Benoit steps down as women's golf coach
June 8, 2013
NORTHFIELD, Minn. - Luke Benoit, the reigning two-time MIAC women's golf coach of the year, stepped down from his post as head coach at St. Olaf this week to pursue other opportunities.
Benoit coached the women's golf team at St. Olaf for the last seven seasons. He led the team to conference titles and NCAA appearances in each of the last two seasons, which were firsts for the program. He was named the league and region coach of the year in 2012 and 2013.
He coached the last two MIAC individual champions, Vanessa Kleckner and Molly Erickson. Erickson, the two-time player of the year in the MIAC averaged 85.2 strokes/round as a first year in 2009-10 before shaving over six strokes by her junior season on the way to back-to-back second team All-America honors under Benoit's guidance.
"Luke provided great leadership for our program over the last seven years," said athletic director Matt McDonald. "His teams were successful on and off of the golf course. We wish Luke the very best in the future."
Benoit is beginning a Ph.D. program at the University of Minnesota in the fall in addition to his PGA-certified instruction and duties as CEO and founder of the Showcase Golf Tour. In 2012 and 2013 Benoit was selected to Golf Digest's list of Best Young Instructors (Top 40 teachers under age 40).
Benoit came to St. Olaf after a playing career at Gustavus Adolphus College, where he was a three-time All-American, and short stints on the Dakotas, NGA Hooters and Nationwide Tours.
St. Olaf has begun a search for Benoit's replacement.