Men's Head Coach
Tyler Stith is in his first year as the head coach at the University of Iowa in 2014-15. Stith was named the UI head coach on Aug. 22, 2014. Stith, a former assistant coach and student-athlete at Iowa, served as assistant coach at Minnesota the last three years.
"I want to thank director of athletics Gary Barta, associate athletics director Mark Jennings, assistant to the director Mark Hankins, and all members of the search committee for trusting me with the responsibility to lead this program," said Stith. "Mark Hankins built a program that is among the best in the Big Ten and respected throughout collegiate golf. We will work diligently to build on the foundation in place and do it the right way."
"The University of Iowa is a special place to my family and me. My wife, Elizabeth, and I are very proud to return to our alma mater. It's an honor to wear black and gold again," said Stith. "I am very grateful to coach John Carlson and director of athletics Norwood Teague for the opportunity they gave me at Minnesota.
"Tyler is well prepared to lead the Hawkeyes," said Barta. "He knows Iowa, he knows the Big Ten, and he's already experienced tremendous success during his career. I look forward to his return to Iowa City."
With Stith on the Minnesota staff, the Gophers won the 2014 Big Ten title, their first team conference crown since 2007. Jose Mendez captured medalist honors to become Minnesota's first individual Big Ten champion since 2003. The Gophers went on to finish ninth at the NCAA Raleigh Regional, their first regional appearance since 2009. Minnesota won four tournaments during the 2013-14 season, marking the program's first victories since 2006-07.
In Stith's three seasons in Minneapolis, the Gophers' national ranking climbed from No. 104 to No. 68. The Gophers also improved in the classroom, earning GCAA All-Academic Team recognition during all three seasons (2012-14) and the Gopher Athletics' Norman Borlaug Commitment to Academic Excellence Award in 2014.
Stith served as an assistant coach to Hankins for three-and-a-half seasons at Iowa prior to joining the Minnesota staff. During that time, the Hawkeyes' national ranking improved from No. 155 to No. 9. Iowa recorded a school-record 10th-place finish at the 2011 NCAA Championships, eclipsing a previous program-best 17th place finish at the 2009 NCAA Championships. He was named a semifinalist for the Jan Strickland Award in 2011, an honor given to the top assistant in NCAA golf.
As a Hawkeye, Stith was a four-year letterwinner and a team captain during his senior season. The Mount Pleasant, Iowa, native graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in management information systems in 2002.
Stith takes over a program that advanced to NCAA competition in each of the last six seasons, joining Illinois and Northwestern as the only Big Ten teams selected to NCAA Regional competition in each of the last six seasons. Iowa has advanced to the NCAA Championship finals three times in the last six years.
Women's Head Coach
Megan Menzel is in her fourth year as head coach of the University of Iowa women's golf program in 2014-15. Menzel joined the Hawkeyes in Aug. 2011 after serving as a teaching professional at the Denver Country Club from 2009-11.
Menzel's third year in Iowa City (2013-14) was highlighted by a record-breaking performance in the spring opener, as Iowa fired an 877 (+13) to establish a new 54-hole school record at the Westbrook Invitational on Feb. 23-24. The Hawkeyes' 36-hole score of 585 was good for third overall in Iowa history, and their 18-hole score of 291 tied for fifth. Off the course, Briana Midkiff and Nicole Rae garnered Academic All-Big Ten honors.
During her second campaign (2012-13), the Hawkeyes registered six individual top-10 finishes, highlighted by Lauren English's eighth place finish at the Challenge at Onion Creek, which earned her Big Ten Golfer of the Week honors. Off the course, two Hawkeyes -- Gigi DiGrazia and Briana Midkiff -- were named Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-American Scholars. Student-athletes must carry a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.50 to be selected to the All-American Scholar Team. DiGrazia earned Academic All-Big Ten honors and was also honored by the Big Ten Conference with the Distinguished Scholar Award -- the Distinguished Scholar Award is presented to student-athletes who have earned a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.7 or higher for the previous academic year.
