Michael Akers Named Women's Golf Head Coach

May 10, 2016


Director of Athletics Rick Villareal names Michael Akers the new women's golf head coach (The sixth in school history). 

DENTON -- Former Texas State head coach Michael Akers, who led the Bobcats to six NCAA Regional appearances, has been named the North Texas women's golf head coach, Director of Athletics Rick Villarreal announced Tuesday.

"It is with great pleasure and excitement today that we announce Michael Akers as our head women's golf coach," Director of Athletics Rick Villarreal said. "Michael comes to us from Texas State University where his team returned from NCAA Regional play and has been there several times the last six years. We believe that he brings a lot of golf expertise as well as great recruiting and we are excited about the team he can put together to emulate our men's golf program."

Akers just finished his 10th season at Texas State, and has led the Bobcats to six NCAA Tournament appearances, including three-straight trips from 2012-14. He has coached three conference championships (two Southland, one Sun Belt) and earned three at-large bids for the first time in Texas State history.

"I am very excited to begin a new chapter for the University of North Texas women's golf program," head coach Michael Akers said. "I would like to thank Rick Villarreal, Mike Ashbaugh and the entire North Texas community for this incredible opportunity."

This past season Texas State took home its first Sun Belt Conference Tournament championship. Named the preseason favorites by Golfweek, the Bobcats overcame a one stroke deficit after round one to pull away to a 19-stroke victory.

After joining the SBC in 2013, the Bobcats had back-to-back runner-up finishes at the SBC Tournament. Akers has coached 10 All-Sun Belt selections and 12 tournament titles in his 10-year head coaching career.

The 2012-13 season marked the fourth time in the last five years Akers has led Texas State to the NCAA Tournament, previously accomplishing the feat in 2008, 2010 and 2012.

Off the course, Akers squad earned a perfect APR score of 1000. Krista Puisite contributed to the high academic standards, becoming the first Bobcat to earn the CoSIDA Academic All-American award.

In regards to overall rankings, the 2012-13 Bobcats finished the season ranked No. 26 nationally, with a 297.94 scoring average in 33 rounds.

In 2009-10, Akers and the Bobcats captured their second Southland Conference Championship in three years in record-setting fashion. The team overcame a 15-stroke deficit in the final round to win the title. Texas State also earned an automatic bid to the NCAA West Regionals and Akers was named 2009-10 Southland Conference Coach of the Year.

Akers came to Texas State in September 2006, and his successful tenure began right away. In May 2007, Texas State's recruiting class was ranked among the nation's top five by The Golf Channel.

Texas State finished the 2007-08 season with six top-five finishes and the five freshmen were ranked as the nation's best class by Golfstat.com. Texas State capped off its successful season by winning the 2008 Southland Conference Championship and qualifying to play in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history.

In that season, the Bobcats jumped an astounding 100 spots in the national rankings in 12 months after climbing from 148th in Oct. 2006 to 48th in Oct. 2007. Those achievements earned Akers Southland Conference Coach of the Year honors in 2008.

Besides successfully coaching the Bobcats, Akers has created one of the top intercollegiate tournaments in the nation. The first two tournaments were played at Wolfdancer Golf Club at the Hyatt Lost Pines resort before shifting to the Onion Creek Golf Club in 2009.

Akers came to Texas State after serving as an assistant coach for men's and women's golf at the University of Central Florida. Prior to his stint at UCF, Akers spent one season as a volunteer assistant for the women's program at Middle Tennessee.

Akers was also the associate head coach at his alma mater, Fort Hays State in Kansas, for eight seasons. There he helped elevate the program to the top of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

Akers also served as head PGA professional at the Smoky Hill Country Club in Hays where he was responsible for the club's daily golf operations management. He is also the course-record holder at Smoky Hill, having fired a nine-under 62 on the par-71 course, and became a PGA Class A professional in 1996.

Additionally, Akers served as the assistant professional at Rio Pinar Country Club in Orlando, Florida, for two years, where he assisted with the day-to-day operations of the private club.

He is the founder and co-owner of Precision Valley Golf Center in Kansas, a full-service golf training site that includes indoor and outdoor hitting areas as well as a pro shop. In 2001, Akers produced and co-authored a golf instructional CD entitled "Build Your Dream Swing." The interactive CD covers the seven components of the full swing.

Akers earned his bachelor's degree in exercise science from FHSU, where he was a member of the Tiger men's golf team. He recorded three tournament victories during his collegiate career in Hays. He and his wife Tamara have three sons, Drew, Eddie and Zack.

"This is an exciting time for golf at North Texas," Akers said. "The gift from Bruzzy Westheimer and the partnership with Maridoe Golf Club will give the golfers of North Texas world class facilities. Serious golfers want serious practice areas and Maridoe will boast the best. I will work tirelessly to bring recruits in to visit the great campus of North Texas and see all that our area has to offer. There is a reason so many professional golfers call the Dallas/Fort Worth area home. Coach Stracke has done an outstanding job with the NT men's program and I plan to follow in his footsteps with the women's program."

Coaching Experience
Year          School                Position
1995-02     Fort Hays State   Associate Head Coach
2005-06     UCF                   Assistant Coach
2006-pres. Texas State        Head Coach

Head Coaching Record
2006-pres. Texas State 733-630-15

Coaching Honors 
12 All-Southland Conference Selections
12 Tournament Championships
10 All-Sun Belt Selections
3 All-WAC Selections
1 All-American
2008 Southland Conference Coach of the Year
2010 Southland Conference Coach of the Year

Team Championships 
2016 Sun Belt Conference Tournament
2013 Jim West Challenge
2012 Chris Banister Classic
2012 BYU at Entrada Classic
2012 Claud Jacobs Intercollegiate
2011 Johnie Imes Invitational
2011 Sir Pizza Cards Challenge
2011 Claud Jacobs Intercollegiate
2010 Southland Conference Tournament
2010 Claud Jacobs Intercollegiate
2009 Claud Jacobs Intercollegiate
2009 Koasati Pines Collegiate Golf Classic
2009 Edwin Watts Kiawah Island Classic
2008 Southland Conference Tournament
2007 Chip-N-Club Invitational


 

 

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