Koehle named new golf coach - Fall 2004 Ivy Leaf Magazine

Ivy Leaf - Fall 2004

Koehle named new golf coach

Tom Koehle is no stranger to Penn State Altoona, and certainly no stranger to the men's golf team. After completing a successful career with the Lions' golf team, the 23- year old returns to the program, but this time in a quite different role.

In August, Koehle was named as head men's golf coach, taking over the position from former coach Greg Johnson.

Koehle inherited a golf team coming off one of the most successful seasons for any sport in College history, having won the AMCC as well as the ECAC Southern Regional Championship in 2003. The Altoona native sees no reason why the 2004 club can't repeat some of those feats.

"My goal is to not only be competitive, but to win both the AMCC and ECAC championships," Koehle said. "With three returning all-conference players, the team should be in the thick of things in every tournament."

A recent college graduate, Koehle feels that his age and prior experience at Penn State Altoona will only help him as a coach.

"It's a very exciting opportunity to coach at an NCAA institution at such a young age," Koehle said. "I can relate easily with the team and help them both on and off the golf course."

Koehle also works as an assistant golf pro at Toftrees Golf Club in State College and has assisted both State College Area High School and Altoona Area High School golf programs for the past two years.

As a player, Koehle has competed professionally in several qualifiers for the U. S. Open and enjoyed a successful career at Penn State Altoona. In 2001, he earned team MVP honors as well as a selection to the AMCC all-conference team. He also won the Mount Aloysius Invitational and placed second at the La Roche Invitational.

Koehle is a 2003 graduate of Penn State, with a bachelor of science in secondary education and a minor in history, and a 1999 graduate of Altoona Area High School.