Bickelhaupt To Guide SUNY Canton Golf Teams
Canton, NY – Mark Bickelhaupt, who has previously coached the SUNY Canton men’s golf program, has been named the next head coach of the SUNY Canton men’s and women’s golf programs, as announced by Director of Athletics Randy B. Sieminski on Friday.
Bickelhaupt spent time coaching SUNY Canton during its junior college years from 2001 to 2003. The golf programs later reformed during the NCAA Division III era with men’s golf during the 2011-12 academic year and women’s golf beginning on a club level during the 2015-16 season and as a varsity sport in 2016-17.
In addition to his previous coaching experience with golf, Bickelhaupt has been on the St. Lawrence University men’s basketball coaching staff as an assistant to Head Coach Chris Downs since 1998.
Bickelhaupt takes over for Kevin Maginn who spent the last nine seasons coaching the SUNY Canton men and coached the women since the program’s inception.
“Mark’s previous experience coaching our golf program will serve him well as he takes over our men’s and women’s golf programs,” Sieminski said. “His more than 20 years working with the Saints men’s basketball program and helping to develop numerous student-athletes has prepared him well for this position. In addition, we can’t thank Kevin enough for all the extraordinary work he did for our golf programs. He helped us establish the programs, develop a tremendous number of outstanding student-athletes, and created a terrific foundation for Mark to build upon.”
Over the past 20 years Bickelhaupt has worked primarily with the post players for the Saints and has been instrumental in the mentoring of several All-Liberty League selections and All-Americans. Bickelhaupt has also served the Saints staff as a player development coach.
“I am eager for the opportunity to lead the men’s and women’s golf programs forward at SUNY Canton,” Bickelhaupt said. “I look forward to getting to know our current student-athletes and helping them develop their skills as we continue to grow both programs.”