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      NMU's new golf coach already on the job

      Courtesy: NMU

      Northern Michigan University Athletic Director Forrest Karr has announced Kyle Wittenbach is the new Wildcats' golf coach.

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

      Wittenbach comes to Northern Michigan after spending last season on the eGolf Professional Tour. Prior to his time on the Professional Tour, Wittenback served as the assistant coach at his alma mater Ferris State in 2012.

      "I am extremely excited to join the NMU athletics team as their Head Men's Golf Coach," said Wittenbach. "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."

      At FSU, Wittenbach qualified for the NCAA Division II National Championship as a senior. He won the 2010 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship title and led the Bulldogs to the team championship the same year. In 2011, Wittenbach was named All-GLIAC First Team and was selected the team's Most Valuable Player.

      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. In 2010, he was the recipient of the Ferris State President's Academic Award and named to the Dean's List five times as an undergraduate.

      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.

      Wittenbach began his new job this week.