

“Clay has been dedicated to Mississippi State men’s golf for nearly two decades as both a coach and a student-athlete,” MSU Director of Athletics John Cohen said. “We appreciate everything Clay has done for our program, and he will always be a part of the Bulldog family. We wish him and his family the best in their future endeavors.”

This job is sure to get some attention nationally with several assistant coaches interested in the job. However, Cohen should have several qualified mid-major coaches interested in this job as well as some very good Division II coaches.

It was said in the school press release that Mississippi State will begin a national search immediately to find Homan’s successor.

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April 25

WOFFORD

Wofford College men’s golf coach Vic Lipscomb announced earlier this year that he will retire on June 30, 2017, following the completion of the 2016-17 season. Lipscomb, who is in his 13th season as head golf  coach, has guided the Terriers to eight tournament victories.

“I would like to say what a pleasure it has been to be the men’s golf coach at Wofford College for the last 13 years,” said Lipscomb. “What a joy to work with such a talented and gifted group of young men. I am truly thankful for the faith and trust that I received from our athletic department staff and the entire Wofford family.”

Lipscomb, who played his college golf at Wofford, was named Southern Conference Coach of the Year in 2016.

“We wish Vic nothing but the best in his upcoming retirement,” said Wofford director of athletics Richard Johnson. “A great player during his time as a student at Wofford, he has done great things with the program since taking the helm as head coach. His teams have been something for Wofford to be proud of, both on the course and in the classroom. We look forward to watching the team in his final season, while also beginning a search for a replacement.”

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FLORIDA ATLANTIC

Florida Atlantic head coach Angelo Sands had announced earlier this month he will retire at the conclusion of the 2016-17 season. The owls concluded play yesterday at the Conference-USA Championship.

Sands spent 11 years at FAU was asked about his time at FAU: “It has been an honor to work with the men golfers at FAU, and this year’s group is very special. This year’s captain, Caleb Sibley, has continued a tradition of leading with commitment to the team culture that I value, emphasizing academic achievement, community service and character on and off the course as well as golf accomplishment.”

Since his time at FAU, Sands has personally created and instituted the annual FAU Slomin Autism Championship. The event helps raise awareness for The Slomin Family Center for Autism and Related Disabilities, Inc. The event has continued to grow year after year, with the ninth annual tournament held this past March.

Florida Atlantic is currently ranked No. 226 in NCAA Division I golf.

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March 29

ARMY

After 18 seasons coaching golf and the last seven years at Army, Brian Watts has announced he will be stepping down at the end of the season. Watts plans to return to Oregon and spend more time with his family. Prior to his time at West Point, Watts served as head coach at Oregon State.

Former Black Knight golfer and current assistant coach LTC Chad Bagley will succeed Watts as the next head coach at Army. Bagley also served as Army’s interim head coach during the fall of 2010.

“There are no words to express the gratitude my family and I have for this amazing opportunity the past seven years. It has been an experience beyond anything I could’ve ever imagined,” Watts said. “It will be an extremely sad day when I have to say goodbye to these young men and their families. It has been a privilege and honor to work with so many wonderful people including fellow coaches, alumni, staff and faculty. Their work ethic and positive attitude are key components to the developmental experience of West Point. I couldn’t think of a better place for my coaching career to come to an end as it has been an honor to be the Army golf coach the past seven years.”

In his years guiding the Black Knights’ golf program, Watts led the team to two Patriot League Championships, mentored four individual conference champions, has taken both the team and two individuals to NCAA Regionals and has been named the Patriot League Coach of the Year twice. Additionally, he was named the 2015 Northeast Regional Coach of the Year.

“I want to thank Brian for all his work in leading the Army West Point golf program,” said Boo Corrigan, Army’s director of athletics. “He has served as an outstanding mentor and coach to our cadet-athletes and always represented the Military Academy with the highest level of dignity and class. ‘Wattsy’ made an impact not only on the golf program but the entire athletic department. While I am saddened by his departure, both personally and professionally, I know he has laid a solid and lasting foundation which we will benefit from for years to come.”

Bagley, who was a three-year letterwinner on the Army golf team, rejoined the Army coaching staff this fall after serving as a team Officer Representative, while serving as the Director of Football Operations.

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March 6

WESLEY COLLEGE

The Wesley College (Dover, Del.) athletic department has announced that the school will add women’s golf as an intercollegiate sport beginning with the 2017-18 academic year.

“We are excited to add women’s golf as our newest sport at Wesley College,” Director of Athletics Mike Drass said. “Adding women’s golf gives those female athletes in our area a chance to compete at the Division III level.”

Steve Malkowski will be the head women’s golf coach. In addition, Rick McCall Jr. will succeed his father as the new men’s golf coach following the retirement of the elder McCall after the spring season.

McCall Jr. is currently the head golf professional at Wild Quail Country Club, a position he has held since February of 2003. McCall Jr. was the Delaware State High School Golf Champion in 1988 and went on to have a successful golf career at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. McCall Jr. has been the assistant golf coach at Wesley since 2002.

Both golf teams will call Wild Quail Country Club in Wyoming their home course.

Women’s golf will now be added as an official Capital Athletic Conference sport during the 2017-18 school year with the CAC Women’s Golf Championship to be played in the spring 2018. The inaugural championship will be played at Bay Creek Resort in Cape Charles, Virginia.

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February 14

MORTHLAND

Morthland College (West Franfort, Ill.,) has announced Cassie Brooke will be joining the College’s athletic staff by serving as the Assistant Athletic Director and Head Golf Coach for the new Men’s and Women’s Golf teams. The inaugural season of varsity golf is scheduled to begin play at Morthland next fall. Morthland competes in the NCCAA.

Brooke, who played college golf at Southern Illinois, is a four-time Missouri Valley Conference All-Conference golfer at Southern Illinois University by placing fifth or better at the conference tournament. She is only one of two Salukis to do so. Brooke ended her collegiate career with a 4-year average of 77.1 strokes per round, which currently is the record for the SIU women’s golf program.

“As my playing career comes to an end, I am excited to start a new chapter in my life at Morthland,” said Brooke. “I am looking forward to finding players who are competitive, have a good work ethic and are good students in the classroom.”

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February 14

GEORGETOWN COLLEGE

Georgetown College (NAIA) located in Georgetown, Ky., has a new coach this spring. Former Georgetown College standout Marlene Nall Schulte takes over for Taylor Elder, who moved to Ohio when her husband accepted a new role in Campus Crusade ministries. Elder is now head women’s coach at Cincinnati Christian University.

“I’m very excited and grateful for the opportunity to take over the women’s program at Georgetown College,” Schulte said. “As an alumnus and former player, it is an honor to be head coach. I look forward to our team becoming a major contender in the Mid-South Conference. The players have put in the hard work through this off-season, and we are excited for the spring.”

Georgetown College kicks off its spring season in their annual Florida tournament Feb. 20-21.

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February 14

WAKE FOREST

Last month Wake Forest announced Ryan Potter as the women’s golf team assistant coach.

Potter comes to Wake Forest from Charlotte where he was the assistant coach for six months, helping sign the first recruiting class for the 49ers women’s golf program. Charlotte is a new program and begins play next fall. Prior to that Potter spent two seasons with the UNLV women’s team as the assistant coach. Before joining the women’s side of college golf, he was an assistant men’s golf coach for seven seasons. He was an assistant coach at Ohio State for four seasons and spent two years as the assistant coach at Mississippi. He began his collegiate coaching career in 2007-08 as a volunteer assistant coach at Alabama.

Potter played college golf at Furman, graduating in 2005. His father, Mic, is the women’s golf coach at Alabama.

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February 10

ILLINOIS-CHICAGO

Mat Blair has been named interim head women’s golf coach at the Illinois-Chicago (UIC). The Flames are a NCAA Div. I program competing in the Horizon League. Blair is no stranger to the Horizon League as he previously served as the head coach at Valparaiso for seasons from 2011-2016.

“I’m thrilled that we were able to get Mat to step in as out interim coach, and it’s especially gratifying to welcome a coach of his caliber on such short notice,” said Athletic Director Jim Schmidt. “The combination of his knowledge of Horizon League and NCAA golf, along with the respect he earned over the years from his players and other golfers in the League, makes me very confident that he will give the Flames a great chance to be very competitive this spring.”

“I appreciate the opportunity UIC is giving me,” said Blair. “I’d also like to thank Carol Rhoades for doing such a good job in getting this program off the ground. I really look forward to working with the Flames.”

Blair takes over the reins from Rhoades. The first head coach in UIC program history, Rhoades recently resigned to focus more time on her efforts with the First Tee program and youth golf.

Blair attended Rogers High School in Michigan City, Ind., where he was an All-State Second Team selection in 1990. One year later he was named a junior college All-American at Anderson College in South Carolina, where he played for current Alabama head coach Jay Seawell. Blair finished his college career at Ball State, where he played for the next three years. Blair played professionally for three years on the Hooters Tour. He also qualified for the Virginia Beach Open on the Nationwide Tour in 2005.

The Flames open the spring season March 14 at the Seminole State Spring Break Invitational in Lake Mary, Fla.

January 29

DUKE

Former PGA Tour player and University of Pennsylvania golf men’s golf coach Bob Heintz has been named the assistant coach at Duke. Heintz spent the past five seasons, including this fall, at Pennsylvania.

Heintz was named Ivy League Coach of the Year in 2015 after leading the Quakers to the Ivy League championship. During his tenure as head coach at Penn, Heintz also served as a golf instructor at Applecross Country Club in Downingtown, Pa. In that role, he provided instruction in individual, class and camp settings. He also had a three-year stint as volunteer assistant golf coach at the University of South Florida (1992-94).

“I am convinced that Bob Heintz will add another layer of drive, wisdom, care and devotion to our team’s goals of success on and off the course,” Duke coach Jamie Green said. “He brings PGA Tour experience that our players will find invaluable. He has performed successfully on the strongest professional golf tour in the world. As a Yale graduate and Academic All-American, Coach Heintz understands the kind of mindset that our student-athletes have and he’ll be able to intelligently and compassionately support them every day in their academic pursuits. The two of us are on exactly the same page with regard to what qualities we’ll be looking for in recruits and he’s committed to helping Duke men’s golf attract those young men to our program and help us flourish for years to come.”

Heintz graduated from Yale in 1992 where he won three consecutive Ivy League individual championships from 1990-92 and was named an Academic All-American as a senior.

“I’m grateful to Dr. Kevin White, Mike Sobb and Jamie Green for the opportunity to be part of the Duke Athletics family,” Heintz said. “While it’s difficult to part ways with my team and the outstanding people at Penn, I’m excited to begin working with Coach Green and Duke men’s golf. I have tremendous respect for Duke University, its athletic department and the historic success of its golf programs. I look forward to helping Coach Green continue to provide a first-class experience for Duke’s student-athletes.”

Heintz enjoyed a professional playing career that spanned more than two decades. He was a PGA Tour member in 2000, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2010, posting his best career finish with a second-place tie at the Reno-Tahoe Open in his final season on tour. A frequent leader in putting and short game statistics, Heintz led the PGA Tour in both putts per round (27.57) and putts per green in regulation (a record-low 1.682) in 2002. In 2009, he ranked first on the PGA Tour in three-putt avoidance (1.6 percent). Heintz posted a pair of Nationwide (now Web.com) Tour victories in 1999, winning the Shreveport Open and the Nationwide Tour Championship.

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January 26

PERU STATE

Peru State athletic director Steve Schneider recently announced the hiring of Jason Biles as the new Bobcat women’s head golf coach. Peru State is a NAIA school located in Peru, Neb.

Biles, a Georgia native, graduated from the Georgia Perimeter College in Atlanta, Ga., in 2012. Most recently, Biles was the head teaching professional at the Yankee Hill Country Club in Lincoln, Neb. Prior to that, Biles pursued a professional playing career from 2013-2015. In 2014-15, Biles served as a golf shop assistant/lead golf instructor at the Ridgewood Lakes Golf Club in Clermont, Fla. Before moving to Florida, Biles worked as an aquatics manager for the Gwinnett County Parks and Recreations Department.

“I am excited for this incredible opportunity to work with Peru State Women’s Golf Team. I look forward to watching these ladies grow as a team and grow academically. This season’s roster has a ton of potential and I am excited to get things in motion,” Biles said in a press release.

The Bobcats’ open the spring March 24-25 at the Graceland (Iowa) Spring Invitational, which will be held at Mozingo Lake Golf Course in Maryville, Mo. Peru State is currently ranked No. 87 in Golfstat’s NAIA rankings.

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January 23

NORTH CAROLINA STATE

Quite possibly the best quote-giver in college golf is calling it a career. After 46 seasons coaching the North Carolina State men’s golf team, Richard Sykes has announced he will retire at season’s end.

Don’t believe me on the quote reference? In a school press release Sykes said: “My age is now an even-par 72. Since we try to keep scores at par or better, it’s time for me to step aside.”

Classic Sykes.

Now, who might end up directing Wolfpack golf? There are a couple of obvious names that will come up.

Virginia head coach Bowen Sargent and East Carolina coach Press McPhaul will top the list for obvious reasons. They both played their college golf at North Carolina State under Sykes.

Sargent, who was a decorated player for the Wolfpack, has guided the Virginia golf team into the upper echelon of the sport. Currently the Cavaliers are ranked No. 9 heading into the spring season and are considered a contender for a spot in match play at the NCAA finals this year.

McPhaul also has success playing under Sykes. He played in three NCAA finals and helped the team to an eighth-place showing in 1995. He also served as an assistant coach to Sykes for two seasons. McPahaul was the head coach at Vanderbilt from 2000-06 and since leaving Vanderbilt has been the head coach at East Carolina.

Also, you could hear Chris Greenwood’s name in the mix. Another former player, who had a 12-year run as a playing professional, is now the coach at NCAA Division II St. Leo. He also spent time at the D-I level as the Director of golf at the Arkansas-Little Rock and prior to that had a good run at Lynn University (NCAA D-II).

There certainly will be other names that may get into the mix, but you can expect this job to attract some attention from head coaches.

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January 14

SOUTH FLORIDA

Steve Bradley, head men’s golf coach at the University of South Florida, has named Brad Caldwell assistant golf coach.

Caldwell joins the Bulls golf program after playing full-time on PGA Tour Canada in 2016. Prior to his second stint in pro golf, Caldwell served as head men’s and women’s golf coach at North Greenville University, his alma mater, from June 2014 to early 2016.

“I’m really excited about having Brad onboard,” said Bradley. “He has an impressive background as an All-American in college and a professional on the Canadian Tour. Having been an assistant coach, having been a head coach at a Division II school, he really checked a lot of boxes regarding what I was looking for. More importantly, I was impressed with how he communicates and what his thoughts are on running a golf program.”

Before becoming a coach, Caldwell was a four-year letterman at North Greenville. The native of Asheville, N.C., was a three-year captain at NGU and set program records with six career wins, 14 top-five finishes and 21 top-10 outings. Caldwell earned NCCAA All-America honors.

South Florida ended the fall season ranked No. 75 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. The Bulls return four of the top seven players from last year’s team that advanced to the NCAA Championship and won the American Athletic Conference Championship.

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January 5

UNCW

Daniel Bowden has been added to the coaching staff at UNC-Wilmington. He will serve as the assistant for the men’s and women’s programs.

Bowden comes to UNCW after serving as a Head of Player Development at Bowden Bros. Golf LLC, following a five-year professional playing career. From 2011-16, Daniel notched 12 victories and made seven starts on the Web.com and Nationwide tours.

Bowden began his collegiate career at nationally-ranked Georgia Tech, where he played on the Yellow Jackets top-ranked team in 2006. Ga. Tech won the ACC tournament and he played alongside three future PGA Tour players in Roberto Castro, Cameron Tringale and Chesson Hadley. Bowden transferred to Furman following his sophomore season at Georgia Tech and would earn All-Southern Conference and Academic All-America honors in each of his two seasons with the Paladins. He would also lead the program to a Southern Conference title and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 2010.

“We are very excited with the addition of Daniel to our staff,” said women’s coach Cindy Ho. “He was very impressive in his interview and I look forward to working alongside with him as he assists both our teams. He’s won at all levels of golf and brings experience from two highly successful Division I golf programs.”

Head men’s coach Matt Clark added: “Daniel is very talented young man that has competed at a very high level,” said UNCW Head Men’s Golf coach Matt Clark. “He will be a great addition to the UNCW coaching staff. I am excited about the competitive knowledge and instructional training he will bring to the programs. I look forward to working with Daniel on and off the links.”

The women’s program resumes its season on Feb. 5 at the UCF Challenge while the men retake the course on Feb. 17 at the Desert Challenge in Desert, Calif.

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January 5

CAMPBELL

Campbell head coach John Crooks announced that former Camel standout Matt Moot has been named assistant golf coach at Campbell University. He will serve as an assistant for the men’s and women’s teams.

A two-time NCAA regional participant during his Campbell career, Moot joins the Fighting Camel staff after playing professionally and most recently serving assistant general manager at Windber Country Club in Salix, Pa., and as head coach at Bishop McCort High School in his hometown of Johnstown, Pa. Moot, who placed second at the 2011 Atlantic Sun Conference Championship, compiled 11 top-10 individual finishes and a 73.77 stroke average at Campbell.

“I am so happy that circumstances came together that would allow Matt to return to his Alma Mater,” said Crooks. “Matt was a positive influence on his teammates when he was a player and I expect he will bring the same supportive enthusiasm to this team now. There is a popular song now by Tim McGraw entitled “Humble and Kind” that I think describes Matt. Matt will be successful and show his team how to do it the right way.”

“I would like to thank Mr. Bob Roller, Coach Crooks, and the Campbell University Athletic Department for this wonderful opportunity,” said Moot.  “I was greatly impressed by the positive trajectory Campbell Athletics and the golf program have taken since I graduated. I look forward to using my four years of experience as a Camel to assist these exceptional student-athletes on the course and in the classroom. I am enthusiastic and grateful to be a part of the special things happening in Buies Creek.”

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December 27

TOWSON

Head coach Brian Yaniger has announced he will retired at season’s end (June 30). Yaniger has coached at Towson for the past 20 years.

Towson is a Division I school located in Towson, Md., and competes in the Colonial Athletic Association. In 2010 Towson won the CAA championship. Towson ended the fall season ranked No. 220 in the Golfweek/Sagarin college rankings.

“It has been my privilege to be able to work with such outstanding young men and women for the past 20 years,” Yaniger said. “Their accomplishments in life is what makes me most proud. This job has always been about much more than golf.  I look forward to the future success of both the program I now coach and the program I was honored to start. As always Tiger pride!”

The school hopes to have a head coach named this spring and ready to start on July 1.

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December 27

CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY (TEXAS)

Former three-time Golfweek All-American Lisa McCloskey has been named the women’s volunteer assistant coach at Concordia University (Texas). McCloskey played her college golf at Pepperdine and Southern California.

“I am excited to have Lisa join the Concordia golf family. She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge about the golf swing and competing,” said second year head coach Chris Hill. “Lisa is going to make a positive impact on the student-athletes as we build Concordia into a national contender.”

Concordia finished the fall season ranked No. 52 in Golfstat’s Division III rankings.


November 3

TCU

Last week it was TCU men’s golf coach Bill Montigel receiving a contract extension at TCU, this week it was women’s coach Angie Ravaioli-Larkin. TCU director of intercollegiate athletics Chris Del Conte has announced that Ravaioli-Larkin has signed a contract extension through 2021.

“Angie is synonymous with TCU and has always represented our University and women’s golf program with class,” Del Conte said. “Her student-athletes have excelled in the classroom and on the course. Angie’s leadership has truly enhanced the student-athlete experience for those in her program. We couldn’t be more proud to have Angie extend her relationship with TCU. She has the Horned Frog Factor!”

Ravaioli-Larkin has led the Horned Frogs to 20 postseason appearances in the last 21 years and seven trips to the NCAA Championships. She has received five conference coach of the year awards while winning five conference titles in three different leagues (Western Athletic Conference, 1998; Conference USA, 2002; Mountain West, 2007, 2011-12) under Ravaioli-Larkin. The Horned Frogs have been first or second in 14 of their last 19 conference tournaments.

“I am so blessed to have coached at TCU for 23 years and now receive an opportunity to be here for another five years,” Ravaioli-Larkin said. “I was honored when Coach (Frank) Windegger offered me the job many, many years ago and have always appreciated the chance he gave. He will never know how much this has truly meant to my family and me.

TCU is ranked No. 31 in the Golfweek/Sagarin college rankings.


October 26

TCU

Longtime TCU men’s golf coach Bill Montigel has signed a contract extension to remain at TCU through 2021.

Montigel is currently in his 30th season as men’s golf coach at TCU and his 39th year overall as a member of the Horned Frogs’ family. He became TCU’s golf coach in 1987 after an eight-year stint as an assistant coach for the TCU’s men’s basketball team.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to be a part of the TCU family for the last 39 years,” Montigel said. “I am looking forward to the continued success of our men’s golf program, as well as the University and athletics department as a whole. Our administration’s commitment to excellence has always been clear and I am happy to continue to be a part that commitment.”

Starting in 1989, TCU has qualified for 27 straight NCAA Regionals and advanced to 18 NCAA Championships. Montigel is one of only three current coaches to earn a regional bid each of the last 27 years, joining Clemson’s Larry Penley and UNLV’s Dwaine Knight. He has been named conference coach of the year seven times in four different conferences.

TCU is ranked No. 74 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings and has concluded its fall season.


October 24

HOUSTON

University of Houston head coach Gerrod Chadwell has announced Lucy Nunn has been promoted to associate head coach.

Nunn, who is in her third year with the Cougars, joined Houston for the 2014-15 season. She helped lead Houston Women’s Golf to the 2016 American Athletic Conference title in only the program’s second year of full team competition.

The Cougars have also played in the postseason twice advancing to regional play in each of her first two seasons. Houston came up two strokes shy of advancing to the NCAA Championships for the first time in school history.  Leonie Harm, who is a sophomore with the Cougars in 2016-17, qualified as an individual, becoming Houston’s first NCAA Championships representative in school history.

“Lucy has played an important role in our team’s success during the last two seasons. She is an outstanding role model for our young women, both on and off the course, and has earned this promotion in the brief time she has worked in our program,” Chadwell said. “Like our team, I look forward to working with her for years to come.”

Before joining Houston, Nunn served as an assistant coach at Kentucky for three years (2011-14). She was a part of Wildcat teams that competed in three straight NCAA regionals.

Nunn played her college golf at the University of Arkansas, earning All-SEC Second Team and Golfweek All-America Honorable Mention honors as a senior in 2009.

Houston is currently ranked No. 53 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.


October 12

GEORGIA

Georgia head women’s golf coach Josh Brewer has announced Emilie Meason as the volunteer coach. Meason, a four-time All-American as the former Emilie Burger played for the Bulldogs from 2009-13.

“It’s a great day for Georgia Golf,” Brewer said. “Just like in recruiting, we try to add talented people to our program, and we’ve added one of the best players in our history. We have one in our assistant coach (Whitney Young), and now we’ve added another one.”

Meason was a three-time medalist during her career winning the 2010 Auburn Invitational, the 2012 Mason Rudolph Championship and the 2013 Bryan National.

“I’m super excited about this,” Meason said. “To be able to come back and represent Georgia in a coaching role is just an amazing opportunity. I know I’ll learn a lot from Josh because he’s such a great coach. This is a great way to get my foot in the door for coaching.”

Meason played one year, her senior season, under the direction of Brewer.

“We had one year together and created a special bond,” Brewer said. “We’ve kept that relationship, and I’m very excited that we’re adding such a talented and energetic person to our program. She wants to help us win that second national title, and it’s neat to have her back trying to live that as a coach versus as a player.”

Georgia is ranked No. 6 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.

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2016-17 NCAA Division I coaching changes


October 31

WESLEY COLLEGE

At the conclusion of the 2017 spring season, Wesley College (Dover, Del.) men’s golf coach Rick McCall will retire. McCall has been guiding the Wolverines golf teams since 1995.
He guided Wesley to 12 conference championships and six NCAA Division III top-25 finishes, including a second-place showing in 2003. He also brought the Wolverines their only national championship, coaching Chris Noll to a 2002 individual Division III National Championship.

“The best part of coaching has been the kids, hands down. Watching them grow as people and as golfers has been the most rewarding part of my career,” said McCall.

McCall has been named conference coach of the year nine times. Three times he has been named GCAA PING Mid-Atlantic Coach of the Year and once garnered NCAA Division III Coach of the Year honors.

“Coach McCall’s contributions to the Wesley athletic department and the Wesley Golf program have been outstanding. We have been lucky to have him coaching for us as long as he has,” said Athletic Director Mike Drass.

The Wolverines have concluded their fall season.


October 24

HOUSTON

University of Houston head coach Gerrod Chadwell has announced Lucy Nunn has been promoted to associate head coach.

Nunn, who is in her third year with the Cougars, joined Houston for the 2014-15 season. She helped lead Houston Women’s Golf to the 2016 American Athletic Conference title in only the program’s second year of full team competition.

The Cougars have also played in the postseason twice advancing to regional play in each of her first two seasons. Houston came up two strokes shy of advancing to the NCAA Championships for the first time in school history.  Leonie Harm, who is a sophomore with the Cougars in 2016-17, qualified as an individual, becoming Houston’s first NCAA Championships representative in school history.

“Lucy has played an important role in our team’s success during the last two seasons. She is an outstanding role model for our young women, both on and off the course, and has earned this promotion in the brief time she has worked in our program,” Chadwell said. “Like our team, I look forward to working with her for years to come.”

Before joining Houston, Nunn served as an assistant coach at Kentucky for three years (2011-14). She was a part of Wildcat teams that competed in three straight NCAA regionals.

Nunn played her college golf at the University of Arkansas, earning All-SEC Second Team and Golfweek All-America Honorable Mention honors as a senior in 2009.

Houston is currently ranked No. 53 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.


October 12

GEORGIA

Georgia head women’s golf coach Josh Brewer has announced Emilie Meason as the volunteer coach. Meason, a four-time All-American as the former Emilie Burger played for the Bulldogs from 2009-13.

“It’s a great day for Georgia Golf,” Brewer said. “Just like in recruiting, we try to add talented people to our program, and we’ve added one of the best players in our history. We have one in our assistant coach (Whitney Young), and now we’ve added another one.”

Meason was a three-time medalist during her career winning the 2010 Auburn Invitational, the 2012 Mason Rudolph Championship and the 2013 Bryan National.

“I’m super excited about this,” Meason said. “To be able to come back and represent Georgia in a coaching role is just an amazing opportunity. I know I’ll learn a lot from Josh because he’s such a great coach. This is a great way to get my foot in the door for coaching.”

Meason played one year, her senior season, under the direction of Brewer.

“We had one year together and created a special bond,” Brewer said. “We’ve kept that relationship, and I’m very excited that we’re adding such a talented and energetic person to our program. She wants to help us win that second national title, and it’s neat to have her back trying to live that as a coach versus as a player.”

Georgia is ranked No. 6 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.

• • •

Men

School New coach Old coach
Arizona State Matt Thurmond Tim Mickelson
California Walter Chun Steve Desimone
Charleston Southern Todd Selders Mike Wilson
High Point Brady Gregor Greg Flesher
Loyola Marymount Jason D’Amore Brad Lanning
New Orleans Jeff Lorio Chris McCarter
Oakland Nick Pumford Mark Engel
South Alabama Alex Hamilton Ben Hannan
UAB Mike Wilson Alan Murray
Utah Garrett Clegg Randall McCracken
Washington Alan Murray Matt Thurmond
Washington State Dustin White Garrett Clegg
Xavier Brian McCants Doug Steiner

Women

School New coach Old coach
Bucknell Lisa Francisco Kevin Jamieson
Clemson Kelley Hester J.T. Horton
Furman Jeff Hull Kelley Hester
High Point Alexis Bennett Vici Pate Flesher
Louisiana-Monroe Joni Stephens Heather Holte
Marshall Brooke Bellomy (interim) Tiffany Pratts
North Texas Mike Akers Jeff Mitchell
Old Dominion Mallory Hetzel Andrew Crabtree
Oregon State Dawn Shockley Sammie Chergo
South Florida Tiffany Pratts Marci Kornegay
Texas State Lisa Strom Mike Akers
Weber State Sara Federico Jeff Smith
Western Carolina Sara Anne McGetrick Mallory Hetzel

October 5

ROANOKE

Roanoke College has named Brian Spellane men’s golf coach. Spellane graduated from Roanoke in 2000 and was a member of the golf team.

“Great to be back and working on campus,” said Spellane. “Dream come true.”

Roanoke is an NCAA Division III school and competes in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. Roanoke has two tournaments on its fall season schedule.


September 30

NIAGARA

Niagara University has named Jason Polka head women’s golf coach. Polka, who competed on the Niagara men’s golf team from 2006-10 and was a top-ten finisher in the 2009 MAAC Championships, graduated from Niagara in May 2010 with a degree in business management.

“I’m very excited to be returning to Niagara to compete in golf,” said Polka. “This team has incredible chemistry and I’m really looking forward to being a part of it.”

Niagara has played in two events this fall most recently finishing fifth at Golden Grizzlies Invitational.


September 25

CHARLESTON SOUTHERN

Just before the start of the season UAB hired Charleston Southern coach Mike Wilson, leaving the Buccaneers looking for a coach. That job is expected be filled tomorrow with an announcement of Todd Selders being named head men’s golf coach.

Selders, who is somewhat of a journeyman in the coaching circles, is hoping to stay put in Charleston.

“I’m ready to settle down,” Selders said.

Most recently Selders was the head men’s and women’s coach at Western Texas College. Prior to that, Selders had spent time as the assistant women’s coach at Iowa and North Carolina State. He was the associate head men’s coach at Coastal Carolina, head women’s coach at SMU and assistant men’s coach at Oklahoma.

“I want to thank athletic director Hank Small, President Dr. Hunter, the hiring committee, coaches and my references for this awesome opportunity. I’ve met with the team and I am really looking forward to getting started at CSU,” Selders said.

Selders will take his new team to the Golfweek Conference Challenge this week with play starting on Friday at Spirit Hollow Golf Course in Burlington, Iowa.


September 20

WILLIAMS BAPTIST

Williams Baptist College (Walnut Ridge, Ark.) is adding four new sports teams for the 2017-18 school year. Men’s and women’s golf is two of them.

“We are excited about the opportunity to expand our athletic department. This will give 75 young people the opportunity not only to compete at the collegiate level, but the opportunity to attend our college and receive a Christian education,” said Jeff Rider, WBC’s director of athletics.

Ty Jones will serve as the head men’s and women’s golf coach.

Jones, who played college golf at Williams Baptist, will help bring back the Eagles golf programs. The school sponsored a golf program from 1993-2003.

“I am super excited about the opportunity to coach golf at WBC,” said Jones.  “There are a lot of golfers in this area that have the talent to take their game to the next level. The fact that we are resurrecting a program is going to be a great opportunity for students to step right in and make an impact on Eagles athletics. I am looking forward to the challenge of recruiting and competing.”

The team will practice at the Rolling Hills Country Club in Pocahontas, Ark., located about 14 miles from campus.

Williams Baptist College is an NAIA school and competes the American Midwest Conference.


September 19

NEW MEXICO

Chris Massoletti was named assistant men’s golf coach at the University of New Mexico a few weeks ago. Massoletti arrived in Albuquerque after serving as the men’s and women’s coach at NCAA Division II St. Mary’s (Texas) for the last three years. Prior to joining the staff at St. Mary’s, he was a volunteer assistant at St. Edward’s for the men’s golf team for two years.

“Having Chris join our staff will have an immediate impact on the lives of our guys and help us continue to achieve great success in the classroom while competing for championships. I feel fortunate to have him in Albuquerque and am excited to welcome him to the Lobo Family!” said New Mexico head coach Glenn Millican.

Massoletti played college golf at Chico State and Texas A&M. Massoletti, who is from from Chico, Calif., was a NCAA Division II Second Team All-American at California State University Chico where he played for two years. He transferred to Texas A&M as a junior prior to the 2005-2006 season.

“I am extremely excited to be able to join a program that year in and year out is consistently one of the best programs in the country. I am looking forward to working with Coach Millican and learning from him as he is one of the best in the business as what he does.”


September 16

NORTH TEXAS

North Texas head women’s golf coach Mike Akers has announced Kendra Little will be the program’s assistant women’s golf coach. Akers was named head women’s golf coach at North Texas earlier this summer.

“I am thrilled to announce the hiring of Kendra Little as our new assistant coach,” Akers said. “My goal was to find a person that complements my skill set and Kendra is the perfect person for that role. Kendra has played at a very high level and competed in the NCAA postseason. My goal is to get our program to that level as soon as possible. I also liked the fact she went through a coaching change at Oregon and will be able to relate to our student-athletes as we make a major change to the program.”

Little, who was a three-time All Pac-12 Conference selection, played college golf at the University of Oregon and was a member of the Symetra Tour from 2013-15.

“I am beyond excited and grateful for the opportunity to join coach Akers and the women’s golf program at North Texas,” Little said. “It is a very exciting time to be arriving in Denton with the facilities being built and the vision coach Akers has for this program. He has a proven track record of building programs, and with the resources available at the University of North Texas, there is no doubt in my mind that trend will continue here. I can’t wait to be a part it and play a role in helping turn this program into a contender.”


September 13

AUGUSTA

Augusta University Director of Athletics Clint Bryant announced head men’s golf coach Jack O’Keefe has been promoted to Director of Golf. O’Keefe is beginning his fourth season with the Jaguars.

Augusta finished in the top 10 in all 13 events on the season and advanced to the NCAA postseason, missing a trip to the NCAA championship by two strokes. Augusta finished the 2014-15 season ranked No. 37 in the Golfweek/Sagarin college rankings.

Prior to his time at Augusta, O’Keefe was the associate head coach at the University of Mississippi and an assistant coach at the University of Central Arkansas. O’Keefe, who played on the PGA Tour in 1997, played college golf at Arkansas.

 


September 10

NEW ORLEANS

Jeff Lorio has been named head men’s golf coach at the University of New Orleans.

Lorio joins the Privateer program after spending the last three years across town at Loyola University, including the last two as the head coach of both the Wolfpacks’ men’s and women’s golf teams. Lorio replaces long-time Privateers head coach Chris McCarter, who announced his retirement in June. New Orleans finished seventh last year in the Southland Conference Championship.

“We are pleased to welcome Jeff Lorio to the Privateers Athletics family,” Derek Morel said. “I am confident Jeff will elevate our program and continue to build on the foundation for success. His experience as a college coach and Division I golf student-athlete, combined with his relationships in south Louisiana and passion for recruiting, make him uniquely qualified to lead our golf program.”

Lorio played college golf at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.


September 9

KENT STATE

Former Kent State star Ben Curtis has signed on as a volunteer coach at his alma mater. Curtis, who won the British Open in 2003, is helping fill a spot on the Golden Flashes coaching staff while head coach Herb Page is recovering from a quintuple bypass surgery.

Curtis will travel with the men’s squad this weekend for the 2016-17 season-opening Gopher Invitational in Independence, Minn. He will help associate head coach Jon Mills with all coaching duties. Curtis still competes on both the PGA Tour and Web.com Tour.

Curtis played at Kent State for Page from 1997-2000. He led Kent State to four consecutive Mid-American Conference titles.

Page had surgery on August 15 and has been recovering at his Kent, Ohio, home since Aug. 20. He hopes to return Oct. 3-4 for the Cleveland State Invitational.

December 5

DUKE

Duke head coach Jamie Green is looking for an assistant coach. At the completion of the fall season, T.D. Luten left the program for a job with PXG, where he will be a Master Fitter and a sales rep in the Carolinas.

“We are very thankful for having had T.D. assist our program for almost four years. He built trust and connected well with our student-athletes, helping many achieve great success. Though sorry to lose him, we are certainly very excited for T.D. (and his wife Lisa) as he has accepted a terrific position with PXG,” Green said. “It’s a really good professional step for T.D. in the golf business and PXG is lucky to have him help their company continue to grow.”

Duke finished the fall season ranked No. 17 in the Golfweek/Sagarin college rankings.

“Our search is underway for a new assistant golf coach who will help our players enjoy the best student-athlete experience possible and be a driving force in identifying and attracting the best young prospects to choose Duke University,” Green said.


December 2

MICHIGAN

Michigan head coach Jan Dowling may have the most decorated volunteer assistant coach in the game. In early November, Dowling added longtime Kent State coach Mike Morrow to her staff. Morrow joins Dowling, who is in her fourth season in Ann Arbor, and assistant coach Mandi Morrow, who is in her first season and the daughter of the newly named volunteer assistant coach. Morrow was also Dowling’s coach when she played college golf at Kent State.

