Casey Lubahn Named Miami's Head Men?s Golf Coach

Updated 8/5/2008

Story courtesy of Miami Sports Information

 

OXFORD, Ohio?Miami University Director of Athletics Brad Bates announced today (August 5) the hiring of Casey Lubahn as the RedHawks’ head men’s golf coach. Lubahn joins the Miami program after coaching three years at Michigan State University.

 

 “Casey brings a wealth of energy, experience and integrity to our program, and he has been exposed to some of the best mentors in the sport of golf,” said Bates. “His inherent attributes will immediately have an impact on our program and his vision for our program is lofty, aggressive and noteworthy. We are very fortunate to have an individual who is nationally respected come to our great university, and we look forward to Casey’s leadership guiding the future of Miami golf.”

 

 “I want to thank President David Hodge, Brad Bates, Josh Fenton and the entire Miami Family for giving me a tremendous opportunity,” said Lubahn. “I am excited of the challenge to move Miami golf toward the top of the Mid-American Conference and back into the national spotlight. Miami has a long tradition of excellence, and I am humbled to be associated with the program.”

 

Lubahn joined the Michigan State men’s golf program following his graduation from MSU in 2004, spending three years as an assistant coach and helping the Spartans to Big Ten titles in 2005, 2007 and 2008. Lubahn served as an assistant coach from June 2004 through August of 2006, before spending one year with Morgan Bradley, L.L.C. He returned to the Spartan program in June 2007 and served in his post until his hiring at Miami. He was involved with all facets of the MSU program, including serving as interim head coach from June to August in 2007.

 

This past year, Lubahn was a finalist for the GCAA Jan Strickland Award, which is awarded to the NCAA Division I Assistant Coach of the Year.

 

“Casey has had success as a player, coach and teaching professional,” said Iowa head men’s golf coach and former Michigan State head golf coach Mark Hankins. “He will be a tireless recruiter and has the ability to develop kids once they arrive on campus. I’m sure he will be missed at Michigan State, and Miami will soon be a power in the MAC and Midwest Region.”

 

“During the search process, my wife, Rachel, and I have fallen in love with the family atmosphere surrounding Miami and the community of Oxford,” added Lubahn. “We look forward to getting started right away as proud RedHawks!”

 

A three-year letterwinner in the Michigan State golf program, Lubahn finished his career with the fifth-lowest career stroke average in program history. Lubahn earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State in 2004.

 

Additionally, Lubahn recently took part in a reality series called the “Big Break”. The series “Big Break X: Michigan” featuring Lubahn and his wife, Rachel, will air on the Golf Channel beginning in October of 2008.

 

A native of Sand Lake, Mich., Lubahn replaces seven-year head golf coach John Wiler. The RedHawks return their entire roster from a year ago, including all-MAC performers senior Ben Wood and sophomore Nathan Sutherland. Wood and fellow senior Ben Bastel garnered national recognition being named 2008 All-America Scholars by the Golf Coaches Association of America.

 

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT LUBAHN:

Brad Bates, Miami University Director of Athletics

“Casey brings a wealth of energy, experience and integrity to our program, and he has been exposed to some of the best mentors in the sport of golf. His inherent attributes will immediately have an impact on our program and his vision for our program is lofty, aggressive and noteworthy. We are very fortunate to have an individual who is nationally respected come to our great university, and we look forward to Casey’s leadership guiding the future of Miami golf.”

 

Sam Puryear, Michigan State Head Men’s Golf Coach

“I am really excited for Casey. He is an extremely hard-working, intelligent young coach. His work ethic and his high golf IQ are going to help him build a national contender. Michigan State’s loss is a huge gain for the RedHawks. We are going to miss him.”

 

Mark Hankins, Iowa Head Men’s Golf Coach and former MSU Head Men’s Golf Coach

“Casey is the right guy for the Miami job. He is hardworking, professional, experienced and familiar with the Miami program. It’s a perfect fit for the Miami golf program and athletic department. Casey has had success as a player, coach and teaching professional. He will be a tireless recruiter and has the ability to develop kids once they arrive on campus. I’m sure he will be missed at Michigan State, and Miami will soon be a power in the MAC and Midwest Region.”