MILWAUKEE — Walnut native Tim Eckberg has been hired as the first-ever head coach for the upcoming men’s and women’s golf programs for Cardinal Stritch University.
Eckberg comes to Stritch after having lived in Orlando, Fla. for the past six years, playing professional golf on a variety of mini-tours throughout the southeast, and tallying five professional victories.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to build this program at Stritch from the ground floor,” Eckberg added. “My focus and goal is to quickly develop the golf team to have the same tradition and success as the other sports here at the university.”
“I’m proud to announce Tim as an addition as head coach to our department and university,” Cardinal Stritch Director of Athletics Pat Clemens said. “He brings a great deal of experience with him and has a personality about him that I believe will help him build our golf programs from the ground up.”
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Eckberg is the second Bureau County head coach at Cardinal Stritch. LaMoille native Jade Geuther is the softball coach.
A graduate of Western Carolina University, he played two years for the Catamounts while twice being named team captain, team most valuable player, and TIAA-CREF Southern Conference All-Academic. He also garnered the TIAA-CREF Southern Conference Student-Athlete of the Week award as well, after winning the 2003 Sea Trail Intercollegiate Tournament with a two-day total -2 (142), becoming only the second player to ever win an event at WCU.
Eckberg also played two years of college golf at Illinois Valley Community College, with a sophomore campaign that earned him First-Team All-Conference, runner-up Conference Champ, and a 19th-place finish at the NJCAA National Championships.
Eckberg played his high school golf at Bureau Valley High School where he was a four-year varsity letter winner. He was a co-BCR Golfer of the year in 1999.