Michael Herzog and Julia Bagnell have been hired as coaches for the new University of Mary golf teams.
Herzog, the current head pro at Hawktree Golf Club in Bismarck, will be the head coach in charge of the men's team and golf operations. Bagnell will serve as assistant head coach and run the women's program. Both teams are slated to begin their first season this coming fall and compete in the Marauders' home conference, the Northern Sun.
"I'm very excited about this new role," said Herzog, who is no stranger to the golf coaching scene in Bismarck.
Herzog was the head coach at Bismarck State College from 2013-2017, leading the Mystics to nationals all four seasons. BSC dropped golf amid budget cuts after the 2017 school year.
"I look forward to building a competitive golf program based on teamwork and dedication," said Herzog, who golfed at UND in college. "I believe we have the foundation to build a winning tradition at the University of Mary, in the NSIC and NCAA."
Herzog will remain as the head pro at Hawktree, which will be the course for the Marauders.
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Bagnell golfed four seasons at NCAA Division I Idaho State University from 2009-2013. She served as an assistant golf coach last spring at St. Mary's for the Saints.
She joins her husband Craig, head football coach for the Marauders, on the U-Mary coaching staff.
"I look forward to working with Mike in building and leading successful and competitive teams," said Bagnell, who is currently an online advisor at U-Mary.
U-Mary becomes the 13th school in the NSIC to offer golf, joining Sioux Falls, Augustana, Minnesota State-Mankato, Minot State, Upper Iowa, Winona State, Concordia-St. Paul, Bemidji State, Southwest Minnesota State, MSU-Moorhead, Minnesota-Crookston and Wayne State.
Additionally, U-Mary is one of only three universities to offer the NSIC's full compliment of eight men's sports and 10 women's sports. Augustana and MSU-Mankato are the other two.
"You can't beat the fact that we have two very experienced and accomplished coaches at Mary instructing our athletes at one of the premier courses in the Upper Midwest," U-Mary athletic director Dale Lennon said. "It's all a great fit."
This is the university's second attempt at golf. As a member of the NAIA, U-Mary fielded a golf team from 2003-2009. NCAA Division II has 219 men's golf teams and 195 women's teams.