The 2017-18 season will be the fifth for Tim Swanson as the head coach of the men’s golf program at the University of North Dakota. Swanson replaced long-time UND men’s golf coach Rob Stiles, who had come out of retirement to lead the program on an interim basis for the 2011-13 seasons.
In his four-plus seasons leading the Fightin Hawks, Swanson's teams have showed vast improvement since he took over.
In 2015-16, UND put together six rounds of 300 or better after not breaking that total in Swanson's first two seasons. The Fighting Hawks' 290 (+2) in the third round of the 2016 Big Sky Championship broke the program's Division I single-round scoring record and the 885 (+21) total that week was their best under Swanson's guidance.
Jacob Dehne and Jack McClintock each picked up a Big Sky Player of the Week accolade during the season, which were the first for the program since joining the league prior to the 2014-15 season.
In Swanson's first season (2013-14), junior Colllin Lervick earned All-America Sky second team honors after tying for 10th as the postseason event with a score of 227 (+11).
Twelve Fighting Hawks have garnered Academic All-Big Sky honors under his watch since joining the conference.
A veteran of the golf industry as both an instructor and accomplished player, Swanson spent the 2012-13 academic year as the head girl’s golf coach at Central High School in Grand Forks. He led the Knights to the 2013 Class State Tournament.
Swanson is a licensed Class A-13 professional with the PGA of America and the Minnesota Section of America. He also brings a wealth of knowledge on the game and over 20 years of successful management in the private and public golf facilities to his new post at UND.
“Tim brings a great passion for the game of golf along with a solid reputation as a teacher of the sport to this position,” Faison said. ”He brings a unique set of skills to the program that will help our student-athletes prepare academically and competitively for Big Sky Conference competition in a year.”
Prior to his one-year stint at Central High School, Swanson was the general manager and head PGA golf professional at the Faulkwood Shores Golf Club in Howell, Mich., for 12 years. He held similar positions at the Southern Hills Country Club in Sioux City, Iowa (1994-97) and Two Rivers Golf Club in Dakota Dunes, South Dakota (1987-94).
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