Director of Golf / Head Men's Golf Coach
|PHONE: (803) 947-2065||EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org|
Howard Vroon was hired as Newberry College's director of golf and head men's golf coach on November 1, 2011. Vroon oversees both Newberry's nationally-ranked men's and women's golf teams.
Vroon had his finest season as a coach in 2016-17, when he was named Southeast Region Coach of the Year and a finalist for the Dave Williams Coach of the Year Award. His Wolves finished the season tied for fifth at the NCAA Division II Golf Championships, advancing into match play and tying its own South Atlantic Conference record for highest finish in the national tournament.
Carlos Leandro was named a Second Team All-American following a 10th-place finish in stroke play at the NCAA Championships and finished the season ranked No. 8 by Golfstat. Spencer Skiff (50) and Harry Bolton (97) also placed in the top 100.
The Wolves won two tournaments in 2016-17, finished second in three others, were in the top five in nine of their 12 tournaments on the season, and never finished outside the top five-eights of a tournament field. Newberry golfers accounted for 23 individual top-10 finishes on the season, with each golfer claiming at least one. Spencer Skiff was twice an individual medalist, including claiming a four-shot win at The Ocean Course by firing a final-round 65, two shots off the record at a course twice named America's toughest by Golf Digest.
In his time at Newberry, Vroon has coached a pair of individual qualifiers at the NCAA Division II South/Southeast Regional Tournaments - Chandler Gruenemeier in 2013 and Matt Campbell in 2012. Both of those players earned all-region honors and were honorable mention to All-America teams.
Campbell earned SAC medalist honors in 2012 and was one of six all-SAC golfers Vroon has coached at Newberry, including three in the 2016-17 season (Skiff - 1st, Leandro - 2nd, Thompson - Honorable Mention).
Vroon also led the Wolves to the tournament title at the Irish Creek Invitational in February 2014.
Vroon came to Newberry after two years as the assistant coach for the women's golf program at the College of Charleston. Prior to his time with the Cougars, Vroon was the director of golf and head men's and women's golf coach at Charleston Southern University for 11 seasons. Vroon led the CSU programs to six Big South Conference championships (four for the women's team and two for the men's team).
The Charleston Southern women's golf program won three consecutive Big South Conference championships beginning in 1999. Under Vroon the women's team became the first women's athletics program in CSU history to advance to postseason play. The team did so by winning the 2001 Big South Conference championship and advancing to the 2001 NCAA East Regional, where they finished 14th. The program won its fourth Big South Championship in 2008. The women's program also won four team tournament titles under Vroon.
With Vroon at the helm the Charleston Southern men's golf team won its first ever Big South Conference championship in 2001, and won its second in 2003. The program earned team invitations to the 2001 and 2003 NCAA East Regional. In addition, team members earned individual invitations to the NCAA tournament in 2002 and 2006. In 2001, the men's team missed advancing to the National Championship by one shot. Under Vroon, the men's team reached a ranking as high as 54th in the country. In 11 seasons, the men's program amassed 20 team tournament titles, and in 11 Big South Conference championships, the men's team finished first or second 9 times.
During his tenure at CSU, Vroon was voted Big South Conference Coach of the Year six times.
Vroon's strength as a coach is player development. He is committed to helping his players improve both physically and mentally. He strives to impart a working knowledge to each player of simple swing mechanics, from putting to the long game. He drives each player to learn what his or her mental strengths are, and to put those into practice consistently.
Vroon is committed to equipping each of his players with the physical, mental and emotional tools to succeed at golf beyond collegiate play. He is currently coaching three professional players.
Vroon graduated from Calvin College in 1986 with a bachelor's degree in economics and philosophy. At Calvin, Vroon was the captain of the golf team for three years. He then attended Duke University Law School, earning a JD, and Duke's Graduate School of Philosophy, earning a master's degree.