“We are thrilled to have Mike join our team. He’s been an incredible influence for me, as well as a mentor and friend,” Dowling said. “I’m so excited to have our players spend time with Mike and learn from him. With his experience, knowledge and positive energy, we really are an even better team. Selfishly, I’m feeling pretty lucky and honored to be working with Mike some more, I’ve got more to learn and it will be so much fun.”

Morrow spent 14 years at Kent State before retiring in 2013. In 14 years with the Golden Flashes, they won 14 Mid-American Conference titles and 11 Golden Flashes earned MAC Championship medalist honors. Morrow himself was named MAC Coach of the Year 10 times. He was named the 2001 coach of the year by Golfweek.

Michigan completed its fall season ranked No. 40 in the Golfweek/Sagarin college rankings.


November 28

STONEHILL COLLEGE

Stonehill College, an NCAA Division II school located in Easton, Mass., will start a women’s golf program with completion beginning in 2017-18 season. Nick Crovetti has been named the head coach.

“I am thrilled to welcome Nick Crovetti as the first head coach of our women’s golf team,” said Director of Athletics Dean O’Keefe. “Nick has a proven track record of teaching student-athletes the skills required for academic and athletic success, and his experience will serve us well as Stonehill prepares for its inaugural season next fall.”

Crovetti comes to Stonehill after building a Merrimack College women’s golf program from scratch over the past five years. Merrimack won the last three Northeast-10 Conference Championship.

“I am honored to be selected as the first women’s golf coach at Stonehill College,” said Crovetti. “I appreciate the opportunity provided to me by Dean O’Keefe and the entire athletic department. I look forward to building a golf program that will align with the traditions of Stonehill of academic and athletic excellence.”

Merrimack has finished in the top 15 of the NCAA East Regional rankings the last five years, advancing two student-athletes to the NCAA Division II Super Regionals and one to the NCAA Championships over his five seasons.

Crovetti played college golf at Central Connecticut State University.

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November 13

IOWA LAKES

After coaching the Iowa Lakes Community College men’s and women’s golf program for the past seven years, Andy Soper is resigning.

Soper has coached 12 national qualifiers. He coach three All-Americans, two second team All-Americans and one honorable mention All-American.

“We appreciate everything Andy did for Iowa Lakes and our golf program over the last seven years. His teams were all competitive and individuals within the program became better golfers,” said Troy Larson, Iowa Lakes’ athletic director.

Looking back at his time at Iowa Lakes, Soper talked about his appreciation for the chance to lead the program.

“Thanks to Troy Larson for the opportunity he gave me over the last seven years, I am greatly appreciative for the opportunity and can’t thank him enough,” Soper said.

2016-17 NCAA Division I coaching changes

Men

School New coach Old coach
Arizona State Matt Thurmond Tim Mickelson
California Walter Chun Steve Desimone
Charleston Southern Todd Selders Mike Wilson
High Point Brady Gregor Greg Flesher
Loyola Marymount Jason D’Amore Brad Lanning
New Orleans Jeff Lorio Chris McCarter
Oakland Nick Pumford Mark Engel
South Alabama Alex Hamilton Ben Hannan
UAB Mike Wilson Alan Murray
Utah Garrett Clegg Randall McCracken
Washington Alan Murray Matt Thurmond
Washington State Dustin White Garrett Clegg
Xavier Brian McCants Doug Steiner

Women

School New coach Old coach
Bucknell Lisa Francisco Kevin Jamieson
Clemson Kelley Hester J.T. Horton
Furman Jeff Hull Kelley Hester
High Point Alexis Bennett Vici Pate Flesher
Louisiana-Monroe Joni Stephens Heather Holte
Marshall Brooke Bellomy (interim) Tiffany Pratts
North Texas Mike Akers Jeff Mitchell
Old Dominion Mallory Hetzel Andrew Crabtree
Oregon State Dawn Shockley Sammie Chergo
South Florida Tiffany Pratts Marci Kornegay
Texas State Lisa Strom Mike Akers
Weber State Sara Federico Jeff Smith
Western Carolina Sara Anne McGetrick Mallory Hetzel


September 9

PIEDMONT

Piedmont College Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Jim Peeples announced the hiring of his department’s golf staff.

J.P. Kircher has been named Director of Golf and head men’s coach and Susan Martin selected head women’s coach. The duo replaces Michael McMunn who coached both the men’s and women’s teams.

Kircher played college golf at Huntingdon College where he helped the team to four straight top-ten finishes in NCAA tournament play.

“I look forward to competing with many of the familiar teams from my days as a college player,” said Kircher. “The Piedmont golf program is very unique and there is no reason why we won’t compete with the best teams in the country.”

Martin played her college golf at Methodist, where she helped the Monarchs to four consecutive NCAA championship victories. She also won individual titles in 2008 and 2009 and was a four-time All-American.

“We are extremely fortunate to have found Susan Martin to lead our women’s golf program,” said Peeples. “Susan has national championship experience both as an individual and with a team. I’m excited for the possibilities that will exist under her leadership, and I am happy that she will be joining the Piedmont family.”


September 8

WESTERN CAROLINA

Sara Anne McGetrick has been named head women’s golf coach at Western Carolina. McGetrick replaces Mallory Hetzel, who was named head coach at Old Dominion earlier this month.

McGetrick previously coached at Converse College in Spartanburg, S.C., building the Valkyries’ program from scratch. During her four-year stint, the program climbed to a No. 29 GolfStat ranking in its third year of existence. She also has coaching experience at the high school level.

“We are very excited to welcome Coach McGetrick to the Catamount family,” said Associate Athletics Director Gorham Bradley, chair of the search committee – and a former men’s golf coach at WCU. “Her passion for student-athlete excellence and proven experience developing collegiate golfers aligned perfectly with our vision for the WCU Golf program. Under her leadership, the future of Catamount Women’s Golf is very bright.”

McGetrick, who played on the LPGA Tour from 1986-1992, played college golf at Furman under current Alabama coach Mic Potter. She played in three NCAA championships while a member of the Furman golf team.

“I am honored and thrilled to have been chosen to lead the Western Carolina women’s golf team as the new head golf coach,” said McGetrick. “The minute I set foot on campus, I knew it was a perfect fit for me and I can’t wait to start this new chapter of Catamount women’s golf.”


September 6

AMHERST

Elizabeth Davis has been named head women’s golf coach at Amherst College an NCAA Division III school located in Amherst, Mass.

“We are very excited to welcome Elizabeth as the next head women’s golf coach at Amherst College,” said Amherst College Director of Athletics Don Faulstick. “The search committee was very impressed by Elizabeth’s championship golf background and overall accomplishments as a standout Division III student-athlete. We look forward to adding her talents to our athletics department and women’s golf program.”

Davis, a native of Houston, Texas, played her college golf at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. Davis was a member of the 2013 NCAA Division III National Championship team.

“I want to thank the search committee and the rest of the Amherst community for selecting me for this outstanding opportunity,” Davis said. “I look forward to continuing and growing the tradition of success within the women’s golf program at Amherst College both on the golf course and in the classroom.”

 


September 3

WASHINGTON

Earlier this summer Andrea VanderLende resigned as assistant coach after spending seven seasons with the Husky golf program. With the season about to start, head coach Mary Lou Mulflur has announced the hiring of Chessey Thomas as assistant coach. Thomas spent last season as the assistant coach at the University of Idaho.

“I am excited to add Chessey to our team,” said Mulflur. “Using her experience as a successful student-athlete at Tennessee as well as her time as a professional, she will play a vital role in the development of our student-athletes. Her knowledge of all things social media will assist us in continuing to get the word out about Washington women’s golf.”

Thomas played collegiate golf at the University of Tennessee (2010-14) where she was all-SEC second team selection as a senior. During her career, she posted 15 top-25 finishes including one tournament victory as a senior. Thomas, who was born in Santiago, Chile but raised in Spokane, Wash., won two-straight 4A Washington State Championships in 2009 and 2010.

Additionally, former Husky standout SooBin Kim will join the staff as a student coach.


September 1

AUGUSTA

Augusta University has announced JP van der Walt as the assistant coach for the men’s and women’s golf programs. Van der Walt will assist men’s head golf coach Jack O’Keefe and women’s head golf coach Caroline Hegg with all aspects of their respective programs.

He comes to Augusta after spending two seasons as a graduate assistant men’s coach at Columbus State in Columbus, Ga. He returned to CSU as a coach after finishing up his playing career there in 2009.

Van der Walt, who is from Plettenberg, South Africa, turned pro and competed from 2009-2013 and was a member of the Sunshine Tour from 2011-2013. He also spent time as caddy for his brother Tjaart van der Walt, who has had full time status on the PGA Tour and currently competes on the European Tour.


2016-17 NCAA Division I coaching changes

August 31

UAB

Earlier this summer, Alan Murray left his position as head men’s golf coach at UAB to be named the golf coach at the University of Washington. Now, UAB has filled that vacancy.

Charleston Southern University coach Mike Wilson has been selected to guide the UAB men’s golf team.

“UAB is a wonderful university with an outstanding golf program that is capable of winning national championships,” Wilson said. “The city of Birmingham and its great golf courses was a very strong attraction. I want to thank Mark Ingram and the entire UAB administration for the opportunity to lead an amazing program with rich history.”

Wilson spent the previous nine years at Charleston Southern. He was the head women’s golf coach from 2007-09 before being named the men’s coach in 2009. In 2011, Wilson was appointed the Director of Golf which gave him oversight of both programs while remaining as the head men’s golf coach. Wilson’s men’s team is coming off back-to-back NCAA Regional appearances and won the 2015 Big South title. The Buccaneers’ selection to the Tuscaloosa Regional in 2016 marked the first time in CSU history that a program earned an at-large berth into an NCAA championship event.

“Mike Wilson is a tremendous leader and golf coach,” UAB Director of Athletics Mark Ingram said. “Not only does Mike bring an impressive knowledge of the game, but he has extensive experience as an administrator. Coming off our third straight NCAA tournament at UAB, we are confident that Mike will continue our success on the national stage and elevate our program to new heights.”


August 31

PACIFIC

Pacific head coach John Cook has announced Nicholas Ziccardi as the program’s assistant coach. Ziccardi becomes the golf program’s first full-time assistant. Ziccardi joins the program from St. Lawrence University where he spent the last two seasons as the assistant men’s and women’s golf coach.

“I am excited to get started with Nick and have him get to work with the team,” said Cook. “He is going to be a great addition to the program both on and off the course with his experience as both a championship player and more recently a coach. I am looking forward to this next year.”

A graduate of Northwood University (now known as Keiser), Ziccardi was the captain of the Seahawks’ golf team. Prior to Northwood, Ziccardi played at Oklahoma Christian University where he won the program’s first-ever NAIA National Championship in 2009.


August 30

FERRIS STATE

Ferris State University named Kyle Wittenbach as head golf coach for the men’s and women’s teams. Wittenbach replaces Mike Mignano, who accepted another position as the youth program director for The First Tee of Northern Michigan earlier this summer. Wittenbach played his college golf at Ferris State under Mignano.

Along with coaching both the men’s and women’s teams at Ferris State, Wittenbach will also work closely with the school’s Professional Golf Management (PGM) program and FSU’s Katke Golf Course.

“We’re thrilled to welcome back Kyle Wittenbach as our head coach along with his family,” said FSU Athletics Director Perk Weisenburger. “He had an outstanding collegiate career as a Bulldog student-athlete and has quickly had success in his coaching career. He possesses the necessary ability, work ethic and dedication to lead our men’s and women’s programs to new heights while carrying on a championship tradition of success.  Kyle’s passion and vision were very prominent qualities that stood out during the interview process.”

Wittenbach had served as the head coach at Northern Michigan University since 2014. He began his coaching career as an assistant at Ferris State under Mignano in 2012. During his tenure at Northern Michigan, Wittenbach guided the Wildcats to their first NCAA postseason appearance since 1999.

“I’m extremely excited to be returning to coach at my alma mater,” Wittenbach said. “It’s a tremendous opportunity for my family and it feels good to be coming home. Ferris State has had traditionally strong programs with a lot of accomplishments and I’m looking forward to building on that rich history while bringing championships to Big Rapids.


August 29

ILLINOIS STATE

Illinois State has named Austin Sproles assistant women’s golf coach.

Sproles, who is a native of Bloomington, Ill., completed his college playing career in May. He was a four-year member of the Eastern Illinois men’s golf team.

“We couldn’t be more excited to have Austin join our staff,” Illinois State head coach Darby Sligh said. “He has a wealth of playing experience and success at the Division I level and also brings with him an exercise science background that fits into our teaching principles perfectly. His calm demeanor and competitive spirit should serve this squad well during his time here at Illinois State.”


August 28

OLD DOMINION

Old Dominion University has found a replacement for Andrew Crabtree, who resigned to become the assistant women’s coach at UNLV earlier this summer. Western Carolina head coach Mallory Hetzel has been made women’s golf coach at Old Dominion.

“She brings a wealth of experience to the program not only as a previous head coach but as an outstanding college player as well,” Senior Associate Athletic Director Bruce Stewart said. “She has been categorized as a coach that is demanding and passionate about the holistic development of her student-athletes.”

Hetzel spent the last six years at Western Carolina.

“I would like to thank Dr. Selig, Bruce Stewart and the entire search committee for taking the time to get to know me. I’m honored to accept their offer to be the women’s golf coach at Old Dominion University. It’s an exciting time to be a part of the Monarch family.” Hetzel said. “The resources at ODU will give current and future Monarchs every opportunity to be successful. This year’s team is very talented and they are ready to compete for a Conference USA Championship in April. I’m looking forward to getting settled in and going to work to help our student-athletes be successful in the classroom and on the golf course.”

Hetzel played college golf at Georgia. During her collegiate playing career she recorded eight top 10 individual finishes. She won the 2009 UNLV Invitational and posted a third-place finish at the 2009 SEC Championship. She was part of Georgia’s 2006-07 SEC Championship team. She also competed in the NCAA finals four times, finishing tied for sixth as a team her freshman year, eighth as a sophomore with 10th and 15th-place national finishes her final two seasons.

Western Carolina is now in search of a women’s golf coach.

August 26

NOVA SOUTHEASTERN

After spending the past four years as the head men’s and women’s golf coach at Arkansas Monticello, Heather Burgner Wall has been named the women’s golf coach at Nova Southeastern.

“We are excited to announce Heather Wall as our new head women’s golf coach,” said Michael Mominey, athletic director at Nova Southeastern. “She is a great addition to our Sharks family and we welcome her back ‘home’ to the Sunshine State Conference. I am very confident that she will keep the winning tradition of our program very much alive given her pedigree of success as a student-athlete, professional player and coach.”

Wall played college golf at Florida Southern from 2005-2009. She was a three-time first-team All-American. In 2007, Wall finished fourth overall at the NCAA Division II National Championship, leading the Moccasins to their fourth NCAA national title.

“This is an amazing opportunity and I am beyond blessed,” Wall said. “Nova Southeastern is a powerhouse in college golf and I can’t wait to get started. I’m leaving behind both a men’s and women’s team at Arkansas Monticello that is very special to me and I wish them nothing but the best. I would like to thank Mike Mominey, Kelley Kish and the rest of the Sharks family for making me feel so welcome and for believing in me. I am so excited to be back in the SSC and look forward to the future.”

Last year Nova Southeastern finished the season ranked No. 4 in the final Golfstat rankings. Wall replaces Amanda Brown, who resigned this summer.


August 25

PURDUE

Purdue men’s golf coach Rob Bradley has named Mitch Krywulycz assistant coach. Krywulycz replaces Jake Amos, who was named assistant coach at the University of South Carolina earlier this summer.

“We are really excited to have Mitch join our program. He brings a wealth of playing and coaching experience to Purdue,” Bradley said. “He was a very integral part in Augusta’s NCAA Championship teams in 2010 and 2011 and has had success on professional tours and in the coaching ranks last year at Augusta. His experience and knowledge of the golf will be very beneficial for our players moving forward.”

Krywulycz played college golf at Augusta State helping the Jaguars win back-to-back NCAA titles in 2010 and 2011. After college he spent time playing professionally and was a member of the PGA Latin America Tour in 2014 and 2015 before earning full status for 2016. He won the 2015 Volvo Colombian Masters and earned a runner-up finish in the 2014 Ecuador Open. Last spring he joined the staff at Augusta State.

“I am very excited to come to West Lafayette and join Purdue. The college golf community has a tremendous amount of respect for Coach Bradley and the work he has been able to accomplish in his short time here,” Krywulycz said.

August 24

HIGH POINT

With the state of North Carolina ranking 4th in the number of Division I golfers it produces, many feel the High Point golf program could be a dark horse program. Now, any expectations will fall on the shoulders of the new golf coach announced today. Charleston Southern assistant coach Brady Gregor has been named head men’s golf coach at High Point University. While at Charleston Southern, Gregor has helped the Buccaneers to consecutive NCAA postseason appearances.

“We are very excited to welcome Brady Gregor as our new men’s golf coach at High Point University,” High Point Athletic Director Dan Hauser said. “Brady is an enthusiastic and high-energy coach, who has helped lead student-athletes to success at the conference and national levels. I am confident that the future is very bright for HPU men’s golf under his leadership.”

Gregor was a two-sport athlete lettering in football and golf at Southwest Baptist University.

High Point is a Division I school competing in the Big South Conference. High Point was ranked No. 267 in the Golfweek/Sagarin college rankings last year.


August 22

NEW YORK UNIVERSITY

New York University has named Brad Johnson head men’s and women’s golf coach. NYU competes in NCAA Division III golf.

Johnson spent the past three years as the head coach of the men’s and women’s golf teams at Millsaps College. Prior to his time at Millsaps, Johnson was the assistant coach at NYU during the 2012-13 season.

“I am thrilled that Brad Johnson has agreed to return to NYU as our head coach of men’s and women’s varsity golf,” said NYU’s Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Director of Athletics Christopher Bledsoe. “Coach Johnson has a passion for teaching and developing students of the game of golf, and he has a deep understanding of the unique and exciting practice, competition and recruiting realities that are NYU. We are fortunate to have Brad and look forward to continued success and an even brighter future for NYU golf.”

Johnson spent the spring portion of the 2011-12 season as an assistant coach with the Skidmore College men’s golf program. As a member of the staff, he helped the squad earn its 26th consecutive NCAA Division III Championship berth.

“I am thrilled to be part of the New York University golf program again,” Johnson said. “I want to thank Todd Kolean for leaving a fantastic group of talented and conscientious student-athletes. It’s a privilege to have the opportunity to be the Head Golf Coach of this great University. I’m extremely excited to meet the players and have a great season and beyond. This program looks bright, and I can’t wait to get started.”

Johnson played his college golf at Northern Colorado and Colorado State.


August 22

SOUTHERN INDIANA

The University of Southern Indiana has named Daniel Wyatt men’s golf coach. Wyatt replaces Greg Charnes who resigned at the end of the 2015-16 season.

“I am excited to have Daniel join our staff, and I know our men’s golf program will make great strides forward under his leadership,” said USI Director of Athletics Jon Mark Hall. “He has a definite passion for golf, especially in the area of teaching.”

The University of Southern Indiana is a Division II competing in the Great Lakes Valley Conference and located in Evansville, Ind.

 

South Carolina Beaufort

Kristyl Sunderman has been named head women’s golf coach at the University of South Carolina Beaufort (NAIA).

Sunderman, who has played in nine USGA events, played her college golf at UCLA and TCU and continues to compete in top amateur events around the country.

“We are excited about the breadth of experience Kristyl brings to USCB and the incredible passion she has for the game of golf, as well as for developing and mentoring young women,” USCB Director of Athletics Quin Monahan said. “I’m very excited about the future of our golf program and confident great things are in store for us.”

This will be Sunderman’s first coaching job.

“I plan to implement a special program for each of my players based on their strengths and weaknesses so that they are developed to their fullest potential,” Sunderman said. “I want each day to be so positive that they can’t wait for the next. In that journey of hard work and toil, I want the team to believe in themselves and the possibilities.”

 


August 20

BIRMINGHAM-SOUTHERN

Richard Schmidt has been named head men’s and women’s golf coach at Birmingham-Southern University. The Panthers are an NCAA Division III school located in Birmingham, Ala.

“I’m excited to get started and to join the BSC family,” said Schmidt. “To be the head golf coach at BSC is a dream job and a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

Schmidt has been an assistant golf professional at the Country Club of Birmingham and Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis during his career, conducting clinics and organizing golf tournaments.

“Richard has a wealth of experience in golf and is well engaged in the Birmingham golf community,” said Birmingham-Southern Athletics Director Kyndall Waters. “I’m excited to see his innate ability to lead and his passion for the game play out in our golf programs.”

Schmidt played his college golf at Jacksonville State, graduating in 1999.

August 20

DIXIE STATE

Dixie State University (NCAA Division II) men’s golf coach Brad Sutterfield has announced the hiring of Michael Jurca as the Trailblazers’ new assistant coach. Jurca, who is from St. George, Utah, was the assistant men’s golf coach at Utah Valley University last season.

“Michael will be a great addition to our golf program and will be a tremendous help in continuing our success on the course and in the classroom,” Sutterfield said. “He is an outstanding player with college experience and will be a good mentor to the student-athletes.”

Jurca played college golf at BYU.


August 19

FURMAN

Furman head coach Todd Satterfield has announced the hiring of Todd Eckstein as the team’s new assistant coach.

“I am excited to announce Todd as our new assistant coach,” said Satterfield. “I’ve known Todd for several years and watched him progress as a player, and I think his golf knowledge and passion will be exactly what we need. I look forward to working with him as we develop our players.”

Eckstein, who is from Durham, N.C., started his coaching career as a volunteer assistant coach at Davidson during the fall of 2015, then spent the 2016 spring season at Mercer, where he served as assistant coach for the Bears’ men’s golf team. Eckstein played his college golf at Furman and was a team captain his senior season.

“I greatly appreciate the opportunity Todd has given me to be a part of this historically successful program,” said Eckstein. “Furman truly blends academic and athletic excellence, and I believe our team has all the tools to compete for championships. I cannot wait to contribute to what I hope will be the best experience of our student-athletes’ lives.”


August 18

WEST ALABAMA

The University of West Alabama (NCAA Division II) has named Brian Williamson head men’s and women’s golf coach.

“We are pleased to have Brian Williamson join UWA Athletics as our head golf coach. Brian brings years of experience as a golf pro, teacher and college coach,” West Alabama Director of Athletics Stan Williamson said. “We look forward to Brian’s leadership in moving our golf teams toward future success.”

Brian Williamson comes to West Alabama from the University of Houston-Victoria in Texas, where he had been the head coach since 2010 and started both the men’s and women’s programs.

“I am extremely excited about the opportunity to come to the University of West Alabama and lead the program to the next level,” Brian Williamson said. “I am very impressed with the university, the athletic department and personnel there.

A graduate of the University of Texas (1982), Brian Williamson played on the Longhorns golf team for four years. Following his playing career, he served as a graduate assistant golf coach at Texas in 1982.


August 18

CALIFORNIA

Newly named head men’s golf coach Walter Chun has named Eric Mina assistant golf coach at California. Mina, who played college golf for the Golden Bears graduating in 2011, won the 2010 Pac-10 Conference title.

“Bringing Eric back to the Cal men’s golf program is an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up,” Chun said. “His personality, his enthusiasm, his knowledge for the game, and the accomplishments he had while he was a student-athlete at Cal will all help the program grow. I’m grateful for the commitment he’s already shown. He will certainly be a tremendous asset for the players, and he will be a great role model for these young men. I am excited to start working with him!”

Mina played professionally from 2011-14 in Japan Tour, PGA Tour China, European Tour and Web.com Tour events. He most recently worked as a master instructor at the Jeff Isler Golf Academy in Southlake, Texas.

“I’m extremely excited about this opportunity and ready to get started,” Mina said. “I built so many memories as a student-athlete at Cal and to be able to come back and help carry the torch of Cal alums on this coaching staff is going to be an amazing experience. My fellow Cal alums Steve Desimone and Walter Chun have done so much for so many people, and I am thrilled to be able to help continue that tradition. I’m really looking forward to it.”

 


August 17

NORTH FLORIDA

North Florida women’s golf has announced Stephanie Connelly as the assistant golf coach.

Connelly has been playing professional golf since 2009. She has spent time on the Symetra Tour and the Canadian Women’s Tour. She competed in the 2015 U.S. Women’s Open.

“Stephanie is an incredible player that brings a tremendous amount of knowledge with regard to player development and course management to our program,” said North Florida coach Joanne Berglund. “With her successful playing career collegiately and professionally, she understands what it takes to be part of a program that competes at the highest level of college golf and as a professional. I feel she will relate very well to our players and recruits, and I am confident that the momentum of this program will continue to build with Stephanie on staff.”

Connelly played college golf at Ohio State and the University of Central Florida. While at UCF she was a three-time All-CUSA selection.

“First of all, I want to thank Joanne for giving me this tremendous opportunity,” said Connelly. “I am really looking forward to coaching and getting a different aspect to the game of golf. I feel like I have a lot to offer and learn in this position. This is a great chance for me to develop and grow in the game, but also share some of the things I’ve learned from my time playing in college and as a professional. I want to help the team continue to build on their successes.”

 


August 17

MARQUETTE

Marquette coach Steve Bailey has announced Gator Todd as the program’s assistant coach.

Todd is a former University of Alabama golfer and was All-SEC. Following his collegiate career he played professionally on the Web.com Tour in 2012.

“We are excited and fortunate to have Gator join our coaching staff,” Bailey said. “He exemplifies our team values and comes to Marquette with a competitive edge and passion to help our guys improve. Gator brings a wealth of experience from the collegiate and professional level. His time working under coach Jay Seawell at Alabama, along with Todd Anderson and Randy Myers at Sea Island Golf Club, will be a tremendous asset to our team.”

A four-year letterman at Alabama, Todd played in 43 tournaments during his Crimson Tide career and competed in the 2005 and 2007 NCAA Championships. He posted 11 career top-10 finishes and five times placed in the top five.

Todd replaces Mike Bielawski, who left his position as assistant golf coach to pursue another opportunity outside of golf.

August 16

VIRGINIA

Bowen Sargent, head men’s golf coach at Virginia, has announced the hiring of John Phillips as the Cavaliers’ new assistant coach. Phillips joins the Virginia golf program after spending the past five seasons at VCU. Phillips replaces Corey Ziedonis, who was named assistant coach at Indiana a few weeks ago.

Phillips was the Rams’ full-time assistant coach the past three years and served as a volunteer assistant in 2013-14 and a graduate assistant coach in 2012-13.

“I am honored to have John join our program,” Sargent said. “John comes to Virginia after several years working as the assistant coach at VCU under Matt Ball. John will be very valuable to our program in many ways but especially in recruiting and player development. As a Richmond native, John knows and understands golf in Virginia. Additionally, he’s created many new contacts internationally while recruiting for VCU. John has great knowledge of coaching and teaching, and he comes very highly recommended by both players and coaches, alike. I’m excited to get the season started with John on board.”

Phillips, a two-year captain, played college golf at Bridgewater College and was a four-time All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference selection and guided Bridgewater College to the 2010 ODAC team title and an appearance in the 2010 NCAA Division III Championship.


August 16

FURMAN

Jeff Hull was named head women’s golf coach at Furman earlier this summer and now Hull has named Laura DeMarco his assistant coach. DeMarco was a four-year member of the golf team at Furman and helped Furman claim victory at the 2015 Southern Conference Championship.

“I am very proud to announce Laura DeMarco as our new assistant coach,” Hull said. “I was fortunate to watch her develop as a true leader during her time at Furman, and I am confident that she will continue to lead this team into the future. Laura’s passion for Furman and understanding of what it takes to succeed here will be an asset not only in recruiting but also in the development of championship teams.”

DeMarco spent the last year playing professionally on the Symetra Tour.

“I loved my time at Furman and am excited to return as a coach,” said DeMarco. “My goal has been to one day coach at Furman, and I am very grateful to Coach Hull for giving me this opportunity. I’m excited to learn from him and quickly grow as a coach and person. We have a great group of hardworking talented ladies and I am looking forward to a great season.”


August 16
UNIVERSITY OF DUBUQUE

Dustin Bierman has been named Director of Golf and will coach the men’s and women’s golf teams at the University of Dubuque. Bierman is also the assistant men’s basketball coach at the University of Dubuque.

Prior to coming to the University of Dubuque, Bierman was an assistant men’s basketball coach and head women’s golf coach at Ashford University from 2006-08.

“I’m excited to take over both programs and look forward to building the two programs into elite teams,” commented Bierman. “The legacy and direction coach Jon Davison has been guiding the men’s team is what I will strive to attain, not only for the men’s team, but also with the women’s squad as well.”

LYCOMING

Lycoming College, an NCAA Division III school located in Williamsport, Pa., has announced Bret Moyer as men’s golf coach.

“I am extremely excited that Brett will be joining us as the head men’s golf coach,” Lycoming Director of Athletics Mike Clark said. “He is an outstanding player and has a great background as a teacher of the game. Throughout our talks, Brett made clear that he has an interest in helping our players improve and become lifelong lovers of the game. With our growing relationship with Williamsport Country Club and our continued relationship with White Deer Golf Course and an expanded schedule that will include a fall season for the first time in program history, we are looking forward to the future for Warrior golf.”

 


 

August 15

WISCONSIN-WHITEWATER

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater has announced Andrea Wieland as its head golf coach.

Wieland has been the head girls golf coach at Milton (Wisc.) High School, where she led the team to runner-up finishes in 2010 and 2011. In Wieland’s 12 years at the helm, Milton girls golf tallied eight regional championships, five sectional titles, two conference championships and one individual state title.

“We are thrilled to welcome Andrea to the Warhawk Family,” Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Amy Edmonds said. “During our search and screen process, Andrea stood out in a talented candidate pool for her experience, organization and leadership. She has demonstrated a high level of success as a head coach, and her ties to the local golf community are vast and strong.

A four-year letter winner at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1997-2000, Wieland was a four-time National Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar and the Wisconsin Women’s State Golf Association Amateur Player of the Year in 1999. Following graduation, Wieland played professionally on various mini-tours from 2001-03.

“I am very excited to start this new chapter of my coaching career,” Wieland said. “I look forward to working at UW-Whitewater, a great university and community, and I am excited for the challenge of bringing the women’s golf program up to the standard that many of the athletic department’s other teams have set.


August 15

WESTERN MICHIGAN

With Stacy Snider leaving her position as head coach at Western Michigan to be the assistant coach at Ohio State, that leaves a Division I coaching job open.

Sources close to the situation are hoping the position will attract candidates with some coaching experience at the collegiate level and hope to get a coach in place soon. This could be a good first head coaching job for assistant coaches out there wanting to have their own program. Or how about the Division II, Division III or NAIA coach hoping to coach at the Division I level.

Western Michigan competes in the Mid-American Conference, ranked No. 136 in the final Golfweek/Sagarin college rankings. The Broncos placed fifth in the MAC Championship last spring.


August 13

OHIO STATE

We have seen head coaches at various levels on the men’s side leave to be assistants in the power conferences, but not so much on the women’s side. However, we can add Stacy Snider to what’s expected to be a growing list in women’s golf.

Snider spent the past four seasons as the head coach at Western Michigan and Louisiana-Monroe. This upcoming season she will be the assistant coach at Ohio State.

“Stacy brings a wealth of knowledge to the Buckeyes as an All-Big Ten player at Michigan State, as a professional on the Symetra and LPGA tours, as a teacher, and as a former head coach,” said Therese Hession, Ohio State’s women’s head coach. “Stacy is very positive, competitive and energetic. I am certain she will make an immediate impact with our players both on and off the course. I’m excited for her addition.”

Snider, who is from Grand Rapids, Mich., was a standout golfer at Michigan State. Twice she was named to the All-Big Ten team. Following her time in East Lansing, she turned pro competing on the Symetra Tour and LPGA Tour for three years.


August 11

ARIZONA STATE

Matt Thurmond has announced Van Williams will join him at Arizona State. Williams comes to the Sun Devils golf program after spending three years as the assistant coach at Oregon.

“I’ve watched Van up close now for a few years,” said Thurmond, who was the head coach at Washington from 2002-2016. “He is a special person and coach and really connects with his players in ways that few can. He has a deep interest in them and a knack for bringing out their best on and off the course. I’m excited to have him partner with us and to work together to make this Sun Devil Golf experience the best years of our young men’s lives.”

This past year Williams assisted Oregon in its run to the national title. The Ducks claimed the program’s first NCAA golf championship in June.

“I want to thank Coach Thurmond and the Sun Devil Athletic Department for the opportunity to continue to grow and learn as a coach under their leadership,” says Williams. “I am humbled and honored to join the Sun Devil athletic family and golf program that includes 12 Pac-12 titles, two NCAA titles and an incredible list of individual honors and awards.”

Prior to his time at Oregon, Williams coached the golf team at Wake Tech Community College. Aside from coaching men’s and women’s golf, he coached basketball as well. In 2009, he helped start the men’s basketball program at Wake Tech and was the school’s first head men’s basketball coach. Prior to joining Wake Tech, he started his coaching career as an associate men’s basketball coach at Cape Fear Community College for two years (2006-08). Williams then moved on as an assistant men’s basketball coach at his alma mater, Shaw University.

Williams played two sports while attending Southeastern University (1998-2000), where he was a two-year starter for the basketball team while also playing golf.

In addition to his coaching experience, Williams served as a caddie for Oregon head coach Casey Martin (2001-04) on the PGA and Web.com (then-Nationwide) tours.


August 11

MICHIGAN

Michigan head coach Chris Whitten has named an assistant coach. Former Ball State golfer Patrick Wilkes-Krier will fill the vacancy left by Nick Pumford, who was named head coach at Oakland University earlier this summer.

“I could not be happier to add Patrick Wilkes-Krier to our program,” said Whitten. “He will make an immediate impact with our players and help in every facet of our team. He has followed the same road as many of our student-athletes, having success in junior golf, improving tremendously in college and then making the transition to professional golf for a long career.”

Wilkes-Krier, who is from Ann Arbor, spent eight years playing professionally. Following his professional career, he became an instructor in 2015 at the Kendall Academy at Miles of Golf outside of Ann Arbor.

“Having grown up in Ann Arbor, I’ve long had great admiration and love for the University of Michigan and to think now that I’ll be a part of it is exciting,” said Wilkes-Krier. “I’ve known Chris for a long time and cannot wait to help with this team that he’s put together. I only have great memories from my collegiate golf career, and I’m eager to return to that atmosphere.”


August 11

WASHINGTON

For the last 21 years the University of Washington golf empire was built under the direction of O.D. Vincent and Matt Thurmond. Yesterday the keys were handed over to UAB coach Alan Murray.

There is no doubting Murray’s ability to coach golf. In just three years as a head coach, he is three-for-three in guiding the Blazers to the NCAA finals. He was also named Golfweek’s Coach of the Year for his efforts during the 2013-14 season. But, the Washington job is a monster of a job and competes in arguably the toughest conference in college golf. It will be a tough task for Murray to keep Washington going in the same direction it has been. Heck, it would be a tough task for anyone.

Thurmond had his Husky golf teams advancing to 12 of the last 15 NCAA Championships.

Give Washington credit for going out and finding one of the hottest coaches in the game. There is no doubt Murray would have landed in a power five conference in the next couple of years. Now, who will be lucky enough to follow in Murray’s footsteps in Birmingham?

UAB's head coach Alan Murray and Paul Dunne look over a putt at No. 9 during Sunday stroke play at the 2015 Men's NCAA Championship at The Concession in Bradenton, Fla.

UAB’s head coach Alan Murray and Paul Dunne look over a putt at No. 9 during Sunday stroke play at the 2015 Men’s NCAA Championship at The Concession in Bradenton, Fla.


August 10

CLEMSON

We have not seen a lot of former touring pros join the coaching ranks lately and certainly have seen far less in the women’s game. However, after 16 years of experience on the LPGA, Heather Bowie-Young has been named the assistant women’s golf coach at Clemson.

Young won an individual NCAA Championship (1997) while playing golf at the University of Texas after assisting Arizona State to a pair of team national championships (1994 and 1995).

“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity Coach Hester and the administration have given me here in Clemson,” said Young. “This program has achieved so much in just three years, and I am looking forward to continuing to build on that success with Coach Hester and these talented student-athletes.”

While a member of the LPGA, Young recorded 28 top-10 finishes. She won the 2005 Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic. In 2003, she was a member of the U.S. Solheim Cup team and served from 2011-12 and 2014-15 as a member of the LPGA Player Advisory Group.

“I am thrilled to have Heather join the coaching staff at Clemson,” said Hester. “Her playing experience at the NCAA level as well as on the LPGA Tour make her a wonderful asset to Clemson. As an NCAA Champion and LPGA Tour winner, she has competed at the highest level. Her knowledge of the game and ability to lead by example are unparalleled. She has literally ‘been there and done’ what our student-athletes are striving to do by excelling both in the classroom and on the golf course. I anticipate the hands on impact she will have on the program will be substantial and I look forward to working with her.

