For the third consecutive year, Golfweek will host the Golfweek Coaches Forum with College Golf Analyst Lance Ringler at the annual Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) and Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) conventions, which will be held Dec. 12-14 at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.
This year for the first time, the national convention will incorporate women’s golf coaches into the panel, and the Golfweek Coaches Forum will feature two of those coaches on its panel – Washington’s Mary Lou Mulflur and Kent State’s Greg Robertson. Illinois’ Mike Small and Georgia’s Chris Haack will represent the men’s teams.
From Roger Yaffe, Executive Director, Women’s Golf Coaches Association.
“The WGCA is appreciative of the opportunity to be in included in the 2016 Golfweek Coaches Forum at our upcoming Convention. Represented by Mary Lou Mulflur, head coach of the 2016 NCAA Division I Champion University of Washington and Greg Robertson, one of the upcoming stars in women’s collegiate coaching, our member coaches will certainly walk away with several helpful tools to assist their programs.”
From Gregg Grost, CEO Golf Coaches Association of America:
“We’re excited to again partner with Golfweek on the coaches panel at our upcoming convention,” said GCAA CEO Gregg Grost. “The opportunity for all of our attendees from both conventions (GCAA + WGCA) to hear from their peers on a variety of topics should help coaches of all levels continue to develop their programs.”
Highlights from the featured panelists include:
Mary Lou Mulflur – Washington Women’s Coach
• Guided her team to the NCAA title last spring
• 2016 WGCA National Coach of the Year
• 2016 + 2015 Golfweek Coach of the Year
• Three-time Pac-12 Conference Coach of the Year (1998, 1999, 2016)
• Led Huskies to the NCAA Regionals in 24 of the 25 years since the regional format was introduced
• Inducted into the Women’s Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2013
Greg Robertson – Kent State Women’s Coach
• 2015 MAC Coach of the Year
• Three MAC Player of the Year recipients
• 2006 Jan Strickland Assistant Coach of the Year (Purdue men’s coach)
• 2014 + 2015 MAC Champions
• One All-American Scholar on 2016 team
• 4 team wins in 2016
Mike Small – Illinois Men’s Coach
• Seven Big Ten Championship titles in the last eight years
• Coached seven Big Ten Players of the Year
• Four consecutive NCAA Regional Championship titles
• 2015 Dave Williams National Coach of the Year
• Recognized as Big Ten Coach of the Year 10 times
• Inducted into the Illinois Golf Hall of Fame
Chris Haack – Georgia Men’s Coach
• Two National Championships (1999 and 2005)
• Two-time National Coach of the Year
• Five-time SEC Coach of the Year
• Inducted into the GCAA Hall of Fame (2012)
• Palmer Cup captain (2001 and 2006)
• Eight SEC Championships (1998, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2016)
“This segment of the convention seems to be growing in popularity and I am very excited to see the women’s coaches included in this forum,” said Lance Ringler. “The Q&A format of the session has allowed the coaching bodies to hear how some of the most respected and recognized coaches in the game deal with the many issues surrounding the operation of a college golf program, and I think it truly helps in continuing to grow the game.”
The Golfweek Coaches Forum will help close out the convention and take place on Wednesday Dec. 14 9:30-10:45 a.m.
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About the Women’s Golf Coaches Association
The Women’s Golf Coaches Association, founded in 1983, is a non-profit organization representing women’s collegiate golf coaches. The WGCA was formed to encourage the playing of college golf for women in correlation with a general objective of education and in accordance with the highest tradition of intercollegiate competition. Today, the WGCA represents nearly 600 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.
About the Golf Coaches Association of America
Established in 1958, the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) is the professional organization of golf coaches. The GCAA's mission is to support its member coaches by creating educational opportunities, providing resources, and promoting its members with the purpose of enhancing their overall performance as coaches, mentors, and teachers. The GCAA also recognizes the excellence and achievements of its members and their student-athletes in academic, athletic and civic endeavors.
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