Associate men’s golf coach steps down

Courtesy of Kent State Athletic Department.

Courtesy of Kent State Athletic Department.

Chris Yamnitsky

Herb Page, the director of golf and head coach for the men’s golf team, announced today that Associate Head Coach Rob Wakeling stepped down from his position with the Kent State golf program to pursue other opportunities.

The Stow, Ohio, native was a four-year letter winner for Kent State from 1989-1993 and helped lead his group of teammates to three NCAA Championship appearances. He was also a two-time All-Mid-American Conference player, won a pair of MAC Championships and grabbed 16 team titles in his four years in the program.  

Wakening, a former Ohio Public Links and three-time Summit County Amateur champion, played professionally on various mini tours throughout the U.S. and South Africa. He was a golf instructor for 16 years and worked for Macgregor Golf and Top-Flite Ben Hogan Golf before starting his coaching at Walsh Jesuit High School before coming back to coach at Kent State.

Hired onto Kent State’s staff in 2009, Wakeling has helped the men’s program earn six consecutive MAC titles, a share of 2010 NCAA East Regional, Top-20 finishes at NCAA National Championship three consecutive years (2010-12) and guided the Flashes to advance to match play at the NCAA Championship to finish tied for fifth overall nationally. He is also a recent inductee into the Summit County Sports Hall of Fame.

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