Bowie-Young ended her college career winning nine individual titles and was a four-time All-American and a three-time Scholastic All-American.


August 10

UNION

Union College, a NAIA school in Barbourville, Ky., has named Bill Sergent head men’s and women’s golf coach. Sergent replaces Tony Carruba, who recently resigned to pursue other interests.

For nearly 30 years (1978-2007), Sergent coached the men’s golf team at University of the Cumberlands (Ky.), started the women’s golf program in 1994 and coached the squad until his departure in December of 2007. Sergent left Cumberlands to become the Director of Golf at Crooked Creek Golf Club in London, Ky., where he served until 2010. He returned to coaching in 2012 where he coached the golf teams for South Laurel High School for one season. Sergent also coached at UVa-Wise in 2014-15.

“I’m really thankful for the opportunity to be at Union,” Sergent said. “It’s a good school; I’ve always known that. The athletic program is getting better and better every year under Tim Curry’s auspices. I am excited about being here, and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to win some AAC championships.”

While at Cumberlands, Sergent won total of 16 conference championships. He guided the men’s team to 11 NAIA championship appearances and the women advanced to the championship four times.


August 8

PEPPERDINE

Pepperdine head coach Laurie Gibbs has announced Katie Mitchell as the program’s assistant coach. Mitchell is a recent graduate of the University of Louisville where she had a scoring average of 73.97 her senior year, second-best on the team and sixth-best in program history. She also recorded four top-10 finishes.

“We are excited to have Katie join our women’s golf program,” Gibbs said. “There was tremendous interest in the assistant coaching position from excellent candidates around the country, and we appreciate everyone taking the time to be considered. Katie’s combination of college golf experience and her energetic personality will help our players to continue to improve all aspects of their game in competition.”

Mitchell replaces Leanne Craig, who spent five seasons on staff but is stepping down as she is soon expecting her second child.

“I am excited for the opportunity to work with such a knowledgeable coach in Laurie Gibbs and learn from her many years of success and experience,” Mitchell said. “I fell in love with Pepperdine the moment I visited. The people I will be working with already seem like family. I love the team atmosphere of college golf, and I am thrilled to be able to use my collegiate experiences to help the program and to have an impactful influence on the players. The principles that Pepperdine’s Athletic Department is built on captured me. Beginning my coaching career with Pepperdine and Laurie is a dream come true.”


August 8

NOVA SOUTHEASTERN

With the departure of head coach Ryan Jamison, who left to be the assistant coach at Stanford, Nova Southeastern has named Christopher Carlin head men’s golf coach. Carlin had spent the past four years as the assistant men’s and women’s coach at Barry University. Carlin was also a four-year member of the golf team a Barry. “After a very competitive search, it became clear that Chris Carlin is the right person to be the next leader of our men’s golf program,” Director of Athletics Michael Mominey said.

“His experience speaks for itself and what the committee and I really admire is his obvious passion and clear vision of what a championship program is and should be. His local ties in the community and familiarity with the conference and DII is also affirmation that Chris will have every opportunity to be successful very quickly.”

Prior to his time at Barry, Carlin spent two seasons as the assistant coach at American Heritage High School for both the boys and girls teams. “Being from South Florida, I feel so blessed to be able to have the opportunity to stay in my hometown and coach,” Carlin said.

“I am very thankful to Mike Mominey for this opportunity and I’m excited to start this new chapter in my career as the Sharks men’s golf head coach. Everyone at NSU was so welcoming through the interview process and I am very happy to be a part of NSU and associated with such great faculty and staff. To become a head coach has been an aspiration of mine for several years and now to become the head men’s golf coach at Nova Southeastern just makes it that much better!”


August 5

MENLO

Menlo College has announced Robert Jan as the men’s and women’s golf coach. Menlo College is an NAIA school located in Atherton, Calif. Jan, a native of Northbrook, Ill., spent last season as the head men’s coach at NCAA Division I Chicago State. Prior to his time at Chicago State, Jan served as the head men’s and women’s golf coach at Ashford University, an NAIA school located in Iowa. While at Ashford, Jan guided the men’s team to a top 25 NAIA ranking in just his second season. Before Ashford he was the head men’s golf coach at the College of Lake County and coached both the men’s and women’s golf program at NCAA Division III Knox College in Galesburg, Ill.

“I’m thrilled to have Robert as the head of our golf program at Menlo College,” said Menlo Director of Athletics Keith Spataro. “His experience as a coach and a professional in the golf industry combined with his understanding of the student-athlete experience are perfectly aligned with the values of our department.” Jan played college golf at Millikin University.


August 4

CAMPBELL

Campbell head coach John Crooks has named Tahnia Ravnjak assistant women’s golf coach. Ravnjak, who completed her playing career last spring, earned Big South all-conference honors in each of her four years at Campbell – winning the conference title two times and placing second twice. Ravnjak, a native of Cordeaux Heights, Australia, played in four consecutive NCAA regional tournaments and twice qualified for the NCAA Championship. “I’m excited to share my experiences with our student-athletes,” said Ravnjak. “I’m so grateful for the opportunity to be able to begin my coaching career at a place where everyone is like family. I’m really looking forward to the start of the season.” Campbell has made an NCAA postseason appearance 19 times in the last 24 years and has finished either first or second in its conference tournament 23 times in 25 seasons under the direction of Crooks.

“Tahnia was an extremely effective team captain and caring member of our team and the fact that she’s decided to stay here and help at Campbell as she begins her coaching career is just a win-win situation,” said Crooks. “When you’re looking for a coach, you want somebody who can share their experiences and she can definitely do that. Tahnia always had the respect of her teammates, worked hard and made the sacrifices necessary to be successful.”


August 4

OREGON STATE

Recently named head women’s coach Dawn Shockley has announced Kelly Kerkvliet will be the new assistant coach for the Beavers. Shockley, who had been the assistant coach the past two years, was named head coach a few weeks ago replacing Sammie Chergo who resigned at the end of the 2016 spring season. Kelly Kerkvliet competed for the Oregon State women’s golf team from 2001-05 and was an assistant coach during the 2013-14 season. Kerkvliet worked as a graphic designer in the health care industry the past two years. Before joining Oregon State as an assistant coach in 2013, she was the Director of Junior Golf for the Idaho Golf Association. Prior to her time with the Idaho Golf Association, Kerkvliet was an assistant golf professional at BanBury Golf Course in Boise, Idaho.

“I’m very excited about the opportunity to return to Oregon State,” Kerkvliet said. “I’ve had the pleasure to get to know coach Shockley over the past couple years and believe in her vision for the team and the players. I look forward to helping her take the program to the next level.”


August 3
NOVA SOUTHEASTERN
Amanda Brown has announced she will resigning as head women’s golf coach at Nova Southeastern University. Brown has spent 11 years as an assistant coach, associate head coach, head coach and four years as a player at Nova Southeastern. Brown has said she will pursue other career opportunities.
“NSU has been a major part of my life over the past 15 years both as a student-athlete and as a coach. I appreciate the opportunity to have received a high-quality education as a student-athlete and it has been an honor to coach, serve and mentor the student-athletes who have helped build the program to what it is today,” Brown said.
In five seasons as the head coach, Brown’s teams advanced to the NCAA Division II finals four out of the last five years and finished in the top-five or better in each of those years.

August 3

DEPAUL
DePaul head golf men’s golf coach Betty Kaufmann has announced Marty Schiene has joined her staff as an assistant coach. Schiene comes to DePaul after spending last year at Loyola where he spent time with the Ramblers women’s golf program.

Prior to joining the Loyola staff in 2015, Schiene was the head men’s golf coach at Chicago State for five seasons. Before he joined the collegiate coaching ranks, Schiene competed for 15 years on the Canadian, South African, Asian and Australian Tours. He was a member of the PGA Tour in 1993. He also competed in four U.S. Opens and won the Illinois Open three times. He also won the 1997 Nevada Open. Schiene replaces Dave Cunningham.


August 2

CENTRAL COLLEGE
NCAA Division III Central College has named Jon Olson head men’s golf coach. Olson replaces Chad Green who was names head coach earlier this summer at Missouri Science & Technology.
Olson, who was the 2014 Iowa Golf Association amateur player of the year, spent the last two seasons as the boys golf coach at head boys’ golf coach at Ankeny Centennial High School where they he guided the team to the 2013 Iowa Class 4A state title. Olson played college golf at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Central College has won 32 Iowa Conference men’s golf championships, including six in the past eight seasons, and received 33 NCAA Division III tournament berths since 1976.

“We looked at several strong candidates and came away very impressed with Coach Olson,” athletics director Eric Van Kley said. “He’s passionate about coaching, about golf and about being part of the Central College family. We like the energy and enthusiasm he brings. He’s highly regarded within the sport and is a tireless worker who has been successful in the business world as well. We’re convinced that he is the right person to lead our program to even greater heights and to serve our student-athletes.”


August 1

INDIANA
Indiana men’s golf coach Mike Mayer has filled his vacant assistant coaching position. Mayer has announced Corey Ziedonis will return to Bloomington and be reunited with the Hoosiers golf program.
Ziedonis was a four-year member of the golf team from 2009-2013. After his playing career was completed, he spent the next two seasons as a graduate assistant with the men’s golf program at Ball State. More recently Ziedonis was an assistant coach at Virginia under Bowen Sargent since January.
“First, I am extremely grateful to Coach Mayer for giving me the opportunity to return to IU and his belief in me as an integral part of the program moving forward,” Ziedonis said. “To have the chance to coach at my alma mater in the state where I grew up is something that I have always dreamed and I can’t wait to get started. I believe there are big things in store for IU men’s golf on the horizon and I’m excited to be part of that.”
Ziedonis replaces Brian McCants, who was named head men’s coach at Xavier a few weeks ago.

August 1
DENVER
Denver head coach Lindsay Kuhle has named former University of Arizona men’s golfer Kolton Lapa as her assistant coach. Lapa finished his playing career this past season where he finished his senior campaign with a 74.81 stroke average and recorded four top-20 and two top-10 finishes. Lapa was team captain during his final two seasons at the University of Arizona while also serving on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) during his senior season. He played at the University of Nebraska and set the Huskers 54-hole scoring record for a freshman at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate.
“Kolton comes to DU with a wealth of playing experience at the highest level in college golf,” Kuhle said. “I am very excited for Kolton to join our family and help continue to build a strong program both athletically and academically. Kolton has a passion for golf, playing, learning, teaching and coaching. He will help our program with player development and continue to recruit the best student-athletes in the world to come to our university.”

August 1
CALIFORNIA
It took a little longer than expected, but California has finally named Walter Chun as its next golf coach. Full story

2016-17 NCAA Division I coaching changes


September 9

PIEDMONT

Piedmont College Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Jim Peeples announced the hiring of his department’s golf staff.

J.P. Kircher has been named Director of Golf and head men’s coach and Susan Martin selected head women’s coach. The duo replaces Michael McMunn who coached both the men’s and women’s teams.

Kircher played college golf at Huntingdon College where he helped the team to four straight top-ten finishes in NCAA tournament play.

“I look forward to competing with many of the familiar teams from my days as a college player,” said Kircher. “The Piedmont golf program is very unique and there is no reason why we won’t compete with the best teams in the country.”

Martin played her college golf at Methodist, where she helped the Monarchs to four consecutive NCAA championship victories. She also won individual titles in 2008 and 2009 and was a four-time All-American.

“We are extremely fortunate to have found Susan Martin to lead our women’s golf program,” said Peeples. “Susan has national championship experience both as an individual and with a team. I’m excited for the possibilities that will exist under her leadership, and I am happy that she will be joining the Piedmont family.”


September 8

WESTERN CAROLINA

Sara Anne McGetrick has been named head women’s golf coach at Western Carolina. McGetrick replaces Mallory Hetzel, who was named head coach at Old Dominion earlier this month.

McGetrick previously coached at Converse College in Spartanburg, S.C., building the Valkyries’ program from scratch. During her four-year stint, the program climbed to a No. 29 GolfStat ranking in its third year of existence. She also has coaching experience at the high school level.

“We are very excited to welcome Coach McGetrick to the Catamount family,” said Associate Athletics Director Gorham Bradley, chair of the search committee – and a former men’s golf coach at WCU. “Her passion for student-athlete excellence and proven experience developing collegiate golfers aligned perfectly with our vision for the WCU Golf program. Under her leadership, the future of Catamount Women’s Golf is very bright.”

McGetrick, who played on the LPGA Tour from 1986-1992, played college golf at Furman under current Alabama coach Mic Potter. She played in three NCAA championships while a member of the Furman golf team.

“I am honored and thrilled to have been chosen to lead the Western Carolina women’s golf team as the new head golf coach,” said McGetrick. “The minute I set foot on campus, I knew it was a perfect fit for me and I can’t wait to start this new chapter of Catamount women’s golf.”


September 6

AMHERST

Elizabeth Davis has been named head women’s golf coach at Amherst College an NCAA Division III school located in Amherst, Mass.

“We are very excited to welcome Elizabeth as the next head women’s golf coach at Amherst College,” said Amherst College Director of Athletics Don Faulstick. “The search committee was very impressed by Elizabeth’s championship golf background and overall accomplishments as a standout Division III student-athlete. We look forward to adding her talents to our athletics department and women’s golf program.”

Davis, a native of Houston, Texas, played her college golf at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. Davis was a member of the 2013 NCAA Division III National Championship team.

“I want to thank the search committee and the rest of the Amherst community for selecting me for this outstanding opportunity,” Davis said. “I look forward to continuing and growing the tradition of success within the women’s golf program at Amherst College both on the golf course and in the classroom.”

 


September 3

WASHINGTON

Earlier this summer Andrea VanderLende resigned as assistant coach after spending seven seasons with the Husky golf program. With the season about to start, head coach Mary Lou Mulflur has announced the hiring of Chessey Thomas as assistant coach. Thomas spent last season as the assistant coach at the University of Idaho.

“I am excited to add Chessey to our team,” said Mulflur. “Using her experience as a successful student-athlete at Tennessee as well as her time as a professional, she will play a vital role in the development of our student-athletes. Her knowledge of all things social media will assist us in continuing to get the word out about Washington women’s golf.”

Thomas played collegiate golf at the University of Tennessee (2010-14) where she was all-SEC second team selection as a senior. During her career, she posted 15 top-25 finishes including one tournament victory as a senior. Thomas, who was born in Santiago, Chile but raised in Spokane, Wash., won two-straight 4A Washington State Championships in 2009 and 2010.

Additionally, former Husky standout SooBin Kim will join the staff as a student coach.


September 1

AUGUSTA

Augusta University has announced JP van der Walt as the assistant coach for the men’s and women’s golf programs. Van der Walt will assist men’s head golf coach Jack O’Keefe and women’s head golf coach Caroline Hegg with all aspects of their respective programs.

He comes to Augusta after spending two seasons as a graduate assistant men’s coach at Columbus State in Columbus, Ga. He returned to CSU as a coach after finishing up his playing career there in 2009.

Van der Walt, who is from Plettenberg, South Africa, turned pro and competed from 2009-2013 and was a member of the Sunshine Tour from 2011-2013. He also spent time as caddy for his brother Tjaart van der Walt, who has had full time status on the PGA Tour and currently competes on the European Tour.


August 31

UAB

Earlier this summer, Alan Murray left his position as head men’s golf coach at UAB to be named the golf coach at the University of Washington. Now, UAB has filled that vacancy.

Charleston Southern University coach Mike Wilson has been selected to guide the UAB men’s golf team.

“UAB is a wonderful university with an outstanding golf program that is capable of winning national championships,” Wilson said. “The city of Birmingham and its great golf courses was a very strong attraction. I want to thank Mark Ingram and the entire UAB administration for the opportunity to lead an amazing program with rich history.”

Wilson spent the previous nine years at Charleston Southern. He was the head women’s golf coach from 2007-09 before being named the men’s coach in 2009. In 2011, Wilson was appointed the Director of Golf which gave him oversight of both programs while remaining as the head men’s golf coach. Wilson’s men’s team is coming off back-to-back NCAA Regional appearances and won the 2015 Big South title. The Buccaneers’ selection to the Tuscaloosa Regional in 2016 marked the first time in CSU history that a program earned an at-large berth into an NCAA championship event.

“Mike Wilson is a tremendous leader and golf coach,” UAB Director of Athletics Mark Ingram said. “Not only does Mike bring an impressive knowledge of the game, but he has extensive experience as an administrator. Coming off our third straight NCAA tournament at UAB, we are confident that Mike will continue our success on the national stage and elevate our program to new heights.”


August 31

PACIFIC

Pacific head coach John Cook has announced Nicholas Ziccardi as the program’s assistant coach. Ziccardi becomes the golf program’s first full-time assistant. Ziccardi joins the program from St. Lawrence University where he spent the last two seasons as the assistant men’s and women’s golf coach.

“I am excited to get started with Nick and have him get to work with the team,” said Cook. “He is going to be a great addition to the program both on and off the course with his experience as both a championship player and more recently a coach. I am looking forward to this next year.”

A graduate of Northwood University (now known as Keiser), Ziccardi was the captain of the Seahawks’ golf team. Prior to Northwood, Ziccardi played at Oklahoma Christian University where he won the program’s first-ever NAIA National Championship in 2009.


August 30

FERRIS STATE

Ferris State University named Kyle Wittenbach as head golf coach for the men’s and women’s teams. Wittenbach replaces Mike Mignano, who accepted another position as the youth program director for The First Tee of Northern Michigan earlier this summer. Wittenbach played his college golf at Ferris State under Mignano.

Along with coaching both the men’s and women’s teams at Ferris State, Wittenbach will also work closely with the school’s Professional Golf Management (PGM) program and FSU’s Katke Golf Course.

“We’re thrilled to welcome back Kyle Wittenbach as our head coach along with his family,” said FSU Athletics Director Perk Weisenburger. “He had an outstanding collegiate career as a Bulldog student-athlete and has quickly had success in his coaching career. He possesses the necessary ability, work ethic and dedication to lead our men’s and women’s programs to new heights while carrying on a championship tradition of success.  Kyle’s passion and vision were very prominent qualities that stood out during the interview process.”

Wittenbach had served as the head coach at Northern Michigan University since 2014. He began his coaching career as an assistant at Ferris State under Mignano in 2012. During his tenure at Northern Michigan, Wittenbach guided the Wildcats to their first NCAA postseason appearance since 1999.

“I’m extremely excited to be returning to coach at my alma mater,” Wittenbach said. “It’s a tremendous opportunity for my family and it feels good to be coming home. Ferris State has had traditionally strong programs with a lot of accomplishments and I’m looking forward to building on that rich history while bringing championships to Big Rapids.


August 29

ILLINOIS STATE

Illinois State has named Austin Sproles assistant women’s golf coach.

Sproles, who is a native of Bloomington, Ill., completed his college playing career in May. He was a four-year member of the Eastern Illinois men’s golf team.

“We couldn’t be more excited to have Austin join our staff,” Illinois State head coach Darby Sligh said. “He has a wealth of playing experience and success at the Division I level and also brings with him an exercise science background that fits into our teaching principles perfectly. His calm demeanor and competitive spirit should serve this squad well during his time here at Illinois State.”


August 28

OLD DOMINION

Old Dominion University has found a replacement for Andrew Crabtree, who resigned to become the assistant women’s coach at UNLV earlier this summer. Western Carolina head coach Mallory Hetzel has been made women’s golf coach at Old Dominion.

“She brings a wealth of experience to the program not only as a previous head coach but as an outstanding college player as well,” Senior Associate Athletic Director Bruce Stewart said. “She has been categorized as a coach that is demanding and passionate about the holistic development of her student-athletes.”

Hetzel spent the last six years at Western Carolina.

“I would like to thank Dr. Selig, Bruce Stewart and the entire search committee for taking the time to get to know me. I’m honored to accept their offer to be the women’s golf coach at Old Dominion University. It’s an exciting time to be a part of the Monarch family.” Hetzel said. “The resources at ODU will give current and future Monarchs every opportunity to be successful. This year’s team is very talented and they are ready to compete for a Conference USA Championship in April. I’m looking forward to getting settled in and going to work to help our student-athletes be successful in the classroom and on the golf course.”

Hetzel played college golf at Georgia. During her collegiate playing career she recorded eight top 10 individual finishes. She won the 2009 UNLV Invitational and posted a third-place finish at the 2009 SEC Championship. She was part of Georgia’s 2006-07 SEC Championship team. She also competed in the NCAA finals four times, finishing tied for sixth as a team her freshman year, eighth as a sophomore with 10th and 15th-place national finishes her final two seasons.

Western Carolina is now in search of a women’s golf coach.

August 26

NOVA SOUTHEASTERN

After spending the past four years as the head men’s and women’s golf coach at Arkansas Monticello, Heather Burgner Wall has been named the women’s golf coach at Nova Southeastern.

“We are excited to announce Heather Wall as our new head women’s golf coach,” said Michael Mominey, athletic director at Nova Southeastern. “She is a great addition to our Sharks family and we welcome her back ‘home’ to the Sunshine State Conference. I am very confident that she will keep the winning tradition of our program very much alive given her pedigree of success as a student-athlete, professional player and coach.”

Wall played college golf at Florida Southern from 2005-2009. She was a three-time first-team All-American. In 2007, Wall finished fourth overall at the NCAA Division II National Championship, leading the Moccasins to their fourth NCAA national title.

“This is an amazing opportunity and I am beyond blessed,” Wall said. “Nova Southeastern is a powerhouse in college golf and I can’t wait to get started. I’m leaving behind both a men’s and women’s team at Arkansas Monticello that is very special to me and I wish them nothing but the best. I would like to thank Mike Mominey, Kelley Kish and the rest of the Sharks family for making me feel so welcome and for believing in me. I am so excited to be back in the SSC and look forward to the future.”

Last year Nova Southeastern finished the season ranked No. 4 in the final Golfstat rankings. Wall replaces Amanda Brown, who resigned this summer.


August 25

PURDUE

Purdue men’s golf coach Rob Bradley has named Mitch Krywulycz assistant coach. Krywulycz replaces Jake Amos, who was named assistant coach at the University of South Carolina earlier this summer.

“We are really excited to have Mitch join our program. He brings a wealth of playing and coaching experience to Purdue,” Bradley said. “He was a very integral part in Augusta’s NCAA Championship teams in 2010 and 2011 and has had success on professional tours and in the coaching ranks last year at Augusta. His experience and knowledge of the golf will be very beneficial for our players moving forward.”

Krywulycz played college golf at Augusta State helping the Jaguars win back-to-back NCAA titles in 2010 and 2011. After college he spent time playing professionally and was a member of the PGA Latin America Tour in 2014 and 2015 before earning full status for 2016. He won the 2015 Volvo Colombian Masters and earned a runner-up finish in the 2014 Ecuador Open. Last spring he joined the staff at Augusta State.

“I am very excited to come to West Lafayette and join Purdue. The college golf community has a tremendous amount of respect for Coach Bradley and the work he has been able to accomplish in his short time here,” Krywulycz said.

August 24

HIGH POINT

With the state of North Carolina ranking 4th in the number of Division I golfers it produces, many feel the High Point golf program could be a dark horse program. Now, any expectations will fall on the shoulders of the new golf coach announced today. Charleston Southern assistant coach Brady Gregor has been named head men’s golf coach at High Point University. While at Charleston Southern, Gregor has helped the Buccaneers to consecutive NCAA postseason appearances.

“We are very excited to welcome Brady Gregor as our new men’s golf coach at High Point University,” High Point Athletic Director Dan Hauser said. “Brady is an enthusiastic and high-energy coach, who has helped lead student-athletes to success at the conference and national levels. I am confident that the future is very bright for HPU men’s golf under his leadership.”

Gregor was a two-sport athlete lettering in football and golf at Southwest Baptist University.

High Point is a Division I school competing in the Big South Conference. High Point was ranked No. 267 in the Golfweek/Sagarin college rankings last year.


August 22

NEW YORK UNIVERSITY

New York University has named Brad Johnson head men’s and women’s golf coach. NYU competes in NCAA Division III golf.

Johnson spent the past three years as the head coach of the men’s and women’s golf teams at Millsaps College. Prior to his time at Millsaps, Johnson was the assistant coach at NYU during the 2012-13 season.

“I am thrilled that Brad Johnson has agreed to return to NYU as our head coach of men’s and women’s varsity golf,” said NYU’s Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Director of Athletics Christopher Bledsoe. “Coach Johnson has a passion for teaching and developing students of the game of golf, and he has a deep understanding of the unique and exciting practice, competition and recruiting realities that are NYU. We are fortunate to have Brad and look forward to continued success and an even brighter future for NYU golf.”

Johnson spent the spring portion of the 2011-12 season as an assistant coach with the Skidmore College men’s golf program. As a member of the staff, he helped the squad earn its 26th consecutive NCAA Division III Championship berth.

“I am thrilled to be part of the New York University golf program again,” Johnson said. “I want to thank Todd Kolean for leaving a fantastic group of talented and conscientious student-athletes. It’s a privilege to have the opportunity to be the Head Golf Coach of this great University. I’m extremely excited to meet the players and have a great season and beyond. This program looks bright, and I can’t wait to get started.”

Johnson played his college golf at Northern Colorado and Colorado State.


August 22

SOUTHERN INDIANA

The University of Southern Indiana has named Daniel Wyatt men’s golf coach. Wyatt replaces Greg Charnes who resigned at the end of the 2015-16 season.

“I am excited to have Daniel join our staff, and I know our men’s golf program will make great strides forward under his leadership,” said USI Director of Athletics Jon Mark Hall. “He has a definite passion for golf, especially in the area of teaching.”

The University of Southern Indiana is a Division II competing in the Great Lakes Valley Conference and located in Evansville, Ind.

 

South Carolina Beaufort

Kristyl Sunderman has been named head women’s golf coach at the University of South Carolina Beaufort (NAIA).

Sunderman, who has played in nine USGA events, played her college golf at UCLA and TCU and continues to compete in top amateur events around the country.

“We are excited about the breadth of experience Kristyl brings to USCB and the incredible passion she has for the game of golf, as well as for developing and mentoring young women,” USCB Director of Athletics Quin Monahan said. “I’m very excited about the future of our golf program and confident great things are in store for us.”

This will be Sunderman’s first coaching job.

“I plan to implement a special program for each of my players based on their strengths and weaknesses so that they are developed to their fullest potential,” Sunderman said. “I want each day to be so positive that they can’t wait for the next. In that journey of hard work and toil, I want the team to believe in themselves and the possibilities.”

 


August 20

BIRMINGHAM-SOUTHERN

Richard Schmidt has been named head men’s and women’s golf coach at Birmingham-Southern University. The Panthers are an NCAA Division III school located in Birmingham, Ala.

“I’m excited to get started and to join the BSC family,” said Schmidt. “To be the head golf coach at BSC is a dream job and a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

Schmidt has been an assistant golf professional at the Country Club of Birmingham and Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis during his career, conducting clinics and organizing golf tournaments.

“Richard has a wealth of experience in golf and is well engaged in the Birmingham golf community,” said Birmingham-Southern Athletics Director Kyndall Waters. “I’m excited to see his innate ability to lead and his passion for the game play out in our golf programs.”

Schmidt played his college golf at Jacksonville State, graduating in 1999.

August 20

DIXIE STATE

Dixie State University (NCAA Division II) men’s golf coach Brad Sutterfield has announced the hiring of Michael Jurca as the Trailblazers’ new assistant coach. Jurca, who is from St. George, Utah, was the assistant men’s golf coach at Utah Valley University last season.

“Michael will be a great addition to our golf program and will be a tremendous help in continuing our success on the course and in the classroom,” Sutterfield said. “He is an outstanding player with college experience and will be a good mentor to the student-athletes.”

Jurca played college golf at BYU.


August 19

FURMAN

Furman head coach Todd Satterfield has announced the hiring of Todd Eckstein as the team’s new assistant coach.

“I am excited to announce Todd as our new assistant coach,” said Satterfield. “I’ve known Todd for several years and watched him progress as a player, and I think his golf knowledge and passion will be exactly what we need. I look forward to working with him as we develop our players.”

Eckstein, who is from Durham, N.C., started his coaching career as a volunteer assistant coach at Davidson during the fall of 2015, then spent the 2016 spring season at Mercer, where he served as assistant coach for the Bears’ men’s golf team. Eckstein played his college golf at Furman and was a team captain his senior season.

“I greatly appreciate the opportunity Todd has given me to be a part of this historically successful program,” said Eckstein. “Furman truly blends academic and athletic excellence, and I believe our team has all the tools to compete for championships. I cannot wait to contribute to what I hope will be the best experience of our student-athletes’ lives.”


August 18

WEST ALABAMA

The University of West Alabama (NCAA Division II) has named Brian Williamson head men’s and women’s golf coach.

“We are pleased to have Brian Williamson join UWA Athletics as our head golf coach. Brian brings years of experience as a golf pro, teacher and college coach,” West Alabama Director of Athletics Stan Williamson said. “We look forward to Brian’s leadership in moving our golf teams toward future success.”

Brian Williamson comes to West Alabama from the University of Houston-Victoria in Texas, where he had been the head coach since 2010 and started both the men’s and women’s programs.

“I am extremely excited about the opportunity to come to the University of West Alabama and lead the program to the next level,” Brian Williamson said. “I am very impressed with the university, the athletic department and personnel there.

A graduate of the University of Texas (1982), Brian Williamson played on the Longhorns golf team for four years. Following his playing career, he served as a graduate assistant golf coach at Texas in 1982.


August 18

CALIFORNIA

Newly named head men’s golf coach Walter Chun has named Eric Mina assistant golf coach at California. Mina, who played college golf for the Golden Bears graduating in 2011, won the 2010 Pac-10 Conference title.

“Bringing Eric back to the Cal men’s golf program is an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up,” Chun said. “His personality, his enthusiasm, his knowledge for the game, and the accomplishments he had while he was a student-athlete at Cal will all help the program grow. I’m grateful for the commitment he’s already shown. He will certainly be a tremendous asset for the players, and he will be a great role model for these young men. I am excited to start working with him!”

Mina played professionally from 2011-14 in Japan Tour, PGA Tour China, European Tour and Web.com Tour events. He most recently worked as a master instructor at the Jeff Isler Golf Academy in Southlake, Texas.

“I’m extremely excited about this opportunity and ready to get started,” Mina said. “I built so many memories as a student-athlete at Cal and to be able to come back and help carry the torch of Cal alums on this coaching staff is going to be an amazing experience. My fellow Cal alums Steve Desimone and Walter Chun have done so much for so many people, and I am thrilled to be able to help continue that tradition. I’m really looking forward to it.”

 


August 17

NORTH FLORIDA

North Florida women’s golf has announced Stephanie Connelly as the assistant golf coach.

Connelly has been playing professional golf since 2009. She has spent time on the Symetra Tour and the Canadian Women’s Tour. She competed in the 2015 U.S. Women’s Open.

“Stephanie is an incredible player that brings a tremendous amount of knowledge with regard to player development and course management to our program,” said North Florida coach Joanne Berglund. “With her successful playing career collegiately and professionally, she understands what it takes to be part of a program that competes at the highest level of college golf and as a professional. I feel she will relate very well to our players and recruits, and I am confident that the momentum of this program will continue to build with Stephanie on staff.”

Connelly played college golf at Ohio State and the University of Central Florida. While at UCF she was a three-time All-CUSA selection.

“First of all, I want to thank Joanne for giving me this tremendous opportunity,” said Connelly. “I am really looking forward to coaching and getting a different aspect to the game of golf. I feel like I have a lot to offer and learn in this position. This is a great chance for me to develop and grow in the game, but also share some of the things I’ve learned from my time playing in college and as a professional. I want to help the team continue to build on their successes.”

 


August 17

MARQUETTE

Marquette coach Steve Bailey has announced Gator Todd as the program’s assistant coach.

Todd is a former University of Alabama golfer and was All-SEC. Following his collegiate career he played professionally on the Web.com Tour in 2012.

“We are excited and fortunate to have Gator join our coaching staff,” Bailey said. “He exemplifies our team values and comes to Marquette with a competitive edge and passion to help our guys improve. Gator brings a wealth of experience from the collegiate and professional level. His time working under coach Jay Seawell at Alabama, along with Todd Anderson and Randy Myers at Sea Island Golf Club, will be a tremendous asset to our team.”

A four-year letterman at Alabama, Todd played in 43 tournaments during his Crimson Tide career and competed in the 2005 and 2007 NCAA Championships. He posted 11 career top-10 finishes and five times placed in the top five.

Todd replaces Mike Bielawski, who left his position as assistant golf coach to pursue another opportunity outside of golf.

August 16

VIRGINIA

Bowen Sargent, head men’s golf coach at Virginia, has announced the hiring of John Phillips as the Cavaliers’ new assistant coach. Phillips joins the Virginia golf program after spending the past five seasons at VCU. Phillips replaces Corey Ziedonis, who was named assistant coach at Indiana a few weeks ago.

Phillips was the Rams’ full-time assistant coach the past three years and served as a volunteer assistant in 2013-14 and a graduate assistant coach in 2012-13.

“I am honored to have John join our program,” Sargent said. “John comes to Virginia after several years working as the assistant coach at VCU under Matt Ball. John will be very valuable to our program in many ways but especially in recruiting and player development. As a Richmond native, John knows and understands golf in Virginia. Additionally, he’s created many new contacts internationally while recruiting for VCU. John has great knowledge of coaching and teaching, and he comes very highly recommended by both players and coaches, alike. I’m excited to get the season started with John on board.”

Phillips, a two-year captain, played college golf at Bridgewater College and was a four-time All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference selection and guided Bridgewater College to the 2010 ODAC team title and an appearance in the 2010 NCAA Division III Championship.


August 16

FURMAN

Jeff Hull was named head women’s golf coach at Furman earlier this summer and now Hull has named Laura DeMarco his assistant coach. DeMarco was a four-year member of the golf team at Furman and helped Furman claim victory at the 2015 Southern Conference Championship.

“I am very proud to announce Laura DeMarco as our new assistant coach,” Hull said. “I was fortunate to watch her develop as a true leader during her time at Furman, and I am confident that she will continue to lead this team into the future. Laura’s passion for Furman and understanding of what it takes to succeed here will be an asset not only in recruiting but also in the development of championship teams.”

DeMarco spent the last year playing professionally on the Symetra Tour.

“I loved my time at Furman and am excited to return as a coach,” said DeMarco. “My goal has been to one day coach at Furman, and I am very grateful to Coach Hull for giving me this opportunity. I’m excited to learn from him and quickly grow as a coach and person. We have a great group of hardworking talented ladies and I am looking forward to a great season.”


August 16
UNIVERSITY OF DUBUQUE

Dustin Bierman has been named Director of Golf and will coach the men’s and women’s golf teams at the University of Dubuque. Bierman is also the assistant men’s basketball coach at the University of Dubuque.

Prior to coming to the University of Dubuque, Bierman was an assistant men’s basketball coach and head women’s golf coach at Ashford University from 2006-08.

“I’m excited to take over both programs and look forward to building the two programs into elite teams,” commented Bierman. “The legacy and direction coach Jon Davison has been guiding the men’s team is what I will strive to attain, not only for the men’s team, but also with the women’s squad as well.”

LYCOMING

Lycoming College, an NCAA Division III school located in Williamsport, Pa., has announced Bret Moyer as men’s golf coach.

“I am extremely excited that Brett will be joining us as the head men’s golf coach,” Lycoming Director of Athletics Mike Clark said. “He is an outstanding player and has a great background as a teacher of the game. Throughout our talks, Brett made clear that he has an interest in helping our players improve and become lifelong lovers of the game. With our growing relationship with Williamsport Country Club and our continued relationship with White Deer Golf Course and an expanded schedule that will include a fall season for the first time in program history, we are looking forward to the future for Warrior golf.”

 


 

August 15

WISCONSIN-WHITEWATER

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater has announced Andrea Wieland as its head golf coach.

Wieland has been the head girls golf coach at Milton (Wisc.) High School, where she led the team to runner-up finishes in 2010 and 2011. In Wieland’s 12 years at the helm, Milton girls golf tallied eight regional championships, five sectional titles, two conference championships and one individual state title.

“We are thrilled to welcome Andrea to the Warhawk Family,” Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Amy Edmonds said. “During our search and screen process, Andrea stood out in a talented candidate pool for her experience, organization and leadership. She has demonstrated a high level of success as a head coach, and her ties to the local golf community are vast and strong.

A four-year letter winner at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1997-2000, Wieland was a four-time National Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar and the Wisconsin Women’s State Golf Association Amateur Player of the Year in 1999. Following graduation, Wieland played professionally on various mini-tours from 2001-03.

