Because, simply stated, Morrow is the perfect fit.
"It's definitely a win-win-win situation," said Morrow, a Stow native and Kent State graduate who has served as head golf pro and manager of the Kent State University Golf Course since January of 1990. "It's great for myself, it's great for the Kent State Golf Course ... I'm really excited to have the opportunity to start and lead a new golf program at the collegiate level."
Morrow's resume is certainly impressive.
Morrow was the first All-American golfer in Kent State history, earning honorable-mention honors in 1973. He was the Mid-American Conference medalist in '73 and earned All-MAC honors for three consecutive seasons from 1973-75.
Since then, Morrow has spent the better part of 20 years serving as a golf teacher and instructor. He was the assistant golf pro at Fairlawn Country Club from 1978-82 and head pro at California Golf Course in Cincinnati from 1983-90.
"(Morrow) was an exceptional player for Kent and is an outstanding teacher," said Kent State director of golf Herb Page. "As this program enters its embryonic stage, it will need someone who is an excellent teacher and strong communicator."
Page, head coach of the tradition-rich Kent State men's golf team, knows all about Morrow's abilities as a player and teacher. The two were teammates at Kent State from 1972-74, and have worked closely together since Morrow returned to Kent in '90.
Morrow is looking forward to officially teaming up with Page once again.
"Herb and I go way back, probably to around 1970," said Morrow. "We were teammates at Kent for three years and we've always kept in contact. We definitely understand each other.
"Herb has done a phenomenal job with the men's program. His players are excellent student-athletes and great individuals who support the program after they move on. We want to try to get the women's program up to that level as fast as we can."
The new women's team will benefit from the Page-Morrow partnership by gaining access to both Windmill Lakes Golf Course and the Kent State Golf Course.
"We have some nice changes planned for the Kent course," said Morrow. "We're going to upgrade the practice facilities and lengthen the front nine."
Morrow's appointment will take effect Oct. 1. But Page and John Wiler, who will serve as an assistant coach for both teams, have already begun recruiting players for the women's squad, which will begin play next fall.
"We will be beginning a search immediately for a woman pro to be our
assistant coach, who will work as a teaching pro and assistant to Mike
at the Kent State University Golf Course," said Kent State director of
athletics Laing Kennedy. "I am pleased to have someone of Mike's
experience and knowledge be our first women's golf coach at