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Rice has announced the addition of former Rice golfer James Lee as assistant coach.
This past year, Lee was the head coach for both the boys and girls teams at St. John’s School in Houston. He returns to Rice after spending two years as the Assistant Golf Professional at the Club at Las Campanas in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
While at Rice, Lee helped the Owls to the Conference USA Championship in 2014, their first conference title in 75 years. He was a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, serving as its President for two years.
Following graduation, he played professionally on the Asian Tour and PGA Tour Series of China.
“I’m so excited to bring onboard James Lee, who was a part of my first recruiting class in 2012,” said Emil. “He was an exceptional student-athlete in both the classroom and on the course. James was a part of our 2014 conference championship team. It’s an honor to be able to bring him back to the program as a coach. His professional playing career, teaching experience, and degree in psychology will greatly benefit our student-athletes. He absolutely loves Rice and is passionate about the golf team as well as all of the other sports that compete here.”
Justin Tereshko has been named head men’s coach at Eastern Kentucky University.
The Madison, Indiana, native spent the 2021-22 season as the head men’s golf coach at Bellarmine University. Prior to that, he spent two seasons (2018-20) as an assistant coach for the men’s team at the University of Louisville. Tereshko served as the head men’s and women’s coach at Hanover College during the 2020-21 season. From 2014 to 2018 he was the men’s golf head coach at Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina. He led the team to three Old Dominion Athletic Conference championships (2015, 2017, 2018) and three NCAA Championship appearances. Guilford finished as the national runner-up in 2017, fifth in 2018 and eighth in 2015.
He also spent two years as the men’s and women’s golf assistant coach at DePauw University.
“We’re thrilled to announce Justin as the new head coach of our men’s golf program,” said Vice President and Director of Athletics Matt Roan. “Coach comes highly recommended as he has a broad network across the Commonwealth and beyond. He will build outstanding meaningful relationships with our golf alumni and friends. His track record proves he can turn around and build successful programs. He has an impressive reputation and presence as a recruiter, and he has recruited at the highest level of collegiate golf. We are excited to watch Coach, and the student-athletes he will lead and positively impact daily, elevate our program.”
Tereshko was ranked in the top 100 in amateur golf in 2020. He beat Xander Schauffele 7-and-6 in the match play Round of 64 at the 2014 U.S. Amateur. Tereshko was the North Carolina Open Champion in 2015, the North Carolina Amateur Champion in 2017, the North Carolina Am runner-up in 2015 and 2016, the Kentucky Amateur runner-up in 2018, the Kentucky Match Play runner-up in 2022 and a participant in the United State Amateur in 2014, 2017 and 2020.
Tereshko played his college golf at Transylvania University where he was a two-time All-American (2011 and 2012).
Colorado State has named Michael Wilson head men’s golf coach. Wilson takes over for Christian Newton, who retired from collegiate coaching after 10 years with the Rams.
“I am so humbled for the opportunity to represent Colorado State men’s golf going forward, the players, community and all those who came before,” said Wilson. “CSU has everything a student-athlete needs to develop their games, win championships and be successful people in life on and off the course. Past coaches Mark Crabtree, Jamie Bermel and Christian Newton have each built upon one another and left a tremendous program poised for success.”
Wilson was the head coach at Long Beach State for five years. He got his start in coaching as an assistant coach at Washington.
Wilson entered coaching following three seasons on the Canadian Professional Golf Tour. He first worked as an assistant golf professional and lead instructor at Santa Lucia Preserve in Carmel, California, and then made the move into collegiate coaching at Washington.
Wilson played his college golf at California where he was named 2003 Pac-10 Co-Freshman of the Year and played a big role in Cal’s 2004 NCAA National Championship.
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The University of Detroit Mercy Department of Athletics has announced a restructuring in the men’s and women’s golf programs with the hiring of Jordan McArleton as Director Of Golf.
The new position will oversee both the men’s and women’s golf teams as a full-time head coach with current women’s golf coach Lindsey Lammers moving to Assistant Director of Golf.
“We are extremely excited about the direction of the men’s and women’s golf programs,” said Director of Athletics Robert C. Vowels, Jr. “The University and Department of Athletics are committed to the growth of both programs and I believe Coach McArleton and Coach Lammers will work together on building a championship golf program.”
McArleton has more than 10 years of collegiate coaching on his resume as the head men’s and women’s golf coach at Albion College from 2010-2020. He also played his college golf at Albion College.
“I’m extremely excited to start this journey with Detroit Mercy,” said McArleton. “It’s a program with a huge amount of potential and in coordination with the great staff already in place, I think we can make both short and long-term upgrades to the player experience, which will lead to results on the course.”
Lammers, who played at Detroit, took over the women’s program in the summer of 2021.
“I am looking forward to working with coach McArleton and to help elevate our programs back to the top of the Horizon League where they belong,” said Lammers. “As a former Titan student-athlete, having a full-time position to work with our players is a tremendous step for both programs and I am excited to see where we can take this.”
Emmanuel College, an NCAA Div. II school located in Franklin Springs, Georgia, has selected Logan Reese as head men’s coach heading into the 2022-23 season. Reese, 23, might be the youngest head coach in all of college golf. He played his college golf at Emmanuel.
Reese previously served as Assistant Sports Information Director and Assistant Golf Coach, but will be transitioning into the new role.
“The game of golf has given me so much, including the opportunity to play for Emmanuel,” said Reese. “This institution is a special place with a lot of amazing people that truly changed my life. I’m so thankful for the opportunity to give back to the Emmanuel community and the game of golf, and I hope to impact my players the way this place has impacted me. I love all of the guys on our team and can’t wait to serve them and our incoming student athletes for years to come.”
Emmanuel’s Vice President for Athletics Nate Moorman had this to say on Reese’s hiring: “Logan more than proved himself ready to lead the men’s program by the impact he had on the men’s team during the 2021-22 school year. He not only led with great passion, but was impactful athletically and personally on several of our male golfers. We’re thankful for his willingness to continue to lead. It’s always a special opportunity when two of your recent and successful alumni want to come back to EC to serve and lead with such great passion. We’re looking forward to a very bright future for both of our golf programs.”
Central Michigan has announced Ryan Williams as its next head women’s golf coach.
Williams arrives at Central Michigan after coaching at Cleveland State during the 2021-22 season. Prior to that he served as the men’s and women’s coach at Adrian from 2013-21Williams began his coaching career at Clarkson as a volunteer assistant from 2011-13.
“I am very excited for the opportunity to lead the women’s golf program at Central Michigan,” said Williams. “The team has made impressive steps forward over the last few years and I can’t wait to get started with this group.”
Williams played his college golf at Rochester where he was a two-time Division III All-American.
New Mexico has announced the hiring of Sean Carlon as assistant coach. Carlon, an All-Mountain West performer for the Lobos and an Albuquerque native, returns to his alma mater to begin his coaching career. Carlon played his college golf for New Mexico from 2016-19.
“I am really excited to have Sean join our coaching staff,” said head coach Glen Millican. “He brings a lot of experience from playing both collegiately and professionally that our players can learn from. His personality and work ethic will be great assets for our program, not just in terms of coaching our players, but in terms of recruiting and fundraising. There have been a lot of former Lobos coach at UNM over the years, and he is sixth of my former players to coach here, but he is the first coach to be from Albuquerque in almost 40 years. There are few people I have ever met that have his passion for UNM and that will certainly make Sean successful in this role.”
Over the past three years, Carlon has played as a professional on various tours.
“Growing up in Albuquerque, I was a big Lobo fan,” said Carlon. “The fact I got to play here and play for the Lobos, that was an amazing experience. To now be able to come back and coach my alma mater, I can’t explain how special this opportunity is. I am excited to get started.”
Carlon replaces Gustavo Morantes who accepted a similar position with the University of Houston men’s golf program.
Liberty head coach Jeff Thomas has announced the hiring of Clint Lowe as his assistant coach.
Lowe is a long-time member of Liberty’s athletics department and is making the transition to the coaching ranks. He began his association with the men’s golf program when he started working as a practicum student for the Flames during the fall of 2012. Following his practicum, Lowe remained with the program as a student manager for the next 2 ½ years through the 2014-15 season.
After completing his undergraduate degree, Lowe worked as a graduate assistant with Liberty’s Event Management team. He joined the Event Management staff in a full-time role in July 2017 as an Athletics Event Manager and served on staff until 2021.
“I could not have asked for a better mentor over the years, and I am humbled and thankful for the opportunity,” said Lowe. “Coach Thomas has always been there for me, and I am very eager to get started. The Lord has blessed me with this opportunity. This team is a special group of guys that I am looking forward to helping on and off the course, while also continuing to help develop them into young men and to Training Champions for Christ!”
UC SANTA BARBARA
The UC Santa Barbara Athletics Department has announced Chris Massoletti as head men’s golf coach.
Massoletti comes to Santa Barbara from UC Berkeley where he was assistant golf coach for the last three seasons.
“It is with great excitement that we welcome Chris to UC Santa Barbara,” Interim Director of Athletics Kelly Barsky said. “He is a student-athlete-focused, service-oriented coach and leader with exceptional experience and demonstration of success on and off the green at a variety of levels including his most recent stop at UC Berkeley. We are beyond thrilled that Chris has accepted our offer to become a Gaucho. Please join me in welcoming Chris to Santa Barbara and Gaucho Golf!”
Prior to his time at California, Massoletti was the assistant men’s golf coach at the University of New Mexico. Prior to that he was the head men’s and women’s golf coach at Saint Mary’s University in Texas. He also was a volunteer assistant coach with the St. Edward’s University,
Massoletti played his college golf at California State University Chico, where he received All-America honors as a sophomore. He was also named Male Athlete of the Year at Chico. He played his final two years of collegiate golf at Texas A&M.
Chip McDaniel is joining the Eastern Kentucky University staff as assistant coach for the men’s and women’s teams. Since 2018, McDaniel has made 43 starts on the Korn Ferry Tour and 11 PGA Tour starts. He has seven career top-20 performances on the Korn Ferry Tour and one top-5 finish on the PGA Tour. McDaniel participated in the 2019 U.S. Open. McDaniel, who is from Manchester, Ky., played his college golf at Kentucky from 2014-18. He was the runner-up at the 2016 Southeastern Conference Championship and completed his career with a 71.8 stroke average. During his high school career, he was chosen as Kentucky’s Mr. Golf in 2011, was a three-time Kentucky PGA Junior Player of the Year, a four-time Kentucky Junior Am Champion and 2013 Junior PGA Champion. He is also a two-time winner of the Kentucky State Amateur.
“I am very excited for Chip to be joining us this fall,” said women’s head coach Mandy Moore. “He has succeeded at every level of competitive golf and brings a lot of great playing experience. He has a passion for passing along his knowledge to younger players and understands what it takes to be a successful student-athlete. I know the teams will learn a lot from him and we can’t wait to get started.”
Eastern Kentucky is currently looking for men’s golf coach after longtime head coach Mike Whitson announced he was resigning in mid-June to pursue professional opportunities outside of college coaching.
Murray State has announced the hiring of Philip Nelson as the Racers’ women’s golf head coach. Nelson arrives at Murray State from Colorado Christian to become just the second head coach in Murray State women’s golf history following the retirement of Coach Velvet Milkman. Nelson, who played his college golf at Colorado Christian, spent five seasons as the women’s head coach at Colorado Christian University, where he also assisted the men’s golf program. Nelson was named 2022 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Coach of the Year after his team won the conference championship, finished second at the NCAA Division II Regional after entering the event as the 11th seed and then placed 12th at the NCAA Championship. “For the past 15 years, my wife and I have built a home in Denver and at Colorado Christian University, and we always said that it would take something special to pull us away from there. Well, Murray State is that special place and we are excited to join the Racer family. I was fortunate to work with amazing people and coach an awesome group of women at CCU. I am so thankful for the program that we built together. A coach is only as good as his players, and I have had some of the best. I look forward to continuing the success that Coach Milkman has built here at Murray State.”
Columbia College has announced the hiring of Barry Doty as the Head Men’s and Women’s Golf Coach. Doty comes to Columbia after a long career at William Woods University.
“It’s not everyday that you have the opportunity to hire a coach with the track record of success and dominance of Coach Doty,” said athletic director James Arnold. “Barry’s teams at William Woods have dominated the AMC and been a mainstay on the national scene for many years. The Cougar golf teams have taken big steps forward in recent years and I’m super excited to see where Coach Doty can lead them!”