“I am very excited to start this new chapter of my coaching career,” Wieland said. “I look forward to working at UW-Whitewater, a great university and community, and I am excited for the challenge of bringing the women’s golf program up to the standard that many of the athletic department’s other teams have set.


August 15

WESTERN MICHIGAN

With Stacy Snider leaving her position as head coach at Western Michigan to be the assistant coach at Ohio State, that leaves a Division I coaching job open.

Sources close to the situation are hoping the position will attract candidates with some coaching experience at the collegiate level and hope to get a coach in place soon. This could be a good first head coaching job for assistant coaches out there wanting to have their own program. Or how about the Division II, Division III or NAIA coach hoping to coach at the Division I level.

Western Michigan competes in the Mid-American Conference, ranked No. 136 in the final Golfweek/Sagarin college rankings. The Broncos placed fifth in the MAC Championship last spring.


August 13

OHIO STATE

We have seen head coaches at various levels on the men’s side leave to be assistants in the power conferences, but not so much on the women’s side. However, we can add Stacy Snider to what’s expected to be a growing list in women’s golf.

Snider spent the past four seasons as the head coach at Western Michigan and Louisiana-Monroe. This upcoming season she will be the assistant coach at Ohio State.

“Stacy brings a wealth of knowledge to the Buckeyes as an All-Big Ten player at Michigan State, as a professional on the Symetra and LPGA tours, as a teacher, and as a former head coach,” said Therese Hession, Ohio State’s women’s head coach. “Stacy is very positive, competitive and energetic. I am certain she will make an immediate impact with our players both on and off the course. I’m excited for her addition.”

Snider, who is from Grand Rapids, Mich., was a standout golfer at Michigan State. Twice she was named to the All-Big Ten team. Following her time in East Lansing, she turned pro competing on the Symetra Tour and LPGA Tour for three years.


August 11

ARIZONA STATE

Matt Thurmond has announced Van Williams will join him at Arizona State. Williams comes to the Sun Devils golf program after spending three years as the assistant coach at Oregon.

“I’ve watched Van up close now for a few years,” said Thurmond, who was the head coach at Washington from 2002-2016. “He is a special person and coach and really connects with his players in ways that few can. He has a deep interest in them and a knack for bringing out their best on and off the course. I’m excited to have him partner with us and to work together to make this Sun Devil Golf experience the best years of our young men’s lives.”

This past year Williams assisted Oregon in its run to the national title. The Ducks claimed the program’s first NCAA golf championship in June.

“I want to thank Coach Thurmond and the Sun Devil Athletic Department for the opportunity to continue to grow and learn as a coach under their leadership,” says Williams. “I am humbled and honored to join the Sun Devil athletic family and golf program that includes 12 Pac-12 titles, two NCAA titles and an incredible list of individual honors and awards.”

Prior to his time at Oregon, Williams coached the golf team at Wake Tech Community College. Aside from coaching men’s and women’s golf, he coached basketball as well. In 2009, he helped start the men’s basketball program at Wake Tech and was the school’s first head men’s basketball coach. Prior to joining Wake Tech, he started his coaching career as an associate men’s basketball coach at Cape Fear Community College for two years (2006-08). Williams then moved on as an assistant men’s basketball coach at his alma mater, Shaw University.

Williams played two sports while attending Southeastern University (1998-2000), where he was a two-year starter for the basketball team while also playing golf.

In addition to his coaching experience, Williams served as a caddie for Oregon head coach Casey Martin (2001-04) on the PGA and Web.com (then-Nationwide) tours.


August 11

MICHIGAN

Michigan head coach Chris Whitten has named an assistant coach. Former Ball State golfer Patrick Wilkes-Krier will fill the vacancy left by Nick Pumford, who was named head coach at Oakland University earlier this summer.

“I could not be happier to add Patrick Wilkes-Krier to our program,” said Whitten. “He will make an immediate impact with our players and help in every facet of our team. He has followed the same road as many of our student-athletes, having success in junior golf, improving tremendously in college and then making the transition to professional golf for a long career.”

Wilkes-Krier, who is from Ann Arbor, spent eight years playing professionally. Following his professional career, he became an instructor in 2015 at the Kendall Academy at Miles of Golf outside of Ann Arbor.

“Having grown up in Ann Arbor, I’ve long had great admiration and love for the University of Michigan and to think now that I’ll be a part of it is exciting,” said Wilkes-Krier. “I’ve known Chris for a long time and cannot wait to help with this team that he’s put together. I only have great memories from my collegiate golf career, and I’m eager to return to that atmosphere.”


August 11

WASHINGTON

For the last 21 years the University of Washington golf empire was built under the direction of O.D. Vincent and Matt Thurmond. Yesterday the keys were handed over to UAB coach Alan Murray.

There is no doubting Murray’s ability to coach golf. In just three years as a head coach, he is three-for-three in guiding the Blazers to the NCAA finals. He was also named Golfweek’s Coach of the Year for his efforts during the 2013-14 season. But, the Washington job is a monster of a job and competes in arguably the toughest conference in college golf. It will be a tough task for Murray to keep Washington going in the same direction it has been. Heck, it would be a tough task for anyone.

Thurmond had his Husky golf teams advancing to 12 of the last 15 NCAA Championships.

Give Washington credit for going out and finding one of the hottest coaches in the game. There is no doubt Murray would have landed in a power five conference in the next couple of years. Now, who will be lucky enough to follow in Murray’s footsteps in Birmingham?

UAB's head coach Alan Murray and Paul Dunne look over a putt at No. 9 during Sunday stroke play at the 2015 Men's NCAA Championship at The Concession in Bradenton, Fla.

UAB’s head coach Alan Murray and Paul Dunne look over a putt at No. 9 during Sunday stroke play at the 2015 Men’s NCAA Championship at The Concession in Bradenton, Fla.


August 10

CLEMSON

We have not seen a lot of former touring pros join the coaching ranks lately and certainly have seen far less in the women’s game. However, after 16 years of experience on the LPGA, Heather Bowie-Young has been named the assistant women’s golf coach at Clemson.

Young won an individual NCAA Championship (1997) while playing golf at the University of Texas after assisting Arizona State to a pair of team national championships (1994 and 1995).

“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity Coach Hester and the administration have given me here in Clemson,” said Young. “This program has achieved so much in just three years, and I am looking forward to continuing to build on that success with Coach Hester and these talented student-athletes.”

While a member of the LPGA, Young recorded 28 top-10 finishes. She won the 2005 Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic. In 2003, she was a member of the U.S. Solheim Cup team and served from 2011-12 and 2014-15 as a member of the LPGA Player Advisory Group.

“I am thrilled to have Heather join the coaching staff at Clemson,” said Hester. “Her playing experience at the NCAA level as well as on the LPGA Tour make her a wonderful asset to Clemson. As an NCAA Champion and LPGA Tour winner, she has competed at the highest level. Her knowledge of the game and ability to lead by example are unparalleled. She has literally ‘been there and done’ what our student-athletes are striving to do by excelling both in the classroom and on the golf course. I anticipate the hands on impact she will have on the program will be substantial and I look forward to working with her.

Bowie-Young ended her college career winning nine individual titles and was a four-time All-American and a three-time Scholastic All-American.


August 10

UNION

Union College, a NAIA school in Barbourville, Ky., has named Bill Sergent head men’s and women’s golf coach. Sergent replaces Tony Carruba, who recently resigned to pursue other interests.

For nearly 30 years (1978-2007), Sergent coached the men’s golf team at University of the Cumberlands (Ky.), started the women’s golf program in 1994 and coached the squad until his departure in December of 2007. Sergent left Cumberlands to become the Director of Golf at Crooked Creek Golf Club in London, Ky., where he served until 2010. He returned to coaching in 2012 where he coached the golf teams for South Laurel High School for one season. Sergent also coached at UVa-Wise in 2014-15.

“I’m really thankful for the opportunity to be at Union,” Sergent said. “It’s a good school; I’ve always known that. The athletic program is getting better and better every year under Tim Curry’s auspices. I am excited about being here, and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to win some AAC championships.”

While at Cumberlands, Sergent won total of 16 conference championships. He guided the men’s team to 11 NAIA championship appearances and the women advanced to the championship four times.


August 8

PEPPERDINE

Pepperdine head coach Laurie Gibbs has announced Katie Mitchell as the program’s assistant coach. Mitchell is a recent graduate of the University of Louisville where she had a scoring average of 73.97 her senior year, second-best on the team and sixth-best in program history. She also recorded four top-10 finishes.

“We are excited to have Katie join our women’s golf program,” Gibbs said. “There was tremendous interest in the assistant coaching position from excellent candidates around the country, and we appreciate everyone taking the time to be considered. Katie’s combination of college golf experience and her energetic personality will help our players to continue to improve all aspects of their game in competition.”

Mitchell replaces Leanne Craig, who spent five seasons on staff but is stepping down as she is soon expecting her second child.

“I am excited for the opportunity to work with such a knowledgeable coach in Laurie Gibbs and learn from her many years of success and experience,” Mitchell said. “I fell in love with Pepperdine the moment I visited. The people I will be working with already seem like family. I love the team atmosphere of college golf, and I am thrilled to be able to use my collegiate experiences to help the program and to have an impactful influence on the players. The principles that Pepperdine’s Athletic Department is built on captured me. Beginning my coaching career with Pepperdine and Laurie is a dream come true.”


August 8

NOVA SOUTHEASTERN

With the departure of head coach Ryan Jamison, who left to be the assistant coach at Stanford, Nova Southeastern has named Christopher Carlin head men’s golf coach. Carlin had spent the past four years as the assistant men’s and women’s coach at Barry University. Carlin was also a four-year member of the golf team a Barry. “After a very competitive search, it became clear that Chris Carlin is the right person to be the next leader of our men’s golf program,” Director of Athletics Michael Mominey said.

“His experience speaks for itself and what the committee and I really admire is his obvious passion and clear vision of what a championship program is and should be. His local ties in the community and familiarity with the conference and DII is also affirmation that Chris will have every opportunity to be successful very quickly.”

Prior to his time at Barry, Carlin spent two seasons as the assistant coach at American Heritage High School for both the boys and girls teams. “Being from South Florida, I feel so blessed to be able to have the opportunity to stay in my hometown and coach,” Carlin said.

“I am very thankful to Mike Mominey for this opportunity and I’m excited to start this new chapter in my career as the Sharks men’s golf head coach. Everyone at NSU was so welcoming through the interview process and I am very happy to be a part of NSU and associated with such great faculty and staff. To become a head coach has been an aspiration of mine for several years and now to become the head men’s golf coach at Nova Southeastern just makes it that much better!”


August 5

MENLO

Menlo College has announced Robert Jan as the men’s and women’s golf coach. Menlo College is an NAIA school located in Atherton, Calif. Jan, a native of Northbrook, Ill., spent last season as the head men’s coach at NCAA Division I Chicago State. Prior to his time at Chicago State, Jan served as the head men’s and women’s golf coach at Ashford University, an NAIA school located in Iowa. While at Ashford, Jan guided the men’s team to a top 25 NAIA ranking in just his second season. Before Ashford he was the head men’s golf coach at the College of Lake County and coached both the men’s and women’s golf program at NCAA Division III Knox College in Galesburg, Ill.

“I’m thrilled to have Robert as the head of our golf program at Menlo College,” said Menlo Director of Athletics Keith Spataro. “His experience as a coach and a professional in the golf industry combined with his understanding of the student-athlete experience are perfectly aligned with the values of our department.” Jan played college golf at Millikin University.


August 4

CAMPBELL

Campbell head coach John Crooks has named Tahnia Ravnjak assistant women’s golf coach. Ravnjak, who completed her playing career last spring, earned Big South all-conference honors in each of her four years at Campbell – winning the conference title two times and placing second twice. Ravnjak, a native of Cordeaux Heights, Australia, played in four consecutive NCAA regional tournaments and twice qualified for the NCAA Championship. “I’m excited to share my experiences with our student-athletes,” said Ravnjak. “I’m so grateful for the opportunity to be able to begin my coaching career at a place where everyone is like family. I’m really looking forward to the start of the season.” Campbell has made an NCAA postseason appearance 19 times in the last 24 years and has finished either first or second in its conference tournament 23 times in 25 seasons under the direction of Crooks.

“Tahnia was an extremely effective team captain and caring member of our team and the fact that she’s decided to stay here and help at Campbell as she begins her coaching career is just a win-win situation,” said Crooks. “When you’re looking for a coach, you want somebody who can share their experiences and she can definitely do that. Tahnia always had the respect of her teammates, worked hard and made the sacrifices necessary to be successful.”


August 4

OREGON STATE

Recently named head women’s coach Dawn Shockley has announced Kelly Kerkvliet will be the new assistant coach for the Beavers. Shockley, who had been the assistant coach the past two years, was named head coach a few weeks ago replacing Sammie Chergo who resigned at the end of the 2016 spring season. Kelly Kerkvliet competed for the Oregon State women’s golf team from 2001-05 and was an assistant coach during the 2013-14 season. Kerkvliet worked as a graphic designer in the health care industry the past two years. Before joining Oregon State as an assistant coach in 2013, she was the Director of Junior Golf for the Idaho Golf Association. Prior to her time with the Idaho Golf Association, Kerkvliet was an assistant golf professional at BanBury Golf Course in Boise, Idaho.

“I’m very excited about the opportunity to return to Oregon State,” Kerkvliet said. “I’ve had the pleasure to get to know coach Shockley over the past couple years and believe in her vision for the team and the players. I look forward to helping her take the program to the next level.”


August 3
NOVA SOUTHEASTERN
Amanda Brown has announced she will resigning as head women’s golf coach at Nova Southeastern University. Brown has spent 11 years as an assistant coach, associate head coach, head coach and four years as a player at Nova Southeastern. Brown has said she will pursue other career opportunities.
“NSU has been a major part of my life over the past 15 years both as a student-athlete and as a coach. I appreciate the opportunity to have received a high-quality education as a student-athlete and it has been an honor to coach, serve and mentor the student-athletes who have helped build the program to what it is today,” Brown said.
In five seasons as the head coach, Brown’s teams advanced to the NCAA Division II finals four out of the last five years and finished in the top-five or better in each of those years.

August 3

DEPAUL
DePaul head golf men’s golf coach Betty Kaufmann has announced Marty Schiene has joined her staff as an assistant coach. Schiene comes to DePaul after spending last year at Loyola where he spent time with the Ramblers women’s golf program.

Prior to joining the Loyola staff in 2015, Schiene was the head men’s golf coach at Chicago State for five seasons. Before he joined the collegiate coaching ranks, Schiene competed for 15 years on the Canadian, South African, Asian and Australian Tours. He was a member of the PGA Tour in 1993. He also competed in four U.S. Opens and won the Illinois Open three times. He also won the 1997 Nevada Open. Schiene replaces Dave Cunningham.


August 2

CENTRAL COLLEGE
NCAA Division III Central College has named Jon Olson head men’s golf coach. Olson replaces Chad Green who was names head coach earlier this summer at Missouri Science & Technology.
Olson, who was the 2014 Iowa Golf Association amateur player of the year, spent the last two seasons as the boys golf coach at head boys’ golf coach at Ankeny Centennial High School where they he guided the team to the 2013 Iowa Class 4A state title. Olson played college golf at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Central College has won 32 Iowa Conference men’s golf championships, including six in the past eight seasons, and received 33 NCAA Division III tournament berths since 1976.

“We looked at several strong candidates and came away very impressed with Coach Olson,” athletics director Eric Van Kley said. “He’s passionate about coaching, about golf and about being part of the Central College family. We like the energy and enthusiasm he brings. He’s highly regarded within the sport and is a tireless worker who has been successful in the business world as well. We’re convinced that he is the right person to lead our program to even greater heights and to serve our student-athletes.”


August 1

INDIANA
Indiana men’s golf coach Mike Mayer has filled his vacant assistant coaching position. Mayer has announced Corey Ziedonis will return to Bloomington and be reunited with the Hoosiers golf program.
Ziedonis was a four-year member of the golf team from 2009-2013. After his playing career was completed, he spent the next two seasons as a graduate assistant with the men’s golf program at Ball State. More recently Ziedonis was an assistant coach at Virginia under Bowen Sargent since January.
“First, I am extremely grateful to Coach Mayer for giving me the opportunity to return to IU and his belief in me as an integral part of the program moving forward,” Ziedonis said. “To have the chance to coach at my alma mater in the state where I grew up is something that I have always dreamed and I can’t wait to get started. I believe there are big things in store for IU men’s golf on the horizon and I’m excited to be part of that.”
Ziedonis replaces Brian McCants, who was named head men’s coach at Xavier a few weeks ago.

August 1
DENVER
Denver head coach Lindsay Kuhle has named former University of Arizona men’s golfer Kolton Lapa as her assistant coach. Lapa finished his playing career this past season where he finished his senior campaign with a 74.81 stroke average and recorded four top-20 and two top-10 finishes. Lapa was team captain during his final two seasons at the University of Arizona while also serving on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) during his senior season. He played at the University of Nebraska and set the Huskers 54-hole scoring record for a freshman at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate.
“Kolton comes to DU with a wealth of playing experience at the highest level in college golf,” Kuhle said. “I am very excited for Kolton to join our family and help continue to build a strong program both athletically and academically. Kolton has a passion for golf, playing, learning, teaching and coaching. He will help our program with player development and continue to recruit the best student-athletes in the world to come to our university.”

August 1
CALIFORNIA
It took a little longer than expected, but California has finally named Walter Chun as its next golf coach. Full story

2016-17 NCAA Division I coaching changes


July 31 ARIZONA STATE It’s not always easy to find quality assistant coaches. That’s why Arizona State women’s coach Missy Farr-Kaye has to be thrilled with the addition of Judd Easterling to her staff. Easterling had spent the last year as the assistant coach to Tim Mickelson and will make the switch to the women’s side for the 2016-17 season. Prior to arriving in Tempe, Easterling spent two seasons as an assistant at Missouri. Easterling played his college golf at Wichita State. “It’s a great opportunity for me to coach an amazing program and build on their reputation of producing All-Americans and LPGA winners,” said Easterling. “I’m happy to remain at ASU and still be a part of Sun Devil Golf.” Easterling replaces Tiffany Tavee who stepped down to focus on her graduate degree at Arizona State. Don’t expect Easterling to be in the assistant role many more years. He will be very attractive for administrators looking for coaches on either side in the next couple of years. July 28 GEORGIA TECH Something we rarely used to see is becoming much more common. An assistant coach leaving one place for another. This time it’s Drew McGee, who spent the last two years as the assistant coach at the University of New Mexico and is now the assistant coach at Georgia Tech. Prior to New Mexico, McGee was head men’s and women’s coach Northwood College (NAIA) in Cedar Hill, Texas. McGee, who played his college golf at Baylor, began his coaching career as a volunteer assistant at McNeese State. “We’re excited for Drew to join our program,” said Georgia Tech head coach Bruce Heppler. “Drew has been involved in every aspect of the New Mexico program and has been successful in their recruiting over the past couple of years. He comes highly recommended and is highly-regarded by many of the coaches on the West Coast.” Jeff Pierce, who spent the 2015-16 year as the full-time assistant coach, will transition into a volunteer coaching role and assist with instruction and managing the Yellow Jackets’ new Noonan Golf Practice Facility. “Last fall, I made a decision to hire Coach Pierce in an effort to provide some specific skill instruction for our team. At that time, he was also working closely with several PGA Tour professionals. After reviewing this arrangement following the spring, we both decided that there wasn’t enough time for everyone to get the support they needed.With Coach Pierce moving to the volunteer role, he can still be involved in skill instruction with our team and work with players who stay behind when we are competing in tournaments.” “I am very excited to join Coach Heppler and the Georgia Tech golf program,” said McGee. “I am also grateful for my time at New Mexico and the chance to work with Coach (Glen) Millican. I believe that my experience there has prepared me well for this tremendous opportunity. Coach Heppler has created a tradition of success both on the course and in the classroom, and I look forward to working with him and the players to build on that success. Georgia Tech is definitely a special place and I am thankful to be here.” Pierce, 29, a veteran professional golf instructor dating back to his college years, will now take over management of Tech’s newly-renovated practice facility at the edge of campus and next to Atlantic Station, and use the facility to tutor the Yellow Jackets’ players and his professional clients, including PGA Tour members Roberto Castro, Brooks Koepka, Derek Fathauer, Si Woo Kim and others. “I’m excited to have Drew joining the team,” said Pierce. “The structure of our staff is new and something we’re all excited about. It will enable us to provide the best instruction possible to our players going forward. This blueprint will be something other programs may follow in the future.”


July 28 CENTRAL OKLAHOMA Josh Fosdick has been named head men’s golf coach at the University of Central Oklahoma, an NCAA Division II school in Edmond, Okla. Fosdick comes to Central Oklahoma from Rogers State where he spent the last two years coaching the men’s and women’s teams. He was the Heartland Conference Coach of the year during the 2014-15 season. He also spent time as the assistant coach at Oklahoma State, where he was an assistant coach for the men’s and women’s programs from 2009-2011. Following his time in Stillwater, he was the head men’s golf coach at Texas-Pan American. Fosdick was an assistant golf pro at Oak Tree Country Club from 2011-2012. He also coached at Edmond Memorial High School from 2007-2009, where the boy’s golf team twice finished in the top 10 at the Class 6A state tournament. “We’re super excited to get back to Edmond and UCO,” Fosdick said. “Edmond has always been a special place for our family and UCO is central to that city.”


July 28 WEBER STATE The Weber State athletics department has finalized its golf coaching staff changes made necessary by the loss of longtime Director of Golf Jeff Smith earlier this year. Scott Erling, who has served as the head men’s golf coach for the past four years, has been promoted to Director of Golf and will remain with the men’s team as well. Sara Federico, who has served as an assistant coach for the women’s golf team for the past two years, has been hired to replace Smith as the head women’s coach. Also, Rich Friend has been named director of player development. “We are very excited to announce these changes to our golf programs,” said WSU Associate Athletic Director Amy Crosbie. “The entire package of Erling, Federico and Friend leading both of our golf programs is extremely dynamic and will be tremendously beneficial to the success of our student-athletes. We were very pleased to have Scott assume the position of director of golf. He is well respected in the golf community and has shown tremendous leadership throughout this entire process.” Federico and Friend both played college golf at Weber State. “Rich has a great knowledge of the game of golf and will be a great asset to our program,” said Erling. “This is a new position on our staff and being able to get Rich back involved in the program was a great opportunity for us to continue to build upon the legacy that Jeff has established here. Rich will not only be very involved in helping to develop our players technically, but he will be a great ambassador for our program.”


July 27 MICHIGAN STATE Earlier this summer, Michigan State head women’s coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll announced Caroline Powers as assistant coach. Powers, who played her college golf at Michigan State and was the 2013 Big Ten Player of the Year, has been playing professionally since she graduated. “I’m extremely excited to have Caroline on staff,” said Slobodnik-Stoll. “When she graduated, I always thought in the back of my mind it would be wonderful if she could come back, especially with her family and their involvement in athletics pretty much her whole life (her father, Buddy Powers, was a longtime college hockey coach; her brother and sister also have coaching experience). I think coaching is something that comes pretty naturally in her family and that’s how she was brought up. Powers replaces Aimee Neff, who is now the assistant coach at Vanderbilt.


July 27 NEBRASKA-OMAHA Easton Key has been announced as assistant men’s and women’s golf coach at Nebraska-Omaha. The Mavericks are a Division I school competing in The Summit League. Key, who played his college golf at Arkansas State after transferring Meridian (Miss.) Junior College, spent two seasons as a graduate assistant coach for the Red Wolves. “Easton has had success both as a collegiate coach and a player, so we’re very fortunate to be able to add someone of his caliber to our staff,” said Nebraska-Omaha head coach Seth Porter. “In his short time coaching at Arkansas State, he helped the team improve in place both at the conference tournament and in the national rankings. He’ll be a great mentor for our student-athletes.”


July 26 TULANE Tulane has announced the hiring of Janine Fellows as assistant golf coach for the women’s program. Fellows, who is a former Tulane golfer, will replace Mandi Morrow who left earlier this summer for a similar position at Michigan. Fellows spent the last three seasons as the assistant coach at Clemson University under former Tulane head coach John Thomas Horton. “This is an exciting day for us to welcome back one of our most decorated golfers in program history and someone who has established herself already as an elite recruiter and coach at the Division I level,” Tulane head coach Lorne Don said. “Her experience with player development and love of Tulane University will aid our current team develop, both on and off the course, and will help us attract elite players to join our program in future years.” Prior to her time at Clemson Fellows was the assistant men’s and women’s golf coach at Houston Baptist. A native of Houston, Texas, Fellows played at Tulane under Horton from 2008-2011, where she was a team captain, a two-time All-Conference USA first- team selection, and the 2010 Conference USA Co-Player of the Year. She helped lead the Green Wave to a pair of conference in titles and NCAA Championship appearances in 2009 and 2010. “I would like to thank Coach Don and the Tulane administration for the opportunity to return to the Green Wave family,” Fellows said. “The experience I had as a student- athlete at Tulane positively impacted my life in so many ways. Tulane is a very special place with endless opportunities to be successful. I could not be more excited to be able to return to my alma mater as a coach and give back for everything Tulane has given me.”


July 24 ARIZONA STATE Arizona State administrators did not waste much time. Less than two weeks after head men’s golf coach Tim Mickelson announced he was resigning, Arizona State is expected to announce a new coach early this week. Expect to see Washington coach Matt Thurmond take over the Sun Devils golf program. Thurmond is widely recognized amongst his peers as being one of the better golf coaches in college golf. He was voted has the No. 5 best coach in a Golfweek poll in 2015. Thurmond, who played college golf at BYU, spent 15 years at Washington guiding the program to the NCAA finals 12 times in his 15 years. He was named Pac-12 Conference coach of the year twice as well as being named Golfweek coach of the year in 2009.

Matt Thurmond talks to his Washington players during the 2015 NCAA Championship.

Matt Thurmond talks to his Washington players during the 2015 NCAA Championship.


July 22 FURMAN With Kelley Hester departing to take the Clemson job, Furman associate head coach Jeff Hull has been elevated to head coach. Hull, who has served as the Furman associate head coach for the last four seasons, helped the Paladins to a 20th-place finish at the 2016 NCAA Championships in May. “I am thrilled that Jeff Hull has agreed to lead our women’s golf program,” said Furman Director of Athletics Mike Buddie. “The recent success of the team has been obvious and Kelley Hester was quick to credit Jeff for playing a major role in that success. Jeff is an incredible teacher who relates very well to our players and recruits and I am confident that the momentum of this program will continue to build.” Prior to his time at Furman he worked with Hester at the University of Georgia as an assistant coach. “In my opinion, Jeff is one of the most knowledgeable golf coaches in the nation (head or assistant) and was the best person for the job at Furman,” said Hester. “He is invested in the program and has been a huge part of the success over the last four years.  I am excited to see what is in store for the next chapter of Furman Women’s Golf with Jeff as the head coach. I predict the program will continue to flourish.” Hull played college golf at Georgia Tech and South Carolina. He was named an All-American while at South Carolina when he placed 13th individually at the 1988 NCAA Championships to lead the Gamecocks to an eighth-place showing in the team field. Furman finished the 2015-16 season ranked No. 20 in the Golfweek/Sagarin college rankings.


HIGH POINT Following my blog you will know I am a fan of hiring a successful coach from a lower level for any sort of Division I job. That is what High Point University has done. Jobs such as High Point would be a great first head coaching job for assistant coaches from the power conferences, but we have learned those coaches don’t always seek head jobs in the lower Division I arena. Alexis Bennett has been named head women’s golf coach at High Point University (N.C.). High Point is a Division I school competing in the Big South Conference. Bennett comes to High Point after spending the last three seasons as the head coach at the University of South Carolina Beaufort, where she led the Sand Sharks to top-10 finishes at the NAIA National Championship in each of the last two years. She was named the Sun Conference Coach of the Year in 2016. “We are very excited to announce Alexis Bennett as our new women’s golf coach at High Point University,” Athletic Director Dan Hauser said. “Alexis has experienced extraordinary success as a two-time All-America Scholar-Athlete, LPGA professional and head coach.  She will bring an infectious energy to our golf program culture and I’m confident she will lead HPU to championship success at the conference and NCAA level.” Bennett, a native of Rockford, Ill., played collegiately at SMU before spending three years playing professionally on the LPGA Symetra Tour and the Canadian Women’s Tour. “Thank you to Dr. Nido Qubein, as well Athletic Director Dan Hauser and his outstanding staff for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Bennett said. “I knew very early on in the interview process that HPU was a special place and a family I’d be very lucky to join. We have all the resources and support to become a perennial contender in the Big South Conference as well as relevant on the national scene.” High Point finished the 2015-16 season ranked No. 205 in the Golfweek/Sagarin college rankings.


WICHITA STATE Wichita State women’s golf coach Tom McCurdy has announced Alejandra Arellano as his new assistant golf coach. Arellano replaces Krista Peterson, who resigned from her position to stay at home with her family. Arellano, a native of Orizaba, Mexico, served as the student assistant coach for the Shockers last year after concluding her playing career. Last year Wichita State won its third-straight Missouri Valley Conference championship and NCAA Tournament appearance. “Ale has already had a tremendous impact on our program as a student-athlete and I’m so excited to bring her onto our staff,” McCurdy said. “She has a wealth of knowledge about collegiate golf and possesses solid communication skills. She’s the ideal person to have in place during this transition. Krista was a fantastic coach in all respects and has done so much to elevate the level of Shocker Women’s Golf. I can’t thank her enough; it’s been a blessing to have worked with her for the past seven years.”


July 20 MARSHALL Brooke Bellomy has been named interim head women’s golf coach at Marshall and Matt Grobe has been named Director of Golf. Grobe has been with the Thundering Herd’s men’s team as the head coach for the past four seasons. Bellomy fills a spot vacated by Tiffany Pratts who was named head women’s coach at the University of South Florida earlier this month. Bellomy spent last year as the volunteer assistant golf coach in addition to her duties as Marshall softball’s Director of Operations. Bellomy served as a volunteer assistant last season in addition to her duties as Marshall softball’s Director of Operations. Bellomy, the 2012 West Virginia Women’s Amateur champion, played her collegiate golf at Campbell University from 2011-15. “Brooke’s roots are in our community and she has gained valuable experience both as part of a great golf tradition at Campbell University and in working with our program here at Marshall,” said Director of Athletics Mike Hamrick. “These intangibles make her uniquely qualified to lead this program.”


July 20 UNLV Andrew Crabtree has left his position as head women’s golf coach at Old Dominion and has been named assistant women’s coach at UNLV. He replaces Ryan Potter who left to be an assistant at Charlotte. Crabtree spent three years at Old Dominion and had the Monarchs on the rise. Known for his recruiting efforts, Crabtree’s skills could be very beneficial in helping the Rebels attract players from around the globe. Prior to Old Dominion, Crabtree, who played his college golf at South Florida, served as an assistant coach for Texas A&M’s women’s golf program for two seasons. He also spent time as the assistant men’s golf coach at Tulsa.


July 18 UTAH University of Utah men’s golf coach Garrett Clegg has announced the hiring of Chance Cain as the Utes’ assistant coach. Cain, a native of Big Spring, Texas, has been a volunteer assistant coach for two seasons at Texas Tech. “I am thrilled to have Chance join our program,” said Clegg. “Chance has experience working with an elite golf program, and he understands what it takes to be part of a program that competes at the highest level of college golf. He is poised to help take our program to a higher level.” While with the Red Raider Golf program, Cain assisted in weekly practices and tournament qualifying, while also coaching players through their rounds at different events. “I am very excited about the opportunity to coach under coach Clegg while watching this team grow and compete in the Pac-12,” said Cain. “I managed to gain valuable knowledge working under coaches Greg Sands and Jeff Jenkins while in Lubbock, and it has prepared me for my time here at Utah. I look forward to the opportunity in getting this team to the level it is intended to be at in the Pac-12 and for the great Ute fans.” Cain played his collegiate golf at Midland College from 2006-08 and was part of the 2008 NJCAA National Championship team.


July 18 COLORADO STATE Elrick van Eck will be the new assistant men’s golf coach at Colorado State. Van Eck has spent the past three seasons as the assistant men’s and women’s golf coach at Florida Tech (Div. II). Van Eck, who is from Pretoria, South Africa, played his college golf at Shorter University and Northwood University. “I am very excited to hire someone of such high character as Coach van Eck. He has a true passion for helping young men grow in all aspects of their lives,” Colorado State coach Christian Newton said. “His enthusiasm and desire to work as our assistant coach was very clear throughout the process. He is an excellent recruiter and will help us open doors to more players both in the U.S. and aboard.”


July 17 XAVIER Xavier has announced the hiring of Brian McCants as men’s golf coach. McCants joins the Musketeers after spending four seasons as the assistant coach at Indiana University. Prior to his time at IU, McCants was an assistant at Kansas University for a year and was a head coach Newberry College (Div. II) for six years. “Brian stood out because of the vision he painted for the future of Xavier Golf,” Xavier University Athletic Director Greg Christopher said. “His previous head coaching experience, coupled with time at Division I institutions Kansas and Indiana combined for a strong package that we believe fits well at Xavier.” As head coach at Newberry College, McCants guided the Wolves to three South Atlantic Conference Championships and earned the South Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year honor in four consecutive years. “I’m really looking forward to coaching here at Xavier. It’s been a traditionally strong program here with a lot of accomplishments,” said McCants. “I’m looking forward to getting my hands in the dirt and working hard and building on a solid foundation. It’s a great opportunity. The Maketewah facility is first-class. Bringing recruits to see that, coupled with the golf course and the tradition is a great opportunity.” McCants replaces Doug Steiner who announced his retirement in May after spending 28 seasons at Xavier.


July 15 CLEMSON Clemson is expected to announce Kelley Hester as its new women’s golf coach today. Hester has spent the past four years at Furman and prior to that was the head coach at Georgia, Arkansas, UNLV and Mercer. Hester will replace J.T. Horton, who was relieved of his duties on July 1. Clemson started women’s golf in the fall of 2013. Hester, a respected and well-known coach in the women’s game, had turned the Furman program around since her arrival in Greenville, S.C. Furman has won back-to-back Southern Conference titles and Hester was named the 2016 SoCon Coach of the Year and led the Paladins to a 20th-place finish at the 2016 NCAA Championships this past May. “Leaving Furman and what we have built there is one of the toughest decisions I have ever made,” said Hester. “I truly loved it there and was not looking for a change. However, the opportunity to join the Clemson family and be back at a Power 5 Conference school was something I couldn’t pass up. Honestly, Clemson made me an offer I could not refuse.”


July 14

ARIZONA STATE

What has been a quiet off season for coaching moves just spiked yesterday when Arizona State coach Tim Mickelson announced he is leaving his position after five years with the Sun Devil golf program. Leaving a vacancy with one of the more heralded coaching positions in college golf. But, will Arizona State land that big name coach? With golf coaching salaries soaring in the last 5-10 years there are numerous coaches now making North of $200,000. Mickelson was in that neighborhood. Will Arizona State go even higher to attract one of those names? Doubtful, and it’s not necessary. A quick look at what has happened in the last few years and administrators at ASU would see what J.C. Deacon’s hire has done for the University of Florida golf program. Deacon was an out-of-the box hire and turned many heads in June of 2014 when Florida announced him to replace longtime coach Buddy Alexander. Deacon, who had no head coaching experience and just four years as an assistant at UNLV, has vaulted the Gators into contenders. That route is certainly one we could see, and why not call California assistant Walter Chun? After spending nine years as the assistant coach for the Golden Bears, Chun is expected to replace Steve Desimone, who retired at season’s end after a 37-year coaching career. California has yet to name a replacement. While Chun would top the list of assistant coaches, folks at Arizona State have plenty of head coaches who they could lure. It would make sense to find a coach with West coast ties, but certainly not a priority. And it is unlikely to think a power conference coach East of the Mississippi would make that move. But, if the price is right that can change. A short list I have put together if I were in charge:

  • • Chris Zambri (Southern California) – Why not call? It would be bad timing for Zambri considering he has assembled a team that is likely to be a preseason No. 1 ranked team, but would be a good deal for Arizona State.
  • • Ryan Donovan (San Diego State) – By now we should all just ink Donovan in to retiring someday in San Diego, but again this is a call ASU needs to make and would be a step up for Donovan. West coast guy who has competed with and beat Pac-12 teams for years.
  • • Alan Murray (UAB) – It would seem to be only a matter of time until Murray lands a job at a power conference school. In just three years as the head coach at UAB he has taken the Blazers to the NCAA finals in each season.
  • • Rob Bradley (Purdue) – Certainly an up and coming coach in the game who spent time at Alabama as an assistant coach helping the Crimson Tide win a national championship and guided Purdue to an appearance in the NCAA Championship this past spring.

