The Ferris State University men's golf program has achieved unparalled success since the arrival of head coach Michael Mignano, who embarks on his fifth year in the 2011-12 campaign.
In the 2010-11 campaign, Mignano was recognized as the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's (GLIAC) Men's Golf Coach of the Year Award recipient after guiding the Bulldogs to a conference championship title with a playoff victory at the GLIAC Championships.
In the 2009-10 season, Mignano guided the nationally-ranked Bulldogs to a program record seventh-place tying performance at the 2010 NCAA Division II Championships (May 18-21) in Noblesville, Ind., in what marked FSU's 14th all-time national tournament appearance. Ferris State, which finished tied for 24th place in the final 2010 spring Golf World/Nike Golf Division II Coaches' Poll, advanced to nationals following a sixth-place tying performance in the 2010 NCAA-II Midwest/South Central Regional Championships (May 3-5) in Duncan, Okla.
For his efforts, Mignano was tabbed the 2009-10 Division II Eaton Golf Pride Regional Coach of the Year for the Midwest Region.
Ferris State under Mignano's direction claimed what was a school-record tying eighth-place showing at the 2009 NCAA-II Championships (May 19-22) in Blaine, Wash.
Mignano has also coached a pair of All-Americans in Kelbi Lee, a 2009 PING Division II Third-Team honoree, and Eric Lilleboe, a 2010 PING Division II First-Team selection and a two-time (2007-08 and 2009-10) Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Men's Golf "Athlete of the Year".
Mignano is the sixth individual to be named head coach in the history of the Ferris State women's golf program, which dates back to 1974. He was selected as interim head coach prior to the start of the spring season in 2007-08 and was eventually appointed to his current position on a permanent basis prior to the 2008-09 campaign.
A FSU Professional Golf Management Program (PGM) assistant, Mignano had served as interim head coach of the Ferris State men's and women's golf teams since March 2008 and continued the success orchestrated by his predecessor. Mignano directed the Bulldog women's team to a national fourth-place performance at the 2008 NCAA Division II Women's Golf Championships (May 13-16) in Houston, Texas. The fourth-place showing marked the fifth straight year in which the FSU women's golf team has placed among the nation's top four teams. On the men's side, Ferris State made its sixth consecutive NCAA-II Great Lakes Super Regional appearance as the Bulldogs missed qualifying for nationals by by two strokes at the 2008 NCAA-II Central/Great Lakes Super Regional (May 5-7) in Findlay, Ohio.
Prior to his stint as interim coach, Mignano worked as an assistant coach under Bedortha while also serving as an assistant golf professional and a PGM assistant at Ferris State from June 2007 to March 2008. Mignano's duties included managing the daily operations of FSU's Katke Golf Course in Big Rapids, Mich., assisting the PGM program coordinator with daily activities and the coordination of PGM program activities, assisting the FSU Golf Camp Director, and serving as the instructor for the Mecosta County Junior Golf Program.
A 2006 graduate of Ferris State, Mignano earned a bachelor's degree in professional golf management. Following graduation, he completed two stints as an assistant golf professional/PGA intern at Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, Calif. Mignano worked from January to May 2007 and again from October 2005 to April 2006 at Torrey Pines G.C., which was the home of the PGA Tour's Buick Invitational and the 2008 U.S. Open. The Ypsilanti, Mich., native also 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 semester and was the recipient of the PGM's Gary Wiren Award for having the highest cumulative grade point average in his graduating class. He also was awarded both the Robert and Jayne Ewigleben Scholarship and the John Celestino Endowment Scholarship in the fall of 2006. Mignano spent May to December 2004 as a PGA intern at the prestigious 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 of the school's varsity and junior varsity golf team from 1999-02 and served as the team captain for the 2001 season. Mignano received the team coach's award in 2001 after garnering the freshman award in 1999 and most improved player recognition in 2000.
The son of the late Joe Mignano and Sheila Rodenkirch, Mignano is the youngest of three siblings (two sisters and a brother). A member of the Professional Golfers Association (PGA), Mignano resides in Big Rapids and is completing course work toward a master's degree in business administration at Ferris State.
"This is truly a dream job for me," said Mignano. "I enjoy being around the student-athletes and watching them succeed. I'm thankful for the opporunity to coach two outstanding programs at Ferris State University."