Former Spartan Dan Ellis was named the program's new assistant coach on April 29, 2014. Ellis, who graduated from MSU in 2013, spent this past season as an assistant coach at Coastal Carolina University.
"This is an exciting time for our program," said Lubahn. "I have known Dan since the recruiting process, and watched him grow as a player, coach and leader. He will bring with him an incredible amount of organization, experience and passion. More importantly, he has a deep love for MSU and the Spartan golf program. I know he will be a great asset for our staff and our players from day one."
"I'd like to thank Athletics Director Mark Hollis, Deputy Athletics Director Greg Ianni, head coach Casey Lubahn and the entire committee for the opportunity to return to my alma mater in a new capacity," said Ellis. "Being a Spartan became special to me during my years as a student-athlete. I am looking forward to contributing to the tradition of Spartan golf, and applying my passion and enthusiasm for this institution."
This season, the Chanticleers are currently ranked No. 90 in the nation and recently finished third at the Big South Championship on Wednesday, led by junior Ben Wheeler earning individual medalist honors. Three different Coastal Carolina golfers have posted top-5 individual finishes, including junior Andrew Dorn tying for first at the General Hackler Championship on March 10-11.
On the Coastal Carolina staff, Ellis assisted with individual skill development, coordinated national and international recruiting efforts, and managed the team's travel and operating budget.
Ellis, a native of Negaunee, Mich., ended his Spartan career 11th on the all-time scoring list with a 75.0 stroke average. As a junior, he was the 12th Spartan to earn PING All-Midwest Region honors, qualified for the 2012 NCAA Central Regional as an individual, earned All-Big Ten Championship recognition after finishing fifth and posted the ninth-best single-season scoring average of 73.06. His career-low rounds were a pair of 66s, which are good for sixth on the MSU 18-hole scoring list. Ellis was second on the team in stroke average as a sophomore and senior.
Ellis had tremendous success both on and off the course, becoming just one of four Spartans to be a two-time Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar (2012, 2013), in addition to being a four-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. He was also the team's captain as a senior.
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