A Hall of Fame inductee in 2017, Doty has led his men’s and women’s teams to 31 NAIA National Championship appearances, earning runner-up four times. His teams earned nine top-four finishes and 16 top-10 finishes. He has coached two NAIA Individual National Champions during his time as well. Some of Doty’s coaching marks include: earning 35 different Coach of the Year awards throughout the Golf Coaches Association of America, the NAIA Region, the Unaffiliated Grouping, and the American Midwest Conference.
Notre Dame Director of Golf John Handrigan has announced the Caroline Powers Ellis as the head women’s golf coach. Powers Ellis is joining the Irish after spending six seasons as an assistant coach at Michigan State. She replaces Sue Holt who resigned this past spring.
“Caroline has proven she can recruit elite student-athletes who compete for championships while having great success academically and in their local communities,” said Handrigan. “The opportunity to combine Caroline’s recipe for success with our resources at Notre Dame will lead to a championship-level program.”
Powers Ellis, who is from Bowling Green, Ohio, played her college golf at Michigan State and was an All-American and 2013 Big Ten Golfer of the Year at Michigan State. She helped lead the Spartans to back-to-back Big Ten Championships in 2011 and 2012 and a school-record finish at the 2013 NCAA Championships as the team tied for ninth place.
Michigan State qualified for an NCAA Regional appearance in every season Powers-Ellis was on staff, advancing to two national competitions and while claiming three Big Ten titles during her coaching days in East Lansing.
“I am honored to be joining this premier institution; one that holds the highest standards for student-athletes in the classroom, on the golf course and as leaders in the community. Notre Dame is a special place and when I stepped on campus I could feel the passion and enthusiasm in everyone I met,” said Powers Ellis. “There is no limit to what this team can achieve and I am excited to work alongside Coach Handrigan as our two teams become united as one program. I am eager to get started and to advance the legacy of Notre Dame Golf.”
Pat Owen has been promoted to Director of Men’s and Women’s Golf at the Naval Academy.
Owen, who is a nine-time Patriot League Coach of the Year, has led the Navy men’s golf team for the last 32 years. In this newly-created role, Owen will continue to serve as the head professional at the Naval Academy Golf Club and will have oversight of both the men’s and women’s collegiate programs. Nadia Ste-Marie is in her 11th season coaching the women’s team.
“I am very grateful Coach Owen has accepted oversight responsibilities for essentially all aspects of our golf operation and programs,” said Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk. “No one has more experience or a comprehensive understanding of the course, membership management and the process involved in producing outstanding intercollegiate teams.
“Pat will continue to work closely with Nadia and the women’s team, while overseeing a newly-appointed head coach for the men’s squad. Pat’s new broad-based responsibility is a tremendous step forward in addressing so many variables that come into play within the extraordinary sphere of the Naval Academy Golf Association and the intercollegiate athletic program. He will continue to be our lead representative of this vast and expanding operation,” said Gladchuk
Navy will conduct a national search for a candidate to succeed Owen as the head men’s coach.
Head Men’s and Women’s Golf Coach Barry Doty has announced his resignation after two decades at William Woods University (NAIA). Doty has resigned his position to pursue other opportunities and is expected to be coaching at another school.
“To be clear, my decision to pursue another opportunity has nothing to do with Woods. This decision is family-based and will provide a more balanced life for me, my wife, family and friends,” said Doty.
During his time at William Woods Doty’s teams won 197 tournaments (113 women’s and 84 men’s). The final regular season polls in 2016, both of his men’s and women’s teams finished ranked #1 in the NAIA Coaches Poll. His teams have made 31 NAIA National Championship appearances, and the teams have finished runner-up four times.
“This has been by far the most difficult decision that I’ve made (professionally or otherwise),” said Doty. “I love Woods more than words can express. I am greatly appreciative for the opportunity to be a part of the Woods community and athletics department for the past 20 years.
Eastern Kentucky men’s golf coach Mike Whitson will resign his position at the end of July to pursue professional opportunities outside of college coaching.
Whitson, the former EKU women’s golf coach (2010-18) and a former EKU golfer (1994-98), spent four seasons as the head coach of the men’s program.
“I want to thank EKU for the opportunity to coach here for the past 12 years,” said Whitson. “It has been an honor to have coached the men’s team the last four years and also coach the women’s team prior to that. Overall I have spent 17 years of my life with an EKU uniform on, both as a player and coach, and I have so many great memories that I will always look back on.
Ole Miss has added Zack Siefert as assistant women’s golf coach.
Siefert arrives at Ole Miss after serving as assistant coach for the Wisconsin men’s golf team. Siefert served eight seasons as the head coach of the Limestone men’s and women’s golf teams from 2014-2021. Prior to his time at Limestone, Siefert served as the assistant men’s golf coach at Charleston Southern during the 2013-14 season.
“I am really excited about Zack joining the Ole Miss golf staff,” said head coach Kory Henkes said. “He is a high-energy coach who is passionate about recruiting and making his players better. He has produced multiple team conference championships, All-Americans, Player of the Year accolades, and was also named coach of the year on numerous occasions. I have no doubt he will make an immediate impact on our program.”
Siefert, who is from Greenville, South Carolina, played his college golf at Clemson.
University of Iowa has announced Steven Ihm as a volunteer assistant coach.
Ihm played his college golf for the Hawkeyes and was the first Hawkeye in program history to earn all-conference honors on three occasions, including consecutive first-team All-Big Ten selections in his final two seasons.
“We are thrilled to have Steven join our team,” said head coach Tyler Stith. “He is one of the most accomplished players in program history and understands what it means to be a Hawkeye. The team will benefit from Steven’s professional experience and knowledge of the game.”
ABILENE CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY
Abilene Christian University Athletics (NCAA Division I) has announced the hiring of former ACU assistant coach Rob Bennett as the first head coach for the Wildcat women’s golf program. Bennett returns to Abilene after a one-year stint as the women’s golf assistant at Louisville.
ACU Vice President for Athletics Zack Lassiter announced on May 31 the school would be introducing women’s golf as the department’s 17th sport, with competition set to begin in the 2023-24 season.
Prior to ACU, Bennett served as the head men’s and women’s coach at Seminole State College in Oklahoma for one semester in the spring of 2018. Bennett spent the previous four seasons as the head men’s and women’s coach at St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee, Oklahoma.
A native of Stillwater, Oklahoma, Bennett played collegiately at Southwestern Oklahoma State University.
Emerson Newsome has joined the University of Washington men’s golf staff as the team’s assistant coach. Newsome comes to Washington after having spent the 2021-22 season as assistant men’s coach at the University of Central Florida.
“I am hugely excited about Emerson,” said Alan Murray, the 2022 Pac-12 Coach of the Year. “He is a really impressive person and he will be a great addition to our program. He has played competitive golf at a high level and understands the demands of being a Division I college golfer.
Growing up in Atlanta, Newsome played his college golf at Cincinnati
Newsome replaces Murray’s former assistant, Thomas Sutton, who was named associate head coach at Arizona State earlier this summer.
Ashley Fowler has been named head women’s golf coach at Queens University of Charlotte. Fowler arrives at Queens after starting her collegiate coaching career at the University of North Alabama where she spent the last year as a graduate assistant for the Lions. Queens University is making the transition from NCAA Division II to Division I this coming season.
“I am beyond excited to for this opportunity to lead the Royals into their Division I transition,” said Fowler. “I would like to thank Cherie Swarthout and her team for their faith in me. I am so grateful and thrilled to get started. It has been a dream of mine to be a head coach one day and I couldn’t have asked for a better place to start. I look forward to my growth as a coach and the growth of this golf program.”
Fowler played her college golf at Charlotte. She was part inaugural women’s golf team in 2017. In her final season with the 49ers, Fowler was named Conference USA Player of the Year.
Cameron Andry has been named the head women’s coach at Ball State. Andry replaces Katherine Mowat who resigned earlier this summer after coaching the Cardinals for 18 seasons.
Andry, who played his college golf at Ball State, arrives in Muncie after spending the previous 11 seasons at nearby Taylor University (NAIA).
At Taylor, Andry was the director of golf in which he oversaw both the men’s and women’s golf programs. During his tenure, the Trojans won 10 Crossroads League titles and recorded top-11 finishes at the NAIA National Championship four times. While serving as the men’s coach, Andry helped facilitate the establishment of the women’s program at Taylor in 2012. From 2012-22, the Trojans captured four Crossroads League championships (2017, 2018, 2019, 2021) and finished second at the NAIA National Championship in 2021.
“Cam’s success at Taylor has been truly impressive, and we’re excited to bring one of our own Ball State grads back home to build on the success of our women’s golf program,” said director of athletics Beth Goetz. “His rise to success has been built on the foundation of developing his student-athletes to win on and off the course.
Purdue head women’s golf coach Zack Byrd has announced the hiring of Lauren Guiao as assistant coach. Guiao spent four years as a student-athlete (2017-21) at Purdue.
“We are excited to keep Lauren at Purdue as our assistant coach,” said Byrd. “After a very short time of talking to Lauren, I saw her love for Purdue University. It is contagious, and she will be an incredible asset to this program going forward. I am thrilled to see her transition into a great coach.”
Guiao grew up in Chicago but graduated from Memorial High School in Evansville, Indiana.
Miami head coach Janice Olivencia has announced the hire of Marcelo Huarte as the new assistant coach.
Huarte comes to Miami after spending four seasons as the head women’s golf coach at Lynn University (Boca Raton, Florida) In 2021-22, Huarte added the title of head men’s coach to his original role and led both the men and women to NCAA DII Regional appearances.
“I am very excited to welcome Marcelo to the U. He has done an incredible job coaching the men’s and women’s golf program at Lynn University,” said Olivencia. “His ability to recruit high caliber players and to build great relationships within the city of Miami, the state of Florida and all around the golf community makes him an asset to our program. Not only does he bring energy and passion, but he also genuinely wants to help our student athletes succeed. We are both very competitive and want bring Miami to be championship contenders in the future.”
During his four years as the head women’s coach at Lynn, Huarte coached the Fighting Knights to three consecutive top-10 national finishes (no postseason in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic). The Fighting Knights won back-to-back Sunshine State Conference (SSC) championships in 2019 and 2021 and finished third in the conference in 2022. Huarte led the Lynn women to a No. 1 NCAA DII ranking in 2021 after the program finished as the NCAA DII National runner-ups. For his efforts at the helm, Huarte was named the NCAA DII South Regional Coach of the Year in each year of eligibility.
“I’m excited to come back home to the city of Miami and thankful for the opportunity to join this incredible program,” said Huarte, who is a native of Miami. “I’ve had some great conversations with Coach Olivencia throughout this process. She’s passionate about what she does and her vision for this program is one I wanted to be a part of. I want to thank her for trusting me to join her as we begin a new chapter in the legacy of the University of Miami women’s golf program.”
Huarte got his start in coaching at his alma mater, Barry University, where he served as an assistant coach for the men’s and women’s teams from 2016 to 2018. In his first year with the Buccaneers, Huarte helped the women’s program win the 2017 NCAA Division II National Championship.
Huarte played his college golf at Barry, helping the program to back-to-back DII National Championships in 2013 and 2014.
Courtney Jones Roberts has been named the head women’s coach at Cal Poly. She replaces Sofie Aagaard, who had served as the Mustangs’ head coach the last seven seasons and was named head coach at Washington State earlier this summer.
Jones Roberts most recently has been the associate head coach for the Washington women’s golf team for the last three years. Prior to that she was head women’s golf coach at Oklahoma State where she led her teams to two Big 12 titles and was named the Big 12 Coach of the Year in 2016.
“I’m so pleased to welcome Courtney to the Mustang family,” Director of Athletics Don Oberhelman said. “Her coaching experience at Washington and Oklahoma State and many NCAA appearances speaks for itself.”
Jones Roberts played her college golf at Tulsa.
“Coming off consecutive Big West Championships, the program is in a great position to take off thanks to the hard work of the coaches before me and players on the team,” Jones Roberts said. “I look forward to building on this strong foundation and getting to work with the exceptional young women on this team.”
Cal Poly played in the NCAA Stanford Regional last spring finishing 10th and finished the season ranked No. 71 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.
A position we may start to see more in college golf, and one the University of Illinois has had in the past is Director of Golf Operations.
Jackie Szymoniak spent the past nine seasons in that role for Illini golf. Szymoniak had previously spent two years as assistant women’s golf coach with Illinois, but has now moved on. Illinois is in search to fill that spot now.
The Director of Golf job is titled at Illinois as: Assistant Coach – Sport Operations.
A Director of Golf job can be appealing to all types of coaches or athletic administration types. One that is starting their career and wanting to learn or maybe an older coach wanting to stay involved in college golf but get off the road. Auburn is a school that also has a DOG positions, but overall very few schools have this position. But, one may start to see more in the future.