A few other coaches who have had success and might be looking to jump into a super conference: New Mexico’s Glen Millican & South Florida’s Steve Bradley. Out of the box thought: McNeese State’s Austin Burke, who was an assistant coach at Baylor, has guided the Cowboys to consecutive regional appearances. There are concerns with the ASU Karsten Golf Course possibly going away in the near future and the facilities, but at the end of the day it is Arizona State and a coach can recruit a kid from anywhere in the world that would consider playing his college golf at Arizona State.


July 12

MISSOURI UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Missouri University of Science and Technology has announced the return of men’s golf and the addition of women’s golf, along with the hiring of Chad Green (men) and Amy West (women) to head up the programs that will begin play in the fall of 2017. Green, who has been the head golf coach at Central College in Iowa for the past six seasons, will coach the men’s program that will be reinstated for the first time since 2003. West, who served as the assistant coach last season for the men’s and women’s teams at West Virginia Wesleyan College, will lead the first women’s golf program at the institution. “We are extremely excited to add both women’s and men’s golf to our NCAA sports program at Missouri Science and Technology with competition starting in the fall of 2017,” said Mark Mullin, the university’s athletic director. “I firmly believe that we have a plan in place that will assure successful women’s and men’s golf programs. I believe the programs will be extremely competitive in our conference in a short time frame and eventually on a national level.” West played her college golf at Daytona State College and then the University of South Florida, where she graduated in 2013. Following her collegiate career at South Florida, West went on to play professional golf on the Symetra Tour in 2015. “I’m excited about getting started with the new program at Missouri Science and Technology and working with Mark and Chad,” West said. “I want to be able to build a strong, competitive program and know there is some great competition in the conference.” Green led Central to four NCAA Division III Championship appearances in his six years at the school, as well as four Iowa Conference championships. The Dutch recorded a 12th place finish at the 2013 national tournament and during his tenure at Central, Green has been named as the Iowa Conference’s coach of the year on four occasions. A native of St. Louis, Green, who played his college golf at Clarke College in Iowa, previous served as the head women’s golf coach and assistant men’s coach at Maryville University for two seasons. “It’s exciting to start a program from scratch, which is something I’ve always wanted to do,” Green said. “I think the academic profile of the school, along with the work Mark and the administration have done with the facilities, gives us a chance to get the program off to a good start. The GLVC is a great conference and I’m looking forward to getting back into the league.”


SOUTH DAKOTA

The University of South Dakota has named John Vining assistant coach for the men’s and women’s golf teams.  Vining was the part-time assistant coach the past two seasons and prior to that was the graduate assistant coach during the 2013-14 season. “Both the student-athletes and myself are beyond excited to be adding Coach Vining on as our full-time assistant,” said golf head coach Nick Hovden. “Many thanks to all those in the athletic department and University who helped make this happen.” Vining has been part of the Coyote golf program since 2008-09. He started out his career as a member of the golf team for four seasons (2008-12).


July 11

OREGON STATE

As expected, Oregon State has elevated Dawn Shockley from assistant coach to head coach. Shockley served as Oregon State’s assistant coach the past two seasons. Shockley, who is from Denver, Colo., replaces Sammie Chergo, who spent two seasons at Oregon State. Shockley played her collegiate golf at the University of Denver, where Chergo coached previously. “Dawn is a proven winner and a steely competitor,” Vice President and Director of Athletics Todd Stansbury said. “Her ability to instill confidence in student-athletes and teach course management set her apart from other candidates. I’m excited to watch our program develop under her leadership.” During her playing career at the University of Denver, Shockley recorded 11 top-10 finishes, including two individual wins. A three-time Sun Belt All-Conference selection (2006, 2007 and 2009), she won the 2009 NCAA East Regional Championship and earned All-American Honorable Mention recognition. Shockley helped lead Denver to sixth- and fifth-place finishes, respectively, at the NCAA Championships in 2007 and 2008. She was a two-year team captain and posted a four-year scoring average of 75.67 for the Pioneers. She also earned Academic All-American honors in 2006 and served on Denver’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Following her graduation from the University of Denver, Shockley played professional golf on the LPGA Futures Tour (Symetra Tour). She earned six top-10 finishes and tied for fourth at the Riviera Nayarit Classic and the Firekeepers Casino Hotel Championship. In 2012, Shockley qualified for the Ladies European Tour (LET) and posted a career-best tie for 24th at the Deloitte Ladies Open in Holland in 2013. She also worked as a professional LPGA caddie for Becky Morgan and Moira Dunn for nearly two years. “I am very thankful for the opportunity that Todd and this athletic department have given me,” Shockley said. “I have a great passion for what the culture is here at Oregon State and look forward to bringing in athletes who are excited to represent what it is to be an Everyday Champion. I am honored to be the head coach of this program and excitedly look forward to building on the foundation we have started.” Oregon State finished the 2015-16 season ranked No. 61 in the Golfweek/Sagarin college rankings.


July 11

SOUTH FLORIDA

South Florida has named Tiffany Prats head women’s golf coach. Prats has spent the last two seasons as the head coach at Marshall. Prior to Marshall, Prats spent three seasons as the assistant coach at Maryland and two seasons at San Diego State. Prats, who is from Gainesville, Fla., played her college golf at the University of Miami and spent time playing as a professional after graduating in 2006. In June, South Florida announced Marci Kornegay had been relieved of her duties. Kornegay spent nine seasons as the head coach of the Bulls.


July 7

COASTAL CAROLINA

Coastal Carolina women’s golf coach Katie Quinney has announced Brady Gregor has assistant women’s golf coach. Gregor comes to Coastal Carolina after two years as the men’s assistant coach at Charleston Southern University. In his first year in Charleston, Gregor helped the Buccaneers to the 2015 Big South Men’s Golf Championship and a berth in the 2015 Lubbock Regional in the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship. In 2016 Gregor helped the Bucs to the program’s first at-large post season bid for any sport as the team earned an NCAA berth to the Tuscaloosa Regional. “I am thrilled to join coach Quinney and be a part of the tradition of excellence at Coastal Carolina University,” Gregor said. “Coach Quinney has elevated Coastal tremendously in the sport of women’s golf and I look forward to helping her continue to develop the Chanticleers into a perennial national championship contender.” As a player, Gregor was a two-sport athlete lettering in football and golf. He played two years at Pima Community College before transferring to Southwest Baptist University.


July 1

CALIFORNIA BAPTIST (D-II)

California Baptist has possibly made the best hire of the summer, naming Chico State’s T.L. Brown head men’s golf coach. Brown, who would be a good choice for a Division I program, will remain at the Division II level with California Baptist. Brown brings 18 years of collegiate coaching experience with him to CBU. He spent the last nine years developing Chico State into one of the top Division II golf programs. The Wildcats have three top-three finishes at the NCAA Division II Championships over the last seven years, including runner-up performances in 2016 and 2012. Over Brown’s nine years at Chico State, the Wildcats qualified for the NCAA postseason each year, winning 26 tournaments and posting 78 top-five finishes. Before Chico State, Brown coached and filled a variety of roles in Arizona at South Mountain Community College (1999-2007) and Arizona Western College (1997-1999). He created and organized Arizona Western’s first men’s and women’s golf program in over 15 years, and then coached and served as an assistant athletic director at South Mountain. Brown was named NJCAA Division II Coach of the Year in 2004. “TL Brown has had so much success at Chico State. Our team is going to be blessed with a coach who can recruit and develop players at the highest level,” CBU Director of Athletics Dr. Micah Parker said. “The search committee was impressed with his preparation and concern for student-athlete experience. We are very excited about the direction our golf program is headed.” CBU and Chico State are both coming off impressive seasons. Both teams advanced to match play at the NCAA Division II championship. “I believe we are planted where we will make the greatest impact,” said Brown, who has played Division I golf at the University of Idaho and Washington State, before going on to play professionally in the PGA from 1993-1995. “I would like to thank Dr. Parker, [CBU President] Dr. Ronald L. Ellis and Vice President Kent Dacus for the opportunity to coach men’s golf and lead current and future Christian student-athletes at CBU. I was very impressed with the mission and dedication to the entire student-athlete experience at CBU.” image001


June 30

AUBURN

Corey Maggard has been promoted to Auburn associate head men’s golf coach, head coach Nick Clinard announced on this week. Maggard will be entering his third season at Auburn. “Corey is an outstanding young coach that has done a tremendous job the past two years at Auburn,” said Clinard.  “He continues to impress me with his professionalism, recruiting, player development and commitment to excellence on a daily basis. Auburn Golf has a bright future, and I’m sure glad he’s on my team.” Auburn, which finished tied for 19th at the NCAA Championship, won four tournaments during the 2015-16 season. Prior to coming to Auburn in 2014-15, Maggard won four-straight Old Dominion Athletic Conference Championships in his four years as head men’s golf coach at Div. III Guilford College. Maggard, who led Guilford to 16 tournament wins in his four seasons, was named the Jack Jensen ODAC Coach of the Year three-straight seasons from 2011-13. Guilford spent time ranked No. 1 in the nation during that time as well.


OAKLAND

University of Michigan assistant coach Nick Pumford has been named head coach at Oakland University. Pumford replaces Mark Engel who retired at season’s end. Pumford has been the assistant coach with the Wolverines for the past five seasons. Prior to Michigan he began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Georgia State during the 2010-11 season. “We are excited that Nick is going to lead our men’s golf program,” Director of Athletics Jeff Konya said. “He has been a very successful assistant coach and demonstrated an ability to recruit and develop top student-athletes. We believe he will be a great fit into our culture and will enhance our student-athlete experience. We welcome him and his family to Oakland University.” Pumford, who is a native of St. Charles, Mich., played his college golf at Michigan from 2005-2009. As a co-captain during the 2008-09 season, Pumford contributed to one of Michigan’s best seasons in program history. Following the Wolverines’ regional selection and eventual fifth-place team finish, they advanced to the NCAA Championship for the first time in 12 years. The Wolverines closed with a sixth-place team finish in stroke play to advance to match play. After a first-round win over No. 3 seed USC, the Wolverines were eliminated by eventual national champion Texas A&M in the national semifinal. Pumford started all 14 tournaments and was Michigan’s recipient of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. Michigan is now looking for an assistant coach.

Nick Pumford

Nick Pumford


June 29

MICHIGAN

University of Michigan head women’s golf coach Jan Dowling has announced that Mandi Morrow will join the Wolverines as an assistant coach. Morrow, who is one of the better young assistant coaches in the game, replaces Mary Mattson who departed the program to become a full-time student as she pursues her master’s degree in social work at Michigan. Morrow spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach at Tulane. With the Green Wave, she helped the program to back-to-back NCAA regional appearances, with an NCAA finals appearance in 2015. Before her time at Tulane, Morrow spent a year at IUPUI in 2013-14. “I have known Mandi for quite some time and feel extremely fortunate to have her join our program,” said Dowling. “I trust and respect her and know that she will help our program in a big way from the moment she steps on campus. Coaching is in her blood, and she knows what it takes to be great. A native of Kent, Ohio, Morrow played for her father, Mike, at Kent State (2008-12) and helped the Flashes to four consecutive Mid-American Conference titles. She was a two-time second team All-MAC selection (2011, ’12). “This is an incredible opportunity and one that I could not pass on,” said Morrow. “Jan is a highly respected coach in college golf, and I could not be more thrilled to team up with her to continue the success she has already had in just a few short years. The University of Michigan women’s golf team is going in a fantastic direction, and I cannot wait to see the heights it has the potential to get to. Go Blue!”


LOUISIANA-MONROE

The University of Louisiana-Monroe has named Joni Stephens head women’s golf  coach. Before coming to ULM, Stephens spent two seasons as the head coach at the University of Montana. Prior to Montana, Stephens served as the head coach at Eastern Kentucky, where she spent 12 seasons and was named the 2005 Ohio Valley Conference coach of the year. Stephens had connections to ULM as her father graduated and taught geography at ULM and her Uncle is also an alum. Her mother worked in the sports information department and her brother played both baseball and football at ULM. “I would like to thank ULM President Nick Bruno, Director of Athletics Brian Wickstrom, Director of Golf Tim Baldwin, and the rest of the search committee for this appointment. My family has long-standing ties to the ULM community, so it is exciting to be able to return to Monroe. I feel fortunate to be part of the tradition of ULM Athletics and to have the opportunity to develop a nationally competitive women’s golf program within the Sun Belt Conference,” said Stephens. Stephens takes over a ULM roster that consists of four juniors and three freshmen last year. Louisiana-Monroe finished the year ranked No. 229 in the Golfweek/Sagarin college Rankings


June 28

BUCKNELL

Bucknell has named Lisa Francisco head women’s golf coach. Francisco replaces Kevin Jamieson, who resigned to pursue other professional opportunities. Jamieson spent 16 years guiding the Bison women’s golf team. Bucknell is a Division I school competing in the Patriot League and is located in Lewisburg, Penn. Francisco is a former LPGA Tour Caddie who played collegiately at Penn State. She also spent two years coaching at the College of William & Mary where she was an assistant to the director of golf. Francisco also spent a year as a volunteer assistant at Penn State following graduation. While she was at William & Mary, Francisco also served as assistant golf professional at Kingsmill Resort & Spa and The Traditions Golf Club at Stonehouse, which are both located in Williamsburg, Virginia. During her collegiate playing days, Francisco was named to the 1997 ECAC All-Conference Women’s Golf Team, and she was a member of the 1999 Penn State NCAA East Regional team. “I am extremely excited to become the head women’s golf coach at Bucknell University,” said Francisco. “I want to thank the department’s leadership for the opportunity to become part of an institution that values the complete student-athlete experience on and off the course. After visiting campus, I feel confident that with the support of the Lewisburg community, and the university’s academic and athletic staff, the future for the Bison women’s golf program is bright. I am looking forward to getting to know the talented student-athletes and the upcoming season on the links.” Francisco becomes the third head coach in the history of the program that began competition in fall 1998.


June 25 SOUTH CAROLINA With Alex Hamilton leaving his position as assistant coach at South Carolina to become the head coach at South Alabama, that left a spot head coach Bill McDonad needed to fill. McDonald has announced that Jake Amos has been hired and named associate head coach for the Gamecocks golf program. Amos spent the past two years as the assistant coach at Purdue. “Jake’s experience playing on national championship teams is invaluable, and everyone in college golf respects the job that he and Purdue Head Coach Rob Bradley have done the past few years with the Boilermaker golf program,” McDonald said. “Jake’s extensive recruiting contacts will expand our base of opportunities to find talent, and he has already proven he is excellent developing roster players as well. I feel very fortunate to have Jake joining us and to have him help Carolina Golf continue its success, both on the course and in the classroom.” Amos helped Purdue to three tournament victories and saw the Boilermakers advance to the NCAA championship this past season. Purdue finished the season ranked No. 32 in the Golfweek/Sagarin college rankings. Prior to joining the staff at Purdue, Amos spent the 2013-14 season as an assistant coach at South Florida. Amos, who is a native of Leicester, England, graduated from Augusta University (formerly Augusta State) in 2010. He was a three-year member of the Jaguars men’s golf program and was a member of the Augusta program that won the 2010 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship, the school’s first national title. After graduation, he served as a volunteer assistant in 2011 as the Jaguars repeated as NCAA champions. He spent three years playing professionally. “I was very excited when Coach McDonald contacted me and offered me a chance to work with him at South Carolina,” Amos said. “I have known Coach McDonald since my playing days at Augusta State; he’s an awesome guy, and I knew it would be a great fit for me and my family. He has established a major golf program at South Carolina, and I am excited to be a part of that and help continue to compete for SEC and NCAA Championships.” Purdue is expected to name Mitchell Krywulycz, who was a teammate of Amos and a player on both Augusta State national championship teams, as assistant coach.


June 24 WASHINGTON After spending seven seasons at the University of Washington, associate head coach Andrea VanderLende has decided to step down and pursue other opportunities outside of collegiate athletics. “It has been an honor and a privilege to work at such a prestigious university for the past seven years,” said VanderLende. “I want to thank Mary Lou for giving me the opportunity and I am extremely grateful to have coached for one of the best programs in the country. It is bittersweet for me to leave, but I am looking forward to the next chapter of my life.” VanderLende, who joined the Huskies in 2009, helped the Huskies claim their first NCAA Championship in May. After first joining the Huskies in 2009 as an assistant coach, VanderLende helped the team advanced to NCAA Regional play in each year. Originally from Orlando, Fla., she played her collegiate golf at the University of Florida from 2001-2005. She was the 2003 NCAA Championship runner-up and was an Honorable Mention NCAA All-American in 2002 and 2003. “Andrea is as good as there is in the business and we have been so lucky to have had her on our staff,” said head coach Mary Lou Mulflur. “I certainly appreciate her desire to focus on the next challenge and, whatever that is, I know she’ll be successful. She has not only helped make me a better coach but has also helped the players that have been here during her tenure, grow both on and off the golf course.” Now, another assistant coaching job is open.


June 20 TEXAS STATE Texas State has named Ohio State assistant coach Lisa Strom head coach. Strom replaces Mike Akers, who left Texas State after 10 seasons with the Bobcats and was named head coach at North Texas. Strom spent the past five and a half seasons as an assistant coach for the Ohio State Buckeyes after playing professionally for 10 years. After competing for the Buckeyes for four seasons, Strom turned pro in August of 2000 and competed in more than 50 LPGA events as a member in 2003 and 2007-2010. In addition to her time on the LPGA, Strom competed on the Futures Tour for seven seasons. Strom is a three-time winner of the Ohio Women’s Open and a two-time winner of the Michigan Women’s Open. “With tremendous experience at Ohio State along with extensive time as a professional, Lisa has proven her ability to lead student-athletes and build upon the legacy of Texas State women’s golf,” said Director of Athletics Larry Teis. “Texas State has been to the NCAA Regionals six out of the last 10 seasons. Mix that with our new facility at Plum Creek and the addition of Lisa, Bobcat golf has never been in a better place.” Strom helped guide the Buckeyes to six straight NCAA Regional appearances and four showings at the NCAA Championship. She also assisted the team to nine tournament victories including back-to-back-to-back Big Ten Championships in 2014, ’15 and ’16. “It is with an incredibly grateful heart that I thank Larry Teis and Travis Comer along with the entire athletic department for entrusting me with the tremendous privilege to lead the women’s golf program at Texas State University,” said Strom. “I experienced tremendous growth during my time at the Ohio State University while working alongside Therese.  I am looking forward to mentoring and equipping these young women to become the change we want to see in the world.”


June 20 NOVA SOUTHEASTERN Starting to see more and more hires similar to this. Nova Southeastern University’s Ryan Jamison has announced that he will be stepping down as the head coach and has been named assistant coach at Stanford. “We are excited to welcome Ryan Jamison to the Stanford family. His success in coaching has been impressive. Ryan’s experience, work ethic and winning attitude will add a lot to our program,” Stanford coach Conrad Ray said. Many top coaches at the non-Div. I level can go straight to head coach. No need to be an assistant. Credit to Stanford coach Conrad Ray for looking in this direction. Jamison spent four years at Div. II Nova Southeastern where he guided his squad to the 2015 NCAA Division II national title. During that championship year, the Sharks finished either first or second in all but one of their tournaments. Jamison received the Dave Williams National Coach of the Year Award, while Santiago Gomez finished as the DII Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year. “Ryan Jamison is one of the best and brightest young coaches in America, and I’m not just speaking of golf coaches – intercollegiate coaches in all sports at all levels,” Director of Athletics Michael Mominey said. “His accolades speak for themselves, but even better affirmation of this is that he left the men’s golf program at NSU in a better place than when he took over it in 2012. The respect that he has from his fellow coaches, his student-athletes and his peers is a statement in itself and will serve him well in this next chapter of his professional career. I am proud to have worked alongside Ryan these past four years, of course highlighted by the 2015 National Championship. He will go on to do great things, but will always represent the NSU Sharks as he pursues his professional dreams.” Nova Southeastern finished the 2015-16 season ranked No. 6 in the final Golfstat rankings. Mominey will initiate a national search until the position is filled.


June 20 SOUTH ALABAMA Expecting to hear South Alabama name Alex Hamilton men’s golf coach soon. Hamilton will replace Ben Hannan, who has resigned as head golf coach to accept a position as assistant athletic director at South Alabama. Hannan spent 13 seasons as head coach for the Jaguars golf team. Hamilton, who played his college golf for the Gamecocks, spent the past three years as the assistant coach at South Carolina. Prior to that, he spent one year as an assistant coach at Mercer. Following his collegiate career, he spent seven years playing professionally. “South Alabama is getting a great coach,” said South Carolina head coach Bill McDonald. “Alex has done a tremendous job for Carolina golf the past three years, and he has been a pleasure to work with every day.  Everyone associated with Carolina Athletics is thrilled for Alex, and we wish him the best in Mobile.” Each year Hamilton was on the staff at South Carolina, the Gamecocks made a trip to the national championship and finished the season ranked in the top 20.


June 15 SOUTH FLORIDA The University of South Florida will have a new women’s golf coach next year. South Florida Director of Athletics has announced women’s golf coach Marci Kornegay has been relieved of her duties. Kornegay spent nine seasons as the head coach at South Florida. “We thank Coach Kornegay for her dedication and significant contributions to our golf program and department, and we wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors,” Harlan said. “After a very deliberate evaluation, I made the decision that our women’s golf program needs new leadership. We expect to achieve excellence in all of our sports, which includes competing for conference and national championships.” This sort of move is something we have not seen a lot of in women’s golf, and will lead to an interesting hire. Women’s golf coaches have not often seen the pressure to be successful or else, and that seems to be the message here. South Florida placed third in the American Conference Championship last spring and finished the season ranked No. 84 in the Golfweek/Sagarin college rankings. The Bulls third-place finish was the best conference showing since winning the Big East title in 2012. The 2011-12 season saw South Florida finish the year with a national ranking of No. 57 – the best year in Kornegay’s time with the Bulls. With the numerous assistant jobs open, you can expect Kornegay to possibly land in that role somewhere if she continues to coach. Before her time at South Florida she was an assistant coach at South Carolina, Winthrop and LSU. USF has said it will begin a national search for a head coach immediately.


June 13 OAKLAND Oakland head men’s golf coach Mark Engel will retire. Engel spent the last two seasons with the Golden Grizzlies and the previous 24 years at Detroit. Engel led the Golden Grizzlies to consecutive runner-up finishes at the Horizon League Championship in each of the last two years – those second-place showings represented the team’s best finish at the conference tournament in the program’s Division I history. Engel helped Evan Bowser earn medalist honors at the 2015 Horizon League Championship to become the first player in program history to compete in an NCAA Regional. Oakland finished the 2015-16 season ranked No. 189 in the Golfweek/Sagarin college rankings. Engel, who was a four-time Horizon League coach of the year, joined Oakland after spending 24 seasons at the University of Detroit Mercy. He led the Titans to six Horizon League championships, most recently in 2010. In 13 of his last 18 seasons at Detroit, Engel’s teams finished in the top three at the conference tournament. That span included six titles and four runner-up finishes. We don’t normally see assistants from the power leagues land at spots like Oakland University, but why not? It would be a great spot to prove your ability to lead a program and then land that bigger job, but that’s the problem. The ones making the hire for the bigger jobs don’t often look at places like Oakland to find their next coach. With very few men’s Division I jobs open this year, it may lead to Oakland having a better pool to choose from in terms of assistants interested in having their own Division I program.


June 13 MARQUETTE Mike Bielawski is leaving his position as assistant golf coach at Marquette to pursue another opportunity outside of golf.  Bielawski, who was a member of the golf team and graduated in 2008, spent the past four years with head coach Steve Bailey. Bielawski helped lead Marquette to a Big East Championship in 2015. This past year Marquette placed fourth at the Big East Conference Championship. Marquette finished the season ranked No. 110 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Bailey has started his search for a new assistant and hopes to have it completed by mid-July.


June 11 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA With the departure of Tyler Goulding to Air Force, expect to see Southern California name Justin Silverstein associate head men’s golf coach in the near future. Silverstein has held that same position with the USC women’s team the past three seasons. Silverstein, who was a collegiate golfer at the University of Arizona, started his coaching career at his alma mater spending a total of four years with the women’s program in Tucson. USC women’s team finished the past season ranked No. 2 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings and lost in the opening round of match play at the NCAA Championship. The men’s program advanced to the match-play portion of the championship for the second consecutive season and was ranked No. 8 in the final Golfweek/ Sagarin rankings. The USC men’s program is expected to be a top team and possibly preseason No. 1 in college golf next year. This will leave yet another power five program looking for an assistant golf coach.


June 9 CAL BAPTIST

John Hackney, the head women’s coach at California Baptist, has resigned, athletic director Micah Parker said.

“We appreciate John’s contributions to the CBU golf program,” Parker said. “John implemented a winning culture, as evident with our men’s and women’s teams repeatedly reaching the postseason under his tenure, and the men qualifying for match play in the NCAA Championships earlier this year. We wish him well.” In the past three seasons, both of Hackney’s teams combined to reach the NCAA Division II postseason in five of six chances. The Lancers were represented at the national championship three times under Hackney, as well. The women won a total of 10 tournament championships, including two PacWest crowns, over the last three years. The men won their first tournament as a fully-fledged NCAA program this past season at its host invitational. The Cal Baptist men’s program finished the season ranked No. 27 in the final NCAA Division II Golfstat rankings. The women finished the year ranked No. 15. There were plenty more highlights for CBU in 2015-16. The women won the conference title by 40 strokes, producing the PacWest Player and Freshman of the Year, along with the individual champion. The men qualified for the Division II Championships and advanced to match play, eventually taking sixth in the division. California Baptist University will begin the search for a new men’s and women’s head golf coach immediately.


June 3 AIR FORCE Air Force head coach George Koury has announced that Tyler Goulding will join his staff as the assistant golf coach. Goulding, who was a three-time MVP (2005, 2006, 2007), playing for Koury at Air Force, joins the Falcons’ program after spending the last three seasons at the University of Southern California. “I am honored to have the opportunity to return to my alma mater and help guide the golf program into the upper echelon of college golf,” said Goulding. “The Academy shaped me into the man I am today and it has always been a dream of mine to return as a coach. Coach Koury has done an amazing job recruiting and upgrading the facilities, and I believe that the pieces are in place to be great. As an Academy graduate, I understand the challenges that cadet life presents to a golfer and I look forward to helping the guys achieve their personal, professional, and athletic goals.” Koury, who is from Tracy, Calif., did not miss an event in four years as a collegiate golfer and recorded 15 top-10 finishes. “We are very fortunate to have Tyler returning to the Falcons,” said Koury, who graduated in 2007. “He comes to us from one of the best programs in the country and we will count on his military experience, professional and amateur golf experience and elite-level recruiting to elevate our program.” June 3 CHARLOTTE Charlotte has made it official by announcing Ryan Potter as the assistant women’s golf coach. Potter has spent the past two season as the women’s assistant golf coach at UNLV. “I am thrilled that Ryan is joining the 49er family,” said Charlotte head coach Holly Clark. “I was looking for someone with solid coaching and playing experience at the highest level that could come in and help get this program off the ground immediately.” Prior to his arrival at UNLV, Potter spent four years as the assistant men’s golf coach at Ohio State and two years at Ole Miss. Potter was a four-year letterman at Furman down in Greenville graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in History. He later earned his Masters degree in Sports Management from Alabama “I am extremely excited for this opportunity,” remarked Potter. “To be able to start this program from the ground up and make it great is a unique experience that most coaches do not get. I have been amazed by the support that the university and community have given to women’s golf at Charlotte. I can’t wait to work with Holly along with Ryan [Cabbage] and Sam [Hughes] from men’s golf. I look forward to the future success of our programs.” Charlotte will begin competing in women’s golf in the fall of 2018. June 2 MICHIGAN The University of Michigan women’s golf coach Jan Dowling is looking for an assistant women’s golf coach. Dowling has announced that Mary Mattson, who just completed her third year with the Michigan golf team, has resigned to pursue a masters degree. Michigan advanced to the NCAA Championship this season, missing the 54-hole cut. The Wolverines finished the 2015-16 year ranked No. 46 in the Golfweek/Sagarin college rankings. The position is full time and Dowling has already began the search for a replacement.


May 26

PEPPERDINE

It seems like it is the year of the assistant coach. The Pepperdine women’s golf program has an opening for the assistant coach position. Laurie Gibbs, recent WGCA Hall of Fame inductee, is looking for someone with college golf experience that would also be interested in earning their MBA at Pepperdine. Leanne Craig, former player at Pepperdine, has stepped down after five seasons as the assistant coach. Craig has decided to focus on family and is expecting her second child in August. She hopes to return to coaching in the future. Gibbs is looking to complete the interview process in June to allow the coach time to get on the road and recruit in July and August. Only if I were young again, living in Malibu and coaching golf.


May 25

VANDERBILT

Vanderbilt will soon replace Holly Clark, who left her position as assistant coach last fall when she was named the head coach at Charlotte. Head coach Greg Allen is expected to name Aimee Neff his new assistant coach. Neff just completed her third season as an assistant coach at Michigan State. A native of Carmel, Ind., Neff is one of only three Spartans to earn All-Big Ten honors four times. Neff was a two-time winner of both the Illinois Women’s Open (2008, 2009) and Indiana Women’s Open (2009, 2010) and claimed the Indiana Women’s Golf Association Match Play Championship in 2008. She also competed in the 2005 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship, two U.S. Women’s Amateur Championships (2009, 2010) and five U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championships. Vanderbilt finished the season ranked No. 40 in the Golfweek/Sagarin college rankings and missed a trip to the NCAA final after placing 10th at the NCAA Shoal Creek Regional. Vanderbilt also placed 10th in the SEC Championship.


May 23

SOUTH ALABAMA

South Alabama men’s golf coach Ben Hannan will no longer be coaching the men’s golf team. He has resigned to accept the position of Assistant Athletic Director for Athletics Development. Hannan, who just completed his 13th season at the helm of the program, was also a member of three Jaguar teams that won Sun Belt Conference championships as a player in the early 1990s. He coached the Jaguars to four NCAA Regional appearances – including receiving the first two at-large berths in program history – and saw his teams win two Sun Belt Conference titles. He was named league coach of the year in 2005. “South Alabama has been a big part of my life. This is home for me and my family,” Hannan said. “I had 13 great years as the men’s golf coach and have lasting relationships with many of my original teammates, former players and a ton of wonderful memories. To have the opportunity to coach the team I once played for was an honor. “Moving forward, I am very excited in this new role to help the athletic department and university continue to grow and get better. I thank Dr. Erdmann and the administration for the opportunity, I am looking forward to getting started.” South Alabama is ranked No. 165 in the Golfweek/Sagarin college rankings and finished fourth at the Sun Belt Conference Championship this year and advanced to match play at the Sin Belt Conference Championship. South Alabama will begin a search a new head immediately.


May 19

WASHINGTON STATE

Being a head coaching job in one of the power conferences and with a golf course that has escalated in reputation in the college game, the Washington State job was expected to attract some quality head coaches. However, I am not sure that materialized. It didn’t take long for the Cougars to find its next head coach. Just a couple of weeks after Garrett Clegg resigned and accepted the head coaching job at Utah, Washington State has named a new coach. They didn’t go far, staying in house and naming assistant coach Dustin White head coach. White, who had just completed his second season as the assistant coach, is a 2003 graduate at Washington State where he played his college golf. White recorded 17-career top 10 as a Cougar. “I have been extremely impressed with Dustin’s body of work throughout the past three seasons and believe he is the right person to continue moving Cougar golf forward,” Washington State Director of Athletics Bill Moos said in a release. “He has tremendous passion for WSU and the Pac-12, is well respected among his peers, and has the confidence of the returning players.” White, who is from Pueblo, Colo., was a winner on the Gateway Tour in 2004, 2006 and 2007. He played on the Nationwide Tour in 2005, 2009 and 2010. He qualified for and participated in the 2006 U.S. Open. “I am honored to have the opportunity to be able to the lead the men’s golf program at my alma mater,” White said. “I’m passionate about everything that is Washington State and am excited for what lies ahead. We have a great group of young men and we will be working hard to compete for championships within the conference and beyond. Having competed here as a student-athlete, I am able to relate to what the guys go through on a daily basis and hope to play a role in helping them achieve their lifelong goals. I want to put Cougar Golf on the map and make the entire Washington State Cougar family proud.” Garrett Clegg spent five seasons with the Cougars. Washington State is ranked No. 93 in the Golfweek/Sagarin college rankings.


May 19

CHARLOTTE

Charlotte will re-structure its coaching staff with Ryan Potter joining the 49er golf program as an assistant coach. Potter, who is the son of Alabama women’s coach Mic Potter, just finished his second season as the assistant women’s coach at UNLV. Prior to that he was the men’s assistant coach at Ohio State for four years and spent time as the assistant men’s coach at Ole Miss. He also was a volunteer assistant for the men’s team at Alabama for one year. Ryan Cabbage will be remain the men’s golf coach, but also be the Director of Golf. It was announced last fall that Holly Clark would be the head women’s golf coach, a new program that will begin play during the 2017-18 season. Potter will join Sam Hughes as the assistant coach and the two will work with both programs. I like this set up and we may see this coaching model become more of a trend in the future and is already in place at a few places. May 12

BUCKNELL

Bucknell has announced women’s golf coach Kevin Jamieson has resigned to pursue other professional opportunities. Jamieson recently completed his 16th season guiding the Bison women’s golf team, which is a Division I school located in Lewisburg, Penn. “I would like to thank Kevin for all of his efforts in leading the Bison women’s golf team over the last 16 years,” said director of athletics and recreation John Hardt. “Kevin took over a program that was still in its infancy and helped mold it into one that consistently competes for conference championships. We will miss Kevin’s commitment and passion for the student-athletes, alumni and friends of the women’s golf program.” Jamieson was just the second head coach in Bucknell women’s golf history. The program debuted at the varsity level in 1998-99 and Jamieson took over in the fall of 2000. The Bison went through two conference transitions during Jamieson’s tenure. Bucknell joined the Big South Conference in 2005 and is now a member of the Patriot League. Bucknell finished fourth at this year’s Patriot League Championship, and the team will return a pair of all-league performers next year in rising senior Emily Larson and rising junior Lindsay Dodovich. The Bison are ranked No. 225 in the Golfweek/Sagarin college rankings. A national search is underway to identify his successor. May 12

XAVIER

For the first time since the 1980s Xavier will have a new men’s golf coach. In a school release, it was said that longtime Xavier men’s golf coach Doug Steiner plans to retire after 28 years with the Musketeers. Steiner started at Xavier in 1988. Steiner led the Xavier team to five NCAA Regional appearances between 2001-06 and led the Musketeers to eight conference titles, including four in the Atlantic 10 Conference and four in the Midwestern Collegiate Conference, while earning Conference Coach of the Year honors three times in the A-10 and four times in the MCC. A number of Steiner’s former players are playing professionally, including Jason Kokrak who is a member on the PGA Tour. Xavier placed second at the Big East Conference Championship two weeks ago and is ranked No. 117 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.


May 11

PACIFIC

It’s that time of the year and it seems the vacancies for assistant coaches is more as we approach the offseason. John Cook, who just completed his first year as head coach at the University of Pacific in Stockton, Calif., is looking for an assistant coach. Cook came to Pacific after a successful tenure at Cal-State Stanislaus. The Tigers did not have an assistant coach this past season, but have had that role filled in the past. The Tigers compete in the West Coast Conference and are ranked No. 170 in the Golfweek/Sagarin college rankings.


May 11

DENVER

Daniela Lendl will not be returning to the University of Denver as assistant women’s golf coach next season. Lendl, who is a 2015 graduate of Alabama where she was a member of the golf team that won the 2012 National Championship, is leaving the Pioneers golf program to explore other opportunities in the golf industry and will be taking a job with the Connecticut State Golf Association to help broaden her skill set. Lendl helped Denver to its 13th consecutive conference championship winning The Summit League and a 15th place finish at the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional. Denver is ranked No. 75 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Head coach Lindsay Kuhle, who is in her fourth year as head coach, will be looking to fill her position this summer.


May 10

North Texas

Last fall, Jeff Mitchell announced he was resigning as women’s golf coach at North Texas. Assistant coach Barry Niemann served as the interim coach for the 2015-16 season. Today it has been announced that Texas State’s Mike Akers has been named head women’s golf coach.

Akers, who led the Bobcats to six NCAA Regional appearances, just finished his 10th season at Texas State. He coached his team to three conference championships (two Southland, one Sun Belt).

“I am very excited to begin a new chapter for the University of North Texas women’s golf program,” Akers said. “I would like to thank Rick Villarreal, Mike Ashbaugh and the entire North Texas community for this incredible opportunity.”

