Kent State women's golf coach Mike Morrow announces retirement

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Mike Morrow announced his retirement as the head coach of the Kent State University women's golf team on Thursday, after 15 years that saw him lead the Golden Flashes to Mid-American Conference championships in all 14 seasons of the program's existence.

A Kent State University alum, Morrow became the program's first head coach in 1997. Since then, he has been a 10-time MAC Coach of the year, a two-time Central Region Coach of the Year and a Golfweek National Coach of the Year in 2001. He has also coached 13 MAC players of the year and 59 All-MAC honorees, including 39 All-MAC First Team selections.

"Kent State is a special place," said Morrow. "For 23-plus years, it has been great to me. It has been a phenomenal place to work, live and raise a family, and it has been a great ride.

"Kent State is special because the people make it special. I go back to 1997 and I'm still grateful to Herb Page, (former director of athletics) Laing Kennedy and (former associate athletic director) Cathy O'Donnell for choosing me to initiate the program. We were fortunate to develop it into a championship program. The players are responsible for that. I am super proud to have coached some of the finest student-athletes ever to play at Kent State. And I'm happy that our program has been a positive influence in a lot of people's lives."

Morrow will also be retiring after 22 years as general manager of the Kent State University Golf Course.

As a player, Morrow was the first All-American golfer in Golden Flashes' history in 1973. The Stow native earned All-MAC honors for three consecutive seasons from 1973-75. Morrow was a 1987 inductee into the Varsity "K" Hall of Fame.

"We thank Mike for his many years of service to Kent State University," said Director of Athletics Joel Nielsen. "His 14 consecutive conference championships will be difficult to match by any coach in any sport. I also want to thank Mike's family, his wife Denise and his three daughters, Kelly, Jamie and Mandi for everything the Morrow family has meant to Kent State."

Director of Golf Herb Page along with Associate Head Coach for men's and women's golf Rob Wakeling and women's assistant coach Maddi Swaney will assume leadership of the program until a new head coach is named.

"We are losing an icon," said Page. "He has done an unbelievable job at Kent State. I hope he enjoys his retirement. He'll get a chance to see his wife and daughters a lot more, and this is a good time now to transition into a new era with our women's golf program."

Kent State opens up the 2013 portion of its women's golf season Feb. 10-12 at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic in Rio Grande, P.R.

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