2013 Bulldog InvitationalRecap
The Ferris State University men's golf program has achievedunparalled success since the arrival of head coachMichael Mignano, who embarks on his eighth year inthe 2014-15 campaign.
In the 2010-11 campaign, Mignano was recognized as the GreatLakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's (GLIAC) Men's GolfCoach of the Year Award recipient after guiding the Bulldogs to aconference championship title with a playoff victory at the GLIACChampionships.
In the 2009-10 season, Mignano guided the nationally-rankedBulldogs to a program record seventh-place tying performanceat the 2010 NCAA Division II Championships (May 18-21) inNoblesville, Ind., in what marked FSU's 14th all-time nationaltournament appearance. Ferris State, which finished tiedfor 24th place in the final 2010 spring Golf World/NikeGolf Division II Coaches' Poll, advanced to nationals following asixth-place tying performance in the 2010 NCAA-II Midwest/SouthCentral Regional Championships (May 3-5) in Duncan,Okla.
For his efforts, Mignano was tabbed the 2009-10 Division IIEaton Golf Pride Regional Coach of the Year for the MidwestRegion.
Ferris State under Mignano's direction claimed what was aschool-record tying eighth-place showing at the 2009 NCAA-IIChampionships (May 19-22) in Blaine, Wash.
Mignano has also coached a pair of All-Americans in Kelbi Lee, a2009 PING Division II Third-Team honoree, and Eric Lilleboe, a 2010PING Division II First-Team selection and a two-time (2007-08 and2009-10) Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC)Men's Golf "Athlete of the Year".
Mignano is the sixth individual to be named head coach in thehistory of the Ferris State women's golf program, which dates backto 1974. He was selected as interim head coach prior to thestart of the spring season in 2007-08 and was eventually appointedto his current position on a permanent basis prior to the 2008-09campaign.
A FSU Professional Golf Management Program (PGM) assistant,Mignano had served as interim head coach of the Ferris State men'sand women's golf teams since March 2008 and continued the successorchestrated by his predecessor. Mignano directed the Bulldogwomen's team to a national fourth-place performance at the 2008NCAA Division II Women's Golf Championships (May 13-16) in Houston,Texas.
Prior to his stint as interim coach, Mignano worked as anassistant coach under Bedortha while also serving as an assistantgolf professional and a PGM assistant at Ferris State from June2007 to March 2008. Mignano's duties included managing the dailyoperations of FSU's Katke Golf Course in Big Rapids, Mich.,assisting the PGM program coordinator with daily activities and thecoordination of PGM program activities, assisting the FSU Golf CampDirector, and serving as the instructor for the Mecosta CountyJunior Golf Program.
A 2006 graduate of Ferris State, Mignano earned a bachelor'sdegree in professional golf management. Following graduation, hecompleted two stints as an assistant golf professional/PGA internat Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, Calif. Mignano worked fromJanuary to May 2007 and again from October 2005 to April 2006 atTorrey Pines G.C., which was the home of the PGA Tour's BuickInvitational and the 2008 U.S. Open. The Ypsilanti, Mich., nativealso was the assistant coach for the boy's golf team at Chelsea(Mich.) HIgh School in the 2005 and 2006 seasons.
While completing his undergraduate degree at Ferris State,Mignano made the FSU Dean's Academic list every academic semesterand was the recipient of the PGM's Gary Wiren Award for having thehighest cumulative grade point average in his graduating class. Healso was awarded both the Robert and Jayne Ewigleben Scholarshipand the John Celestino Endowment Scholarship in the fall of 2006.Mignano spent May to December 2004 as a PGA intern at theprestigious Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.,which was the site of the 2004 PGA Ryder Cup matches.
Mignano, a 2002 graduate of Chelsea High School, was a member ofthe school's varsity and junior varsity golf team from 1999-02 andserved as the team captain for the 2001 season. Mignano receivedthe team coach's award in 2001 after garnering the freshman awardin 1999 and most improved player recognition in 2000.
The son of the late Joe Mignano and Sheila Rodenkirch, Mignanois the youngest of three siblings (two sisters and a brother). Amember of the Professional Golfers Association (PGA), Mignanoresides in Big Rapids and is completing course work toward amaster's degree in business administration at Ferris State.
"This is truly a dream job for me," said Mignano. "I enjoy beingaround the student-athletes and watching them succeed. I'm thankfulfor the opporunity to coach two outstanding programs at FerrisState University."