This past season, Texas State won the Sun Belt Conference Tournament championship and recently finished 14th at the NCAA Bryan Regional.

“It is with great pleasure and excitement today that we announce Michael Akers as our head women’s golf coach,” Director of Athletics Rick Villarreal said. “Michael comes to us from Texas State University where his team returned from NCAA Regional play and has been there several times the last six years. We believe that he brings a lot of golf expertise as well as great recruiting and we are excited about the team he can put together to emulate our men’s golf program.”

Akers came to Texas State in September 2006 after serving as an assistant coach for men’s and women’s golf at the University of Central Florida. Prior to his stint at UCF, Akers spent one season as a volunteer assistant for the women’s program at Middle Tennessee. Akers was also the associate head coach in Kansas at his alma mater, Fort Hays State, for eight seasons.


May 9

California

We learned this past weekend that after 37 years coaching the men’s golf team at California, Steve Desimone is retiring. So who gets the job? This one is easy. Walter Chun. There will be a process and I am sure there will be many who apply. Even if Illinois’ Mike Small were to be interested and inquire about the job, you would have to kindly say no thanks. Chun is the only option. Chun has spent the past 18 years with California men’s golf program, as a player, assistant coach and an associate head coach. He understands what it takes to be successful with the Golden Bears program, a program that is not fully allotted scholarships and that has to fundraise every dollar for the entire operating budget. His name has been popular the past few years and he has had chances to look elsewhere, but has stayed with the Golden Bears. Look no further than his bio and the comments Desimone has made about his former player. “Walter and I are in this together,” Desimone said. “We talk constantly about what we’re doing and how we’re doing it. We’re always looking to find ways to improve and be a better team. What one of us doesn’t think of the other one does. That’s how a good team and a good staff work. He’s been a tremendous asset, ally and friend. I could never say enough good things about Walter.” Desimone also added: “Walter has really good interpersonal skills, and has great instincts and connects with young people. With Walter you know you will get as genuine of a human being as you will ever find, which I think relates very well to young people and their parents. He’s bright, articulate and a great representative of our program and the University of California.” Those words alone should be enough for Chun to quickly be named the next California coach. Add in that Chun, who was a former team captain, has been an integral part of the success the golf team has had in the last decade and it’s a no brainer.


May 3

Utah

Just a few days after the Pac-12 Conference Championship and the end of the University of Utah’s golf season, the Utes have a new golf coach. Washington State head coach Garrett Clegg has replaced Randall McCracken a Utah. McCracken, who spent 12 years guiding the program, announced earlier this year he would be retiring at season’s end to spend more time with his family. “We had a very strong pool of candidates interested in the position and we are very excited that Garrett and his family have decided to make their way back to Utah,” said senior and men’s golf administrator Jimmy Soto. “Garrett’s understanding of the Pac-12 landscape, along with his passion for The U of U is a great fit for our university and the men’s golf program.” Clegg, a native of Bountiful, Utah, has spent the past nine years coaching in the Pac-12 Conference. He coached the past five years at Washington State and prior to that spent four seasons as the assistant coach at the University of Washington. Clegg played his final two years at Utah after transferring from the University of Minnesota where he was a member of the 2002 NCAA championship team. Clegg finished is collegiate career in 2004 and then spent a few years playing professionally. He was a two-time All-Mountain West Conference selection and placed third in the conference championship tournament in 2003. “Since I began my coaching career back in December of 2007, I have hoped for the opportunity to return to Utah. It is my dream job to coach at the U of U and I cannot wait to get started.” Now, Washington State will be looking for a head coach. Stay tuned.


May 2

Stanford

Stanford assistant coach Graham Brockington will not be returning next fall. Brockington, who was a member of the golf team and graduated in 2011, spent the past two years as the assistant coach at Stanford. Brockington will be continuing his education, as he was accepted to Anderson School of Management at UCLA.

Head coach Conrad Ray is currently in search of someone to fill Brockington’s position and hopes to do so by mid-June. Brockington will stay on as assistant coach through the end of the 2015-16 season.

This past weekend the Cardinal won the Pac-12 Conference Championship for the third consecutive season, and the team is currently ranked No. 4 in the Golfweek/Sagarin college rankings.


May 1

Texas-Arlington

It was announced a little over 12 months ago that University of Texas-Arlington would add women’s golf. The team is set to begin competition in the 2017-18 season.

Stuart Deane was named head men’s golf coach just a month after the announcement of the addition of the women’s program. UTA is now looking for an associate head women’s golf coach who will work under the direction of Deane.

Deane just completed his first year as head coach of the men’s program. The Mavericks finished the season last week with a fifth-place showing at the Sun Belt Conference Championship and is ranked No. 153 in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin college rankings.

Deane said in an e-mail they hope to have someone hired by August 1.


April 29

Oregon State

After two years in Corvallis, head women’s golf coach Sammie Chergo is resigning. Oregon State was a bubble team the past two seasons, but missed out on the NCAA postseason both times. The Beavers finished the 2015-16 regular season ranked No. 61 in the Golfweek/Sagarin college rankings and last year Oregon State was No. 66 in the final poll. “It’s with both a heavy and grateful heart I leave Corvallis and return to Denver to be with my growing family,” Chergo said. Chergo’s partner, University of Denver women’s basketball coach Kerry Cremeans, is pregnant with twins due in mid-May. Chergo came to Oregon State after a successful run at the University of Denver. Denver won nine consecutive Sun Belt Conference titles from 2004-2013 and she was named conference coach of the year six times. Three times she took the Pioneers to the NCAA Championship, where they placed in the top six two times. “I can’t thank the administration at Oregon State enough for entrusting me with the wonderful opportunity and special challenge of growing the tradition of Oregon State women’s golf,” Chergo said. We can expect numerous assistant coaches from programs around the country to be interested in this job, including current assistant Dawn Shockley. Shockley might not be a bad move considering she is already there and been involved in the day-to-day operations and familiar with the recruits coming in. There are a few names I would start with of current head coaches who might be interested in the move to a Pac-12 school.

  • University of San Francisco coach Sarah (Huarte) Glynn is a former Pac-12 player at California, where she won the individual national championship in 2004. Glynn just completed her seventh season at San Francisco with her team finishing the regular season ranked No. 64.
  • In just her second season, UC Riverside head coach Mary Ritchie guided the Highlanders to its first Big West Conference title this year and a spot in NCAA regional play. UC Riverside also improved more than 40 spots in the national rankings in her first year.
  • Gonzaga head coach Brad Rickel has proven he can recruit in the Pacific Northwest, building a program in Spokane, Wash. Gonzaga had been to the postseason in each of the last three years as an at-large pick. This year, Gonzaga was a bubble team most of the year but missed the postseason with a No. 70 ranking at the end of the regular season. Rickel also served as the head men’s and women’s coach at the University of Idaho, where he took the Vandals to the postseason three times.

Other phone calls I might make would be to Old Dominion head coach Andrew Crabtree, who is quickly becoming a bigger name in the women’s coaching game and why not consider TCU assistant coach Danny Randolph. Randolph, who has spent the last two years at TCU, had previously coached at Div. II Lynn University, where he won two national championships.


April 11

Loyola Marymount

After three seasons at Loyola Marymount Brad Lanning is resigning as head men’s golf coach. Lanning came to LMU after spending two years as an assistant coach to Casey Martin at Oregon. “I dearly love coaching, but I love my family and my marriage more,” Lanning said. “My life had no margin for many of the things that are very important to me, namely family and faith.” Lanning and his family plan to move to Wisconsin where he will return to a career in financial services which he had extensive experience in before deciding to coach full time. LMU is currently ranked No. 157 in the Golfweek/Sagarin college rankings and will compete in the West Coast Conference Championship April 18-20.


April 7

Lynn University

Karli Heimbecker has been promoted to head women’s golf coach. Heimbecker had joined the Fighting Knights in 2015 as assistant coach and will take over a program that has won five national championships in school history. Head men’s golf coach Andrew Danna had be serving as women’s coach at Lynn since former head coach Danny Randolph took a job as the assistant coach with the TCU women’s golf program in May 2015. Randolph spent four seasons as in the position with Lynn, winning two national championships. Danna remains the men’s coach. “I am confident Karli will transition well from assistant to the head coach role,” Lynn University director of athletics Devin Crosby said. “She has a service-minded coaching philosophy, which is a large part of why the program is currently nationally ranked and our women’s golf students are having an amazing experience. And most importantly, Karli projects the Lynn University attributes of spirit, service and strength. I look forward to watching Lynn women’s golf advance under her leadership.” Heimbecker has had a successful run in her first season assisting the Blue & White, winning one tournament, logging five top-five finishes and helping two student-athletes win three individual titles. Lynn is also on track to record the fourth-lowest scoring average in program history and make its fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. “I am truly honored and blessed to be chosen to lead Lynn University’s women’s golf team. The chance to be a part of a dynamic, cooperative, innovative and family oriented athletic program is an amazing opportunity,” Heimbecker said. “The last year under coach Danna has been an incredible learning experience, and I am greatly looking forward to carrying on the rich tradition of this program.” Heimbecker, who played college golf at the University of South Florida, arrived at Lynn following two years as a graduate assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s golf teams at West Georgia. Lynn is currently ranked No. 6 in Golfstat’s Div. II rankings.

March 24

UTAH

Utah head coach Randall McCracken will resign at season’s end. McCracken has been with the Utes golf team for the past 12 years. “I’ve really enjoyed my 12 years coaching here at Utah but the time demands have become too great for my family,” said McCracken. “We are in a position where I can stay home with the kids for awhile, then eventually find something career wise that can keep me home more. I’ve missed too many birthdays, soccer games and school concerts over the years. This was a really tough decision because I really love coaching. I’ll miss it dearly, but my family needs me now.” McCracken, who played his college golf at Oregon, served as the head golf coach at Utah Valley for two years before coaching at Utah. in 2004. Replacing McCracken with a coach who will up for the challenge should not be real difficult. Utah is in its fifth season competing in the Pac-12 Conference and that alone should attract some mid-major and top assistant coaches. Utah is currently ranked No. 153 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. The school has announced a search for a new golf coach is underway.


Feb. 15

KANSAS

The University of Kansas men’s golf team will have a new assistant coach this spring. Head coach Jamie Bermel recently named Chris Wilson, who will replace Zach Zaremba who left the program to go into private business. Wilson comes to Kansas after spending the last five seasons at the U.S. Air Force Academy, three of which he served as the assistant coach for the Falcons before being promoted to associate head coach in May 2013. “To be a coach at Kansas is a dream job for me,” Wilson said. “The passion and support from the Jayhawk fan base is as good as it gets in college sports.” Wilson is a native of Shawnee, Okla., began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Louisiana-Monroe, where he played his college golf earning all-conference honors his senior year. “I couldn’t be more excited to welcome Chris to the KU golf family,” Bermel said. “I’ve watched him work for many years, and he is exactly what I was looking for in a coach. He is a relentless recruiter, a teacher of the game and a role model for the players. Chris has worn many hats as an assistant coach, associate head coach and head coach. All of these experiences will help us achieve our goal and that is to compete at the very highest level of golf.” Wilson will make his first appearance with the Jayhawks when the team travels to Palm Desert, Calif., to compete in the Desert Intercollegiate at Classic Club Feb. 19-21. The Jayhawks, ranked No. 48 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, finished the fall season with two wins in five starts.


Jan. 17

UAB

Alabama-Birmingham men’s golf coach Alan Murray named former Blazer golfer Thomas Sutton as the program’s assistant coach last week. Sutton, who is from Montgomery, Ala., spent five seasons with the UAB golf team from 2009-2014. After sitting out the 2009-10 season as a redshirt freshman, Sutton spent the next four seasons as a fixture on the UAB roster as he competed in 47 events during his career. His playing days include appearances in the 2012 Stanford Regional and NCAA Championship, 2013 Baton Rouge Regional and 2014 Sugar Grove Regional and NCAA Championship. He helped lead the Blazers to a second-place finish in the Conference USA Championship his senior year. “It is exciting to be back,” Sutton said. “Not a lot of people get to begin their coaching careers at their alma mater or a great school like (Alabama-Birmingham). I am lucky to begin my career under a great head coach like coach Murray. He helped me improve my game tremendously, and I hope I can pass along his teaching to the team.” Murray points out that Sutton was an important part of his building of the Alabama-Birmingham golf program, which begins the spring season at No. 27 in the Golfweek/Sagarin college rankings. “I am delighted to have Thomas join the staff,” Murray said. “He was an essential building block to the program and contributed a lot to the team’s success as a student-athlete. He has a lot of natural enthusiasm, is passionate about the school and exhibited great leadership as a team captain.”


January 15

LA SALLE

La Salle University, Director of Athletics Dr. Tom Brennan announced that Jason Calhoun has been named the first head women’s golf coach. The program will begin varsity competition in the fall of 2016. A former three-time Division I head coach, Calhoun began his career as the head women’s golf coach at Saint Francis in 1994, helping start the program. He was a two-sport athlete for the Red Flash, earning All-NEC honors in golf and football. He was also named a Small College All-American in football. He spent time assisting the men’s team while at Saint Francis. In 2001, he was named the head men’s golf coach at Dartmouth. He also spent two seasons as the head women’s golf coach at Loyola-Chicago from 2011-13. Most recently, Calhoun was the head men’s and women’s golf coach at nearby Arcadia University during the 2014-15 season. Calhoun has ties to the La Salle area. Calhoun has been a PGA Professional since 1993. He began his career at Immergun Golf Club in Loretto, Pa. (1993-97), followed by stints as an assistant pro at Boonsboro Golf Club in Lynchburg, Va. (1997-98) and Philadelphia Country Club (1999-01). “Jason is a perfect fit to become our first women’s golf coach,” Brennan said. “His connections in the area will aid in our recruiting efforts and his experience as a college coach will help provide an outstanding experience for our student-athletes.” He was the head professional at the prestigious Hanover Country Club at Dartmouth College from 2001-05 before two seasons as the director of instruction at Indiana University Golf Course. Calhoun also had service as the director of golf at Otis Park Golf Course in Bedford, Ind. and Cascades Golf Club in Bloomington, Ind. Most recently, Calhoun was the head professional at Glen Flora Country Club in Waukengan, Ill. “It is an honor to be given the opportunity to build the women’s golf team at La Salle as the program’s first coach,” Calhoun said. “I look forward to drawing on past experiences building or re-building programs to ensure the team is quickly positioned for competitive success while offering the high-caliber student-athlete experiences on which La Salle prides itself. I look forward to working with Dr. Brennan, John Lyons and the rest of the Explorers’ staff on this exciting challenge.”


January 14

IDAHO

After five and half years at the University of Idaho, John Means has resigned as men’s golf coach. Former Vandals golfer and Moscow, Idaho native David Nuhn has been named head coach. “Due to my wife’s health she had to move to Arizona and I am now leaving to join her,” Means said. Means guided Idaho a Big Sky Conference Championship last year and took the Vandals to the postseason where they tied for 10th at the NCAA San Diego Regional. Nuhn, who graduated in 2010, has worked on earning his PGA of America certification and played professionally as a member of the Pacific Northwest PGA. He also was a volunteer assistant golf coach at Washington State. He is assistant pro at the University of Idaho Golf Course. Idaho finished the fall season ranked No. 67 in the Golfweek/Sagarin college rankings. “I have been so very fortunate in my life to be able to wake up each day, excited about the chance to make a difference in a young athletes life,” Means said. “I don’t know what the future holds for me, but I can fondly look back with no regrets.”


KENNESAW STATE

Kennesaw State head coach Bryant Odom has named Eric Hodgson assistant coach. Hodgson joins the KSU program after serving as an assistant pro at Indian Hills Country Club in Marietta, Ga. His most recent coaching experience came as an assistant coach for the men’s and women’s golf programs at South Dakota State from 2012-14. Odom, who previously coached at Western Carolina, is in his first year as head coach at Kennesaw State. He replaced Jay Mosely who was named the head coach at Ohio State last summer. “I am excited to announce Eric as our new assistant men’s golf coach,” Odom said. “Eric’s vision and personality compliments my coaching style and the program’s needs. His experience as a collegiate player, coach and golf professional give him a well-rounded knowledge base. I believe Eric will make an immediate, positive impact on the program, and we are fortunate to have him wearing the black and gold.” Hodgson also has experience coaching at the high school level when he was the assistant coach at The Webber School in Sandy Springs, Ga. As a collegiate player, Hodgson earned NAIA Academic All-America honors and was a Mid-South Conference all-academic selection while competing at the University of Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Ky. “I feel so privileged to be a part of such a great program and to work with a coach with as much golf experience as Coach Odom,” Hodgson said. “I have been out of coaching for a year and a half but could not be more excited and eager to work with a team again.” Kennesaw State, currently ranked No. 60 in the Golfweek/Sagarin college rankings, opens the spring season on Feb. 17 when the Owls travel to Hawaii to compete in the John Burns Intercollegiate.


January 7

VIRGINIA

Generally it’s a quiet time of the year for college golf coaching news, but with the departure of Virginia assistant coach Jay Calvo, there was an opening on Bowen Sargent’s staff. Sargent has announced the hiring of Corey Ziedonis as the team’s assistant coach. Ziedonis will replace Calvo, who resigned to accept a position in private business. Ziedonis comes to Virginia after spending the past two years at Ball State as a graduate assistant coach. The Indianapolis native played four years at Indiana, completing his career in 2012-13. He spent the spring and summer of 2014 working with the Golfweek Junior Tour as a player relations manager. “Corey has a reputation of being a hard worker who will bring a lot of energy with him to our program,” Sargent said. “He has positioned himself to make this step professionally, and I am excited to have him join the program and help us work to achieve our goals.” A two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, Ziedonis was a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar as a senior. He logged seven top-25 finishes that year and managed his third straight season with a stroke average better than 75.00. Ziedonis was a part of the Indiana lineup for three NCAA Regional appearances (2011-13), finishing among the top 25 individually at all three. A two-time all-state selection at Cathedral High School in Indianapolis, Ziedonis won the 2008 Indiana state high school championship. He placed third at the 2011 Indiana Amateur Championship. “I would like to thank coach Sargent for the amazing opportunity to join such a great program,” Ziedonis said. “I am looking forward to hitting the ground running and being an asset to coach Sargent and our student-athletes. It did not take me long to appreciate the beauty and tradition of the university and I am proud to call myself a Wahoo.” Virginia ended the fall season ranked No. 20 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings and will open its season Feb. 17 at the John Burns Intercollegiate in Hawaii.


January 6, 2016

NOVA SOUTHEASTERN

Nova Southeastern University men’s golf team has a new assistant coach. Former University of North Florida golfer Joey Marino begins his job immediately with the Sharks golf program. His coaching duties include assisting in player development, recruiting, on-course instruction and administrative duties. Marino is a native of Weston, Fla. Following his playing career, he held a position on the North Florida women’s coaching staff before moving into development. For more than two years, he had various roles in that department, including most recently the Assistant Director of Athletic Development. Among his many responsibilities were assisting with the Associate Athletic Director of Development in managing the UNF Osprey Club; working with donors and prospective donors; and directing events for the program. “We are very excited to welcome Joey Marino to our men’s golf program,” said head coach Ryan Jamison. “His passion and experience within the golfing world will be a tremendous asset to our program. We are very excited at the opportunity this year, and I know Joey looks forward to adding to the tradition here at NSU.” Nova Southeastern is currently ranked No. 4 in Div. II golf and will open its season at the Matlock Invitational on Feb. 8 in Lakeland, Fla. Marino is the son of NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino.


November 11

CHARLOTTE

Charlotte has named Vanderbilt associate head coach Holly Clark head women’s golf coach. Clark, who played her college golf at Tennessee, will direct the program from the beginning being named the school’s first women’s golf coach. For Clark it will be the second time she has started a program doing so at NCAA Div. II Carson-Newman in 2008. In her first year with the start-up Eagles, Clark guided Carson-Newman to the 2009 South Atlantic Conference Championship and had an individual earn a NCAA Regional bid in their first year of competition. The Eagles team earned a NCAA Regional berth in the very next season of 2010. “We are excited to formally announce that women’s golf will be our 18th sport and that we will begin competition in 2017,” said Charlotte Director of Athletics Judy Rose. “We received tremendous interest in the head coaching position and could not be more pleased that Holly Clark is joining the 49er staff. Holly’s experience as a player and a coach at the highest levels assures me that our program is in great hands.” In her playing days, Clark was a four-year star at Tennessee helping lead the Volunteers to a 2006 NCAA East Regional championship. In 2003, Clark led the Morristown West High School Lady Trojans to the 2003 state title as the individual state champion in Tennessee. “I want to personally thank Judy Rose, Darin Spease and Ryan Cabbage for this amazing and exciting opportunity,” remarked Clark. “It is rare that a coach gets to start her own program from the ground up. I am incredibly blessed and grateful for the chance to do it again at a great university in a wonderful golf community. What an honor to be the 49ers first women’s golf coach!” The women’s golf team will train at the Stubblefield Golf Center at Rocky River Golf Club, which is also the home of the 49ers men’s golf program. A planned expansion of the practice facility will benefit both programs. The 49ers women’s golf team will begin play in the fall of 2017 as a member of Conference USA. Charlotte will become the 12th member school with women’s golf.


November 2

UC RIVERSIDE

Former UTEP men’s golf coach Rick Todd has been named head coach at UC Riverside. Todd was with the Miners from 1999-2011. His teams advanced to the NCAA West Regional three times. “We’re delighted to have Rick Todd join the UC Riverside family as the head coach of our Men’s Golf program,” said Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Tamica Smith Jones. “His track record, particularly at UTEP as a coach, a mentor and an ambassador in the community, all make him the perfect choice to lead the Highlanders.” A UTEP graduate, Todd was a three-time All-American as a collegian as well as a four-time, First Team All-WAC selection. After leaving UTEP, Todd continued working in the golf industry before deciding to return to coaching. He has 12 years experience as a professional golfer, and has played in international events on six continents. On why he returned to coaching Todd said, “I miss the kids, and helping them be successful in golf and in life. “I was drawn to UC Riverside because I felt it was the right fit, and I’m excited about the opportunity to recruit Southern California’s golf talent to play here.” UC Riverside is currently ranked No. 198 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.


October 30

GEORGIA TECH

With Brennan Webb leaving his role as associate head coach at Georgia Tech for the head coaching job at Middle Tennessee State just prior to the start of the fall season, Yellow Jackets head coach Bruce Heppler was left searching for a replacement. Almost two months later, Heppler has filled that position. Former Morehead State golfer Jeff Pierce has been named assistant coach at Georgia Tech. Pierce, 28 and a native of Glasgow, Ky., comes to Tech after serving this past summer as the director of instruction at Elk River Golf Club in Banner Elk, N.C., and a three-year tenure as the senior instructor at Butch Harmon Floridian, an elite golf learning center based at The Floridian Resort in Palm City, Fla. Pierce has taught golf to players at all levels, creating and administrating programs in both individual and group situations. He has expertise in the latest instruction technology as well as club fitting and performance. “Team development is more important than it used to be. We met Jeff and liked his approach to what he was doing,” said Heppler. “He’s worked with (former Tech All-American) Anders Albertson the last few months and got a thumbs-up from him. Jeff’s skill set will be very beneficial to where we are right now. It’s a little different dynamic. I’m excited to have someone who has done that full time, can evaluate players in the recruiting process and has connections with teachers all over the country who work with young people.” Pierce’s list of pupils at Butch Harmon Floridian included winners in the PGA Tour, the Web.com Tour, the European Tour and the LPGA Tour. He has traveled 12-15 weeks a year to work directly with players such as former Florida State All-American Brooks Koepka and former Louisville All-American Derek Fathauer. “I’m intrigued and excited to be at Georgia Tech, and I think my skill set can help develop our guys here,” said Pierce. “I’ve been instructing players at the highest level for a long time, and part of that is developing players. I’ve been doing the job with guys that have been fresh out of college or late in college. To me it’s not that big a leap. Most of the work we’ve done in Florida the last couple of years it to try and develop guys to play on tour. In the college environment, I can have a deeper relationship with our players as we work with them to develop their games.” Prior to working at Butch Harmon Floridian, Pierce was an assistant golf professional at The Virginian Golf Club in Bristol, Va. (March 2011-Oct. 2012), and begin his career as an assistant golf professional at Elizabethtown (Ky.) Country Club from 2006-09 while a student-athlete at Morehead State University. He played professionally for a short time before turning to teaching full time.


September 30

KNOX COLLEGE

Robert Jan has been named head men’s and women’s golf coach at Div. III Knox College (Galesburg, Ill.), athletic director Chad Eisele has announced. Jan is coming off a stint as the head golf coach at Ashford University. Jan, who qualified for the National PGA Club Pro Championship twice, is a two-time NCAA Division III All-American and Hall of Fame member at Millikin University. He guided Millikin to a 3rd place finish in the NCAA Championship while there.


September 24

NOTRE DAME

Head coach Susan Holt has announced that Kyle Lynne Demeter has been promoted to associate head coach. Demeter is in her 11th season at Notre Dame. “Kyle has been critically involved in all aspects of our women’s golf program for the past 10 years,” Holt said. “I felt it was time to acknowledge the many contributions she has made to our program. There is no better way to do that than to make her an associate head coach. Together, we have created a culture here that we are both very proud of and believe in. I think we make a great team and look forward to the continued success of our women’s golf program.” Notre Dame opened the season with a win at the Mary Fossum Invitational and a fifth-place showing at the Schooner Classic.


September 17

ARMY

Army head coach Brian Watts has announced Neal Grusczynski as the new assistant coach for the men’s golf program. Grusczynski spent the 2014-15 season at Jacksonville State where he served as the men’s and women’s golf assistant coach. He began his collegiate coaching career as the volunteer assistant at his Alma Mater, Xavier University from the year prior. The 2005 graduate from Xavier University, was named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year in 2002, and was part of seven team wins in his career. Grusczynski qualified for the NCAA West Regional as a sophomore and the NCAA Central Regional his junior and senior seasons. The Musketeers won the A-10 Championship in 2003 and 2005, Grusczynski capped-off his collegiate career with the individual championship title at the A-10 Championships his senior season. “We are excited about Neal joining the Army West Point golf family,” said Watts. “His success and experience from collegiate and professional career will make an immediate impact to our program. The team and I are looking forward to working with coach Grusczynski to make our team better prepared for success on the course and in the classroom.”


September 16

CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY

Former University of Portland assistant coach and PGA professional at Columbia Edgewater has been named Director of Golf at Concordia University in Portland, Ore. Burtner spent four seasons (2006-10) as an assistant men’s golf coach at the University of Portland. Concordia is entering its second year of a three-year transition to NCAA Division II and is set to begin its first season as a member of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference in 2015-16. Burtner played his collegiate golf the University of Oregon and finished his career in 1999. He was a four-year letterwinner with the Ducks and a Second-Team All-Pac 10 selection in 1999, when he won two tournaments. The Concordia University men’s and women’s golf programs were established in 2003-04 and have combined to appear in 14 NAIA National Championships. After the Cascade Collegiate Conference added golf to its championship slate in 2007-08, the Cavaliers earned 16 league titles, with each program capturing the last eight CCC crowns.

2016-17 NCAA Division I coaching changes


July 31 ARIZONA STATE It’s not always easy to find quality assistant coaches. That’s why Arizona State women’s coach Missy Farr-Kaye has to be thrilled with the addition of Judd Easterling to her staff. Easterling had spent the last year as the assistant coach to Tim Mickelson and will make the switch to the women’s side for the 2016-17 season. Prior to arriving in Tempe, Easterling spent two seasons as an assistant at Missouri. Easterling played his college golf at Wichita State. “It’s a great opportunity for me to coach an amazing program and build on their reputation of producing All-Americans and LPGA winners,” said Easterling. “I’m happy to remain at ASU and still be a part of Sun Devil Golf.” Easterling replaces Tiffany Tavee who stepped down to focus on her graduate degree at Arizona State. Don’t expect Easterling to be in the assistant role many more years. He will be very attractive for administrators looking for coaches on either side in the next couple of years. July 28 GEORGIA TECH Something we rarely used to see is becoming much more common. An assistant coach leaving one place for another. This time it’s Drew McGee, who spent the last two years as the assistant coach at the University of New Mexico and is now the assistant coach at Georgia Tech. Prior to New Mexico, McGee was head men’s and women’s coach Northwood College (NAIA) in Cedar Hill, Texas. McGee, who played his college golf at Baylor, began his coaching career as a volunteer assistant at McNeese State. “We’re excited for Drew to join our program,” said Georgia Tech head coach Bruce Heppler. “Drew has been involved in every aspect of the New Mexico program and has been successful in their recruiting over the past couple of years. He comes highly recommended and is highly-regarded by many of the coaches on the West Coast.” Jeff Pierce, who spent the 2015-16 year as the full-time assistant coach, will transition into a volunteer coaching role and assist with instruction and managing the Yellow Jackets’ new Noonan Golf Practice Facility. “Last fall, I made a decision to hire Coach Pierce in an effort to provide some specific skill instruction for our team. At that time, he was also working closely with several PGA Tour professionals. After reviewing this arrangement following the spring, we both decided that there wasn’t enough time for everyone to get the support they needed.With Coach Pierce moving to the volunteer role, he can still be involved in skill instruction with our team and work with players who stay behind when we are competing in tournaments.” “I am very excited to join Coach Heppler and the Georgia Tech golf program,” said McGee. “I am also grateful for my time at New Mexico and the chance to work with Coach (Glen) Millican. I believe that my experience there has prepared me well for this tremendous opportunity. Coach Heppler has created a tradition of success both on the course and in the classroom, and I look forward to working with him and the players to build on that success. Georgia Tech is definitely a special place and I am thankful to be here.” Pierce, 29, a veteran professional golf instructor dating back to his college years, will now take over management of Tech’s newly-renovated practice facility at the edge of campus and next to Atlantic Station, and use the facility to tutor the Yellow Jackets’ players and his professional clients, including PGA Tour members Roberto Castro, Brooks Koepka, Derek Fathauer, Si Woo Kim and others. “I’m excited to have Drew joining the team,” said Pierce. “The structure of our staff is new and something we’re all excited about. It will enable us to provide the best instruction possible to our players going forward. This blueprint will be something other programs may follow in the future.”


July 28 CENTRAL OKLAHOMA Josh Fosdick has been named head men’s golf coach at the University of Central Oklahoma, an NCAA Division II school in Edmond, Okla. Fosdick comes to Central Oklahoma from Rogers State where he spent the last two years coaching the men’s and women’s teams. He was the Heartland Conference Coach of the year during the 2014-15 season. He also spent time as the assistant coach at Oklahoma State, where he was an assistant coach for the men’s and women’s programs from 2009-2011. Following his time in Stillwater, he was the head men’s golf coach at Texas-Pan American. Fosdick was an assistant golf pro at Oak Tree Country Club from 2011-2012. He also coached at Edmond Memorial High School from 2007-2009, where the boy’s golf team twice finished in the top 10 at the Class 6A state tournament. “We’re super excited to get back to Edmond and UCO,” Fosdick said. “Edmond has always been a special place for our family and UCO is central to that city.”


July 28 WEBER STATE The Weber State athletics department has finalized its golf coaching staff changes made necessary by the loss of longtime Director of Golf Jeff Smith earlier this year. Scott Erling, who has served as the head men’s golf coach for the past four years, has been promoted to Director of Golf and will remain with the men’s team as well. Sara Federico, who has served as an assistant coach for the women’s golf team for the past two years, has been hired to replace Smith as the head women’s coach. Also, Rich Friend has been named director of player development. “We are very excited to announce these changes to our golf programs,” said WSU Associate Athletic Director Amy Crosbie. “The entire package of Erling, Federico and Friend leading both of our golf programs is extremely dynamic and will be tremendously beneficial to the success of our student-athletes. We were very pleased to have Scott assume the position of director of golf. He is well respected in the golf community and has shown tremendous leadership throughout this entire process.” Federico and Friend both played college golf at Weber State. “Rich has a great knowledge of the game of golf and will be a great asset to our program,” said Erling. “This is a new position on our staff and being able to get Rich back involved in the program was a great opportunity for us to continue to build upon the legacy that Jeff has established here. Rich will not only be very involved in helping to develop our players technically, but he will be a great ambassador for our program.”


July 27 MICHIGAN STATE Earlier this summer, Michigan State head women’s coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll announced Caroline Powers as assistant coach. Powers, who played her college golf at Michigan State and was the 2013 Big Ten Player of the Year, has been playing professionally since she graduated. “I’m extremely excited to have Caroline on staff,” said Slobodnik-Stoll. “When she graduated, I always thought in the back of my mind it would be wonderful if she could come back, especially with her family and their involvement in athletics pretty much her whole life (her father, Buddy Powers, was a longtime college hockey coach; her brother and sister also have coaching experience). I think coaching is something that comes pretty naturally in her family and that’s how she was brought up. Powers replaces Aimee Neff, who is now the assistant coach at Vanderbilt.


July 27 NEBRASKA-OMAHA Easton Key has been announced as assistant men’s and women’s golf coach at Nebraska-Omaha. The Mavericks are a Division I school competing in The Summit League. Key, who played his college golf at Arkansas State after transferring Meridian (Miss.) Junior College, spent two seasons as a graduate assistant coach for the Red Wolves. “Easton has had success both as a collegiate coach and a player, so we’re very fortunate to be able to add someone of his caliber to our staff,” said Nebraska-Omaha head coach Seth Porter. “In his short time coaching at Arkansas State, he helped the team improve in place both at the conference tournament and in the national rankings. He’ll be a great mentor for our student-athletes.”


July 26 TULANE Tulane has announced the hiring of Janine Fellows as assistant golf coach for the women’s program. Fellows, who is a former Tulane golfer, will replace Mandi Morrow who left earlier this summer for a similar position at Michigan. Fellows spent the last three seasons as the assistant coach at Clemson University under former Tulane head coach John Thomas Horton. “This is an exciting day for us to welcome back one of our most decorated golfers in program history and someone who has established herself already as an elite recruiter and coach at the Division I level,” Tulane head coach Lorne Don said. “Her experience with player development and love of Tulane University will aid our current team develop, both on and off the course, and will help us attract elite players to join our program in future years.” Prior to her time at Clemson Fellows was the assistant men’s and women’s golf coach at Houston Baptist. A native of Houston, Texas, Fellows played at Tulane under Horton from 2008-2011, where she was a team captain, a two-time All-Conference USA first- team selection, and the 2010 Conference USA Co-Player of the Year. She helped lead the Green Wave to a pair of conference in titles and NCAA Championship appearances in 2009 and 2010. “I would like to thank Coach Don and the Tulane administration for the opportunity to return to the Green Wave family,” Fellows said. “The experience I had as a student- athlete at Tulane positively impacted my life in so many ways. Tulane is a very special place with endless opportunities to be successful. I could not be more excited to be able to return to my alma mater as a coach and give back for everything Tulane has given me.”


July 24 ARIZONA STATE Arizona State administrators did not waste much time. Less than two weeks after head men’s golf coach Tim Mickelson announced he was resigning, Arizona State is expected to announce a new coach early this week. Expect to see Washington coach Matt Thurmond take over the Sun Devils golf program. Thurmond is widely recognized amongst his peers as being one of the better golf coaches in college golf. He was voted has the No. 5 best coach in a Golfweek poll in 2015. Thurmond, who played college golf at BYU, spent 15 years at Washington guiding the program to the NCAA finals 12 times in his 15 years. He was named Pac-12 Conference coach of the year twice as well as being named Golfweek coach of the year in 2009.

Matt Thurmond talks to his Washington players during the 2015 NCAA Championship.

Matt Thurmond talks to his Washington players during the 2015 NCAA Championship.


July 22 FURMAN With Kelley Hester departing to take the Clemson job, Furman associate head coach Jeff Hull has been elevated to head coach. Hull, who has served as the Furman associate head coach for the last four seasons, helped the Paladins to a 20th-place finish at the 2016 NCAA Championships in May. “I am thrilled that Jeff Hull has agreed to lead our women’s golf program,” said Furman Director of Athletics Mike Buddie. “The recent success of the team has been obvious and Kelley Hester was quick to credit Jeff for playing a major role in that success. Jeff is an incredible teacher who relates very well to our players and recruits and I am confident that the momentum of this program will continue to build.” Prior to his time at Furman he worked with Hester at the University of Georgia as an assistant coach. “In my opinion, Jeff is one of the most knowledgeable golf coaches in the nation (head or assistant) and was the best person for the job at Furman,” said Hester. “He is invested in the program and has been a huge part of the success over the last four years.  I am excited to see what is in store for the next chapter of Furman Women’s Golf with Jeff as the head coach. I predict the program will continue to flourish.” Hull played college golf at Georgia Tech and South Carolina. He was named an All-American while at South Carolina when he placed 13th individually at the 1988 NCAA Championships to lead the Gamecocks to an eighth-place showing in the team field. Furman finished the 2015-16 season ranked No. 20 in the Golfweek/Sagarin college rankings.


