Golf Coaches

Adam Anderson

Adam Anderson

Head Men’s and Women’s Golf Coach
University of Notre Dame ’01 – B.A.
University of Notre Dame ’03 – M.Ed.

Consistent leadership and solid recruiting have been a winning combination for Adam Anderson during his tenure as the head men’s and women’s golf coach at Dakota Wesleyan University. Anderson is entering his ninth season as the head of the Tigers’ golf programs in 2013-14, and both teams are annually among the top of the standings in the Great Plains Athletic Conference as well as rated in the NAIA Top 25.

Both the Tiger men and women played just three tournaments in the 2013 spring season due to unseasonably cold and snowy conditions, but that didn’t stop DWU from continuing its rich tradition of success on the golf course.

The Dakota Wesleyan women’s golf program won its fifth straight Great Plains Athletic Conference title, beating out second-place Northwestern College by 71 strokes. The third and fourth GPAC qualifiers were played on the same day due to icy greens on the originally scheduled date of the third qualifier. The 2012-13 title marked the Tigers’ 10th in the past 11 years, and earned them their 10th straight trip to the NAIA National Championships.

The Tiger women also continued to dominate the league’s individual awards. Freshman Lauren Fitts beat out teammate Chelsea Burback by eight strokes in the individual GPAC race to win the GPAC Women’s Golfer-of-the-Year title. Former Tiger golfer Dani (Bellet) Evenson won the individual title the past four seasons. Fitts finished in the top 20 at each meet the Tigers competed in and earned All-GPAC First Team honors and was named the league’s golfer-of-the-week twice.

Junior Chelsea Burback and sophomores Jenna Winckler and Talia Peters also earned All-GPAC First Team honors. Burback was named the GPAC Golfer-of-the-Week twice in 2012-13. Anderson was named the GPAC Women’s Golf Coach-of-the-Year for the fifth straight year and the sixth time in his career. He was presented with the Award of Merit prior to the start of the national tournament for his term as president of the NAIA Women’s Golf Coaches Association. Dakota Wesleyan took 23rd at the national tournament and failed to make the 17-team cut after three days of play in Lincoln, Neb.

The Tiger men won one tournament and recorded five top-three finishes in 2012-13. Austin Hieb was named the GPAC Golfer-of-the-Week twice, and Hieb and senior Travis Johnson earned All-GPAC First Team honors. The Tigers took fourth in the GPAC standings in the spring.

In his eight seasons at DWU, Anderson has won a total of eight GPAC titles, three Region III titles and has made 10 trips to the NAIA National Championships. Additionally, he has been honored with seven GPAC Coach-of-the-Year awards along with three NAIA Region III Coach-of-the-Year honors.

On the women’s side, Anderson has coached two NAIA All-American Honorable Mention golfers and two First Team All-American golfers, seven GPAC Players-of-the-Year and three NAIA Region III Golfers-of-the-Year. On the men’s side, Anderson has coached two PING/NAIA All-North Region golfers. Overall, Anderson has had 50 All-Conference performers, 54 GPAC Players-of-the-Week and has had 16 NAIA Scholar-Athletes.

Coach Anderson believes Dakota Wesleyan offers a great opportunity for competitive high school golfers who wish to take their game to the next level. Besides having access to their beautiful home course, Wild Oak, the Tigers also occasionally play at Lakeview. The Tigers’ challenging schedule allows the men’s and women’s teams to compete in both fall and spring golf seasons with some of the top teams in the Midwest and beyond. Anderson uses a video camera and modern swing analysis software to help aid golfers with any necessary swing changes between seasons. Each team routinely plays six or seven events each season or up to 14 per year. Furthermore, to fine-tune their skills before the spring tournaments begin, Anderson offers any member of his team an opportunity to attend a spring break golf trip to a southern location in the United States.

A four-year member of the Fighting Irish golf team at Notre Dame, Anderson made the traveling team his final two years. His best season came during his junior year when he was named to the NCAA Academic All-America Team and the Big East All-Conference Team in 1999-2000.

In the summers following his junior and senior years, Anderson stayed on campus to help run the Nike Junior Golf Programs, working as a camp counselor and an on-course instructor.