Stanford head coach Anne Walker has named Brooke Riley as assistant coach.
Riley, who played her college golf at Northwestern, arrives at Stanford after working as assistant golf professional at Stonebriar Country Club. Riley will replace Maddie Sheils, who was named Associate Head Coach at Colorado earlier this month.
Riley was a member of the Wildcats program that finished in the top 10 at the NCAA Championship in four straight seasons from 2016-19. She twice earned All-Big Ten honors and was an honorable mention All-American in 2019. She found herself inside the top 50 of the World Amateur Golf Ranking with three amateur wins during her collegiate career, and made the cut to play at Augusta National during the prestigious Augusta National Women’s Amateur in 2021.
“In hiring Brooke, we bring a positive, passionate and energetic leader to our team,” said Walker. “As a student-athlete, she was successful in the classroom and on the golf course at one of the top universities in the country. She will bring her recent experience competing for National Championships and help our players prepare to play at their best. We can’t wait to welcome her to Stanford and have her meet the team.”
Another touring professional joins the coaching ranks.
This time its Beth Wu, who has been named an assistant coach for the Florida women’s golf team.
Wu begins her coaching career after spending the last three years (2020-22) on the Epson Tour. She posted four top-10 finishes, including two runner-up outings in 2021 at the Garden City Charity Classic and the Donald Ross Classic. In 2021 she finished 11th on the Epson Tour money list. Earlier this year, Wu competed at the 2022 U.S. Women’s Open at Pine Needles.
A native of Diamond Bar, California, Wu was a played her college golf at UCLA from 2015-19 where she was an All-American.
“Thank you Coach Glaser and the University Athletic Association (UAA) for the opportunity to begin my coaching career in Gainesville. I look forward to using my professional, competitive experience to help the team continue to succeed,” said Wu. “Everyone at the University of Florida and the city of Gainesville have been very welcoming, and I can’t wait to be a part of the community. Go Gators.”
Wu replaces Janice Olivencia, who was named head coach at Miami earlier this summer.
The Indian Hills Athletic Department announced this past spring the addition of women’s golf as the institution’s newest varsity program. The team will begin competition in the fall of 2023.
A national search for the first head coach is underway to allow a year of recruitment prior to the start of competition. The program will actively recruit throughout the 2022-23 academic year and will field its first roster for the 2023-24 season. The team will compete as a member of the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC) and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).
“I’m excited to announce the addition of women’s golf to our intercollegiate athletic offerings at Indian Hills,” stated Dr. Brett Monaghan, Indian Hills Vice President, Student Development & Operations and Athletic Director. “We have long been known for the success on the men’s side, and our department looks forward to building a program that mirrors that outstanding tradition with our new women’s program. We have started a national search for the individual that will lead this program and I look forward to working alongside them to build something that Indian Hills can be proud of.”
The program will be one of eight programs to compete in the ICCAC, joining Des Moines Area Community College, Iowa Central Community College, Iowa Lakes Community College, Iowa Western Community College, North Iowa Area Community College, Southeastern Community College, and Southwestern Community College. Currently, there are 85 women’s golf programs overall competing in the NJCAA.
Indian Hills has fielded a highly competitive men’s golf team at the national level for over 40 years, winning six national titles. Over the years, the men’s team has competed at the Cedar Creek Golf Course and the Ottumwa Country Club in Ottumwa as well as The Preserve on Rathbun Lake Golf Course.
Colorado State men’s golf coach Christian Newton has announced he will retire from collegiate coaching. The retirement will occur in August, and CSU has retained Bowlsby Sports Advisors to assist with conducting a national search.
The Rams finished this past season ranked No. 71 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings and placed 10th in the NCAA Bryan Regional.
A 20-year coaching veteran, Newton has been at CSU for 10 seasons. Newton was the 2018 Mountain West Coach of the Year and led CSU to its top final ranking in his tenure of 19th in the 2019-20 Bushnell Golfweek Coaches Poll.
Prior to coming to Fort Collins, Colorado, Newton served for five seasons as an assistant at Georgia Tech, beginning in 2007. Newton was promoted to associate head coach for the in the summer of 2011. Newton spent two years at Alabama (2005-07) prior to his time at Georgia Tech.
Newton, who is from Lyons, Georgia, was an assistant coach at his alma mater, Georgia Southern, from 2003-2005.
Oakland University has named Sarah Burnham women’s golf coach.
Burnham has coaching experience as an assistant men’s and women’s coach at Bowling Green State as the Assistant Men’s and Women’s Golf Coach. She played her college golf at Michigan State where she was a three-time All-American and two-time Big Ten Player of the Year. As a professional golfer, she played in 41 events on the LPGA with two top 10 finishes.
“I’m excited to welcome Sarah Burnham as the next women’s golf coach for the Golden Grizzlies. Sarah brings an impressive pedigree to our program and I have no doubt will continue to build upon the successes we’ve had,” said Oakland Director of Men’s and Women’s Golf Nick Pumford. “She will also be a great leader and will cultivate the student-athlete experience for our young women. The future of Golden Grizzlies Women’s Golf is in great hands.”
Burnham replaces Alyssa Gaudio.
The University of Memphis has announced the promotion of Jennifer Jordan from assistant coach to head coach.
Jordan has been with the program for the past four seasons, serving as the assistant coach the past three after beginning as a volunteer assistant in 2018. Jordan was under the direction of head coach Beth Harrelson, who recently retired. Jordan played at Memphis from 1994-98. She earned second team All-Conference USA honors in 1996.
Prior to her stint at Memphis, Jordan was the head coach for both the boys and girls teams at Crosstown High School in Memphis, Tenn. She also served as a golf instructor at courses around the area, facilitating clinics and other skills programs.
“We are delighted to promote Jennifer to head coach of our women’s golf program,” said Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Laird Veatch. “Jennifer has been a tremendous asset for the team the past four seasons as an assistant. She’s done a great job of supporting our student-athletes since joining the program and we are very optimistic about the future under her direction.”
UNIVERSITY of CENTRAL FLORIDA
UCF head women’s coach Emily Marron announced the hiring of Summar Roachell as assistant coach. She replaces former Associate head coach Steve Sims, who recently accepted a head coaching position with UTEP.
Roachell comes to UCF from Arkansas, where she has spent the last year as an Assistant Golf Professional at Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville. Prior to that, she spent four years on the LPGA Symetra Toura from 2017-2021. Roachell, who played for Arkansas from 2013-2017, also has experience as an assistant coach as she served in the role from 2018-2019 at Conway high school in Conway, Arkansas.
“I am so excited to add Summar to our coaching staff,” said Marron. “Her career at Arkansas speaks for itself and she will be able to relate that experience with our players. Her passion to coach really stood out to me and we are excited to give her the opportunity to start her coaching career here at UCF.”
Michigan State head coach Casey Lubahn has named Chad Kurmel assistant coach.
Kurmel had been a volunteer assistant coach for the program the last four years, beginning in 2018-19, while serving as the director of instruction at the Spartan Golf Academy.
“I’m very happy to have Chad join us full-time as a coach with our program,” said Lubahn. “Chad is a terrific instructor and has a long history of success as a player that will be valuable for the players on our team. He has been a part of our program’s success over the last few years, knows and has worked with everyone on our roster and I think he will be a great addition.”
Colorado State women’s golf has added Braeden (Brady) Campbell as its new assistant coach.
Campbell most recently was the head men’s and women’s golf coach at Lewis-Clark State College for the past year. He began his coaching career at his alma mater, Concordia Portland, in 2018 as an assistant coach.
“We are so excited to welcome Brady to the Ram Family,” said head coach Laura Cliek. “Brady stood out early in the hiring process with his passion for teaching, competitiveness, and his attention to detail. I am confident that Brady is one of the best young coaches in the country, and our student-athletes will directly benefit from his expertise and overall enthusiasm for collegiate golf.”
Michelle Parrish has been named assistant coach at the University of Missouri.
Parrish, formerly Michelle Butler, was a standout player at Mizzou from 2011-16 and most recently served as the men’s and women’s golf head coach at Columbia College (NAIA).
Her time at Columbia College started prior to the 2017-18 season when she was named assistant coach for both programs. She had served as the Cougars interim head coach since July 2021 and was elevated to the permanent job in March 2022. She led the women’s golf team to a 2022 American Midwest Conference team championship and a top-30 finish at its first NAIA Women’s Golf National Championship while the men’s golf team tied for second at the AMC Championships.
“We are thrilled to welcome Michelle back to the program as an assistant coach,” said head coach Caroline Westrup. “She’s done an outstanding job running two programs at Columbia College and has developed great contacts within the local and state golf community. Being a former high-level player at Mizzou provides her a unique understanding of what it takes to be successful here and will be an advantage as we recruit championship-caliber players to our program.”
Westrup was recently named head coach at Missouri.
Sam Houston head golf coach Brandt Kieschnick has announced the hiring of Lake Leroux as assistant coach.
Leroux comes to Sam Houston after playing five years of collegiate golf, beginning at Hutchison Community College where he played two years and helped Hutchison qualify for two national championships. He then played two years at Wichita State before transferring as a graduate student to play his last year at Eastern Kentucky.
“We are excited to have Lake join our coaching staff,” Kieschnick said. “He is a talented young man and we are privileged he is beginning his coaching journey at Sam Houston. Lake was a solid collegiate player with tremendous leadership skills and will help us to continue to play at a high level.”
Leroux is from originally from Columbia, Missouri, and is the son of University of Missouri Golf Coach, Mark Leroux.
SOUTH DAKOTA STATE
South Dakota State has named Parker Edens as head men’s coach.
Edens, who is from Greeley, Colorado, comes to South Dakota State from Colorado State, where he served as an assistant for the last three seasons. Prior to his time at Colorado State, Edens was an assistant coach for the women’s golf team at the University of Tulsa from July 2018 until November 2019. Before entering the coaching ranks, Edens played professionally for four years and spent 2017 as a member of the Korn Ferry Tour.
“It has been a dream of mine to be a head coach,” said Edens. “This opportunity at SDSU is very exciting for my family and me. I want to thank Justin Sell for giving me this opportunity. I’m so grateful for Colorado State and all our players who helped us achieve such great things. I cannot wait to get started and help lead the Jackrabbits to great heights.”
Edens played his college golf at Colorado State and was named the Rams’ MVP in 2013 and 2014. Edens was also member of the South Dakota State golf team from 2009-2011.
Demi Runas has been named head women’s coach at UC Davis.
“It is with great excitement we welcome back Demi Runas to UC Davis,” said UC Davis Director of Athletics Rocko DeLuca. “As one of our most decorated alumna and a Cal Aggie Athletics Hall of Fame member, she knows what it takes to compete at the highest level and I am thrilled to work with her as we strive for Big West championships.”
Runas helped UC Davis capture the Big West team championship every year she competed (2010-13), adding an individual title of her own in 2013. The Aggies made the NCAA postseason all four years and advanced from the regional to the national finals in her sophomore and senior seasons. Runas is a three-time Big West Golfer of the Year who had a 10-year professional career that included becoming the first UC Davis player to earn her LPGA Tour card.
“My time as a student-athlete at UC Davis has always been special to me and I am looking forward to my journey coming full circle as the head women’s golf coach,” Runas said. “As a former member of the team, I have seen first-hand the success this program is capable of, and I am excited for the opportunity to work towards that once again.”
John Phillips has been named head men’s golf coach at Maryland.
Phillips, who is from Richmond, Virginia, has served as the assistant coach at the University of Virginia for the last six years. Phillips joined the Virginia staff in August of 2016 after spending four years as the assistant at Virginia Commonwealth. He played his college golf at NCAA Division III Bridgewater.
“John is a rising star in the golf world,” said Director of Athletics Damon Evans. “He knows the region as well as anyone having heavily recruited the DMV for more than a decade. John has a winning pedigree, having been to the NCAA Championships in each of his last eight seasons at Virginia and VCU. John is incredibly organized and has a plan to return Maryland men’s golf to the national stage. We are excited to welcome him to our One Maryland family.”
Maryland was ranked No. 160 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings this past season.
UNIVERSITY of MONTEVALLO
Former Montevallo standout Elaine Wood has resigned her position as the assistant golf coach after just one year. She is moving on to a teaching position at a golf course. Wood was a standout player at Montevallo.
Head coach Justin Pratt is looking to replace Wood’s position, which will be a full-time position. The University of Montevallo (Alabama) is an NCAA Div. II school that competes in the Gulf South Conference.