In her first season as the head coach of the UI women's golf program (2011-12), Menzel`s squad improved, both on the course and off the course. The Hawkeyes recorded top-five finishes in five out of 11 tournaments, including a first place finish at the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic. Additionally, Menzel's team had seven individual top-10 finishes, highlighted by two runner-up finishes by Chelsea Harris and Kristi Cardwell. In the classroom, Gigi Digrazia earned Academic All-Big Ten Honors.
Menzel brings a wealth of collegiate coaching experience with her to Iowa City, having served as the head coach at three separate institutions -- Boise State (1998-99), Colorado State (2000-2002) and Kansas (2002-04).
During her most recent coaching stint with the Jayhawks, Menzel recruited the first individual conference champion at KU, while helping the program improve its overall conference and national rankings. She also initiated an $800,000 fundraising effort to improve the Kansas facilities and created the program's booster organization.
After two seasons in Lawrence and five seasons as a head coach, Menzel resigned her post as the Jayhawks' head coach to focus on her growing family. Menzel returned to the golf teaching circles as the assistant golf professional at Lawrence Country Club from 2007-09. In April 2009, she joined the golf teaching staff at the Denver Country Club in Colorado.
Menzel's first coaching opportunity came at Boise State, where she was in charge of the program during the 1998-99 campaign at the age of 23. She recruited the first ever individual NCAA Regional qualifier in Bronco history.
Following one season in Boise, Menzel took over as head coach at Colorado State in July of 2000. During her stint with the Rams, she recruited and coached the 2002 Mountain West Conference individual champion. Her squad qualified for NCAA Regionals in 2001 and 2002 and claimed the 2001 CSU Invitational team title.
Academically, Menzel's team led the CSU Athletics Department in cumulative grade point average during the 2001 season, and she coached three academic all-conference student-athletes during her stint at the school.
Menzel played collegiate golf at the University of New Mexico from 1993-97, where she led the Lobos to three Western Athletic Conference titles (1994, 1995, 1996). The two-time team captain (1995, 1996), was a two-time academic all-conference selection, while being named the 1996-97 Bank of America Academic Athlete of the Year.
Menzel graduated from New Mexico in 1998 with a bachelor's degree in elementary education. She is an LPGA Apprentice and A.C.E. certified personal trainer. She also holds golf fitness certification levels I and II from the Titleist Performance Institute.
Menzel, who was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is married to Craig Menzel and the couple has three children -- Kennedy, Callie, and Maclayne.
Assistant Men's Coach
Former Iowa men's golfer Dan Holterhaus enters his fourth year as an assistant coach at Iowa in 2014-15.
In Holterhaus' third season as a Hawkeye, Iowa earned ninth place at the NCAA Columbia Regional. Prior to the Hawkeyes sixth consecutive NCAA Regional appearance, Iowa captured two tournament titles (Hawkeye-GRE Invitational, ASU Thunderbird Invitational). Steven Ihm, Brian Bullington and Ian Vandersee all earned All-Big Ten and PING All-Region honors, while freshman Raymond Knoll joined the trio as an All-Region honoree. Iowa finished third at the Big Ten Championships for the second straight year, led by Steven Ihm, who was named to the All-Championships team. Iowa was the second-highest ranked league team during the season, climbing as high as 35th in the Golfstat rankings.
Holterhaus' second season with the Hawkeyes yielded prosperity, as Iowa finished the 2013 season with an 11th place finish at the NCAA Southeast Regional in Tallahassee, Fla., in its fifth-consecutive NCAA appearance. Iowa had numerous other successes during the season, including tying for first place at the Boilermaker Invite with a score of 878 (+14). Iowa shot a 1,186 (+34) during the Big Ten Championships at the Pete Dye Course in French Link, Ind., earning a third place finish. Both Steven Ihm and Joseph Winslow earned PING All-Region and All-Big Ten honors.
