Nate Miklos, a two-time Horizon League Coach of the Year, will be in his sixth season as the YSU Women's Golf Coach in 2018-19.
The Penguins placed in the top-three at the Horizon League Championships in each of his first four years, including a league title in 2015. That win helped the Penguins reach the NCAA Regionals for the first time in school history.
During his tenure the Penguins have excelled in the classroom as well. YSU was honored by the NCAA for having a perfect APR (1,000) for the 2014-15 campaign. Annually the program has received WGCA All-American Scholar Regonition for having a GPA above 3.50.
The Penguins won the 2015 Horizon League title by 11 shots over Oakland, the first for the school since 2009. In a memorable final push, the Guins led by just one shot through nine holes on the final round. The Penguins were 10 shots better on the back nine to pull away from the Golden Grizzlies.
All five golfers in the YSU lineup placed in the top 13 with Emily Dixon rallying from eight shots back on the final day to earn medalist honors. Allison Mitzel placed third, Aislynn Merling was fifth, Emily Rohanna came in 12th and Courtney Shutt placed 13th at the HL meet.
YSU appeared at the NCAA South Bend Regional at the challenging Warren Golf Course in their NCAA debut. The regional featured 13 ranked teams out of the 18 schools that participated. It was the first NCAA Regional appearance in the program's history.
It was a great year from start to finish for YSU in 2014-15. The Penguins won a school-record four tournaments and placed in the top five in 11 of the 13 it participated in. YSU won the Roseann Schwartz Invitational (September), the Clarion Fall Invitational (September), the Bulldog Florida Invitational (March) and the Horizon League Championships (April). YSU had three different golfers win six tournaments. Dixon led the way with three, Merling won a pair and Mitzel added one.
In 2015-16, Dixon had one of the best individual years in school history. The Horizon League Golfer of the Year, she finished second at the conference championships. Dixon led the team with a strokes-per-round average of 75.5. That mark is a school record by 1.5 strokes per round. She finished in the top eight in nine of the 12 events on the year.
Freshman Gabby Minor was named the Horizon League Freshman of the Year and was a second-team all-league honoree. Minor was joined on the second team by Shutt.
YSU won two tournaments and two duals during the season. The Guins also had a pair of runner-up finishes. At the conference meet, the Penguins placed third.
In 2016-17, the Penguins finished second at the HL meet just three shots behind Cleveland State. Freshman Katlyn Shutt led the way with a Horizon League and school-record 217 to win by six shots. As a group, the Guins had three golfers finish in the top eight. Miklos was named co-Horizon League Coach of the Year while Reva Morris was a tabbed the Freshman of the Year.
In 2017-18, YSU won a pair of tournaments in the spring and finished third in another. Senior Courtney Shutt earned medalist honors and led the Penguins to a victory at the Marietta Pioneer Classic while junior Megan Creager and sophomore Katlyn Shutt tied for first place in a win at the Sand Ridge Shootout. Courtney Shutt was named First-Team All-Horizon League and both she and Megan Creager earned All-Academic honors. Katlyn Shutt led the Penguins at the Horizon League Championships with a sixth-place finish.
In his first year in the program in 2013-14, the Penguins placed third at the Horizon League Championships with strong first and third-round efforts. Merling finished second with a three-round total of 230, just two strokes behind the event medalist. Dixon was the first and second individual leader before placing eighth. Merling excelled in Miklos's first year and earned first-team All-Horizon League honors for the first time in her career.
YSU is the third different program he has worked with in the Horizon League with previous stops at Cleveland State and Loyola. In 2004, he led the Ramblers' women's program to the Horizon League title.
Before coming to YSU, he spent four-plus seasons as an assistant coach for both the men's and women's programs at Cleveland State. He was the head coach of the Ramblers from 2003-05 and was named the Horizon League's co-coach of the year in 2004.
At Cleveland State, the Vikings men's program won league championships in 2008, 2009 and 2011 while the women were second in 2009. After not being with the program for two years, he assisted both teams at the 2013 Horizon League Championships helping the women place third. He spent all four-plus years with Viking Coach Steve Weir, a three-time Men's Horizon League Coach of the Year.
Miklos joined the CSU staff after serving as an assistant golf coach at Shawnee High School in Lima, Ohio, from 2005-07. He also served as the Assistant Golf Professional at Shawnee Country Club from 2006-07.
In two seasons at Loyola, he guided the program to a first and third-place finish at the league championships. In 2004, Loyola beat Butler by one shot for the title. In 2005, they were third behind Butler and YSU.
The program had five all-league and five all-tournament picks in his three years. He shared the 2004 Coach-of-the-Year Award with Butler's Steve Jones.
The 2005 Ramblers squad was recognized by the National Golf Coaches Association for having one of the top-25 grade-point averages in college golf with one student-athlete earning a spot on the Division I All-American Scholar Team in 2005.
Miklos also had a one-year stint (2002-03) as the assistant men's and women's golf coach at his alma mater, Grove City College. He helped lead the women's team to the conference championship as the team set a new conference scoring record (587), as two players placed in the top-five.
As a golfer at Grove City, he led the Wolverines to a pair of conference championships and was named the conference MVP in 2001. A two-time team captain, Miklos earned first-team all-conference accolades for three seasons and second team honors once.
Miklos earned his PGA membership in 2009 and is a Class A PGA Professional.
Miklos graduated from Grove City in 2002 with a Bachelor's of Art and also earned his Master's of Sport Science in 2005 from the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, Ala.
He resides in Hermitage with his wife, Heidi, and their daughter, Ava.
More about Coach Miklos:
Why I chose/coach at YSU: Almost ever since I got into coaching, YSU had been my dream job. Having the opportunity to coach at a D1 program that's so close to home was and continues to be my dream job.
Best thing about being a Penguin coach: The support of the Penguin family. I couldn't ask for a more supportive administration.
My golf/coaching superstitions are: I always get food from my favorite Italian restaurant, Combine Brothers in Hermitage, before any big event.
Person I would love to play a round of golf with: Phil Mickelson- have always been a big fan of his.
Greatest sports moment: Winning the 2015 Horizon League Championship here and earning YSU's first ever trip to the NCAA Regionals.
Best career competitive round: Firing 68 (-2) to win my first collegiate event.
Hobbies: Reading, running, working out, spending time with family.