Murray State Athletics has announced the hiring of Jacob Miller as the head coach for the Racer men’s golf program. He takes over for Daniel Deluca.
Miller joins the Racers from Tiffin after being named 2021-22 Men’s Golf Coach of the Year in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference as his team won the conference championship.
Miller began his coaching career in 2015 at Marshall as assistant men’s coach, after a four-year playing career with the Thundering Herd. In 2016, he became graduate assistant coach at Findlay and was promoted to interim head coach of the men’s and women’s programs in spring 2017.
Murray State was ranked No. 247 last year in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.
Purdue head coach Rob Bradley has announced that long-time successful head coach and former Purdue assistant coach Andrew Sapp will join the Boilermakers coaching staff.
Sapp replaces Austin Eoff, who was named the Central Arkansas head coach last month.
Sapp arrives after serving as a volunteer assistant coach at Ball State, but prior to that spent almost 20 years as a head coach.
“I am very excited to have Andrew on board. He is an experienced coach that will be a huge asset to our entire program,” Bradley said. “He is a high-character person, a great player and has a competitive desire that will be very beneficial to our players and staff. Purdue is very lucky to have Andrew back in the Gold and Black and I am ready to get going with him.”
Sapp served as head coach at East Carolina (2017-21), his alma mater North Carolina (2012-17) and the University of Michigan (2002-11). He was a part of the Purdue coaching staff from 1998 to 2002. Sapp also served as the President of the Golf Coaches Association of America from 2016-18. He started his coaching career as an assistant at North Carolina.
While at Michigan he guided the Wolverines to a pair of top-10 NCAA championship finishes in 2011 (10th) and 2009 (3rd). At North Carolina the Tar Heels reached the 2017 NCAA Championships, finishing 18th.
“I am thrilled to come back to Purdue and help continue the winning tradition that is in place,” Sapp said. “My college coach (Devon Brouse) brought me here in 1998 and now my college teammate (Rob Bradley) is bringing me back in 2022. I am so thankful for this opportunity and look forward to continuing to build upon the success of Purdue Golf. I look forward to working with Coach Bradley and all of our golfers in our quest to win championships.”
David Trainor has been named the head coach of Boise State’s men’s golf program. He replaces Dan Potter who resigned earlier this summer to pursue opportunities outside of coaching.
Trainor brings with him nine seasons of head-coaching experience from Akron. Trainor was the head coach at Akron from 2011 until the program was dissolved due to the ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Before taking over at Akron, Trainor was a member of the men’s golf staff at Kentucky for seven seasons where he spent time in the roles of assistant and associate head coach.
“Wow, I am beyond excited to be the next men’s golf coach at Boise State,” Trainor said. “Thank you to (director of athletics) Jeramiah Dickey for having faith in me to lead this program and continue the great job coach Potter had done. Jeramiah’s vision for Boise State Athletics is ambitious and his passion for the student-athletes is paramount.”
A native of Berwyn, Pennsylvania, Trainor was a four-year letterwinner at College of Charleston where he graduated in 2000.
Boise State finished the season ranked No. 62 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.
Ember Holloway has joined the Georgia women’s golf program as assistant coach. Holloway, who is from Sterling, Illinois, arrives in Athens after spending the previous season as an assistant coach at Purdue.
Holloway played her college golf at Illinois from 2010-14.
“I cannot express my gratitude enough to Coach Brewer for giving me the opportunity to be a part of such a storied program,” Holloway said. “I’m thrilled to join the team in Athens and work on building off of last year’s success. The campus, community and facilities are truly one-of-a-kind, and I look forward to helping the Bulldogs on and off the course.”
Holloway replaces Caroline Westrup who was named head coach at Missouri in mid-June.
Madeleine Sheils has been named the Associate Head Coach at the University of Colorado. Sheils replaces Brent Franklin, who recently retired after 20 years as an assistant and associate head coach for Anne Kelly.
Sheils has spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach at Stanford (2019-22). Sheils helped Stanford to win the 2022 NCAA Championship.
“I’m fired up to join CU golf and move to Boulder,” Sheils said. “As an excellent academic and athletic institution set in the country’s most beautiful college town, the University of Colorado is a dream location for me to coach and live. Coach Kelly is well-known for her kindness and care for her student-athletes, and I am grateful for the chance to learn from her. I think together we are going to make a great team as we look to compete for titles and provide a world-class experience for our players both on and off the golf course.”
Sheils, who is from Boise, Idaho, played her college golf at Nebraska (2008-12). Following her collegiate career she played professionally on the LPGA and Epson (Symetra) Tours. Sheils retired following the 2018 season. She played in 24 LPGA events. During her four seasons on the Epson Tour (2013-16), Sheils earned one victory at the 2015 FireKeeper’s Casino Hotel Championship in Battle Creek, Mich. and seven top-10 finishes.
“I’m very excited that Madeleine Sheils is joining our program,” Kelly said. “She brings a variety of high-level experience and skills with her to CU. The hard work she put in as a junior and college player to lift her game to an elite level, playing as a professional and working her way onto the LPGA is very impressive. Of course, working with Stanford, the current NCAA championship team and perennial powerhouse in women’s golf, for three years will add a whole new dimension to our program.
Indiana has announced Tyler Schmutz as the program’s new assistant coach.
Schmutz joins the Indiana program after spending the 2021-22 season at Maryland.
“First and foremost, I’d like to thank Coach Mayer for the opportunity to join his staff,” Schmutz said. “Coaching in the Big Ten against him and his team allowed me to see firsthand how great of a coach he is. I am excited for the opportunity to grow as a coach working as his assistant. I look forward to joining his staff, and doing everything I can to help the team win.”
Prior to his stint with Maryland, Schmutz served as the head coach at NCAA Division III Wabash. Before Wabash, Schmutz was the assistant coach at Regis University (NCAA Division II) in Denver from 2017-19.
PURDUE FORT WAYNE
Jim Earle has been named head women’s coach at Purdue Fort Wayne.
Earle arrives in Fort Wayne, Indiana, after spending the last four years at Central Michigan. Before his time there, he coached at Cal State Monterey Bay (2015-18) and Missouri-St. Louis (2003-15).
“Jim will bring a wealth of high-level coaching experience to the Mastodon women’s golf program,” Director of Athletics Kelley Hartley Hutton said. “His previous coaching stints with successful programs gives him immense credibility with current women on the team and prospective student-athletes too. We found coach Earle’s positive communication style and coaching philosophy to lift confidence both on and off the golf course consistent with what we emphasize on our campus.
Billy King had coached both men’s and women’s programs and will return coaching just the men’s team.
“Fort Wayne’s golf facilities are everything a golf team could ask for,” Earle said. Pine Valley Country Club is an excellent course and the team’s indoor facilities at Apex Golf Lab are equally impressive. This program is set up for success, and my wife, Tracy, and I could not be more excited to join the Fort Wayne community and Mastodon family.”
High Point University has named Lyndsey Hunnell head women’s coach. Hunnell replaces Alexis Bennett who had been at High Point since the 2016-17 season.
Hunnell arrives at High Point after spending the previous three seasons as an assistant coach at Campbell.
Hunnell played collegiately at Virginia as she graduated with her undergraduate degree in 2018 before transferring to Xavier to play as a graduate transfer. She competed in the 2016 U.S. Women’s Amateur and was a member of both Virginia’s ACC Championship teams in 2015 and 2016. While earning a Masters degree in sports administration from Xavier, Hunnell earned Big East All-Conference honors and lead the Musketeers to its first Big East title and NCAA Regional appearance.
Hunnell, who is from Troutville, Virginia, and becomes the sixth head coach for High Point women’s golf since the program began in 2004.
UNC Asheville has named Ross Cash head women’s golf coach. Cash arrives in Asheville from Tusculum where he oversaw both the men’s and women’s teams for the last four years. Prior to coaching at Tusculum, Cash was the men’s golf coach at Florida Atlantic.
“I would like to thank Director of Athletics, Janet Cone, and the search committee for being selected as the next head women’s golf coach at UNC Asheville,” Cash said. “It is hard for me to put into words how excited I am about the future of the program. Everything needed to be successful on a national level is already in place here at UNC Asheville and I plan on casting a big vision for my team and what I think we can accomplish. Quite frankly, I can’t wait to get to work.”
Julie Brooks is the new head coach at the University of Hawaii. Brooks replaced Stephen Bidne, who left to become the associate head coach at Kansas.
Brooks has spent the past 16 seasons as the head coach at UC Irvine and is a three-time Big West Coach of the Year where she guided her teams to two NCAA Championship appearances and four NCAA Regionals.
“This is a bittersweet moment for me,” said Brooks.. “I have loved my time at UC Irvine and have such great memories with my players. The opportunity to move home and coach the University of Hawaii is a dream come true. The University of Hawaii has a rich golf tradition and I’m looking forward to continue moving the program forward athletically and academically. I would like to thank David Matlin for this opportunity.”
Brooks, who is from Honolulu, was as a volunteer assistant at Cal from 2000-02 before serving as an assistant at Hawaii from 2004-06. She played her collegiate golf at Arizona from 1986-88 before turning professional in 1989, where she competed on the Futures Tour for three seasons.
Jean-Paul Hebert has been named just the third head coach at UNLV.
Hebert comes to Las Vegas after serving as assistant coach for the men’s golf program at Texas for the past eight years. He helped lead the Longhorns to the 2022 National Championship in June and was also a part of the program’s national title team in 2012. Prior to his appointment as assistant coach at Texas he was a volunteer assistant coach with the program from 2010-14.
“I’ve had some great opportunities in the game of golf, and the opportunity here in Las Vegas is a special one,” said Hebert.
Hebert, who replaces longtime coach Dwaine Knight, becomes just the third coach in program history. Michael “Chub” Drakulich became UNLV’s first full-time head golf coach in 1972 before Knight took over in fall 1987.
Hebert, who is from Houston, played his college golf at Texas from 1989-94. His father, Jay, was the 1960 PGA Champion and 1971 Ryder Cup Captain and his uncle Lionel was the 1957 PGA Champion.
USC head coach Justin Silverstein has announced Tiffany Joh will be his assistant coach.
Joh, an 11-year LPGA pro and four-time NCAA All-American for UCLA, arrives at USC after spending the last year as assistant coach at San Marcos State. She started there after retiring from a playing the LPGA from 2011-2021.
“We are so fired up to welcome Tiffany to the Trojan Family,” Silverstein said. “Tiffany brings an incredible wealth of playing experience with over a decade on the LPGA Tour while being one of the finest collegiate/amateur golfers in the world.
“Her energy and passion for the game is infectious, as is her famous sense of humor, and I think that combined with her perspective on balancing academics, athletics and outside life will be extremely beneficial for our student-athletes.”
Joh was the 2008 Pac-10 Conference Player of the Year for UCLA.
Sewanee Director of Golf Nate Parrish will be retiring from his position, effective June 30, 2022. Parrish spent nine years guiding the men’s program, eight years as the head women’s coach.
“This is a bittersweet moment for me,” said Parrish. “I have such great admiration and respect for all my players and their families, but the time is right for a new professional chapter.”
On the men’s side, Sewanee finished in the top-25 of the Golf Coaches Association of America’s (GCAA) final Division III rankings in three of the last five seasons The Tigers finished the 2022 campaign ranked ninth in the coaches poll and eighth in the final GolfStat rankings.
For the women, Parrish’s team qualified for the NCAA Championships in each of his first six years at the helm.
A national search will begin immediately for the next head coach.
Sewanee Director of Golf Nate Parrish will be retiring from his position, effective June 30. Parrish spent the past nine years guiding the men’s program and eight years as the head women’s coach.
“This is a bittersweet moment for me,” said Parrish. “I have such great admiration and respect for all my players and their families, but the time is right for a new professional chapter.”
On the men’s side, Sewanee finished in the top-25 of the Golf Coaches Association of America’s (GCAA) final Division III rankings in three of the last five seasons. The Tigers finished the 2022 campaign ranked ninth in the coaches poll and eighth in the final GolfStat rankings.
For the women, Parrish’s team qualified for the NCAA Championships in each of his first six years at the helm.
A national search will begin immediately for the next head coach.
John Handrigan, who has served as the head coach of Notre Dame men’s golf for the past five seasons, has been named the first Director of Golf and will assume a leadership role over both the men’s and women’s programs.
Handrigan finished his fifth season with the Irish this past spring. Notre Dame finished the year ranked No. 17 and earned the program’s highest seed – third – in an NCAA Regional.