Anderson arrived at DWU after spending three years teaching math and science while coaching various sports teams in Oklahoma City and Kansas City. During his time in Kansas City, he worked as an assistant golf professional at Staley Farms Golf Club.

Originally from Plankinton, S.D., Anderson won the Mitchell City Golf Tournament in 1999 and 2006. He is married and lives in Mitchell with his wife, Heather. The couple has twins, Jack and Ava.

For more information on becoming a Tiger golfer, fill out an online golf questionnaire and Coach Anderson will contact you.

Emilie Palo

Emilie Palo

Graduate Assistant Men’s and Women’s Golf Coach
Dakota Wesleyan University ’13

After competing for four seasons with the Dakota Wesleyan University women’s golf program, Emilie Palo returns to the squad in 2013-14, this time as a graduate assistant coach.

Palo played in a handful of varsity tournaments in each of her four seasons with the Tigers and recorded one top-10 finish and two top-20 finishes in her career. She also attended the 2010 NAIA Women’s Golf National Championships as part of the starting varsity team. The Hot Springs, S.D., native, was a six-time letter winner at Hot Springs High School and qualified for the Class A state tournament five years.

Palo graduated from Dakota Wesleyan in May 2013 with a degree in history education and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in educational policy and administration.

Heather Anderson

Heather Anderson

Volunteer Assistant Men’s and Women’s Golf Coach
Dakota Wesleyan University ’07

Heather Anderson was a part of the Dakota Wesleyan University women’s golf program during the start of its era of dominance, and she returns to the program to ensure that dominance continues.

Anderson joins husband and head coach Adam Anderson on the Tigers’ coaching staff as a volunteer assistant in 2013-14. Heather Anderson graduated from DWU in 2007 after a four-year career that included four straight GPAC and NAIA Region III titles for the Tigers.

With her help, the Tigers won 31 tournaments in her four-year career. She finished sixth or better in the GPAC conference tournament all four seasons and was named GPAC Golfer-of-the-Week nine times. Anderson was named region golfer-of-the-year in 2006 and was the first DWU golfer – male or female – to earn All-American honors that same year when she earned All-American Honorable Mention accolades.

Anderson is married and lives in Mitchell with Adam Anderson. The couple has twins, Jack and Ava.

Chas Hurd

Chas Hurd

Volunteer Assistant Men’s and Women’s Golf Coach
Dakota Wesleyan University

Chas Hurd begins his first season as an assistant golf coach for the Tiger golf programs in 2013-14, but he is hardly a stranger to the game of golf – or Dakota Wesleyan.

Hurd was the golf professional at Mitchell’s Lakeview Golf Course for five years and the director of golf at Wild Oak Golf Course for five years. He is currently a golf rep for Sun Mountain and Winn Grips, and has been for the past 25 years.

Hurd, a Chappaqua, N.Y., native, attended college at Dakota Wesleyan and has lived in Mitchell for more than 30 years.

Josh Hartman

Assistant Men’s and Women’s Golf Coach
Dakota Wesleyan University ’04

Josh Hartman joins the DWU golf program as an assistant coach in 2013-14. This is his first stint as a coach at Dakota Wesleyan, but he is not new to the school.

Hartman, who most recently was the head women’s golf coach at Colorado State University-Pueblo for four seasons, graduated from DWU in 2004 after playing for two seasons with the men’s golf team. He was the first-ever women’s golf coach at Pueblo, as the ThunderWolves started competing as a varsity sport in 2005. CSU-Pueblo finished third in the RMAC in its second season as a varsity program in 2006-07 under Hartman’s guidance.

He was a two-time All-GPAC Honorable Mention selection in 2002 and 2003 and was the team’s player-of-the-year in 2003. The Trinidad, Colo., native played both basketball and baseball as a freshman and sophomore, but he quit basketball after his sophomore season to join the golf team.

Hartman was a two-time All-GPAC Honorable Mention selection for the baseball team. He was a member of the Dean’s List and was listed in the Who’s Who Among American Universities and Colleges. He graduated in 2004 with a degree in physical education and K-12 education.

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