HIGH POINT Following my blog you will know I am a fan of hiring a successful coach from a lower level for any sort of Division I job. That is what High Point University has done. Jobs such as High Point would be a great first head coaching job for assistant coaches from the power conferences, but we have learned those coaches don’t always seek head jobs in the lower Division I arena. Alexis Bennett has been named head women’s golf coach at High Point University (N.C.). High Point is a Division I school competing in the Big South Conference. Bennett comes to High Point after spending the last three seasons as the head coach at the University of South Carolina Beaufort, where she led the Sand Sharks to top-10 finishes at the NAIA National Championship in each of the last two years. She was named the Sun Conference Coach of the Year in 2016. “We are very excited to announce Alexis Bennett as our new women’s golf coach at High Point University,” Athletic Director Dan Hauser said. “Alexis has experienced extraordinary success as a two-time All-America Scholar-Athlete, LPGA professional and head coach.  She will bring an infectious energy to our golf program culture and I’m confident she will lead HPU to championship success at the conference and NCAA level.” Bennett, a native of Rockford, Ill., played collegiately at SMU before spending three years playing professionally on the LPGA Symetra Tour and the Canadian Women’s Tour. “Thank you to Dr. Nido Qubein, as well Athletic Director Dan Hauser and his outstanding staff for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Bennett said. “I knew very early on in the interview process that HPU was a special place and a family I’d be very lucky to join. We have all the resources and support to become a perennial contender in the Big South Conference as well as relevant on the national scene.” High Point finished the 2015-16 season ranked No. 205 in the Golfweek/Sagarin college rankings.


WICHITA STATE Wichita State women’s golf coach Tom McCurdy has announced Alejandra Arellano as his new assistant golf coach. Arellano replaces Krista Peterson, who resigned from her position to stay at home with her family. Arellano, a native of Orizaba, Mexico, served as the student assistant coach for the Shockers last year after concluding her playing career. Last year Wichita State won its third-straight Missouri Valley Conference championship and NCAA Tournament appearance. “Ale has already had a tremendous impact on our program as a student-athlete and I’m so excited to bring her onto our staff,” McCurdy said. “She has a wealth of knowledge about collegiate golf and possesses solid communication skills. She’s the ideal person to have in place during this transition. Krista was a fantastic coach in all respects and has done so much to elevate the level of Shocker Women’s Golf. I can’t thank her enough; it’s been a blessing to have worked with her for the past seven years.”


July 20 MARSHALL Brooke Bellomy has been named interim head women’s golf coach at Marshall and Matt Grobe has been named Director of Golf. Grobe has been with the Thundering Herd’s men’s team as the head coach for the past four seasons. Bellomy fills a spot vacated by Tiffany Pratts who was named head women’s coach at the University of South Florida earlier this month. Bellomy spent last year as the volunteer assistant golf coach in addition to her duties as Marshall softball’s Director of Operations. Bellomy served as a volunteer assistant last season in addition to her duties as Marshall softball’s Director of Operations. Bellomy, the 2012 West Virginia Women’s Amateur champion, played her collegiate golf at Campbell University from 2011-15. “Brooke’s roots are in our community and she has gained valuable experience both as part of a great golf tradition at Campbell University and in working with our program here at Marshall,” said Director of Athletics Mike Hamrick. “These intangibles make her uniquely qualified to lead this program.”


July 20 UNLV Andrew Crabtree has left his position as head women’s golf coach at Old Dominion and has been named assistant women’s coach at UNLV. He replaces Ryan Potter who left to be an assistant at Charlotte. Crabtree spent three years at Old Dominion and had the Monarchs on the rise. Known for his recruiting efforts, Crabtree’s skills could be very beneficial in helping the Rebels attract players from around the globe. Prior to Old Dominion, Crabtree, who played his college golf at South Florida, served as an assistant coach for Texas A&M’s women’s golf program for two seasons. He also spent time as the assistant men’s golf coach at Tulsa.


July 18 UTAH University of Utah men’s golf coach Garrett Clegg has announced the hiring of Chance Cain as the Utes’ assistant coach. Cain, a native of Big Spring, Texas, has been a volunteer assistant coach for two seasons at Texas Tech. “I am thrilled to have Chance join our program,” said Clegg. “Chance has experience working with an elite golf program, and he understands what it takes to be part of a program that competes at the highest level of college golf. He is poised to help take our program to a higher level.” While with the Red Raider Golf program, Cain assisted in weekly practices and tournament qualifying, while also coaching players through their rounds at different events. “I am very excited about the opportunity to coach under coach Clegg while watching this team grow and compete in the Pac-12,” said Cain. “I managed to gain valuable knowledge working under coaches Greg Sands and Jeff Jenkins while in Lubbock, and it has prepared me for my time here at Utah. I look forward to the opportunity in getting this team to the level it is intended to be at in the Pac-12 and for the great Ute fans.” Cain played his collegiate golf at Midland College from 2006-08 and was part of the 2008 NJCAA National Championship team.


July 18 COLORADO STATE Elrick van Eck will be the new assistant men’s golf coach at Colorado State. Van Eck has spent the past three seasons as the assistant men’s and women’s golf coach at Florida Tech (Div. II). Van Eck, who is from Pretoria, South Africa, played his college golf at Shorter University and Northwood University. “I am very excited to hire someone of such high character as Coach van Eck. He has a true passion for helping young men grow in all aspects of their lives,” Colorado State coach Christian Newton said. “His enthusiasm and desire to work as our assistant coach was very clear throughout the process. He is an excellent recruiter and will help us open doors to more players both in the U.S. and aboard.”


July 17 XAVIER Xavier has announced the hiring of Brian McCants as men’s golf coach. McCants joins the Musketeers after spending four seasons as the assistant coach at Indiana University. Prior to his time at IU, McCants was an assistant at Kansas University for a year and was a head coach Newberry College (Div. II) for six years. “Brian stood out because of the vision he painted for the future of Xavier Golf,” Xavier University Athletic Director Greg Christopher said. “His previous head coaching experience, coupled with time at Division I institutions Kansas and Indiana combined for a strong package that we believe fits well at Xavier.” As head coach at Newberry College, McCants guided the Wolves to three South Atlantic Conference Championships and earned the South Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year honor in four consecutive years. “I’m really looking forward to coaching here at Xavier. It’s been a traditionally strong program here with a lot of accomplishments,” said McCants. “I’m looking forward to getting my hands in the dirt and working hard and building on a solid foundation. It’s a great opportunity. The Maketewah facility is first-class. Bringing recruits to see that, coupled with the golf course and the tradition is a great opportunity.” McCants replaces Doug Steiner who announced his retirement in May after spending 28 seasons at Xavier.


July 15 CLEMSON Clemson is expected to announce Kelley Hester as its new women’s golf coach today. Hester has spent the past four years at Furman and prior to that was the head coach at Georgia, Arkansas, UNLV and Mercer. Hester will replace J.T. Horton, who was relieved of his duties on July 1. Clemson started women’s golf in the fall of 2013. Hester, a respected and well-known coach in the women’s game, had turned the Furman program around since her arrival in Greenville, S.C. Furman has won back-to-back Southern Conference titles and Hester was named the 2016 SoCon Coach of the Year and led the Paladins to a 20th-place finish at the 2016 NCAA Championships this past May. “Leaving Furman and what we have built there is one of the toughest decisions I have ever made,” said Hester. “I truly loved it there and was not looking for a change. However, the opportunity to join the Clemson family and be back at a Power 5 Conference school was something I couldn’t pass up. Honestly, Clemson made me an offer I could not refuse.”


July 14

ARIZONA STATE

What has been a quiet off season for coaching moves just spiked yesterday when Arizona State coach Tim Mickelson announced he is leaving his position after five years with the Sun Devil golf program. Leaving a vacancy with one of the more heralded coaching positions in college golf. But, will Arizona State land that big name coach? With golf coaching salaries soaring in the last 5-10 years there are numerous coaches now making North of $200,000. Mickelson was in that neighborhood. Will Arizona State go even higher to attract one of those names? Doubtful, and it’s not necessary. A quick look at what has happened in the last few years and administrators at ASU would see what J.C. Deacon’s hire has done for the University of Florida golf program. Deacon was an out-of-the box hire and turned many heads in June of 2014 when Florida announced him to replace longtime coach Buddy Alexander. Deacon, who had no head coaching experience and just four years as an assistant at UNLV, has vaulted the Gators into contenders. That route is certainly one we could see, and why not call California assistant Walter Chun? After spending nine years as the assistant coach for the Golden Bears, Chun is expected to replace Steve Desimone, who retired at season’s end after a 37-year coaching career. California has yet to name a replacement. While Chun would top the list of assistant coaches, folks at Arizona State have plenty of head coaches who they could lure. It would make sense to find a coach with West coast ties, but certainly not a priority. And it is unlikely to think a power conference coach East of the Mississippi would make that move. But, if the price is right that can change. A short list I have put together if I were in charge:

  • • Chris Zambri (Southern California) – Why not call? It would be bad timing for Zambri considering he has assembled a team that is likely to be a preseason No. 1 ranked team, but would be a good deal for Arizona State.
  • • Ryan Donovan (San Diego State) – By now we should all just ink Donovan in to retiring someday in San Diego, but again this is a call ASU needs to make and would be a step up for Donovan. West coast guy who has competed with and beat Pac-12 teams for years.
  • • Alan Murray (UAB) – It would seem to be only a matter of time until Murray lands a job at a power conference school. In just three years as the head coach at UAB he has taken the Blazers to the NCAA finals in each season.
  • • Rob Bradley (Purdue) – Certainly an up and coming coach in the game who spent time at Alabama as an assistant coach helping the Crimson Tide win a national championship and guided Purdue to an appearance in the NCAA Championship this past spring.

A few other coaches who have had success and might be looking to jump into a super conference: New Mexico’s Glen Millican & South Florida’s Steve Bradley. Out of the box thought: McNeese State’s Austin Burke, who was an assistant coach at Baylor, has guided the Cowboys to consecutive regional appearances. There are concerns with the ASU Karsten Golf Course possibly going away in the near future and the facilities, but at the end of the day it is Arizona State and a coach can recruit a kid from anywhere in the world that would consider playing his college golf at Arizona State.


July 12

MISSOURI UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Missouri University of Science and Technology has announced the return of men’s golf and the addition of women’s golf, along with the hiring of Chad Green (men) and Amy West (women) to head up the programs that will begin play in the fall of 2017. Green, who has been the head golf coach at Central College in Iowa for the past six seasons, will coach the men’s program that will be reinstated for the first time since 2003. West, who served as the assistant coach last season for the men’s and women’s teams at West Virginia Wesleyan College, will lead the first women’s golf program at the institution. “We are extremely excited to add both women’s and men’s golf to our NCAA sports program at Missouri Science and Technology with competition starting in the fall of 2017,” said Mark Mullin, the university’s athletic director. “I firmly believe that we have a plan in place that will assure successful women’s and men’s golf programs. I believe the programs will be extremely competitive in our conference in a short time frame and eventually on a national level.” West played her college golf at Daytona State College and then the University of South Florida, where she graduated in 2013. Following her collegiate career at South Florida, West went on to play professional golf on the Symetra Tour in 2015. “I’m excited about getting started with the new program at Missouri Science and Technology and working with Mark and Chad,” West said. “I want to be able to build a strong, competitive program and know there is some great competition in the conference.” Green led Central to four NCAA Division III Championship appearances in his six years at the school, as well as four Iowa Conference championships. The Dutch recorded a 12th place finish at the 2013 national tournament and during his tenure at Central, Green has been named as the Iowa Conference’s coach of the year on four occasions. A native of St. Louis, Green, who played his college golf at Clarke College in Iowa, previous served as the head women’s golf coach and assistant men’s coach at Maryville University for two seasons. “It’s exciting to start a program from scratch, which is something I’ve always wanted to do,” Green said. “I think the academic profile of the school, along with the work Mark and the administration have done with the facilities, gives us a chance to get the program off to a good start. The GLVC is a great conference and I’m looking forward to getting back into the league.”


SOUTH DAKOTA

The University of South Dakota has named John Vining assistant coach for the men’s and women’s golf teams.  Vining was the part-time assistant coach the past two seasons and prior to that was the graduate assistant coach during the 2013-14 season. “Both the student-athletes and myself are beyond excited to be adding Coach Vining on as our full-time assistant,” said golf head coach Nick Hovden. “Many thanks to all those in the athletic department and University who helped make this happen.” Vining has been part of the Coyote golf program since 2008-09. He started out his career as a member of the golf team for four seasons (2008-12).


July 11

OREGON STATE

As expected, Oregon State has elevated Dawn Shockley from assistant coach to head coach. Shockley served as Oregon State’s assistant coach the past two seasons. Shockley, who is from Denver, Colo., replaces Sammie Chergo, who spent two seasons at Oregon State. Shockley played her collegiate golf at the University of Denver, where Chergo coached previously. “Dawn is a proven winner and a steely competitor,” Vice President and Director of Athletics Todd Stansbury said. “Her ability to instill confidence in student-athletes and teach course management set her apart from other candidates. I’m excited to watch our program develop under her leadership.” During her playing career at the University of Denver, Shockley recorded 11 top-10 finishes, including two individual wins. A three-time Sun Belt All-Conference selection (2006, 2007 and 2009), she won the 2009 NCAA East Regional Championship and earned All-American Honorable Mention recognition. Shockley helped lead Denver to sixth- and fifth-place finishes, respectively, at the NCAA Championships in 2007 and 2008. She was a two-year team captain and posted a four-year scoring average of 75.67 for the Pioneers. She also earned Academic All-American honors in 2006 and served on Denver’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Following her graduation from the University of Denver, Shockley played professional golf on the LPGA Futures Tour (Symetra Tour). She earned six top-10 finishes and tied for fourth at the Riviera Nayarit Classic and the Firekeepers Casino Hotel Championship. In 2012, Shockley qualified for the Ladies European Tour (LET) and posted a career-best tie for 24th at the Deloitte Ladies Open in Holland in 2013. She also worked as a professional LPGA caddie for Becky Morgan and Moira Dunn for nearly two years. “I am very thankful for the opportunity that Todd and this athletic department have given me,” Shockley said. “I have a great passion for what the culture is here at Oregon State and look forward to bringing in athletes who are excited to represent what it is to be an Everyday Champion. I am honored to be the head coach of this program and excitedly look forward to building on the foundation we have started.” Oregon State finished the 2015-16 season ranked No. 61 in the Golfweek/Sagarin college rankings.


July 11

SOUTH FLORIDA

South Florida has named Tiffany Prats head women’s golf coach. Prats has spent the last two seasons as the head coach at Marshall. Prior to Marshall, Prats spent three seasons as the assistant coach at Maryland and two seasons at San Diego State. Prats, who is from Gainesville, Fla., played her college golf at the University of Miami and spent time playing as a professional after graduating in 2006. In June, South Florida announced Marci Kornegay had been relieved of her duties. Kornegay spent nine seasons as the head coach of the Bulls.


July 7

COASTAL CAROLINA

Coastal Carolina women’s golf coach Katie Quinney has announced Brady Gregor has assistant women’s golf coach. Gregor comes to Coastal Carolina after two years as the men’s assistant coach at Charleston Southern University. In his first year in Charleston, Gregor helped the Buccaneers to the 2015 Big South Men’s Golf Championship and a berth in the 2015 Lubbock Regional in the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship. In 2016 Gregor helped the Bucs to the program’s first at-large post season bid for any sport as the team earned an NCAA berth to the Tuscaloosa Regional. “I am thrilled to join coach Quinney and be a part of the tradition of excellence at Coastal Carolina University,” Gregor said. “Coach Quinney has elevated Coastal tremendously in the sport of women’s golf and I look forward to helping her continue to develop the Chanticleers into a perennial national championship contender.” As a player, Gregor was a two-sport athlete lettering in football and golf. He played two years at Pima Community College before transferring to Southwest Baptist University.


July 1

CALIFORNIA BAPTIST (D-II)

California Baptist has possibly made the best hire of the summer, naming Chico State’s T.L. Brown head men’s golf coach. Brown, who would be a good choice for a Division I program, will remain at the Division II level with California Baptist. Brown brings 18 years of collegiate coaching experience with him to CBU. He spent the last nine years developing Chico State into one of the top Division II golf programs. The Wildcats have three top-three finishes at the NCAA Division II Championships over the last seven years, including runner-up performances in 2016 and 2012. Over Brown’s nine years at Chico State, the Wildcats qualified for the NCAA postseason each year, winning 26 tournaments and posting 78 top-five finishes. Before Chico State, Brown coached and filled a variety of roles in Arizona at South Mountain Community College (1999-2007) and Arizona Western College (1997-1999). He created and organized Arizona Western’s first men’s and women’s golf program in over 15 years, and then coached and served as an assistant athletic director at South Mountain. Brown was named NJCAA Division II Coach of the Year in 2004. “TL Brown has had so much success at Chico State. Our team is going to be blessed with a coach who can recruit and develop players at the highest level,” CBU Director of Athletics Dr. Micah Parker said. “The search committee was impressed with his preparation and concern for student-athlete experience. We are very excited about the direction our golf program is headed.” CBU and Chico State are both coming off impressive seasons. Both teams advanced to match play at the NCAA Division II championship. “I believe we are planted where we will make the greatest impact,” said Brown, who has played Division I golf at the University of Idaho and Washington State, before going on to play professionally in the PGA from 1993-1995. “I would like to thank Dr. Parker, [CBU President] Dr. Ronald L. Ellis and Vice President Kent Dacus for the opportunity to coach men’s golf and lead current and future Christian student-athletes at CBU. I was very impressed with the mission and dedication to the entire student-athlete experience at CBU.” image001


June 30

AUBURN

Corey Maggard has been promoted to Auburn associate head men’s golf coach, head coach Nick Clinard announced on this week. Maggard will be entering his third season at Auburn. “Corey is an outstanding young coach that has done a tremendous job the past two years at Auburn,” said Clinard.  “He continues to impress me with his professionalism, recruiting, player development and commitment to excellence on a daily basis. Auburn Golf has a bright future, and I’m sure glad he’s on my team.” Auburn, which finished tied for 19th at the NCAA Championship, won four tournaments during the 2015-16 season. Prior to coming to Auburn in 2014-15, Maggard won four-straight Old Dominion Athletic Conference Championships in his four years as head men’s golf coach at Div. III Guilford College. Maggard, who led Guilford to 16 tournament wins in his four seasons, was named the Jack Jensen ODAC Coach of the Year three-straight seasons from 2011-13. Guilford spent time ranked No. 1 in the nation during that time as well.


OAKLAND

University of Michigan assistant coach Nick Pumford has been named head coach at Oakland University. Pumford replaces Mark Engel who retired at season’s end. Pumford has been the assistant coach with the Wolverines for the past five seasons. Prior to Michigan he began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Georgia State during the 2010-11 season. “We are excited that Nick is going to lead our men’s golf program,” Director of Athletics Jeff Konya said. “He has been a very successful assistant coach and demonstrated an ability to recruit and develop top student-athletes. We believe he will be a great fit into our culture and will enhance our student-athlete experience. We welcome him and his family to Oakland University.” Pumford, who is a native of St. Charles, Mich., played his college golf at Michigan from 2005-2009. As a co-captain during the 2008-09 season, Pumford contributed to one of Michigan’s best seasons in program history. Following the Wolverines’ regional selection and eventual fifth-place team finish, they advanced to the NCAA Championship for the first time in 12 years. The Wolverines closed with a sixth-place team finish in stroke play to advance to match play. After a first-round win over No. 3 seed USC, the Wolverines were eliminated by eventual national champion Texas A&M in the national semifinal. Pumford started all 14 tournaments and was Michigan’s recipient of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. Michigan is now looking for an assistant coach.

Nick Pumford

Nick Pumford


June 29

MICHIGAN

University of Michigan head women’s golf coach Jan Dowling has announced that Mandi Morrow will join the Wolverines as an assistant coach. Morrow, who is one of the better young assistant coaches in the game, replaces Mary Mattson who departed the program to become a full-time student as she pursues her master’s degree in social work at Michigan. Morrow spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach at Tulane. With the Green Wave, she helped the program to back-to-back NCAA regional appearances, with an NCAA finals appearance in 2015. Before her time at Tulane, Morrow spent a year at IUPUI in 2013-14. “I have known Mandi for quite some time and feel extremely fortunate to have her join our program,” said Dowling. “I trust and respect her and know that she will help our program in a big way from the moment she steps on campus. Coaching is in her blood, and she knows what it takes to be great. A native of Kent, Ohio, Morrow played for her father, Mike, at Kent State (2008-12) and helped the Flashes to four consecutive Mid-American Conference titles. She was a two-time second team All-MAC selection (2011, ’12). “This is an incredible opportunity and one that I could not pass on,” said Morrow. “Jan is a highly respected coach in college golf, and I could not be more thrilled to team up with her to continue the success she has already had in just a few short years. The University of Michigan women’s golf team is going in a fantastic direction, and I cannot wait to see the heights it has the potential to get to. Go Blue!”


LOUISIANA-MONROE

The University of Louisiana-Monroe has named Joni Stephens head women’s golf  coach. Before coming to ULM, Stephens spent two seasons as the head coach at the University of Montana. Prior to Montana, Stephens served as the head coach at Eastern Kentucky, where she spent 12 seasons and was named the 2005 Ohio Valley Conference coach of the year. Stephens had connections to ULM as her father graduated and taught geography at ULM and her Uncle is also an alum. Her mother worked in the sports information department and her brother played both baseball and football at ULM. “I would like to thank ULM President Nick Bruno, Director of Athletics Brian Wickstrom, Director of Golf Tim Baldwin, and the rest of the search committee for this appointment. My family has long-standing ties to the ULM community, so it is exciting to be able to return to Monroe. I feel fortunate to be part of the tradition of ULM Athletics and to have the opportunity to develop a nationally competitive women’s golf program within the Sun Belt Conference,” said Stephens. Stephens takes over a ULM roster that consists of four juniors and three freshmen last year. Louisiana-Monroe finished the year ranked No. 229 in the Golfweek/Sagarin college Rankings


June 28

BUCKNELL

Bucknell has named Lisa Francisco head women’s golf coach. Francisco replaces Kevin Jamieson, who resigned to pursue other professional opportunities. Jamieson spent 16 years guiding the Bison women’s golf team. Bucknell is a Division I school competing in the Patriot League and is located in Lewisburg, Penn. Francisco is a former LPGA Tour Caddie who played collegiately at Penn State. She also spent two years coaching at the College of William & Mary where she was an assistant to the director of golf. Francisco also spent a year as a volunteer assistant at Penn State following graduation. While she was at William & Mary, Francisco also served as assistant golf professional at Kingsmill Resort & Spa and The Traditions Golf Club at Stonehouse, which are both located in Williamsburg, Virginia. During her collegiate playing days, Francisco was named to the 1997 ECAC All-Conference Women’s Golf Team, and she was a member of the 1999 Penn State NCAA East Regional team. “I am extremely excited to become the head women’s golf coach at Bucknell University,” said Francisco. “I want to thank the department’s leadership for the opportunity to become part of an institution that values the complete student-athlete experience on and off the course. After visiting campus, I feel confident that with the support of the Lewisburg community, and the university’s academic and athletic staff, the future for the Bison women’s golf program is bright. I am looking forward to getting to know the talented student-athletes and the upcoming season on the links.” Francisco becomes the third head coach in the history of the program that began competition in fall 1998.


June 25 SOUTH CAROLINA With Alex Hamilton leaving his position as assistant coach at South Carolina to become the head coach at South Alabama, that left a spot head coach Bill McDonad needed to fill. McDonald has announced that Jake Amos has been hired and named associate head coach for the Gamecocks golf program. Amos spent the past two years as the assistant coach at Purdue. “Jake’s experience playing on national championship teams is invaluable, and everyone in college golf respects the job that he and Purdue Head Coach Rob Bradley have done the past few years with the Boilermaker golf program,” McDonald said. “Jake’s extensive recruiting contacts will expand our base of opportunities to find talent, and he has already proven he is excellent developing roster players as well. I feel very fortunate to have Jake joining us and to have him help Carolina Golf continue its success, both on the course and in the classroom.” Amos helped Purdue to three tournament victories and saw the Boilermakers advance to the NCAA championship this past season. Purdue finished the season ranked No. 32 in the Golfweek/Sagarin college rankings. Prior to joining the staff at Purdue, Amos spent the 2013-14 season as an assistant coach at South Florida. Amos, who is a native of Leicester, England, graduated from Augusta University (formerly Augusta State) in 2010. He was a three-year member of the Jaguars men’s golf program and was a member of the Augusta program that won the 2010 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship, the school’s first national title. After graduation, he served as a volunteer assistant in 2011 as the Jaguars repeated as NCAA champions. He spent three years playing professionally. “I was very excited when Coach McDonald contacted me and offered me a chance to work with him at South Carolina,” Amos said. “I have known Coach McDonald since my playing days at Augusta State; he’s an awesome guy, and I knew it would be a great fit for me and my family. He has established a major golf program at South Carolina, and I am excited to be a part of that and help continue to compete for SEC and NCAA Championships.” Purdue is expected to name Mitchell Krywulycz, who was a teammate of Amos and a player on both Augusta State national championship teams, as assistant coach.


June 24 WASHINGTON After spending seven seasons at the University of Washington, associate head coach Andrea VanderLende has decided to step down and pursue other opportunities outside of collegiate athletics. “It has been an honor and a privilege to work at such a prestigious university for the past seven years,” said VanderLende. “I want to thank Mary Lou for giving me the opportunity and I am extremely grateful to have coached for one of the best programs in the country. It is bittersweet for me to leave, but I am looking forward to the next chapter of my life.” VanderLende, who joined the Huskies in 2009, helped the Huskies claim their first NCAA Championship in May. After first joining the Huskies in 2009 as an assistant coach, VanderLende helped the team advanced to NCAA Regional play in each year. Originally from Orlando, Fla., she played her collegiate golf at the University of Florida from 2001-2005. She was the 2003 NCAA Championship runner-up and was an Honorable Mention NCAA All-American in 2002 and 2003. “Andrea is as good as there is in the business and we have been so lucky to have had her on our staff,” said head coach Mary Lou Mulflur. “I certainly appreciate her desire to focus on the next challenge and, whatever that is, I know she’ll be successful. She has not only helped make me a better coach but has also helped the players that have been here during her tenure, grow both on and off the golf course.” Now, another assistant coaching job is open.


June 20 TEXAS STATE Texas State has named Ohio State assistant coach Lisa Strom head coach. Strom replaces Mike Akers, who left Texas State after 10 seasons with the Bobcats and was named head coach at North Texas. Strom spent the past five and a half seasons as an assistant coach for the Ohio State Buckeyes after playing professionally for 10 years. After competing for the Buckeyes for four seasons, Strom turned pro in August of 2000 and competed in more than 50 LPGA events as a member in 2003 and 2007-2010. In addition to her time on the LPGA, Strom competed on the Futures Tour for seven seasons. Strom is a three-time winner of the Ohio Women’s Open and a two-time winner of the Michigan Women’s Open. “With tremendous experience at Ohio State along with extensive time as a professional, Lisa has proven her ability to lead student-athletes and build upon the legacy of Texas State women’s golf,” said Director of Athletics Larry Teis. “Texas State has been to the NCAA Regionals six out of the last 10 seasons. Mix that with our new facility at Plum Creek and the addition of Lisa, Bobcat golf has never been in a better place.” Strom helped guide the Buckeyes to six straight NCAA Regional appearances and four showings at the NCAA Championship. She also assisted the team to nine tournament victories including back-to-back-to-back Big Ten Championships in 2014, ’15 and ’16. “It is with an incredibly grateful heart that I thank Larry Teis and Travis Comer along with the entire athletic department for entrusting me with the tremendous privilege to lead the women’s golf program at Texas State University,” said Strom. “I experienced tremendous growth during my time at the Ohio State University while working alongside Therese.  I am looking forward to mentoring and equipping these young women to become the change we want to see in the world.”


June 20 NOVA SOUTHEASTERN Starting to see more and more hires similar to this. Nova Southeastern University’s Ryan Jamison has announced that he will be stepping down as the head coach and has been named assistant coach at Stanford. “We are excited to welcome Ryan Jamison to the Stanford family. His success in coaching has been impressive. Ryan’s experience, work ethic and winning attitude will add a lot to our program,” Stanford coach Conrad Ray said. Many top coaches at the non-Div. I level can go straight to head coach. No need to be an assistant. Credit to Stanford coach Conrad Ray for looking in this direction. Jamison spent four years at Div. II Nova Southeastern where he guided his squad to the 2015 NCAA Division II national title. During that championship year, the Sharks finished either first or second in all but one of their tournaments. Jamison received the Dave Williams National Coach of the Year Award, while Santiago Gomez finished as the DII Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year. “Ryan Jamison is one of the best and brightest young coaches in America, and I’m not just speaking of golf coaches – intercollegiate coaches in all sports at all levels,” Director of Athletics Michael Mominey said. “His accolades speak for themselves, but even better affirmation of this is that he left the men’s golf program at NSU in a better place than when he took over it in 2012. The respect that he has from his fellow coaches, his student-athletes and his peers is a statement in itself and will serve him well in this next chapter of his professional career. I am proud to have worked alongside Ryan these past four years, of course highlighted by the 2015 National Championship. He will go on to do great things, but will always represent the NSU Sharks as he pursues his professional dreams.” Nova Southeastern finished the 2015-16 season ranked No. 6 in the final Golfstat rankings. Mominey will initiate a national search until the position is filled.


June 20 SOUTH ALABAMA Expecting to hear South Alabama name Alex Hamilton men’s golf coach soon. Hamilton will replace Ben Hannan, who has resigned as head golf coach to accept a position as assistant athletic director at South Alabama. Hannan spent 13 seasons as head coach for the Jaguars golf team. Hamilton, who played his college golf for the Gamecocks, spent the past three years as the assistant coach at South Carolina. Prior to that, he spent one year as an assistant coach at Mercer. Following his collegiate career, he spent seven years playing professionally. “South Alabama is getting a great coach,” said South Carolina head coach Bill McDonald. “Alex has done a tremendous job for Carolina golf the past three years, and he has been a pleasure to work with every day.  Everyone associated with Carolina Athletics is thrilled for Alex, and we wish him the best in Mobile.” Each year Hamilton was on the staff at South Carolina, the Gamecocks made a trip to the national championship and finished the season ranked in the top 20.


June 15 SOUTH FLORIDA The University of South Florida will have a new women’s golf coach next year. South Florida Director of Athletics has announced women’s golf coach Marci Kornegay has been relieved of her duties. Kornegay spent nine seasons as the head coach at South Florida. “We thank Coach Kornegay for her dedication and significant contributions to our golf program and department, and we wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors,” Harlan said. “After a very deliberate evaluation, I made the decision that our women’s golf program needs new leadership. We expect to achieve excellence in all of our sports, which includes competing for conference and national championships.” This sort of move is something we have not seen a lot of in women’s golf, and will lead to an interesting hire. Women’s golf coaches have not often seen the pressure to be successful or else, and that seems to be the message here. South Florida placed third in the American Conference Championship last spring and finished the season ranked No. 84 in the Golfweek/Sagarin college rankings. The Bulls third-place finish was the best conference showing since winning the Big East title in 2012. The 2011-12 season saw South Florida finish the year with a national ranking of No. 57 – the best year in Kornegay’s time with the Bulls. With the numerous assistant jobs open, you can expect Kornegay to possibly land in that role somewhere if she continues to coach. Before her time at South Florida she was an assistant coach at South Carolina, Winthrop and LSU. USF has said it will begin a national search for a head coach immediately.


June 13 OAKLAND Oakland head men’s golf coach Mark Engel will retire. Engel spent the last two seasons with the Golden Grizzlies and the previous 24 years at Detroit. Engel led the Golden Grizzlies to consecutive runner-up finishes at the Horizon League Championship in each of the last two years – those second-place showings represented the team’s best finish at the conference tournament in the program’s Division I history. Engel helped Evan Bowser earn medalist honors at the 2015 Horizon League Championship to become the first player in program history to compete in an NCAA Regional. Oakland finished the 2015-16 season ranked No. 189 in the Golfweek/Sagarin college rankings. Engel, who was a four-time Horizon League coach of the year, joined Oakland after spending 24 seasons at the University of Detroit Mercy. He led the Titans to six Horizon League championships, most recently in 2010. In 13 of his last 18 seasons at Detroit, Engel’s teams finished in the top three at the conference tournament. That span included six titles and four runner-up finishes. We don’t normally see assistants from the power leagues land at spots like Oakland University, but why not? It would be a great spot to prove your ability to lead a program and then land that bigger job, but that’s the problem. The ones making the hire for the bigger jobs don’t often look at places like Oakland to find their next coach. With very few men’s Division I jobs open this year, it may lead to Oakland having a better pool to choose from in terms of assistants interested in having their own Division I program.


June 13 MARQUETTE Mike Bielawski is leaving his position as assistant golf coach at Marquette to pursue another opportunity outside of golf.  Bielawski, who was a member of the golf team and graduated in 2008, spent the past four years with head coach Steve Bailey. Bielawski helped lead Marquette to a Big East Championship in 2015. This past year Marquette placed fourth at the Big East Conference Championship. Marquette finished the season ranked No. 110 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Bailey has started his search for a new assistant and hopes to have it completed by mid-July.


June 11 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA With the departure of Tyler Goulding to Air Force, expect to see Southern California name Justin Silverstein associate head men’s golf coach in the near future. Silverstein has held that same position with the USC women’s team the past three seasons. Silverstein, who was a collegiate golfer at the University of Arizona, started his coaching career at his alma mater spending a total of four years with the women’s program in Tucson. USC women’s team finished the past season ranked No. 2 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings and lost in the opening round of match play at the NCAA Championship. The men’s program advanced to the match-play portion of the championship for the second consecutive season and was ranked No. 8 in the final Golfweek/ Sagarin rankings. The USC men’s program is expected to be a top team and possibly preseason No. 1 in college golf next year. This will leave yet another power five program looking for an assistant golf coach.


June 9 CAL BAPTIST

John Hackney, the head women’s coach at California Baptist, has resigned, athletic director Micah Parker said.

“We appreciate John’s contributions to the CBU golf program,” Parker said. “John implemented a winning culture, as evident with our men’s and women’s teams repeatedly reaching the postseason under his tenure, and the men qualifying for match play in the NCAA Championships earlier this year. We wish him well.” In the past three seasons, both of Hackney’s teams combined to reach the NCAA Division II postseason in five of six chances. The Lancers were represented at the national championship three times under Hackney, as well. The women won a total of 10 tournament championships, including two PacWest crowns, over the last three years. The men won their first tournament as a fully-fledged NCAA program this past season at its host invitational. The Cal Baptist men’s program finished the season ranked No. 27 in the final NCAA Division II Golfstat rankings. The women finished the year ranked No. 15. There were plenty more highlights for CBU in 2015-16. The women won the conference title by 40 strokes, producing the PacWest Player and Freshman of the Year, along with the individual champion. The men qualified for the Division II Championships and advanced to match play, eventually taking sixth in the division. California Baptist University will begin the search for a new men’s and women’s head golf coach immediately.


June 3 AIR FORCE Air Force head coach George Koury has announced that Tyler Goulding will join his staff as the assistant golf coach. Goulding, who was a three-time MVP (2005, 2006, 2007), playing for Koury at Air Force, joins the Falcons’ program after spending the last three seasons at the University of Southern California. “I am honored to have the opportunity to return to my alma mater and help guide the golf program into the upper echelon of college golf,” said Goulding. “The Academy shaped me into the man I am today and it has always been a dream of mine to return as a coach. Coach Koury has done an amazing job recruiting and upgrading the facilities, and I believe that the pieces are in place to be great. As an Academy graduate, I understand the challenges that cadet life presents to a golfer and I look forward to helping the guys achieve their personal, professional, and athletic goals.” Koury, who is from Tracy, Calif., did not miss an event in four years as a collegiate golfer and recorded 15 top-10 finishes. “We are very fortunate to have Tyler returning to the Falcons,” said Koury, who graduated in 2007. “He comes to us from one of the best programs in the country and we will count on his military experience, professional and amateur golf experience and elite-level recruiting to elevate our program.” June 3 CHARLOTTE Charlotte has made it official by announcing Ryan Potter as the assistant women’s golf coach. Potter has spent the past two season as the women’s assistant golf coach at UNLV. “I am thrilled that Ryan is joining the 49er family,” said Charlotte head coach Holly Clark. “I was looking for someone with solid coaching and playing experience at the highest level that could come in and help get this program off the ground immediately.” Prior to his arrival at UNLV, Potter spent four years as the assistant men’s golf coach at Ohio State and two years at Ole Miss. Potter was a four-year letterman at Furman down in Greenville graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in History. He later earned his Masters degree in Sports Management from Alabama “I am extremely excited for this opportunity,” remarked Potter. “To be able to start this program from the ground up and make it great is a unique experience that most coaches do not get. I have been amazed by the support that the university and community have given to women’s golf at Charlotte. I can’t wait to work with Holly along with Ryan [Cabbage] and Sam [Hughes] from men’s golf. I look forward to the future success of our programs.” Charlotte will begin competing in women’s golf in the fall of 2018. June 2 MICHIGAN The University of Michigan women’s golf coach Jan Dowling is looking for an assistant women’s golf coach. Dowling has announced that Mary Mattson, who just completed her third year with the Michigan golf team, has resigned to pursue a masters degree. Michigan advanced to the NCAA Championship this season, missing the 54-hole cut. The Wolverines finished the 2015-16 year ranked No. 46 in the Golfweek/Sagarin college rankings. The position is full time and Dowling has already began the search for a replacement.