“The success our men’s program has enjoyed under John’s leadership gives us every confidence that he can help our women achieve a comparable level of success,” said University Vice President and Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick. “As importantly, however, our use of this management model in fencing, track & field, swimming & diving and now golf is designed to ensure a comparable experience for our female and male student-athletes participating in the same sport.”
Susan Holt, who led the Irish women’s program for 16 seasons announced her retirement in April of 2022.
“He has transformed the men’s program into a rising power and we have full confidence his vision can help elevate the women’s program from its solid foundation.”
A national search will begin immediately for the head coach of the women’s golf program, while Zac Zedrick will continue to serve as the associate head coach for the men’s team. The women’s team finished the year ranked No. 85 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.
Arizona State head men’s golf coach Matt Thurmond has named Thomas Sutton as associate head coach after Armen Kirakossian left to take the head coaching job at UCLA.
Sutton has been the assistant coach at Washington since the 2017-18 season. Sutton also spent two seasons as assistant coach at UAB, where he played his college golf.
“There are so many different roles and skills expected in this job and I think Thomas has them all,” said Thurmond. “He connects well with players on and off the course and knows how to communicate and coach them. I think he shines as a leader by how he lives his life and lifts everyone else’s around him. He’s a hard worker and he’s smart. Armen left him some very big shoes to fill and he can do it…I’m excited to work with Thomas and our program will continue to grow and improve.”
St. John’s has announced Phil Wildermuth will be the new men’s golf coach. He arrives at St. John’s after spending the last four seasons Manhattan College.
Wildermuth is currently the assistant golf professional at Pelham Country Club in Pelham Manor, New York, where he has learned under the leadership of St. John’s Athletics Hall of Famer and 2021 Met PGA Professional of the Year Mike Diffley. He is a PGA professional with over two decades of experience in the New York metropolitan area.
“Having been a golf professional at Pelham Country Club for the last 14 years, I have gotten to know St. John’s alumni, players, and coaches,” said Wildermuth. “Their love for St. John’s and the golf program was contagious, so contagious that I felt a part of the program for the last 14 years. Now that I am officially part of the St. John’s men’s golf program, I feel a tremendous desire to help it succeed for the current players, former players, coaches and alumni.”
FLORIDA GULF COAST
Shannon Sykora has been named women’s golf coach at Florida Gulf Coast. Sykora spent the last 10 years at NCAA Division II Barry University.<
During his time at Barry, the Buccaneers won the 2017 NCAA Division II NCAA Championship, while finishing runner-up in 2014 and placing third in 2013 and 2022.
“I’d like to thank (Athletic Director) Ken Kavanagh for giving me this opportunity and everyone at Florida Gulf Coast University for being so welcoming,” said Sykora. “My family and I are elated to join the Green and Blue! I’d also like to thank Barry University, the Miami community and all the young women who played for me. Also, a special thanks to Hall of Fame Coach Jimmy Stobs for being a mentor and friend.”
Sykora is a 1994 graduate of the University of Tulsa.
Will Sallee has been named assistant coach at Kentucky. Sallee replaces Brian May, who was named head coach at Indiana a few weeks ago.
Sallee, a native of Lexington, spent the last year as the assistant coach for the Eastern Kentucky men’s and women’s teams. Prior to his assistant coaching position with the Colonels, he served as a graduate assistant for both golf programs at EKU during the 2019-20 season. Sallee came to Eastern Kentucky from Transylvania where he was the assistant men’s coach during the 2018-19 season.
“Growing up in Lexington, it has been a dream of mine to be an official member of the Big Blue Nation my entire life,” said Sallee. “I look forward to the opportunity to compete and coach at the highest level and look forward to getting started with Kentucky Women’s Golf!”
Sallee played his college golf at Eastern Kentucky.
Methodist University Vice President and Director of Athletics Dave Eavenson has announced head women’s coach Tom Inczauskis is moving into a full-time faculty position in the University’s Sport Management program and will be stepping down as coach. Eavenson announced that Kelsie Carralero is the new head coach. Carralero played her college golf at Methodist.
During Inczauskis’ time as head coach, Methodist won four NCAA Division III titles, including three straight in his first three seasons. In his 13-year tender his teams claimed 49 tournament victories.
“I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to have coached at Methodist University. I have met so many remarkable people, traveled the country, and coached amazing young women over the last 13 years,” Inczauskis said. “The memories we have made together will last a lifetime. I am thankful for the understanding and support of the student-athletes, athletic administration, fellow coaches, and the PGA Golf Management Program (PGM).
Carralero returns to Methodist after serving as the head women’s golf coach and assistant men’s golf coach at Washington and Lee University. She was a four-time NCAA Division III All-American. She was also a member of two NCAA Division III National Championship winning teams and earned the National Division III Kim Moore Spirit Award in 2014.
“We are excited to welcome Kelsie Carralero as our new head women’s golf coach,” said Eavenson. “She was an elite player in our program helping our teams win national titles and that success has carried over to her coaching career. We are excited about the future of our women’s golf program under her leadership.”
Zack Byrd has been named head women’s golf coach at Purdue. Byrd replaces longtime coach Devon Brouse, who retired at the end of this past season.
Byrd spent the past four seasons at Ole Miss, serving as assistant coach before being elevated to associate head coach following the team’s 2021 national title. Prior to his time at Ole Miss, Byrd served as an assistant coach at Colorado State.
“This was a tremendously competitive search featuring women and men who are sitting Division I head coaches and high-level assistants at some of the top programs in the country,” said Executive Senior Associate Athletics Director Tim House, the search chairman who serves as the administrator for Purdue Golf. “Coach Byrd’s passion for this particular opportunity, his documented success in recruiting and player development, and his proven ability to help a program win a national title are what set him apart.”
Before he started coaching, Byrd spent 10 years as a professional golfer. He played his college golf at Coastal Carolina where he was a Big South Player of the Year and an All-American.
After 18 seasons as the head coach at Ball State, Katherine Mowat has announced she resigning. Mowat is leaving golf to a position in the health and wellness industry. She will remain the active head coach until June 17.
“It has been an incredible personal and professional experience to lead this program for the last 18 years,” said Mowat, “I am thankful for the many colleagues and administrators I have had the pleasure of working with.
“I am thankful for the Ball State and Muncie community, who have been wonderful to me and my family over the years. Most of all, I am thankful for the tremendous women who I have had the privilege of coaching at Ball State. Thank you for your dedication and thank you for the memories. I wish the Cardinals and the women’s golf program much success moving forward.”
Mowat was twice named Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year.
A national search for the next coach is underway.
Mississippi State head men’s golf coach Dusty Smith has announce the hiring of Kolton Lapa as assistant coach.
He previously spent time as an assistant coach at Nebraska and Denver. He played his college golf at Nebraska.
“I am so excited to welcome Kolton to Mississippi State and our golf program,” said Smith. “He is going to be a great coach for our guys. His experience as a player and a coach will be very beneficial for our team. Kolton is a high achiever and his desire to make others better will be contagious within our program.”
Lapa replaces Steven Paine, who accepted the head coach position at Augusta earlier this month. He joins his wife Lauren Whyte, the Bulldog women’s assistant coach, in Starkville.
The University of Miami has named Janice Olivencia as its new head women’s golf coach. Olivencia arrives at Miami after spending the past 10 seasons at the University of Florida, serving as assistant coach from 2012-18 and associate head coach from 2018-22.
Olivencia started her coaching career at South Florida, helping the Bulls win their first Big East Championship and advance to NCAA regional play in 2012.
“We are excited to welcome Janice to the University of Miami family,” said Vice President/Director of Athletics Dan Radakovich. “Janice has had tremendous success as both a player and a coach and she has a clear vision for how we can build on the success of our golf program.”
As a player, Olivencia was a two-time All-American at the University of Texas and the 2002 Big 12 Player of the Year. She played professionally on the Ladies European Tour from 2005-08 and the LPGA’s Duramed Futures Tour from 2008-10 before beginning her coaching career.
UCLA has announced Armen Kirakossian as head men’s golf coach.
Kirakossian comes to UCLA from Arizona State, where he spent the last five seasons, two as associate head coach and three as an assistant. Prior to coaching at Arizona State, Kirakossian was an assistant coach at Pepperdine from 2015-17. He also has head coaching experience. Before his time at Pepperdine, he was the head coach at his alma mater, Texas Pan American (UTPA). He also served as a volunteer assistant coach at UTPA in 2012-13 prior to being hired as head coach in August 2014.
“Armen brings a wealth of championship-level success, having helped produce some of the top amateur golfers in the nation,” said UCLA’s Director of Athletics Martin Jarmond. “His ability to connect and develop student athletes has made him one of the top assistant coaches in the country, and I’m excited to welcome him to Westwood!”
Kirakossian becomes the sixth head coach in the program’s history.
“None of this would have been possible without all the people who believed in me and gave me chances along the way, shaping me into the coach I am today, especially Matt Thurmond,” said Kirakossian.
Caroline Westrup has been named head women’s coach at Missouri. Westrup arrives at Missouri after just one year as an assistant coach at Georgia. She replaces Stephanie Priesmeyer, who made the change from coaching into a new development role within the athletic department.
Before Georgia she spent time as a coach at the IMG Academy after playing professionally for nine years.
Westrup, who is from Sweden, played her college golf at Florida State from 2005-09 where she was a four-time All-American.
“I am elated to join the Missouri family and am extremely grateful to Desireé Reed-Francois and the search committee for this incredible opportunity,” Westrup said. “During my visit to campus, I was struck by the vision for excellence across the entire department while the complete focus on the student-athlete experience spoke to my core values. We have big expectations for the program and want to compete with the best in the Southeastern Conference and nationally. I am fired up to get started in Columbia and develop outstanding student-athletes for their careers at Mizzou and beyond.”
Westrup becomes the University of Missouri’s sixth women’s golf head coach.
The native of Ahus, Sweden has a long and distinguished competitive resume. She joined the Swedish national team at 14-years-old and won the 2006 Espirito Santo Trophy as medalist at the World Amateur Team Championships. Westrup helped lead Sweden to the three European team championships and also was a member of the victorious European team at the 2003 Junior Solheim Cup.
Alan Cress has been named head men’s golf coach at Appalachian State.
Cress served as a volunteer assistant for the Mountaineers last season while still fulfilling his responsibilities as the general manager of The Club at Irish Creek in Kannapolis and as the coach of both golf teams at Concord High School.
“This is the opportunity of a lifetime,” said Cress. “Being an alum, I’ve always kept close ties with App State, and almost everyone in our family attended App State, so we are all extremely excited.”
Appalachian State finished the 2021-22 season ranked No. 140 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.
TEXAS EL PASO
UTEP has named Steve Sims head women’s golf coach. He replaces longtime head coach Jere Pelletier, who retired at season’s end.
Sims comes to El Paso after spending nearly a decade as an assistant coach at the Central Florida.
“We are excited to launch a new era of UTEP women’s golf with Steve Sims as head coach,” said UTEP Director of Athletics Jim Senter. “He has been a part of a top-35 program at UCF and played a pivotal role in the Knights’ run to four NCAA Regional appearances in the last six years. He is looking forward to leading his own program and building UTEP women’s golf into an annual Conference USA championship contender.”
Before his time at UCF, Sims caddied for Marcy Hart on the LPGA Tour from 2011-13. He also served as an assistant golf professional at the A.C. Read Golf Course from 2007-11 where he oversaw day-to-day operations, assisted in tournament operations, hosted junior clinics and helped to manage and oversee the 45-hole golf facility and restaurant.
UTEP finished the regular season ranked No. 169 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.
Sims played his college golf at Troy. He becomes the third head coach in UTEP women’s golf history.
After eights seasons at Boise State, Dan Potter is resigning. Potter plans to pursue other interests in the Boise community.
“I’ve enjoyed every moment of my time at Boise State,” he said. “It’s been humbling to be part of such an outstanding athletic department, university and community.”
Potter was named the 2021 Mountain West Coach of the Year. He led the Broncos to back-to-back NCAA regional appearances in 2020-21 and 2021-22. Boise State’s only other regional selection came in 1993-94.
“So many people have supported my efforts over the past eight years and I’m proud of what we accomplished together,” Potter said. “I’m especially grateful to the student-athletes and their families who allowed me to be part of their journey. I’m excited to join the many Broncos golf fans and supporters who will continue to help our golf programs thrive.”
The Broncos won five tournaments under Potter. Boise State’s two tournament titles in 2021-22 marked the first time the Broncos won multiple events since 1992-93.
“I cannot thank coach Potter enough for his contribution and success at Boise State,” Boise State Director of Athletics Jeramiah Dickey said. “He is an elite coach whose student-athletes have excelled on and off the course. I wish him and his family the best as they take on this next chapter of their lives.”
