Release courtesy of Earlham College
RICHMOND, IN – Earlham College Director of Athletics Mike Bergum announced the hiring of Matt Gehring as the College’s head men’s and women’s golf coach on Wednesday.
“Matt is well-grounded to the NCAA Division III philosophy,” Bergum stated. “He has been in a number of positions at the collegiate level that will enable him to be productive in recruiting. Matt’s passion for the profession is obvious and I believe he will embody that enthusiasm within our department.”
Gehring comes to Earlham from fellow Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) member Defiance College where he served as head women’s golf coach and assistant men’s golf coach since 2012. At Defiance, Gehring was involved in every facet of the program including, but not limited to: recruiting calls, upkeep of indoor facility, assisting student-athletes in advising, scheduling of practices and tournaments, managing the program’s budget, and organizing service outreach projects.
“Earlham is well-known for its rigorous academic standards,” Gehring said. “I look at Earlham and see a prime ground for student-athletes to succeed both on the course and in the classroom.”
Gehring was a four-year member of the Defiance men’s golf team from 2009-12. As a Yellow Jacket, he was named HCAC Golfer of the Week once as a senior. Later that spring, Gehring placed in the top 20 at the HCAC Championship.
While coaching at Defiance, Gehring acquired a Master’s Degree in Business Administration in 2014. Since April of 2015, he has served as Director of Golf Operations at Eagle Rock Golf Club.
Gehring will be beginning a women’s program for the first time at Earlham while reviving a men’s golf program that last competed in 1993.
“Anything new on a personal level, professional level, and for the College is very exciting,” Gehring stated. “We will have the opportunity to attract student-athletes to Earlham that may not have looked at the College otherwise. The support the athletics department will give to the program will be conducive to success in the near future.”
Gehring will begin his duties on Nov. 2.