(UND Athletics release)

GRAND FORKS, N.D. University of North Dakota athletics director Brian Faison announced the hiring of Matt Stricker as the head men’s golf coach on Thursday. Stricker will begin his duties on Monday, Jan. 8.

The Fighting Hawks will resume their 2017-18 season at the Pizza Hut Pat Hicks Invitational on Feb. 12-13 in St. George, Utah. This will be the first of five spring tournaments on the docket for UND.

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“I am very excited to join the Fighting Hawks’ family,” Stricker said. “This is a great opportunity for me to share my passion and knowledge for the game of golf. I look forward to leading the program in pursuit of excellence both in the classroom and on the golf course.”

A veteran of the golf industry, Stricker is currently the general manager at the Whispering Oaks Golf Club in Manvel, N.D., a position he took over in March of 2017. Prior to that he was an assistant golf professional at King’s Walk Golf Course in Grand Forks for one year.

“We are excited to have Matt take leadership of the men’s golf program,” Faison said. “He will bring a great set of skills and enthusiasm to the position.”

A recent graduate of the PGA of America professional golf management program, Stricker spent 15 years in Montana as an assistant golf professional at the Yegen Golf Club (2015-16) and the Exchange City Golf Course (2002-15).

While in Billings, he coached both the boys’ and girls’ golf programs at Central Catholic High School from 2012-14. He led the boys’ team to a pair of state tournament appearances, including a runner-up finish at the Montana Class A event in 2014.

In total, seven of his golfers earned all-state accolades and three did so in multiple years. Two of his golfers on the boys’ team went onto to play Division I golf.

Stricker played collegiately at Rocky Mountain College in Billings from 1999-2000.