Boise State finished the season ranked No. 62 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.
A national search for the next head men’s golf coach will begin immediately.
High Point University named Todd Eckstein head men’s golf coach. He replaces Brady Gregor, who accepted the role as associate head coach at South Carolina.
Eckstein arrives at High Point after a three-year stint as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator with the men’s golf program at Virginia Tech. Eckstein also spent three years as an assistant coach at Furman. Prior to that, Eckstein was an assistant coach at Mercer in Spring 2016 and a volunteer assistant at Davidson, where he served during the 2015 fall season. He played his college golf at Davidson.
Eckstein, who is from Durham, North Carolina, becomes the fifth men’s head golf coach at HPU since the program began in 1997.
Chattanooga head men’s golf coach Blaine Woodruff named Nick Robinson as assistant coach. Robinson’s was a volunteer assistant at Wisconsin last year.
“Nick played for me at Wisconsin and assisted a great coach and program there last year,” Woodruff began. “I feel fortunate to have him join us, and we’re looking forward to the impact he will make on our program. I love Nick’s passion for coaching and desire to invest in relationships. He’s a great fit for our University and men’s golf program.”
Woodruff was an assistant coach at Wisconsin when Robinson was competing for the Badgers during his freshman and sophomore campaigns.
TEXAS RIO GRANDE VALLEY
Houston Moore has been named head men’s golf coach at UTRGV. Moore spent this past season as the assistant coach at the University of Houston. Prior to his tenure at Houston, Moore spent two seasons (2019-21) at Cameron University. Before Cameron, Moore spent two seasons (2017-19) as the men’s and women’s head coach a Ranger College.
Collegiately, Moore played one season at Clarendon College, one at Concordia University and two at LeTourneau University.
“Houston will be a great addition to our department and I am confident he will do a tremendous job leading our men’s program,” said Vice President and Director of Athletics Casse Conque. “He brings a wealth of experience at various levels and his passion and vision for UTRGV men’s golf impressed us throughout the search process. Houston comes to us with glowing recommendations from the golf community and by those he has worked with over the years. The hiring of Coach Moore, coupled with the groundbreaking of our state of the art golf facility later this summer, makes this an exciting time for Vaqueros golf!”
Middle Tennessee men’s head coach Mark McEntire has named Payne Denman as assistant coach.
Denman played for Middle Tennessee from 2012-2015 after transferring from Florida. As a Blue Raider, Denman finished first or second on the team in scoring average in each of his three seasons. He was named 2013 Second Team All-Sun Belt Conference honors and leading a team bid to the 2014 NCAA Columbia Regional.
“One of the things we were looking for was that our players wanted a good player,” McEntire said of the search for a new assistant. “And we found one. He’s got really good ties to the Grove, really good ties to Stones River, and all of our alumni. I think he’s going to do a really good job for us.”
Austin Eoff has been named head men’s golf coach at Central Arkansas. Eoff replaces Steve Runge who resigned in April.
‘We are very proud to be able to attract a coach and person the caliber of Austin Eoff,’ said Central Arkansas Director of Athletics DR. Brad Teague. “His reputation in Arkansas and his track record as a coach at the NCAA Division I level are unparalleled. We are very happy to welcome Austin and his wife Shelby to the UCA family’
Eoff, who is from Benton, Arkansas, and a former Arkansas state amateur champion finds his way to Central Arkansas after serving as the assistant men’s golf coach at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. He also spent time as an assistant coach at Rutgers.
Eoff played his college golf at Purdue where he played in four NCAA Regionals and three NCAA championships.
Steven Paine has been named head men’s golf coach and director of golf at Augusta University. In February, former Director of Golf and head men’s coach Jack O’Keefe announced his intention to depart following the 2021-2022 season.
“We are very excited about Steven Paine joining the Jaguar Athletic Family as Director of Golf and Head Men’s Golf Coach,” said Director of Athletics Clint Bryant. “He brings to the table all the things needed in making our program one of the best in the country. We have a lot to look forward to in the coming years under his leadership.”
Paine, wo is from Cape Town, South Africa, arrives in Augusta from Mississippi State where he was an assistant coach since January of 2020. Prior to that he was the head coach for six seasons at Point University (NAIA). Paine led Point to its first Appalachian Athletic Conference team title in 2017. He was named the conference’s Coach of the Year three times. In 2020, he led the Skyhawks to a No. 1 national ranking and took the program to three NAIA National Championship tournaments during his tenure.
Prior to his time at Point, he spent a year as a graduate assistant at Columbus State, where he also played his college golf.
“I would like to thank Director of Athletics Clint Bryant and all members of the search committee for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to be the next Director of Golf at Augusta University,” said Paine. “My family and I are so excited for the opportunity and can’t wait to join the Jaguar community. Augusta University Golf is a powerhouse brand with a rich history and we are so excited to build on that legacy.”
With his appointment, Paine becomes the seventh full-time head coach of Augusta’s storied golf program.
Luke Calcatera has been named head men’s golf coach at the University of North Alabama, which is now prepared for full Division I membership entering the 2022-23 season.
Calcatera has spent the last decade at Arkansas Tech, where he guided the team to ten consecutive NCAA Regional appearances, six trips to the NCAA Championship Tournament. He had five teams advance to NCAA match play and the 2021 NCAA Division II Men’s Golf National Championship. He was the 2021 Division II Coach of the Year and a six-time Great American Conference Coach of the Year.
Under Calcatera, Arkansas Tech is the only Div. II team to reach match play in five straight NCAA Championships (2017-19, 21-22).
“Luke is an experienced and driven head coach who brings a proven history of building and sustaining championship-caliber teams,” said UNA Director of Athletics Josh Looney. “We have high expectations for our men’s golf program as it enters full Division I membership. The addition of Luke, alongside our access to premier golf courses and past program history, moves us into a position to deliver on these expectations.”
Calcatera, who is from Keller, Texas, played his college golf at Arkansas.
Justin Fetcho returns to Southern Illinois as Director of Golf. Fetcho just finished this past season as an assistant coach at Florida State.
“We’re extremely excited to bring back Justin, who had a remarkable run at FSU and was a very successful coach here at Southern Illinois,” said SIU Director of Athletics Matt Kupec. “We’re making additional investments in both our men’s and women’s golf programs to make sure Justin and his staff have the resources to continue to build the Saluki golf program into one of the best in the country.”
Fetcho led SIU to two Missouri Valley Conference Championships as head men’s golf coach in 2016 and 2019.
“First, I’d like to thank Matt Kupec for this very exciting opportunity and for sharing his vision of Saluki Athletics,” said Fetcho. “For me to be able to come home a second time and reconnect with current and former players is very special to me. My family is excited to come back to Southern Illinois. This is the best family move I could ask for.”
Fetcho began his coaching career in 2009 at South Florida. From there he was an assistant with the Oregon women’s team and served as the team’s interim head coach for the 2012 spring season. In 2013, Fetcho returned to his home state as an assistant coach for the University of Illinois men’s team for two seasons (2013-2014). Following his success at Illinois, Fetcho was named the head coach of the Southern Illinois men’s golf program in 2015.
“While it’s difficult to leave two great programs, there’s no better place than home,” said Fetcho. “I’ve never forgotten the support of Southern Illinois. To be a part of Saluki Athletics and the Salukis is very powerful for me. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to come home again.”
Fetcho played his college golf at John A. Logan Community College and South Florida.
Kupec added that a national search will be conducted for a head women’s golf coach to replace Danielle Kaufman, who resigned last week.
Blaine Woodruff has been named head men’s golf coach at Chattanooga.
Woodruff, who is from Acworth, Georgia, arrives at Chattanooga after spending the last five years at Pepperdine, which won the NCAA Championship in 2022 and reached the semifinals this year. Prior to Pepperdine he started his coaching career as an assistant at Wisconsin.
Woodruff played his college golf at South Carolina.
Woodruff becomes just the third head coach in Chattanooga’s NCAA Division I history joining Reed Sanderlin and recently retired Mark Guhne.
“Since I got into coaching, (Chattanooga) has been a program that I’ve always thought could be a national contender as a mid-major. In our sport, you don’t have to be a Power 5 program to be successful – you just need the necessary resources,” said Woodruff. “Chattanooga has that from the University as a whole to an athletic department that wants to win along with a city that loves amateur golf. The championship courses and facilities in the area as well as the location; all provide a great foundation to be competitive and help aspiring student-athletes achieve their goals on and off the course.”
Chattanooga assistant coach Matt Zedrick has joined the Nebraska women’s program.
“We’re very happy to add Matt to our staff,” said Nebraska head coach Jeanne Sutherland. “I’ve had the privilege to watch him coach over the years and I’ve always been impressed with his knowledge and ability to communicate with players. His skills in player development and strategy will really add to our ability to compete at the highest level.”
Prior to his time at Chattanooga, Zedrick spent six seasons coaching Purdue-Fort Wayne women’s golf program. He began his college coaching career in 2012-13 as the assistant women’s golf coach at Marshall. He also served as an assistant men’s golf coach at Marshall in 2014.
Matt’s brother, Zac, is the associate men’s golf coach at Notre Dame.
Washington State has announced the hiring of Sofie Aagaard as the Cougars’ next women’s head golf coach.
Aagaard arrives in Pullman having spent the past seven seasons at NCAA Division I Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California. Aagaard guided the Mustangs to three Big West Conference team titles, three NCAA Regional appearances and was named Big West Conference Coach of the Year on four occasions.
Prior to Cal Poly, she spent three seasons as an assistant coach at her alma mater, the University of California. She also played her college golf at California where she was a three-time NCAA Division I All-American and was a part of top five finishes at the NCAA Championships three years in a row (2004-06). Aagaard was inducted into the Cal Athletics Hall of Fame in 2021.
“We are delighted to bring Coach Aagaard to Washington State,” said WSU Director of Athletics Pat Chun. “Coach Aagaard has risen rapidly through the coaching ranks. Her teams have won conference championships and competed at the highest levels of college golf. She has a proven track record in recruiting and developing talent, as well as mentoring student-athletes to reach their highest potential.”
Aagaard replaces Kelli Kamimura, who retired from college coaching after spending the past 13 seasons at Washington State. The Cougars finished the season ranked No. 69 in the Golfweek/Sagarin ratings.
Southern Illinois University Director of Golf Danielle Kaufman has resigned.
Kaufman was named the head coach for the women’s golf team in the summer of 2018 and spent four seasons at SIU. She guided SIU to a Missouri Valley Conference Championship in 2019, then added director of golf responsibilities for both the men’s and women’s programs in 2020. Most recently, she helped the men’s program to an MVC title in 2022. Kaufman was a two-time MVC Coach of the Year, winning the honor on the women’s side in 2019 and on the men’s side in 2022.
“This was an exceedingly difficult decision for me to make as I had envisioned spending the rest of my professional career coaching the Salukis,” Kaufman said. “I am extremely proud of my two conference championships and the determination my teams have shown in the face of adversity the last two years.”
Prior to her time at SIU, she coached at Rend Lake College and at Indiana University East.
“As sad and disappointing as my decision may be, I still wish nothing but the best for my alma mater,” Kaufman said.
The Nashville, Illinois, native, played golf at Southern under SIU Hall of Fame coach Diane Daugherty and graduated in 2008.
Coastal Carolina has named Jacob Wilner head men’s golf coach. Wilner has spent the past 13 years at Nevada.
“We are thrilled to welcome Jacob and his family back to Teal Nation. He has produced a consistent track record of head coaching success, most recently exemplified with his being named coach of the year in his conference,” said Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics and University Recreation Matt Hogue. “As an alum, he uniquely understands and appreciates the value of our program and is passionate about leading Chanticleer men’s golf to championship heights. We look forward to getting to work and writing the next chapter of our program.”
Wilner, who is from Coral Springs, Florida, was selected as the 2021-22 Mountain West Conference Men’s Golf Coach of the Year and he had guided the Wolfpack to four consecutive NCAA Regional appearances in each of the last four years.
Prior to his promotion to head coach in 2011-12, Wilner spent two seasons with the Wolf Pack as an assistant coach with the Nevada golf program. In 2009-10.
“I would like to thank Matt Hogue, President Benson, and the University leadership for their confidence in me to lead the Coastal Carolina men’s golf program. It has always been a dream of mine to coach at my alma mater,” stated Wilner. “My main goal is clear; to guide our program to where the University, community, alumni and student-athletes are all proud.”
Wilner replaces Jim Garren who resigned earlier this month.
