FERRIS STATE NAMES MIGNANO MEN'S AND WOMEN'S GOLF HEAD COACH
FSU Alumnus Lands Permanent Post After Serving In An Interim Capacity
Mike Mignano, who served as the interim head coach of the Ferris State University men's and women's golf teams for the 2007-08 spring season, has been appointed on a permanent basis to direct both Bulldog programs. The announcement was made Thursday (Aug. 7) by Ferris State Athletics Director Tom Kirinovic.
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.
"We're excited to add Mike to our (athletics department) staff," said Kirinovic. "Not only is Mike a bright coach, but he's even a better person.
"Mike did an outstanding job this spring as our women's team placed fourth in the nation and the men's squad just missed earning a national tournament bid. In watching him lead both teams, it was evident to me he possessed a wealth of coaching knowledge involving the sport of golf, "added Kirinovic.
Mignano was appointed interim head coach prior to the start of the spring season after the departure of head coach Brad Bedortha, who accepted the women's golf head coaching position at NCAA Division I Northern Arizona University in late February 2008.
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 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."
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Ferris State University - Named Mike Mignano men's and women's golf head coach