The Hawkeyes enjoyed a successful campaign in Holterhaus' first season with the program as well, advancing to the 2012 NCAA Championships. Iowa finished 22nd, and would finish the season as the highest ranked team in the Big Ten.
Iowa had a number of highlights in 2012, including winning the Hawkeye-Great River Invitational with an 840 (-24), which was the third-lowest score in program history. The Hawkeyes had one All-American, four PING All-Region honorees, three All-Big Ten selections and three Academic All-Big Ten recipients in 2012.
Holterhaus was a member of the Hawkeye men's golf team from 2003-08. He was a two-time team captain and three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. Holterhaus served on the Iowa Student Athlete Advisory Committee from 2005-08 and was the Iowa men's golf team's Big Ten Sportsmanship Honoree twice. Holterhaus was a senior at Iowa during Hankins' first year as head coach (2008).
The Cedar Rapids, Iowa, native played 106 career rounds as a Hawkeye and compiled a career stroke average of 75.3. He fired rounds of 68 on two occasions in his career. As a senior, Holterhaus tied for fifth at the Landfall Invitational and tied for 19th at the Big Ten Championships.
Holterhaus served as a Player Services Intern with the American Junior Golf Association in 2008. Since his time with the AJGA, he has held numerous roles in marketing, strategic planning and leadership.
Holterhaus graduated from the University of Iowa in 2007 with a B.B.A. in marketing.
Assistant Women's Coach
Todd Selders, who has more than 20 years of experience as a college and prep golf coach, is in his second year as assistant women's golf coach at the University of Iowa in 2014-15.
Selder's first year in Iowa City (2013-14) was highlighted by a record-breaking performance in the spring opener, as Iowa fired an 877 (+13) to establish a new 54-hole school record at the Westbrook Invitational on Feb. 23-24. The Hawkeyes' 36-hole score of 585 was good for third overall in Iowa history, and their 18-hole score of 291 tied for fifth. Off the course, Briana Midkiff and Nicole Rae garnered Academic All-Big Ten honors.
Selders joined the Iowa staff after serving as assistant women's golf coach at North Carolina State for two years. North Carolina State placed second in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament in 2013 and advanced to NCAA regional competition.
North Carolina State won three invitational tournament titles in 2012 while also qualifying for the NCAA regional tournament. The Wolfpack advanced through regionals to the NCAA Championships, placing 13th in the nation.
"I am very excited to have Todd join our staff," said Menzel, in making the announcement. "Todd brings excellent experience to our staff and has proven through the years to be an outstanding recruiter. I know Todd will help us continue make the climb in the Big Ten and nationally. Todd is very respected by his peers across the country and has proven at every stop along the way to be effective. I know he will be a great fit for us here at Iowa."
On the collegiate level, Selders was the associate head coach for the men's golf program at Coastal Carolina in 2011 after serving as the head women's golf coach at Southern Methodist University for 11 seasons (2000-10). He served as assistant men's golf coach at Oklahoma from 1997-2000. His SMU teams advanced to NCAA regional play in four seasons. His team placed second in the 2006 Conference USA championships. Selders was Coach of the Year that season and also the WAC Coach of the Year in 2004.
Prior to joining the college coaching ranks, Selders taught and coached in the Mansfield Independent School District in Mansfield, Texas. He was the District Coach of the Year on three occasions (1993-95) and served as vice-president of the Texas Golf Coaches Association from 1996-98. Selders was an assistant professional and junior program coordinator at Walnut Creek Country Club in Mansfield (1989-94). He has assisted with summer junior golf camps at the Hank Haney Golf Ranch in McKinney, Texas since 2000.
Selders, a native of Edmond, Okla., earned his bachelor's degree from Central State University in Edmond, Okla., where he was a four-year member of the golf team and a member of the Dean's Honor Roll, and later earned his master's degree from SMU.