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS-SAN ANTONIO
University of Texas-San Antonio’s John Knauer has announced his retirement. Knauer has been at UTSA for the past 14 years.
“I am very grateful and proud to have been a part of building this team and the culture that we have developed over the past 14 years,” said Knauer. “UTSA has a lot of momentum right now and I have no doubt that the next head coach will inherit a group that is ready to break through and be the best this program has ever seen.
Knauer, who is from College Station, Texas, began his coaching career as a volunteer assistant at Texas A&M in 1995, then was promoted the following year to men’s and women’s assistant coach. Knauer then moved to Arizona, where he spent 10 years as an assistant under Rick LaRose and was named the 2006 National Assistant Coach of the Year.
“The decision to retire from the coaching profession was not an easy one, but it is time for me to step away and spend more time with my family. I wish UTSA nothing but the best and I’ll be cheering on the Roadrunners in all our sports for years to come.”
Last year UTSA played in the NCAA postseason for the first time as a team earning an at-large berth to the Kingston Springs Regional and placed 10th in its NCAA postseason debut.
UTSA will conduct a national search for a new head coach.
Brady Gregor will be leaving his position at High Point as the head men’s golf coach to accept a position as associate head coach at South Carolina.
“I could not be more thankful for the young men I had the pleasure to coach at High Point or more proud of what we were able to build over the last 5-6 years,” said Gregor. “It’s because of our players that we get future opportunities. It’s hard for me to think of a better opportunity than to coach alongside the winningest coach in program history in arguably the strongest conference in college golf. I can’t thank Coach McDonald enough and can’t wait to get down to Columbia and go to work.”
Gregor arrived at High Point after two years as the men’s assistant coach at Charleston Southern University, where he helped lead the Buccaneers to back-to-back NCAA Championship appearances and a Big South Conference title.
Gregor was a two-sport athlete lettering in football and golf at Southwest Baptist University.
Murray State head coach Velvet Milkman has announced she is retiring after 29 years. Milkman started the program in the fall of 1993 and since has been the only coach the Racers have ever had.
“I have been very blessed to be the women’s golf coach at Murray State University for the past twenty-nine years,” Milkman said. “It has been an incredible experience to start the golf program at Murray State and the experience has been rewarding to have achieved goals both on and off the field of competition.”
Milkman’s teams won 12 Ohio Valley Conference Championships and she was honored in 2022 with the Gladys Palmer Service Award, presented by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association’s (WGCA).
Milkman served for 18 years as senior woman administrator for MSU Athletics and led the department as interim athletics director from July 2018 through February 2019. She was one of the leaders in shaping women’s golf at the NCAA level and served a four-year term (2009-12) on the NCAA Women’s Golf Committee including two years as chair.
“I believe now is the best time for me to step away and spend more time with my family. I have enjoyed my time at Murray State and will forever be a Racer.”
SOUTH DAKOTA STATE
South Dakota has named Ericka Schneider head women’s coach. Schneider comes to South Dakota State from the University of North Carolina at Asheville, where she was head coach for the past four seasons.
“We are so excited to bring Ericka on to lead our women’s golf program,” SDSU athletic director Justin Sell said. “Her experience as a head coach and as a professional player will make her a tremendous leader for our student-athletes. I look forward to the continued growth of our program under Ericka’s guidance.”
Before Schneider’s time at UNCA she was an assistant coach and interim head coach during the 2017-18 season at UAB.
Schneider, who played professionally on the LPGA Epson Tour for more than three years, played her collegiate golf at Daytona State and then her final two seasons at the University of Mississippi. She was a two-time National Junior College Athletic Association All-American and helped Daytona State to consecutive national titles in 2010 and 2011.
“From the moment I stepped foot in Brookings it felt like home,” said Schneider. “The SDSU pride runs deep. I am thankful for my team and the experience I gained at UNC Asheville.”
Indiana has announced Brian May as its next head women’s coach. May has been the assistant women’s coach at Kentucky for the past eight years.
May, who is from Frankfort, Kentucky, helped guide the team to a T-18 finish at the 2021 NCAA Championship. The 2021 appearance in the NCAA Championship was Kentucky’s first in 29 years.
“During his eight seasons at Kentucky, Brian has been an integral part of building Wildcat women’s golf into a perennial top-25 program,” said Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Scott Dolson. “After spending time with him during our search, it’s easy to see why. He has an energy and passion for the sport that is contagious, coupled with an expectation to compete for championships. In addition, he is committed to helping everyone on his roster maximize their student-athlete experience in every way possible. He’s a proven recruiter who has helped his student-athletes develop and compete at the very highest levels. I am excited to welcome Brian, his wife Corie, and the entire May family to our Hoosier family.”
May replaces Clint Wallman who resigned this past winter and is now the coach at DePauw University.
Maryland head coach Jason Rodenhaver has announced his retirement. Rodenhaver has been with Maryland golf in various roles for the last 23 years.
Rodenhaver took over as the Maryland men’s coach in 2011 and served as the Director of Golf as he oversaw the men’s and women’s programs for three years. In the spring of 2014, Rodenhaver solely took over the men’s team as a women’s head coach was hired. Rodenhaver became the first head coach of the women’s golf program prior to the 1999 season and coached the women’s team for 12 years.
“We would like to thank Jason for his more than two decades of service to Maryland with our golf programs,” said Maryland Director of Athletics Damon Evans. “Jason has been a mainstay with our golf programs for the last 23 years and we can’t thank him enough for all he has down with both programs. He has dedicated his career to Maryland.
“In looking for our future head coach of the men’s golf program, we will identify the strongest candidates and hire a dynamic leader who will build our program to be nationally competitive. I’m confident we will find an outstanding coach and educator who will help our student-athletes excel both on and off the course.”
Maryland placed third at the Big Ten Conference Championship this spring and finished the season ranked No. 160 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.
Chattanooga head coach Colette Murray is looking for an assistant golf coach. Matt Zedrick will be leaving the program to accept a similar a position at another school.
Zedrick arrived a Chattanooga after serving as the head coach at Purdue Fort Wayne.
Murray, a four time SoCon Coach of the Year, has been at Chattanooga since 2006. The Mocs finished are ranked No. 116 in the Golfweek/Sagarin ratings.
University of Hawai’i head women’s golf coach Stephen Bidne has resigned to accept the associate head coach position with the University of Kansas women’s program. Bidne had just completed his fifth season at Hawaii.
Bidne led Hawaii to four team victories this season including a co-Big West Championship, the program’s first-ever conference title. Hawai’i missed out on its first NCAA Regional appearance since 2007, losing in a playoff to co-champion Cal Poly. Hawaii finished the regular season ranked No. 79 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.
Bidne took over the program in 2017 and immediately made an impact, earning Big West co-Coach of the Year honors during his inaugural season. The St. Paul, Minnesota, native came to UH from his alma mater Northern Colorado, where he coached for four seasons.
A national search will begin immediately.
Jacksonville State’s James Hobbs has announced his retirement. His career has spanned 45 years at Jacksonville State and 40 as the Gamecocks’ golf coach. He led the Gamecock men’s and women’s golf programs to a combined 23 NCAA Regional appearances, including 16 after the school moved to Division I in 1993. He was inducted into the JSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2015.
“When I came here, I didn’t expect to be here a full lifetime,” Hobbs said. “This has been a good place for me to live and a good place for me to raise a family. I’ve worked for, and with, a lot of good people and this has been an easy place for me to do my job. People have always been helpful and supportive of what we were trying to do. But everything has to come to an end at some point, and I’ve reached an age to where it’s harder and harder to maintain the pace that a good golf program needs. But I can honestly say that I have absolutely no regrets and I don’t leave here thinking that I have anything left to prove.”
Hobbs started his career at Jacksonville State in 1977 as an assistant basketball coach that led the Gamecocks to eight appearances in the NCAA Division II Tournament, including a national championship in 1985, two Final Four appearances and three Elite Eight appearances over a 16-year span.
“I came as a basketball coach in a Division II program and went into golf in the fall of 1983,” Hobbs added. “It was a great move for me and a great challenge for me because I didn’t have the background in golf like I had in basketball. I took what recruiting skills I had and basically tried to go out and find the best players I could find for the University and I feel that it has paid off pretty well in terms of the success we’ve had.”
His men’s golf teams reached the NCAA Tournament six times in Division II before moving to Division I in 1995. The Gamecocks would go on to win 11 conference titles. In 1995, Hobbs started the JSU Women’s Golf program from scratch and went on to win six conference titles at the Division I level. He was named the Ohio Valley Conference’s Coach of the Year eight times – four on the men’s side and four more on the women’s side – during the Gamecocks’ tenure in the league from 2003-2021. He was also named the Coach of the Year in the ASUN Conference in 1997 and in 2002.
“I take great pride in the fact that golf has moved from Division II to Division I and that we made that move very successfully,” Hobbs said. “And I take great pride in the fact that we were able to start the women’s program, get it up and running and that we’ve been able to get it to where our women’s program is on equal footing with the men’s.”
Some of the players Hobbs recruited to that have succeed beyond their college days on the golf course is former OVC Champions Danny Willett and Matt Wallace. Willett won his first European Tour Event in 2012 at the BMW International Open and became the first player to play collegiately at an Alabama university to win the Masters in 2016.
Jacksonville State is preparing to join Conference USA in the fall of 2023. The school will begin a national search for two head coaches – one to lead its women’s program and another to lead the men’s program.
Maryland head coach Kelly Hovland has announced that Amanda Hollandsworth has been named assistant coach. Hollandsworth had served as the interim assistant coach since November 2021.
The Floyd, Virginia native, played her college golf at Virginia Tech from 2014-19. Her senior year she placed 5th at the 2019 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship at The Blessings Golf Club.
“I couldn’t be more excited to keep Amanda as a Terp! She has filled a vital role on our team for the past six months on an interim basis and really proved her value to this program and me,” said Hovland. “Her ability to connect to the players as well as her professional career has given her the credibility to help drive our team to the next level.”
Hollandsworth turned pro in May 2019 and played in the 2019 U.S Women’s Open. She currently competes on the Epson Tour, the official qualifying tour of the LPGA. Holllandsworth’s rookie year was 2020.
“Transitioning into coaching from playing has been an amazing opportunity and a dream job that I didn’t even know I wanted to experience,” said Hollandsworth. “I have developed a true passion for coaching in the past six months and learned just what Maryland Pride is all about.”
Purdue’s Devon Brouse, the only coach in both the men’s and women’s Halls of Fame, retired at season’s end.
Miami women’s golf coach Patti Rizzo has announced her retirement after 12 seasons with the Hurricanes.
“I will be forever grateful for the privilege of coaching at the University of Miami,” Rizzo said. “It was a dream come true. I have enjoyed every minute of it but most of all I enjoyed all my players and what amazing women they are. I will miss them the most.”
Rizzo, who played her college golf at Miami and was an All-America golfer, led the Hurricanes to 11 NCAA Regionals in her 12 years as head coach and two trips to the NCAA Championships in 2016 and 2017. Miami’s 2016 NCAA Championship appearance was its first in 24 years. The Hurricanes rank No. 40 in the Golfweek/Sagarin college rankings and placed fifth in the NCAA Tallahassee Regional this past week.
“I have spent almost every day of my life on a golf course since I was 15. It is time in my life to not have the daily pressures of proving myself. When I was young I wanted fame. As I got older it was about making money. Once I got into coaching it was about giving back to the game and teaching not just golf, but life.
Rizzo is a 20-year veteran of the LPGA Tour, earning LPGA Rookie of the Year honors in 1982 and winning four tournaments in her career. She was ranked as high as ninth in the world in 1989.
QUEENS UNIVERSITY OF CHARLOTTE
Meggan Bunker, who was hired at Queens University of Charlotte in the fall of 2017 as head women’s golf, is not returning. She is a PGA Class A professional and pursuing that side of golf. Before that, she was the head men’s golf coach at California State University Bakersfield.
The Royals are making the transition from NCAA Division II to Division I and recently accepted an invitation from the Atlantic Sun Conference. The four-year transitional period will begin July 1.
A search is currently underway for a head women’s golf coach.
Coastal Carolina head men’s golf coach Jim Garren has resigned to pursue other coaching opportunities.
“We thank Jim for his service to Coastal Carolina University and wish him the best in his future endeavors,” said Coastal Carolina University Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics and University Recreation Matt Hogue. “We will begin our search for the next head coach immediately.”
Garren was hired in the summer of 2017 and helped the program transition into the Sun Belt Conference. Garren led the program to the 2018 Sun Belt Conference Men’s Golf Championship in his first season and was named the conference’s Golf Coach of the Year.