May 26

PEPPERDINE

It seems like it is the year of the assistant coach. The Pepperdine women’s golf program has an opening for the assistant coach position. Laurie Gibbs, recent WGCA Hall of Fame inductee, is looking for someone with college golf experience that would also be interested in earning their MBA at Pepperdine. Leanne Craig, former player at Pepperdine, has stepped down after five seasons as the assistant coach. Craig has decided to focus on family and is expecting her second child in August. She hopes to return to coaching in the future. Gibbs is looking to complete the interview process in June to allow the coach time to get on the road and recruit in July and August. Only if I were young again, living in Malibu and coaching golf.


May 25

VANDERBILT

Vanderbilt will soon replace Holly Clark, who left her position as assistant coach last fall when she was named the head coach at Charlotte. Head coach Greg Allen is expected to name Aimee Neff his new assistant coach. Neff just completed her third season as an assistant coach at Michigan State. A native of Carmel, Ind., Neff is one of only three Spartans to earn All-Big Ten honors four times. Neff was a two-time winner of both the Illinois Women’s Open (2008, 2009) and Indiana Women’s Open (2009, 2010) and claimed the Indiana Women’s Golf Association Match Play Championship in 2008. She also competed in the 2005 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship, two U.S. Women’s Amateur Championships (2009, 2010) and five U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championships. Vanderbilt finished the season ranked No. 40 in the Golfweek/Sagarin college rankings and missed a trip to the NCAA final after placing 10th at the NCAA Shoal Creek Regional. Vanderbilt also placed 10th in the SEC Championship.


May 23

SOUTH ALABAMA

South Alabama men’s golf coach Ben Hannan will no longer be coaching the men’s golf team. He has resigned to accept the position of Assistant Athletic Director for Athletics Development. Hannan, who just completed his 13th season at the helm of the program, was also a member of three Jaguar teams that won Sun Belt Conference championships as a player in the early 1990s. He coached the Jaguars to four NCAA Regional appearances – including receiving the first two at-large berths in program history – and saw his teams win two Sun Belt Conference titles. He was named league coach of the year in 2005. “South Alabama has been a big part of my life. This is home for me and my family,” Hannan said. “I had 13 great years as the men’s golf coach and have lasting relationships with many of my original teammates, former players and a ton of wonderful memories. To have the opportunity to coach the team I once played for was an honor. “Moving forward, I am very excited in this new role to help the athletic department and university continue to grow and get better. I thank Dr. Erdmann and the administration for the opportunity, I am looking forward to getting started.” South Alabama is ranked No. 165 in the Golfweek/Sagarin college rankings and finished fourth at the Sun Belt Conference Championship this year and advanced to match play at the Sin Belt Conference Championship. South Alabama will begin a search a new head immediately.


May 19

WASHINGTON STATE

Being a head coaching job in one of the power conferences and with a golf course that has escalated in reputation in the college game, the Washington State job was expected to attract some quality head coaches. However, I am not sure that materialized. It didn’t take long for the Cougars to find its next head coach. Just a couple of weeks after Garrett Clegg resigned and accepted the head coaching job at Utah, Washington State has named a new coach. They didn’t go far, staying in house and naming assistant coach Dustin White head coach. White, who had just completed his second season as the assistant coach, is a 2003 graduate at Washington State where he played his college golf. White recorded 17-career top 10 as a Cougar. “I have been extremely impressed with Dustin’s body of work throughout the past three seasons and believe he is the right person to continue moving Cougar golf forward,” Washington State Director of Athletics Bill Moos said in a release. “He has tremendous passion for WSU and the Pac-12, is well respected among his peers, and has the confidence of the returning players.” White, who is from Pueblo, Colo., was a winner on the Gateway Tour in 2004, 2006 and 2007. He played on the Nationwide Tour in 2005, 2009 and 2010. He qualified for and participated in the 2006 U.S. Open. “I am honored to have the opportunity to be able to the lead the men’s golf program at my alma mater,” White said. “I’m passionate about everything that is Washington State and am excited for what lies ahead. We have a great group of young men and we will be working hard to compete for championships within the conference and beyond. Having competed here as a student-athlete, I am able to relate to what the guys go through on a daily basis and hope to play a role in helping them achieve their lifelong goals. I want to put Cougar Golf on the map and make the entire Washington State Cougar family proud.” Garrett Clegg spent five seasons with the Cougars. Washington State is ranked No. 93 in the Golfweek/Sagarin college rankings.


May 19

CHARLOTTE

Charlotte will re-structure its coaching staff with Ryan Potter joining the 49er golf program as an assistant coach. Potter, who is the son of Alabama women’s coach Mic Potter, just finished his second season as the assistant women’s coach at UNLV. Prior to that he was the men’s assistant coach at Ohio State for four years and spent time as the assistant men’s coach at Ole Miss. He also was a volunteer assistant for the men’s team at Alabama for one year. Ryan Cabbage will be remain the men’s golf coach, but also be the Director of Golf. It was announced last fall that Holly Clark would be the head women’s golf coach, a new program that will begin play during the 2017-18 season. Potter will join Sam Hughes as the assistant coach and the two will work with both programs. I like this set up and we may see this coaching model become more of a trend in the future and is already in place at a few places. May 12

BUCKNELL

Bucknell has announced women’s golf coach Kevin Jamieson has resigned to pursue other professional opportunities. Jamieson recently completed his 16th season guiding the Bison women’s golf team, which is a Division I school located in Lewisburg, Penn. “I would like to thank Kevin for all of his efforts in leading the Bison women’s golf team over the last 16 years,” said director of athletics and recreation John Hardt. “Kevin took over a program that was still in its infancy and helped mold it into one that consistently competes for conference championships. We will miss Kevin’s commitment and passion for the student-athletes, alumni and friends of the women’s golf program.” Jamieson was just the second head coach in Bucknell women’s golf history. The program debuted at the varsity level in 1998-99 and Jamieson took over in the fall of 2000. The Bison went through two conference transitions during Jamieson’s tenure. Bucknell joined the Big South Conference in 2005 and is now a member of the Patriot League. Bucknell finished fourth at this year’s Patriot League Championship, and the team will return a pair of all-league performers next year in rising senior Emily Larson and rising junior Lindsay Dodovich. The Bison are ranked No. 225 in the Golfweek/Sagarin college rankings. A national search is underway to identify his successor. May 12

XAVIER

For the first time since the 1980s Xavier will have a new men’s golf coach. In a school release, it was said that longtime Xavier men’s golf coach Doug Steiner plans to retire after 28 years with the Musketeers. Steiner started at Xavier in 1988. Steiner led the Xavier team to five NCAA Regional appearances between 2001-06 and led the Musketeers to eight conference titles, including four in the Atlantic 10 Conference and four in the Midwestern Collegiate Conference, while earning Conference Coach of the Year honors three times in the A-10 and four times in the MCC. A number of Steiner’s former players are playing professionally, including Jason Kokrak who is a member on the PGA Tour. Xavier placed second at the Big East Conference Championship two weeks ago and is ranked No. 117 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.


May 11

PACIFIC

It’s that time of the year and it seems the vacancies for assistant coaches is more as we approach the offseason. John Cook, who just completed his first year as head coach at the University of Pacific in Stockton, Calif., is looking for an assistant coach. Cook came to Pacific after a successful tenure at Cal-State Stanislaus. The Tigers did not have an assistant coach this past season, but have had that role filled in the past. The Tigers compete in the West Coast Conference and are ranked No. 170 in the Golfweek/Sagarin college rankings.


May 11

DENVER

Daniela Lendl will not be returning to the University of Denver as assistant women’s golf coach next season. Lendl, who is a 2015 graduate of Alabama where she was a member of the golf team that won the 2012 National Championship, is leaving the Pioneers golf program to explore other opportunities in the golf industry and will be taking a job with the Connecticut State Golf Association to help broaden her skill set. Lendl helped Denver to its 13th consecutive conference championship winning The Summit League and a 15th place finish at the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional. Denver is ranked No. 75 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Head coach Lindsay Kuhle, who is in her fourth year as head coach, will be looking to fill her position this summer.


May 10

North Texas

Last fall, Jeff Mitchell announced he was resigning as women’s golf coach at North Texas. Assistant coach Barry Niemann served as the interim coach for the 2015-16 season. Today it has been announced that Texas State’s Mike Akers has been named head women’s golf coach.

Akers, who led the Bobcats to six NCAA Regional appearances, just finished his 10th season at Texas State. He coached his team to three conference championships (two Southland, one Sun Belt).

“I am very excited to begin a new chapter for the University of North Texas women’s golf program,” Akers said. “I would like to thank Rick Villarreal, Mike Ashbaugh and the entire North Texas community for this incredible opportunity.”

This past season, Texas State won the Sun Belt Conference Tournament championship and recently finished 14th at the NCAA Bryan Regional.

“It is with great pleasure and excitement today that we announce Michael Akers as our head women’s golf coach,” Director of Athletics Rick Villarreal said. “Michael comes to us from Texas State University where his team returned from NCAA Regional play and has been there several times the last six years. We believe that he brings a lot of golf expertise as well as great recruiting and we are excited about the team he can put together to emulate our men’s golf program.”

Akers came to Texas State in September 2006 after serving as an assistant coach for men’s and women’s golf at the University of Central Florida. Prior to his stint at UCF, Akers spent one season as a volunteer assistant for the women’s program at Middle Tennessee. Akers was also the associate head coach in Kansas at his alma mater, Fort Hays State, for eight seasons.


May 9

California

We learned this past weekend that after 37 years coaching the men’s golf team at California, Steve Desimone is retiring. So who gets the job? This one is easy. Walter Chun. There will be a process and I am sure there will be many who apply. Even if Illinois’ Mike Small were to be interested and inquire about the job, you would have to kindly say no thanks. Chun is the only option. Chun has spent the past 18 years with California men’s golf program, as a player, assistant coach and an associate head coach. He understands what it takes to be successful with the Golden Bears program, a program that is not fully allotted scholarships and that has to fundraise every dollar for the entire operating budget. His name has been popular the past few years and he has had chances to look elsewhere, but has stayed with the Golden Bears. Look no further than his bio and the comments Desimone has made about his former player. “Walter and I are in this together,” Desimone said. “We talk constantly about what we’re doing and how we’re doing it. We’re always looking to find ways to improve and be a better team. What one of us doesn’t think of the other one does. That’s how a good team and a good staff work. He’s been a tremendous asset, ally and friend. I could never say enough good things about Walter.” Desimone also added: “Walter has really good interpersonal skills, and has great instincts and connects with young people. With Walter you know you will get as genuine of a human being as you will ever find, which I think relates very well to young people and their parents. He’s bright, articulate and a great representative of our program and the University of California.” Those words alone should be enough for Chun to quickly be named the next California coach. Add in that Chun, who was a former team captain, has been an integral part of the success the golf team has had in the last decade and it’s a no brainer.


May 3

Utah

Just a few days after the Pac-12 Conference Championship and the end of the University of Utah’s golf season, the Utes have a new golf coach. Washington State head coach Garrett Clegg has replaced Randall McCracken a Utah. McCracken, who spent 12 years guiding the program, announced earlier this year he would be retiring at season’s end to spend more time with his family. “We had a very strong pool of candidates interested in the position and we are very excited that Garrett and his family have decided to make their way back to Utah,” said senior and men’s golf administrator Jimmy Soto. “Garrett’s understanding of the Pac-12 landscape, along with his passion for The U of U is a great fit for our university and the men’s golf program.” Clegg, a native of Bountiful, Utah, has spent the past nine years coaching in the Pac-12 Conference. He coached the past five years at Washington State and prior to that spent four seasons as the assistant coach at the University of Washington. Clegg played his final two years at Utah after transferring from the University of Minnesota where he was a member of the 2002 NCAA championship team. Clegg finished is collegiate career in 2004 and then spent a few years playing professionally. He was a two-time All-Mountain West Conference selection and placed third in the conference championship tournament in 2003. “Since I began my coaching career back in December of 2007, I have hoped for the opportunity to return to Utah. It is my dream job to coach at the U of U and I cannot wait to get started.” Now, Washington State will be looking for a head coach. Stay tuned.


May 2

Stanford

Stanford assistant coach Graham Brockington will not be returning next fall. Brockington, who was a member of the golf team and graduated in 2011, spent the past two years as the assistant coach at Stanford. Brockington will be continuing his education, as he was accepted to Anderson School of Management at UCLA.

Head coach Conrad Ray is currently in search of someone to fill Brockington’s position and hopes to do so by mid-June. Brockington will stay on as assistant coach through the end of the 2015-16 season.

This past weekend the Cardinal won the Pac-12 Conference Championship for the third consecutive season, and the team is currently ranked No. 4 in the Golfweek/Sagarin college rankings.


May 1

Texas-Arlington

It was announced a little over 12 months ago that University of Texas-Arlington would add women’s golf. The team is set to begin competition in the 2017-18 season.

Stuart Deane was named head men’s golf coach just a month after the announcement of the addition of the women’s program. UTA is now looking for an associate head women’s golf coach who will work under the direction of Deane.

Deane just completed his first year as head coach of the men’s program. The Mavericks finished the season last week with a fifth-place showing at the Sun Belt Conference Championship and is ranked No. 153 in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin college rankings.

Deane said in an e-mail they hope to have someone hired by August 1.


April 29

Oregon State

After two years in Corvallis, head women’s golf coach Sammie Chergo is resigning. Oregon State was a bubble team the past two seasons, but missed out on the NCAA postseason both times. The Beavers finished the 2015-16 regular season ranked No. 61 in the Golfweek/Sagarin college rankings and last year Oregon State was No. 66 in the final poll. “It’s with both a heavy and grateful heart I leave Corvallis and return to Denver to be with my growing family,” Chergo said. Chergo’s partner, University of Denver women’s basketball coach Kerry Cremeans, is pregnant with twins due in mid-May. Chergo came to Oregon State after a successful run at the University of Denver. Denver won nine consecutive Sun Belt Conference titles from 2004-2013 and she was named conference coach of the year six times. Three times she took the Pioneers to the NCAA Championship, where they placed in the top six two times. “I can’t thank the administration at Oregon State enough for entrusting me with the wonderful opportunity and special challenge of growing the tradition of Oregon State women’s golf,” Chergo said. We can expect numerous assistant coaches from programs around the country to be interested in this job, including current assistant Dawn Shockley. Shockley might not be a bad move considering she is already there and been involved in the day-to-day operations and familiar with the recruits coming in. There are a few names I would start with of current head coaches who might be interested in the move to a Pac-12 school.

  • University of San Francisco coach Sarah (Huarte) Glynn is a former Pac-12 player at California, where she won the individual national championship in 2004. Glynn just completed her seventh season at San Francisco with her team finishing the regular season ranked No. 64.
  • In just her second season, UC Riverside head coach Mary Ritchie guided the Highlanders to its first Big West Conference title this year and a spot in NCAA regional play. UC Riverside also improved more than 40 spots in the national rankings in her first year.
  • Gonzaga head coach Brad Rickel has proven he can recruit in the Pacific Northwest, building a program in Spokane, Wash. Gonzaga had been to the postseason in each of the last three years as an at-large pick. This year, Gonzaga was a bubble team most of the year but missed the postseason with a No. 70 ranking at the end of the regular season. Rickel also served as the head men’s and women’s coach at the University of Idaho, where he took the Vandals to the postseason three times.

Other phone calls I might make would be to Old Dominion head coach Andrew Crabtree, who is quickly becoming a bigger name in the women’s coaching game and why not consider TCU assistant coach Danny Randolph. Randolph, who has spent the last two years at TCU, had previously coached at Div. II Lynn University, where he won two national championships.


April 11

Loyola Marymount

After three seasons at Loyola Marymount Brad Lanning is resigning as head men’s golf coach. Lanning came to LMU after spending two years as an assistant coach to Casey Martin at Oregon. “I dearly love coaching, but I love my family and my marriage more,” Lanning said. “My life had no margin for many of the things that are very important to me, namely family and faith.” Lanning and his family plan to move to Wisconsin where he will return to a career in financial services which he had extensive experience in before deciding to coach full time. LMU is currently ranked No. 157 in the Golfweek/Sagarin college rankings and will compete in the West Coast Conference Championship April 18-20.


April 7

Lynn University

Karli Heimbecker has been promoted to head women’s golf coach. Heimbecker had joined the Fighting Knights in 2015 as assistant coach and will take over a program that has won five national championships in school history. Head men’s golf coach Andrew Danna had be serving as women’s coach at Lynn since former head coach Danny Randolph took a job as the assistant coach with the TCU women’s golf program in May 2015. Randolph spent four seasons as in the position with Lynn, winning two national championships. Danna remains the men’s coach. “I am confident Karli will transition well from assistant to the head coach role,” Lynn University director of athletics Devin Crosby said. “She has a service-minded coaching philosophy, which is a large part of why the program is currently nationally ranked and our women’s golf students are having an amazing experience. And most importantly, Karli projects the Lynn University attributes of spirit, service and strength. I look forward to watching Lynn women’s golf advance under her leadership.” Heimbecker has had a successful run in her first season assisting the Blue & White, winning one tournament, logging five top-five finishes and helping two student-athletes win three individual titles. Lynn is also on track to record the fourth-lowest scoring average in program history and make its fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. “I am truly honored and blessed to be chosen to lead Lynn University’s women’s golf team. The chance to be a part of a dynamic, cooperative, innovative and family oriented athletic program is an amazing opportunity,” Heimbecker said. “The last year under coach Danna has been an incredible learning experience, and I am greatly looking forward to carrying on the rich tradition of this program.” Heimbecker, who played college golf at the University of South Florida, arrived at Lynn following two years as a graduate assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s golf teams at West Georgia. Lynn is currently ranked No. 6 in Golfstat’s Div. II rankings.

March 24

UTAH

Utah head coach Randall McCracken will resign at season’s end. McCracken has been with the Utes golf team for the past 12 years. “I’ve really enjoyed my 12 years coaching here at Utah but the time demands have become too great for my family,” said McCracken. “We are in a position where I can stay home with the kids for awhile, then eventually find something career wise that can keep me home more. I’ve missed too many birthdays, soccer games and school concerts over the years. This was a really tough decision because I really love coaching. I’ll miss it dearly, but my family needs me now.” McCracken, who played his college golf at Oregon, served as the head golf coach at Utah Valley for two years before coaching at Utah. in 2004. Replacing McCracken with a coach who will up for the challenge should not be real difficult. Utah is in its fifth season competing in the Pac-12 Conference and that alone should attract some mid-major and top assistant coaches. Utah is currently ranked No. 153 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. The school has announced a search for a new golf coach is underway.


Feb. 15

KANSAS

The University of Kansas men’s golf team will have a new assistant coach this spring. Head coach Jamie Bermel recently named Chris Wilson, who will replace Zach Zaremba who left the program to go into private business. Wilson comes to Kansas after spending the last five seasons at the U.S. Air Force Academy, three of which he served as the assistant coach for the Falcons before being promoted to associate head coach in May 2013. “To be a coach at Kansas is a dream job for me,” Wilson said. “The passion and support from the Jayhawk fan base is as good as it gets in college sports.” Wilson is a native of Shawnee, Okla., began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Louisiana-Monroe, where he played his college golf earning all-conference honors his senior year. “I couldn’t be more excited to welcome Chris to the KU golf family,” Bermel said. “I’ve watched him work for many years, and he is exactly what I was looking for in a coach. He is a relentless recruiter, a teacher of the game and a role model for the players. Chris has worn many hats as an assistant coach, associate head coach and head coach. All of these experiences will help us achieve our goal and that is to compete at the very highest level of golf.” Wilson will make his first appearance with the Jayhawks when the team travels to Palm Desert, Calif., to compete in the Desert Intercollegiate at Classic Club Feb. 19-21. The Jayhawks, ranked No. 48 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, finished the fall season with two wins in five starts.


Jan. 17

UAB

Alabama-Birmingham men’s golf coach Alan Murray named former Blazer golfer Thomas Sutton as the program’s assistant coach last week. Sutton, who is from Montgomery, Ala., spent five seasons with the UAB golf team from 2009-2014. After sitting out the 2009-10 season as a redshirt freshman, Sutton spent the next four seasons as a fixture on the UAB roster as he competed in 47 events during his career. His playing days include appearances in the 2012 Stanford Regional and NCAA Championship, 2013 Baton Rouge Regional and 2014 Sugar Grove Regional and NCAA Championship. He helped lead the Blazers to a second-place finish in the Conference USA Championship his senior year. “It is exciting to be back,” Sutton said. “Not a lot of people get to begin their coaching careers at their alma mater or a great school like (Alabama-Birmingham). I am lucky to begin my career under a great head coach like coach Murray. He helped me improve my game tremendously, and I hope I can pass along his teaching to the team.” Murray points out that Sutton was an important part of his building of the Alabama-Birmingham golf program, which begins the spring season at No. 27 in the Golfweek/Sagarin college rankings. “I am delighted to have Thomas join the staff,” Murray said. “He was an essential building block to the program and contributed a lot to the team’s success as a student-athlete. He has a lot of natural enthusiasm, is passionate about the school and exhibited great leadership as a team captain.”


January 15

LA SALLE

La Salle University, Director of Athletics Dr. Tom Brennan announced that Jason Calhoun has been named the first head women’s golf coach. The program will begin varsity competition in the fall of 2016. A former three-time Division I head coach, Calhoun began his career as the head women’s golf coach at Saint Francis in 1994, helping start the program. He was a two-sport athlete for the Red Flash, earning All-NEC honors in golf and football. He was also named a Small College All-American in football. He spent time assisting the men’s team while at Saint Francis. In 2001, he was named the head men’s golf coach at Dartmouth. He also spent two seasons as the head women’s golf coach at Loyola-Chicago from 2011-13. Most recently, Calhoun was the head men’s and women’s golf coach at nearby Arcadia University during the 2014-15 season. Calhoun has ties to the La Salle area. Calhoun has been a PGA Professional since 1993. He began his career at Immergun Golf Club in Loretto, Pa. (1993-97), followed by stints as an assistant pro at Boonsboro Golf Club in Lynchburg, Va. (1997-98) and Philadelphia Country Club (1999-01). “Jason is a perfect fit to become our first women’s golf coach,” Brennan said. “His connections in the area will aid in our recruiting efforts and his experience as a college coach will help provide an outstanding experience for our student-athletes.” He was the head professional at the prestigious Hanover Country Club at Dartmouth College from 2001-05 before two seasons as the director of instruction at Indiana University Golf Course. Calhoun also had service as the director of golf at Otis Park Golf Course in Bedford, Ind. and Cascades Golf Club in Bloomington, Ind. Most recently, Calhoun was the head professional at Glen Flora Country Club in Waukengan, Ill. “It is an honor to be given the opportunity to build the women’s golf team at La Salle as the program’s first coach,” Calhoun said. “I look forward to drawing on past experiences building or re-building programs to ensure the team is quickly positioned for competitive success while offering the high-caliber student-athlete experiences on which La Salle prides itself. I look forward to working with Dr. Brennan, John Lyons and the rest of the Explorers’ staff on this exciting challenge.”


January 14

IDAHO

After five and half years at the University of Idaho, John Means has resigned as men’s golf coach. Former Vandals golfer and Moscow, Idaho native David Nuhn has been named head coach. “Due to my wife’s health she had to move to Arizona and I am now leaving to join her,” Means said. Means guided Idaho a Big Sky Conference Championship last year and took the Vandals to the postseason where they tied for 10th at the NCAA San Diego Regional. Nuhn, who graduated in 2010, has worked on earning his PGA of America certification and played professionally as a member of the Pacific Northwest PGA. He also was a volunteer assistant golf coach at Washington State. He is assistant pro at the University of Idaho Golf Course. Idaho finished the fall season ranked No. 67 in the Golfweek/Sagarin college rankings. “I have been so very fortunate in my life to be able to wake up each day, excited about the chance to make a difference in a young athletes life,” Means said. “I don’t know what the future holds for me, but I can fondly look back with no regrets.”


KENNESAW STATE

Kennesaw State head coach Bryant Odom has named Eric Hodgson assistant coach. Hodgson joins the KSU program after serving as an assistant pro at Indian Hills Country Club in Marietta, Ga. His most recent coaching experience came as an assistant coach for the men’s and women’s golf programs at South Dakota State from 2012-14. Odom, who previously coached at Western Carolina, is in his first year as head coach at Kennesaw State. He replaced Jay Mosely who was named the head coach at Ohio State last summer. “I am excited to announce Eric as our new assistant men’s golf coach,” Odom said. “Eric’s vision and personality compliments my coaching style and the program’s needs. His experience as a collegiate player, coach and golf professional give him a well-rounded knowledge base. I believe Eric will make an immediate, positive impact on the program, and we are fortunate to have him wearing the black and gold.” Hodgson also has experience coaching at the high school level when he was the assistant coach at The Webber School in Sandy Springs, Ga. As a collegiate player, Hodgson earned NAIA Academic All-America honors and was a Mid-South Conference all-academic selection while competing at the University of Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Ky. “I feel so privileged to be a part of such a great program and to work with a coach with as much golf experience as Coach Odom,” Hodgson said. “I have been out of coaching for a year and a half but could not be more excited and eager to work with a team again.” Kennesaw State, currently ranked No. 60 in the Golfweek/Sagarin college rankings, opens the spring season on Feb. 17 when the Owls travel to Hawaii to compete in the John Burns Intercollegiate.


January 7

VIRGINIA

Generally it’s a quiet time of the year for college golf coaching news, but with the departure of Virginia assistant coach Jay Calvo, there was an opening on Bowen Sargent’s staff. Sargent has announced the hiring of Corey Ziedonis as the team’s assistant coach. Ziedonis will replace Calvo, who resigned to accept a position in private business. Ziedonis comes to Virginia after spending the past two years at Ball State as a graduate assistant coach. The Indianapolis native played four years at Indiana, completing his career in 2012-13. He spent the spring and summer of 2014 working with the Golfweek Junior Tour as a player relations manager. “Corey has a reputation of being a hard worker who will bring a lot of energy with him to our program,” Sargent said. “He has positioned himself to make this step professionally, and I am excited to have him join the program and help us work to achieve our goals.” A two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, Ziedonis was a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar as a senior. He logged seven top-25 finishes that year and managed his third straight season with a stroke average better than 75.00. Ziedonis was a part of the Indiana lineup for three NCAA Regional appearances (2011-13), finishing among the top 25 individually at all three. A two-time all-state selection at Cathedral High School in Indianapolis, Ziedonis won the 2008 Indiana state high school championship. He placed third at the 2011 Indiana Amateur Championship. “I would like to thank coach Sargent for the amazing opportunity to join such a great program,” Ziedonis said. “I am looking forward to hitting the ground running and being an asset to coach Sargent and our student-athletes. It did not take me long to appreciate the beauty and tradition of the university and I am proud to call myself a Wahoo.” Virginia ended the fall season ranked No. 20 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings and will open its season Feb. 17 at the John Burns Intercollegiate in Hawaii.


January 6, 2016

NOVA SOUTHEASTERN

Nova Southeastern University men’s golf team has a new assistant coach. Former University of North Florida golfer Joey Marino begins his job immediately with the Sharks golf program. His coaching duties include assisting in player development, recruiting, on-course instruction and administrative duties. Marino is a native of Weston, Fla. Following his playing career, he held a position on the North Florida women’s coaching staff before moving into development. For more than two years, he had various roles in that department, including most recently the Assistant Director of Athletic Development. Among his many responsibilities were assisting with the Associate Athletic Director of Development in managing the UNF Osprey Club; working with donors and prospective donors; and directing events for the program. “We are very excited to welcome Joey Marino to our men’s golf program,” said head coach Ryan Jamison. “His passion and experience within the golfing world will be a tremendous asset to our program. We are very excited at the opportunity this year, and I know Joey looks forward to adding to the tradition here at NSU.” Nova Southeastern is currently ranked No. 4 in Div. II golf and will open its season at the Matlock Invitational on Feb. 8 in Lakeland, Fla. Marino is the son of NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino.


November 11

CHARLOTTE

Charlotte has named Vanderbilt associate head coach Holly Clark head women’s golf coach. Clark, who played her college golf at Tennessee, will direct the program from the beginning being named the school’s first women’s golf coach. For Clark it will be the second time she has started a program doing so at NCAA Div. II Carson-Newman in 2008. In her first year with the start-up Eagles, Clark guided Carson-Newman to the 2009 South Atlantic Conference Championship and had an individual earn a NCAA Regional bid in their first year of competition. The Eagles team earned a NCAA Regional berth in the very next season of 2010. “We are excited to formally announce that women’s golf will be our 18th sport and that we will begin competition in 2017,” said Charlotte Director of Athletics Judy Rose. “We received tremendous interest in the head coaching position and could not be more pleased that Holly Clark is joining the 49er staff. Holly’s experience as a player and a coach at the highest levels assures me that our program is in great hands.” In her playing days, Clark was a four-year star at Tennessee helping lead the Volunteers to a 2006 NCAA East Regional championship. In 2003, Clark led the Morristown West High School Lady Trojans to the 2003 state title as the individual state champion in Tennessee. “I want to personally thank Judy Rose, Darin Spease and Ryan Cabbage for this amazing and exciting opportunity,” remarked Clark. “It is rare that a coach gets to start her own program from the ground up. I am incredibly blessed and grateful for the chance to do it again at a great university in a wonderful golf community. What an honor to be the 49ers first women’s golf coach!” The women’s golf team will train at the Stubblefield Golf Center at Rocky River Golf Club, which is also the home of the 49ers men’s golf program. A planned expansion of the practice facility will benefit both programs. The 49ers women’s golf team will begin play in the fall of 2017 as a member of Conference USA. Charlotte will become the 12th member school with women’s golf.


November 2

UC RIVERSIDE

Former UTEP men’s golf coach Rick Todd has been named head coach at UC Riverside. Todd was with the Miners from 1999-2011. His teams advanced to the NCAA West Regional three times. “We’re delighted to have Rick Todd join the UC Riverside family as the head coach of our Men’s Golf program,” said Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Tamica Smith Jones. “His track record, particularly at UTEP as a coach, a mentor and an ambassador in the community, all make him the perfect choice to lead the Highlanders.” A UTEP graduate, Todd was a three-time All-American as a collegian as well as a four-time, First Team All-WAC selection. After leaving UTEP, Todd continued working in the golf industry before deciding to return to coaching. He has 12 years experience as a professional golfer, and has played in international events on six continents. On why he returned to coaching Todd said, “I miss the kids, and helping them be successful in golf and in life. “I was drawn to UC Riverside because I felt it was the right fit, and I’m excited about the opportunity to recruit Southern California’s golf talent to play here.” UC Riverside is currently ranked No. 198 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.


October 30

GEORGIA TECH

With Brennan Webb leaving his role as associate head coach at Georgia Tech for the head coaching job at Middle Tennessee State just prior to the start of the fall season, Yellow Jackets head coach Bruce Heppler was left searching for a replacement. Almost two months later, Heppler has filled that position. Former Morehead State golfer Jeff Pierce has been named assistant coach at Georgia Tech. Pierce, 28 and a native of Glasgow, Ky., comes to Tech after serving this past summer as the director of instruction at Elk River Golf Club in Banner Elk, N.C., and a three-year tenure as the senior instructor at Butch Harmon Floridian, an elite golf learning center based at The Floridian Resort in Palm City, Fla. Pierce has taught golf to players at all levels, creating and administrating programs in both individual and group situations. He has expertise in the latest instruction technology as well as club fitting and performance. “Team development is more important than it used to be. We met Jeff and liked his approach to what he was doing,” said Heppler. “He’s worked with (former Tech All-American) Anders Albertson the last few months and got a thumbs-up from him. Jeff’s skill set will be very beneficial to where we are right now. It’s a little different dynamic. I’m excited to have someone who has done that full time, can evaluate players in the recruiting process and has connections with teachers all over the country who work with young people.” Pierce’s list of pupils at Butch Harmon Floridian included winners in the PGA Tour, the Web.com Tour, the European Tour and the LPGA Tour. He has traveled 12-15 weeks a year to work directly with players such as former Florida State All-American Brooks Koepka and former Louisville All-American Derek Fathauer. “I’m intrigued and excited to be at Georgia Tech, and I think my skill set can help develop our guys here,” said Pierce. “I’ve been instructing players at the highest level for a long time, and part of that is developing players. I’ve been doing the job with guys that have been fresh out of college or late in college. To me it’s not that big a leap. Most of the work we’ve done in Florida the last couple of years it to try and develop guys to play on tour. In the college environment, I can have a deeper relationship with our players as we work with them to develop their games.” Prior to working at Butch Harmon Floridian, Pierce was an assistant golf professional at The Virginian Golf Club in Bristol, Va. (March 2011-Oct. 2012), and begin his career as an assistant golf professional at Elizabethtown (Ky.) Country Club from 2006-09 while a student-athlete at Morehead State University. He played professionally for a short time before turning to teaching full time.


September 30

KNOX COLLEGE

Robert Jan has been named head men’s and women’s golf coach at Div. III Knox College (Galesburg, Ill.), athletic director Chad Eisele has announced. Jan is coming off a stint as the head golf coach at Ashford University. Jan, who qualified for the National PGA Club Pro Championship twice, is a two-time NCAA Division III All-American and Hall of Fame member at Millikin University. He guided Millikin to a 3rd place finish in the NCAA Championship while there.


September 24

NOTRE DAME

Head coach Susan Holt has announced that Kyle Lynne Demeter has been promoted to associate head coach. Demeter is in her 11th season at Notre Dame. “Kyle has been critically involved in all aspects of our women’s golf program for the past 10 years,” Holt said. “I felt it was time to acknowledge the many contributions she has made to our program. There is no better way to do that than to make her an associate head coach. Together, we have created a culture here that we are both very proud of and believe in. I think we make a great team and look forward to the continued success of our women’s golf program.” Notre Dame opened the season with a win at the Mary Fossum Invitational and a fifth-place showing at the Schooner Classic.


September 17

ARMY

Army head coach Brian Watts has announced Neal Grusczynski as the new assistant coach for the men’s golf program. Grusczynski spent the 2014-15 season at Jacksonville State where he served as the men’s and women’s golf assistant coach. He began his collegiate coaching career as the volunteer assistant at his Alma Mater, Xavier University from the year prior. The 2005 graduate from Xavier University, was named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year in 2002, and was part of seven team wins in his career. Grusczynski qualified for the NCAA West Regional as a sophomore and the NCAA Central Regional his junior and senior seasons. The Musketeers won the A-10 Championship in 2003 and 2005, Grusczynski capped-off his collegiate career with the individual championship title at the A-10 Championships his senior season. “We are excited about Neal joining the Army West Point golf family,” said Watts. “His success and experience from collegiate and professional career will make an immediate impact to our program. The team and I are looking forward to working with coach Grusczynski to make our team better prepared for success on the course and in the classroom.”


September 16

CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY

Former University of Portland assistant coach and PGA professional at Columbia Edgewater has been named Director of Golf at Concordia University in Portland, Ore. Burtner spent four seasons (2006-10) as an assistant men’s golf coach at the University of Portland. Concordia is entering its second year of a three-year transition to NCAA Division II and is set to begin its first season as a member of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference in 2015-16. Burtner played his collegiate golf the University of Oregon and finished his career in 1999. He was a four-year letterwinner with the Ducks and a Second-Team All-Pac 10 selection in 1999, when he won two tournaments. The Concordia University men’s and women’s golf programs were established in 2003-04 and have combined to appear in 14 NAIA National Championships. After the Cascade Collegiate Conference added golf to its championship slate in 2007-08, the Cavaliers earned 16 league titles, with each program capturing the last eight CCC crowns.

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