MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Tom Beidleman, a veteran golf instruction professional and experienced collegiate coach, was introduced as the head coach of the revived Central Michigan women’s golf program in a press conference on Thursday afternoon in the CMU Events Center.
“With the selection of Tom, we begin the process of building another championship caliber program,” said CMU Athletics Director Dave Heeke. “A program that is committed to our championship culture. A program that emphasizes academic and athletic excellence and also the human and social development of our athletes. We are excited to add to the roster of programs that make this department great.”
“Tom has been successful at every level. He was a successful coach at the collegiate level for a number of years. He is very actively involved in golf, including club management, operations, and business. At the same time, he is aligned with our values and principles of a championship culture – that we will do this the rest way, that we are focused on our student-athletes and their experiences, and that we will bring great pride to our university.”
“I would like to thank everyone on the search committee for giving me the opportunity to stand here today,” said Beidleman. “This is a tremendous honor and one that I really do appreciate. I am excited to get started. There is a lot of work to do but it won't be long before we see a program that will achieve our goals of academic and athletic excellence and creates excitement and support from the community as well as a championship experience for all of our student-athletes.”
Beidleman most recently worked locally as the Director of Instruction at Mount Pleasant Country Club, where he was responsible for golf instruction programs for men, women, and seniors as well as the administration of the camps and clinics for junior golfers.
From 2010-12, he remained active in the industry operating his own company that represented a variety of golf equipment and apparel companies as well as provided private golf instruction.
Prior to coming to Mount Pleasant, Beidleman had a highly successful stint as head coach of the Loyola (Md.) men’s golf program. From 2001-10, his Greyhounds won six Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championship, helping him to compile a 78-5 career record in conference postseason play. In recognition of his success, Beidleman earned MAAC Coach of the Year honors in 2002, 2003, and 2009.
Before his collegiate coaching career, Beidleman served as a golf professional at several golf clubs in the Northeast. He acted as Director of Instruction at the Elkridge Club in Baltimore from 1997-2004 as well as the Director of Golf for The Links at Challedon in Mt. Airy, Md. from 1996-1997. He was also Head Golf Professional at the Cattail Creek Country Club in Glenwood, Md. from 1992-95.
A native of Whitehall, Pa., Beidleman earned a degree in business and professional golf management from Ferris State in 1987. He has been a member of the PGA of America since 1992 and the Golf Coaches Association of America since 2001.
The Central Michigan Board of Trustees announced on December 6, 2012 the addition of women's golf and lacrosse as NCAA Division I sport programs. Women's golf was last sponsored as a CMU varsity sport in 1982. A complete competition schedule will resume in 2014-15 when CMU will become the 10th Mid-American Conference institution to field a women's golf team.