Coastal Carolina placed fifth in the Sun Belt Conference Championship and after being ranked in the top 90 in Garren’s previous four seasons, slipped this past year to No. 116. Two years prior to Garren taking over the program, Coastal Carolina was ranked No. 176.
“I enjoyed my time at Coastal. I’m proud of all that we were able to accomplish over my five years here,” Garren said. “I’m excited to see the growth that our program had over my time here and wish it continued success. At the same time, I’m excited about the next step in my career.”
Prior to his time with the Chanticleers, Garren was an assistant coach at Oklahoma helping guide the Sooners to three-straight NCAA Championship appearances and the 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship title. He joined Oklahoma after a one-year stint as the assistant coach at New Mexico.
Prior to his time at with the Lobos, Garren spent five seasons as the assistant men’s golf coach and director of recruiting at Southern Mississippi.
Garren, who is from Cartersville, Georgia, began his collegiate golfing career as a member of the Wallace State Junior College team in 2003. He then transferred to Kennesaw State.
PURDUE FORT WAYNE
Purdue Fort Wayne, an NCAA Division I program that is a member of the Horizon League, is currently looking for a head women’s golf coach. Last year Billy King was the interim coach, but will move back to the men’s side full time.
Fort Wayne placed ninth out of nine teams in the Horizon League Championship in April and was ranked No. 242 in the final regular season Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.
FLORIDA GULF COAST
Florida Gulf Coast Director of Athletics Ken Kavanagh announced that FGCU head women’s golf coach Sarah Trew will not have her contract renewed and will start a national search for the program’s next head coach.
Trew took over the program in 2011 and placed second in the ASUN Championship in 2016, 2017 and 2019. She was named the ASUN Coach of the Year in 2015-16.
FGCU finished the regular season ranked No. 130 in the Golfweek/Sagarin college rankings and placed seventh in the conference championship.
Trew was the fourth coach in the program’s history: Holly Vaughn (2001-08), Brittany Bertilson (2008-10), Meghan Spero (2010-11), and Trew (2011-2022).
Longtime UTEP women’s golf coach Jere Pelletier has announced his retirement. Pelletier spent nearly thirty years at UTEP.
“I would like to thank UTEP for giving me the opportunity to fulfill my goals and my dreams,” Pelletier said.
Pelletier took the reins of the Miner program in 1994 as only the second head coach in UTEP women’s golf history. UTEP won the 2011 Conference USA title and also finished second at the C-USA Championship in 2018 and third in 2007. Pelletier was named the 1995 Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year and the 2011 Conference USA Coach of the Year.
“Coach Pelletier has poured his heart and soul into building our women’s golf program,” said UTEP Director of Athletics Jim Senter. “I would like to thank him for his many years of service and for developing his student-athletes into terrific golfers and outstanding citizens.”
UTEP finished the regular season ranked No. 169 in the Golfweek/Sagarin college rankings.
A national search will begin immediately to appoint Pelletier’s successor.
Jeanne Sutherland has been named head women’s golf coach at Nebraska. Sutherland, who spent the 2021-22 season as the associate head coach for the Huskers, takes over after Lisa Johnson announced she will not be returning. Johnson, who led the Husker program the past three seasons, is moving with her family to Portland, Oregon, following her husband, John Johnson, as he has been named the Director of Athletics at Portland State.
Sutherland came to Nebraska after spending 10 seasons (2011-2021) as the head coach at SMU. She previously spent 15 seasons as the head coach at Texas A&M (1992-2007). During her first two collegiate head coaching stints, Sutherland led 18 teams to NCAA Regional appearances, including four to NCAA Championship appearances. She is four-time conference coach of the year in the Big 12 Conference and Southwest Conference.
“It is truly an honor to be named the head coach at Nebraska,” Sutherland said. “I have spent the past season building relationships with our players, which should help us continue the success that coach Lisa Johnson built in recent years. I want to thank Coach Johnson for giving me the opportunity to serve as her assistant and continue to do what I love most.”
Sutherland, who is a native of Dubuque, Iowa, played her college golf at Northern Iowa where she is a member of the University of Northern Iowa Athletic Hall of Fame and was named to the 1981 AIAW Division II All-America Team.
Missouri head coach Stephanie Priesmeyer is making the change from coaching into a new development role within the athletic department, Mizzou Director of Athletics Desireé Reed-Francois announced today.
Priesmeyer, who played golf at Missouri from 1990-94, took over as head coach prior to the 2000-01 season. She was the 2004 Big 12 Coach of the Year. The Tigers made nine NCAA Regional appearances and advanced to the 2005 NCAA Championship.
“We thank Coach Priesmeyer for her years of coaching service to Mizzou,” Reed-Francois said. “Coach Priesmeyer represented her alma mater with a high level of class as a player and coach and has positively impacted countless student-athletes’ lives. We are grateful for her contributions not only to our students, but to the local community and to golf in Mid-Missouri. We are looking forward to Coach Priesmeyer moving into a new development role to contribute to all our student-athletes’ successes.”
Missouri announced a search is underway for a head coach.
Lisa Johnson will not be returning next fall to coach at the University of Nebraska. Johnson’s husband, John, was recently named Director of Athletics at Portland State. Johnson and her family will be moving to Portland.
Johnson had been at Nebraska since the summer of 2019. Prior to her time in Lincoln, she was the head coach at Idaho and Boise State. She was a two time WAC Coach of the Year and twice her teams at Idaho won the Big Sky Conference title. Her Nebraska team finished second at the 2021 Big Ten Conference Championship. Johnson played her college golf at Gonzaga.
Nebraska finished the regular season ranked No. 64 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.
Kelli Kamimura has announced she will retire from coaching after spending the last 13 seasons as women’s golf coach at Washington State. Kamimura, who was given a three-year contract extension at the conclusion of last season, said the time was right for a change now.
“I have absolutely loved being the head women’s golf coach at Washington State University for the last 13 years,” said Kamimura. “I am so grateful for the administrators, staff and other coaches who have been instrumental during my time at WSU. I am especially grateful for the incredible student-athletes that I have been able to coach during my career and who have deeply impacted my life. At this time after careful consideration, I have decided to retire from college coaching to spend more time with my young family. WSU has been incredibly supportive of me and this decision was extremely difficult after signing a contract extension in the fall, but I have decided that my retirement is the best way to honor myself, my family, the program and WSU.”
Kamimura played her college golf at rival Washington, where she was an All-American. She also served as an assistant coach at Pepperdine before her arrival in Pullman.
Washington State finished the regular season ranked No. 69 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.
A national search for the next coach will begin immediately.
Notre Dame women’s golf head coach Susan Holt has announced her retirement at the end of the 2021-22 season.
“It has been an incredible experience to lead this program, win championships, develop amazing student-athletes and regularly compete in NCAA postseason events,” Holt said. “I started coaching over 30 years ago and I believe now is the best time to take a break, spend more time with my family and see what the next leader of this program can accomplish. I want to thank the Notre Dame administration for their support over the past 16 seasons.”
Holt came to Notre Dame in August of 2006 after 13 seasons as the head women’s coach at the University of South Florida. She began her collegiate coaching career at Purdue in 1990.
Holt guided Notre Dame to the schools first appearance in an NCAA Championship in 2011 and is a six-time conference coach of the year. She is longest tenured women’s golf coach at Notre Dame. Notre Dame finished the regular season ranked No. 84 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.
Tarleton State University is bringing back its men’s golf program. The last time the school had a men’s golf team was in 1985. The school has named Chance Cain to as head coach.
Tarleton State will compete at the NCAA Division I level and a member of the WAC.
Cain will arrive at Tarleton State following a six-year stint as the assistant coach for Utah, where last spring his Utes snapped a 29-year postseason drought with a berth in the NCAA West Regional. Following Utah’s success in 2021, Cain was named a finalist for the Jan Strickland Assistant Coach of the Year Award.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to come home and get this team back in action for Tarleton State University,” said Cain. “I’m thankful to President Dr. James Hurley, Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Lonn Reisman, and the hiring committee for welcoming me home to Texas and for entrusting me with this tremendous opportunity. I’d also like to thank (Utah Head Coach) Garrett Clegg for the last six seasons. He was a great mentor and I learned a great deal from him about how to be a head coach and lead a team of outstanding student-athletes.
“I’ve been a part of some great men’s golf teams in my career and I’m ready to add Tarleton to that list,” he continued. “Historically, men’s golf has been a storied program and it has a rich history of success. I’m excited for the opportunity and ready to build it to the standards our university and fans deserve.”
Cain, a native of Big Spring, began his coaching career as a volunteer assistant coach for Texas Tech in 2012. He remained with the Red Raiders through 2014 before taking a year away from athletics. He returned to the links in 2016 as the assistant at Utah.
Cain played his college golf at Midland College where he helped guide the team to the 2008 NJCCA National Championship before completing his associates degree and moving on to Texas Tech.
Augusta University Director of Golf and Men’s Golf Coach Jack O’Keefe has announced his plans to step down at the end of the 2021-2022 golf season. O’Keefe has been at Augusta since December of 2013.
“It has been an honor to lead such a storied program and contribute to it in a small way here at Augusta,” said O’Keefe. “It has been my privilege to coach these young men, in golf and in life.”
During O’Keefe’s tenure, he coached Broc Everett to the 2018 NCAA Individual National Championship at Karsten Creek in Stillwater, Oklahoma. He also led the Jags to five consecutive MEAC Championships as well as five NCAA Regional appearances.
O’Keefe, who played his college golf at Arkansas and played the PGA Tour in 1997, previously served as associate head coach the University of Mississippi and assistant coach at Central Arkansas.
“Success is only possible with the support of groups like The Birdie Club, the Augusta Golf Association, Forest Hills Golf Club and their hard-working staff, plus the administration at Augusta. The CSRA has some amazing courses which our players are fortunate to play. I want to thank Augusta Country Club, West Lake Country Club, Champions Retreat, Bartram Trail and so many others in the golf industry who have been overly generous in their encouragement and willingness to support our golf teams.”
Augusta is currently ranked No. 152 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.
Clint Wallman has been named head men’s and women’s golf coach at NCAA Div. III DePauw in Greencastle, Indiana.
Wallman spent the past 17 years as the women’s golf coach at Indiana University. Prior to his time at Indiana, he served as assistant women’s golf coach at University of New Mexico. Wallman graduated in 1985 from Washington State University where he was a two-time captain.
“I am deeply humbled and honored to have the opportunity to lead the men’s and women’s golf programs at DePauw University,” Wallman said. “I have always admired the success that coach (Vince) Lazar has had and look forward to building on the foundation he has established.”
Wallman led the Hoosiers to six NCAA Division I regional team appearances including advancing to the NCAA Division I Championships in 2007 and 2019. His Indiana teams won nine regular season tournament titles.
“We attracted a strong pool of candidates and we are thrilled that Coach Wallman will be joining Team DePauw,” said Baker-Watson. “Throughout our conversations and meetings, he stressed a championship golf experience within the overall DePauw experience. His years of experience as a college head coach, along with his strong teaching history, makes him a wonderful choice for our student-athletes. I also want to take this moment to thank coach (Greg) Jones for his continued service and loyalty to DePauw golf. We are grateful for his work over the past seven years and especially the past several months as he served as the interim head coach”. Jones will serve as the full-time assistant for both programs.
Former Colorado State golfer Jimmy Makloski has been named assistant golf coach at the Air Force Academy.
Makloski, a native of Pueblo, Colorado, graduated from CSU in 2017 where he was the Rams’ team captain in 2016-17 and was an academic All-American in the 2015-2016 season. After graduating in 2017, Makloski competed on several professional mini tours and state opens. He won the 2018 Laramie Open, shooting a 12-under-par 130.
Athletic Director Terry Gawlik announced the hire of Stephanie Young as head women’s golf coach at the University of Idaho.
Young comes to Idaho from Bowling Green where she was the head golf coach for the past 16 years.
“It is an honor to become the next head women’s golf coach for the Idaho Vandals,” Young said. “Thank you to Terry Gawlik and Heath Senour for this fantastic opportunity. I am excited to begin working with our student-athletes and get settled into the Moscow community. I would also like to thank everyone at BGSU for entrusting me to lead their women’s golf program for 16 years. I will be forever grateful for my time there and am proud of all that we were able to accomplish together.”
During her time at BGSU, Young has guided the Falcons to a school-record 12 team tournament titles and 11 individual tournament titles. Young played her college golf at the University of Toledo.
Young replaces Lisa Ferrero, who left Idaho in October to take the job at Fresno State.