NMU golf: Wittenbach hired as new head coach

MARQUETTE – Former Ferris State assistant Kyle Wittenbach has been hired as Northern Michigan University’s new head men’s golf coach to replace Dean Ellis, who retired this year.

Wittenbach, who will begin March 3, was an assistant coach at Ferris, his alma mater, in 2012 and spent last year playing on the eGolf Professional Tour.

“I am extremely excited to join the NMU athletics team,” Wittenbach said. “This program has great potential to grow and begin competing for GLIAC championships immediately. I’m looking forward to recruiting elite players, developing the skills of the current players and leading a strong, respectable, and competitive program here in Marquette.”

As a Bulldog, Wittenbach qualified for the NCAA Division II National Championship as a senior. He won a 2010 GLIAC Championship and led the Bulldogs to the team title the same year. In 2011, Wittenbach was named All-GLIAC first team and was selected the team’s most valuable player.

“Kyle did a great job throughout the interview process,” NMU athletic director Forrest Karr said. “He is an ideal fit for our department and we look forward to helping him build a strong program.”

Academically, Wittenbach was a two-time Cleveland Golf/Srixon and Golf Coaches Association of America All-America Scholar and earned the GLAIC Commissioner’s Award. Wittenbach earned a bachelor’s in Professional Golf Management in 2012 from Ferris State and is pending election to the PGA of America where he will be a Class A member.