College Men

Matt Lewis named head coach at Drake

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Drake University has named Matt Lewis as head coach of its men’s program. Lewis replaces Scott Bohlender, who resigned earlier this month after guiding the Bulldogs for 13 years.

Lewis, a former first-team All-Big 12 player at Iowa State, has been head golf professional at Clinton Country Club in Clinton, Iowa, since 2004. As a Cyclone (1997-99), he was coached Jamie Bermel, a former Drake coach who heads the men's program at Colorado State.

Before his tenure at Clinton C.C., Lewis gained eight years of experience working at two of the top private clubs in Minnesota: Somerset Country Club (assistant golf pro, 2001-03) and Interlachen Country Club (1996-2000).

“My family and I are very excited about being a part of the Drake community,” Lewis said. “I am looking forward to getting to know the players and creating a strong, cohesive team. My experiences as a collegiate student-athlete, professional golfer and club professional have prepared me to be a successful college golf coach.”

Zach Johnson, the 2007 Masters champion, praised his alma mater's hire.

“Drake University has just hired a winner in Matt Lewis,” Johnson said. “Because of his background as a college student-athlete and as a professional golfer, Matt will provide the necessary platform for his golfers to be successful on the links and in the classroom. His attention to detail, tireless work ethic, positive attitude and fun-loving spirit will trickle down to his student-athletes and the DU Athletic Administration.” readers: We value your input and welcome your comments, but please be respectful in this forum.