TCU Golf Coach Bill Montigel
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TCU Golf Coach Bill Montigel

"Our goal is to be in contention going into the final round of the NCAA Championships every year with a chance to go home as the National Champions."

When TCU Director of Athletics Frank Windegger hired Bill Montigel to coach the TCU men's golf team in 1987, Windegger probably did not know just how successful the program would become over the next ten years. After all, Montigel was a basketball coach who knew little about golf.

Which is why Montigel's rise to one of the most respected and successful golf coaches in the nation is not a common tale.

Before being named as TCU's head golf coach in the spring of 1987, Montigel had spent eight years as an assistant basketball coach at TCU under Jim Killingsworth. In his role as assistant coach, Montigel was TCU's primary recruiter, netting talent which culminated in back-to-back Southwest Conference Championships.

Prior to his years at TCU, Montigel graduated from Idaho State in 1976, where he lettered in basketball. His coaching career began at Oklahoma State as a graduate assistant basketball coach. While at OSU, Montigel officed next to the Cowboys' golf coach, Mike Holder, sparking his interest in golf.

One of the hardest working coaches in all of college athletics, Montigel, the 1990 SWC Coach of the Year, has carefully and patiently recruited top athletes to bolster his program to a national level.

Since 1990, TCU has finished as one of the top 25 teams in the final Golfweek poll and the Frogs have qualified for the NCAA Regionals the last six years and have gone on to the NCAA Championships four of the last five years. His teams have finished second or third in the Southwest Conference tournament in five of the last six years. In addition, TCU was ranked fourth nationally in the fall of 1995, an all-time high for TCU men's golf.

While he has produced 10 All-Southwest Conference selections and three All-Americans, Montigel sees to it that his players excel in the classroom as well. Over 90% of his student-athletes have graduated during his tenure as the golf coach.

It is easy to see why TCU rewarded Montigel earlier this year with a new contract which will keep him at the head of the men's golf program into the next century.

Montigel and his wife, Margaret have two children, a daughter Kelli (nine), and a son Thomas (four). years.


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