Former Northwestern associate head coach takes over reins
July 27, 2010
MILWAUKEE - Marquette University has hired former Northwestern University associate head coach Steve Bailey as its next head men's golf coach, MU athletic director Steve Cottingham announced Tuesday.
"We are delighted to welcome Steve and his wife Bethany to Marquette and to Milwaukee," said Cottingham. "Coach Bailey has demonstrated the ability to recruit to the Midwest and has shown that he can be successful at the highest level in collegiate golf."
"I see a ton of potential at Marquette University, and my wife Bethany and I are excited to join the Blue and Gold family," said Bailey. "In speaking with alumni, the passion for Marquette athletics has been really evident. Steve (Cottingham) and Jim (Nasiopulos) along with the entire MU community are committed to taking Marquette men's golf to the next level."
A native of Virginia Beach, Va., Bailey served as associate head coach of the Wildcats since 2008. He arrived at Northwestern as an assistant coach in 2005 where he quickly established himself as a top recruiter of domestic and international talent. Bailey's recruiting classes have included six Junior All-Americans, state champions from Arizona, California and Ohio, and a top-10 recruiting class in 2008-09 as ranked by Golfweek.
The 2008-09 nationally ranked recruiting class included South Korea native Eric Chun. Chun earned 2009 Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Year honors after he became the first freshman since Steve Stricker (1986) to win the Big Ten individual championship, leading the Wildcats to their second NCAA Championships appearance during Bailey's tenure with the team.
Chun also qualified for and played in the 2010 British Open in St. Andrews, Scotland, where Bailey served as his caddie.
Additionally, Bailey has coached individual Big Ten champions Chris Wilson (2006) and David Lipsky (2010). Wilson helped Northwestern win the Big Ten team title in Bailey's first season coaching the Wildcats, along with 2006 conference player of the year David Merkow
In the classroom Bailey mentored seven Cleveland Golf All-America Scholars and 23 Academic All-Big Ten selections.
"We're going to be successful with a solid work ethic and strong team values," said Bailey. "Our overall focus will be a commitment to excellence with an emphasis on getting better every day."
Bailey was responsible for the day-to-day operations as associate head coach for Northwestern, including recruiting, coordinating team practices and tournament scheduling. He also served as tournament director of the Big Ten Match Play Championship and the Windon Memorial Classic, and was a member of the Golf Coaches Association's Board of Directors.
For the past five years Bailey has worked under the tutelage of Pat Goss, director of golf at Northwestern and swing coach of the 7th ranked player in the World, Luke Donald. Goss is currently one of Golf Magazine's "Top-100 Teachers in America" and was previously selected as NCAA Division I Coach of the Year (1997).
"I'm thankful to Northwestern University for giving me a chance, and I could not have asked for a better mentor in Pat Goss," said Bailey. "Pat is a tremendous golf coach, but more importantly, he is a tremendous person and friend. Under Pat's guidance I have learned what it takes to build a successful program, now I'm eager to take on that challenge at Marquette."
Bailey graduated from Radford University in 1998 with a degree in communications. He served one year as assistant sports information director at the school before moving on to a role with the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA). He coordinated tournament communications and public relations for the AJGA until 2001 when he was promoted to tournament director. As tournament director, Bailey was responsible for the administration of 13 AJGA Championships.
Bailey and his wife, Bethany, have been married six years.