After earning his license as a chiropractor and coaching both basketball and golf at the DIII level, Coach Todd Oehrlein took over the women's golf program at the University of Wisconsin in 2003. Tap in to listen to his unique perspective on coaching and how his philosophy has changed over the years.
While we are talking about the opportunity that DII golf programs provide, it would be wrong not to include an episode with Hall of Fame coach Julie Garner. Coach Garner starts her 24th season as the Rollins College women's golf coach. She joined the show to talk about her time at the DII powerhouse located in Winter Park, FL where the Tars have won 6 National Championships and finished Runner-Up 5 times. Hear her journey as a college coach and what she thinks players and parents need to understand about finding the right fit and preparing for college golf.
Bringing you a new perspective in this episode as I chat with Limestone Men's and Women's Head Coach Zack Siefert. Don't let the lack of a "DI name" keep you from tapping in to listen to this episode. Coach Siefert played college golf at Clemson University so he knows the appeal of playing for a powerhouse DI program but his energy and enthusiasm for developing his players at a DII program is second to none. You will get some great insight on how he manages both programs and the struggles he sees for incoming freshman as they take on college golf.
If this episode doesn't get you excited to play college golf then I don't know what will. USF Coach Erika Brennan has such a passion for coaching, mentoring, and developing young athletes, along with being a dedicated mom and wife, that you can feel the energy radiate as she speaks about it all. She shares how she got started as a college coach and what inspired her to follow that path, along with some advice for junior golfers going thru process and how they can work towards being the best athlete they can be.
This is a rare opportunity to hear from a coach who is in the midst of transition from one program to another. I caught up with Coach Lisa Strom as she was selling and and buying a house in the same day, meeting with her new players, and getting settled in at her new home of Kent State University. After 3 years as the head coach at Texas State (5.5 years as assistant coach at her alma mater Ohio State prior to that), Coach Strom received the call to take over the 10th ranked program at Kent State. It was an opportunity she was humbled and flattered to receive and wanted to take on the challenge. You'll hear her talk about that transition and how those scenarios can affect both the player and coach, along with Coach Strom's own journey from tour player to coach and what she has learned along the way.
Coach Kuhle knew early on that even though she loved playing golf she was meant to be a coach. She does not take her role as a coach lightly and feels like the example she sets for her players is one that goes well beyond the golf course. She also feels blessed to coach in her home state of Colorado as she puts a top priority on her family.
In this episode, I chat with Auburn Women's Head Coach Melissa Luellen about her journey from playing college golf for her mom, to playing on tour, to how she ended up at Auburn. She shares some great perspective on how she has balanced her family life with her coaching life and what she expects of her players on and off the course.
As a Furman Women's Golf Alum I was excited to sit down with Head Coach Jeff Hull to chat about this journey that led him to Furman. After his college golf career ended at University of South Carolina, Coach Hull went the route of being a teaching professional, before taking on the assistant coaching job at UGA. His insight as a former instructor and now as head coach at a successful women's golf program with rich history like Furman University is a unique one.
In this episode Kelley Hester, Clemson Women's Head Golf Coach, shares how she first got into college coaching and her unique coaching path that has spanned the country before landing her at Clemson. She talks about her time as Stacy Lewis's coach while at Arkansas, her return back to UGA, the uniqueness of coaching a program like Furman and all the highs and lows along the way.
After 11 years at UVA, Coach Kim Lewellen decided to come back home to NC and take over the women's golf program at Wake Forest University.
I caught up with Coach Lewellen right after the team won the ACC Tournament to cap off an exciting and eventful spring season. We talk about how she got started as a college coach, being there as Wake Forest Senior, Jennifer Kupcho, won the Augusta National Women's Amateur, the traits of a successful college athlete and much more.