Garry Winger was named an assistant coach on Casey Lubahn's staff at Michigan State on June 15, 2012. Winger was the head coach at his alma mater, Bowling Green State University for the previous 14 years.
In his first season at Michigan State, the Spartans won one tournament - the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic - and had five top-5 finishes, including a runner-up showing at the Big Ten Match Play Championship, the best finish in program history. Senior Matthew Moseley, who earned PING All-Midwest and second team All-Big Ten honors, won the Colleton River Collegiate and qualified for the NCAA Regional as an individual. Academically, Michigan State was named a GCAA All-Academic Team, after having a team GPA of better than 3.0 in 2012-13. Individually, Dan Ellis was named a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar for the second-straight season, while two Spartans were Big Ten Distinguished Scholars and three were named Academic All-Big Ten.
"We are thrilled to add Garry to our staff at MSU," said Lubahn. "Throughout the search, his success and experience as a head coach and his vision for our program stood out. His relationship-building skills and competitive drive will immediately enhance our program, as well as his strong desire to see this program at the top of the Big Ten and the NCAA. I look forward to working with him as we continue the process of getting better week in and week out."
During Winger's tenure at Bowling Green, the Falcons won nine team collegiate events, in addition to 10 individual titles. Also individually, Winger has coached four All-MAC selections and two Cleveland All-America Scholars.
Aside from the Falcons' success on the course, Winger also has been integral in team and athletic department fundraising, including developing the first-ever men's golf endowment and raising funds to build the Falcon Golf Training Center and a wedge range at the Forrest Creason Golf Course.
While acting as head coach at BGSU, Winger also held the position of Assistant Director of Golf at Forrest Creason Golf Course in Bowling Green, Ohio from 1998-2004, in addition to instructing golf course classes through BGSU's School of Human Movement during that time.
The London, Ontario, native took those positions after playing professional golf for four years (1995-98). He played on the Canadian PGA Tour for two years (1996-97), while also earning five professional wins across the Cleveland Tour, Gary Player Tour, Moonlight Tour and Tommy Armour Tour.
A 1994 graduate with a degree in business, Winger concluded his Falcon career with the program's lowest career scoring average (75.0), single-season scoring average (72.4) and 54-hole record (210). A second-team All-MAC selection and MAC Sportsmanship Award winner as a senior, Winger placed third at the MAC Championships in 1994 and sixth in 1993.
Upon graduation, Winger was a volunteer assistant coach for both the Bowling Green men's and women's golf teams for one season.
Winger and his wife, Kate have two sons, Rhett and Nolan.