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University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Contact: Shawn Jones
WARRENSBURG, MO (Dec.13, 2010) –Tim Poe, head golf coach of the University of Central Missouri Mules, has been named the Unites States Coach for the 2011 Palmer Cup at The Stanwich Club in Greenwich, Conn. The annual Ryder Cup-style competition will be played June 9-11.
Poe has been the UCM head golf coach for 20 years and has built the Mules golf program into one of the best in the nation. He was named the Division II Dave Williams Award winner presented by Eaton Golf Pride as National Coach of the Year. Poe is the first NCAA Division II Coach selected to lead the United States team. University of South Carolina Assistant Coach Michael Burcin, the 2010 Jan Strickland Award winner as the nation's top assistant coach, will serve as the assistant coach of the United States team.
“I am honored and humbled to be chosen to lead the United States team and the student-athletes that will represent our nation in the Palmer Cup,” Poe said.. "I will do everything in my power to make all of my colleagues in NCAA Division II and at the University of Central Missouri proud. I look forward to the process of developing a very successful Palmer Cup team and working with the outstanding student-athletes on the team to retain the Palmer Cup in 2011. I want to thank the Golf Coaches Association of America for this amazing honor.”
In 2010, Poe led the Mules to their highest national finish in school history, finishing second in the nation at the Division II Championships in Noblesville, Ind. The finish was also the highest in MIAA history, while Justin Yoder's individual finish of second was also an MIAA history best mark. The Mules won the Super Regional crown for the first time in school history as well, and qualified for nationals for the second time in as many seasons.
Under Poe's direction, the Mules have won 10 MIAA championships, including six straight years (1997-2002). The Mules have also made 17 straight NCAA post-season appearances. Last season, the Mules won the MIAA Championship and qualified for the NCAA Division II National Championship Tournament held in Blaine, Wash. Poe has been named the MIAA Coach of the Year 10 times, and is a six-time recipient of the Eaton Golf Pride Regional Coach of the Year Award. In Poe's career to date, he has helped to produce more than 54 All-MIAA Selections and 12 PING All-America honorees.
A native of Keokuk, Iowa, Poe graduated from UCM in 1987 with a bachelor's degree in graphic arts technology management with a minor in photography. As a member of the Mules golf team, he was captain his junior and senior years and a two-time All-MIAA and All-NCAA District 5 selection. As a senior, he qualified for the NCAA Division II National Championships in Columbus, Ga.
Following his collegiate career, Poe turned professional and became the assistant golf pro at UCM's Keth Memorial Golf Course before being named to his current position of head golf professional and head golf coach in the summer of 1990.
In his professional career, Poe has won three tournaments and has qualified for a Ben Hogan tour event and two Nike tour events (both now known as the Nationwide Tour). He has been a member of the Professional Golfers Association since 1990.
The 48-year-old Poe and his wife Rhonda have two children, Andrea and Aaron, and 2 grandchildren.