Tim Grogan spent 19 seasons at the helm of the Marquette University men's golf program, serving as head coach until June 2010. Grogan was twice named BIG EAST Conference Men's Golf Coach of the Year (2006 and 2008) and was widely recognized as one of the top teachers in the game today.
Grogan, who was named Wisconsin PGA Teacher of the Year in 2009, guided the 2008 Golden Eagles to the school;s first-ever conference championshp since joining the BIG EAST.
Grogan arrived at Marquette after graduating from UNLV in 1992.Over the next two decades he guided the Golden Eagles into becoming one of the top collegiate programs in the Midwest and an annual contender for the BIG EAST Championship. With the addition of All-American Mike Van Sickle, the men's golf program at MU reached unprecedented heights, climbing annuallyin the national rankings.
Since the start of the 2005 campaign, Grogan had directed the Golden Eagles to 43 top-10 finishes and 28 top-five finishes in tournament competition. The run also featured eight runner-up finishes and five team titles, including a school-record three victories in 2008. In 2008-09, Grogan's squad posted a team scoring average of 290.03, an all-time low for the program.
MU boasted eight individual medalists during that span and 11 individual champions in the last10 years of Grogan's tenure (Van Sickle, 11 victories; Nathan Colson, 2; Mark Wentz, 1; Ben Sieg, 1; Ted Gray 1). Grogan and the Golden Eagles got off to a great start in 2007-08, posting two victories in the fall. MU won the 19-team Xavier Invitational before claiming their second victory at the BIG EAST/MAC Challenge in the last three years.
in 2008, the Marquette men's golf program reached new heights when it captured the school's first BIG EAST title in any team sport, led by senior Ted Gray, who took home medalist honors and was the only player in the event to shoot under par. The championship earned Marquette the league's automatic bid to compete at the NCAA Regional, the Golden Eagles first-ever trip as a team to the NCAA postseason.
In 2006-07, Grogan coached Marquette's first-ever NCAA tournament qualifier in Van Sickle. Van Sickle, the 2009 Byron Nelson Award winner, was also Grogan's first All-American selection, an honor that provided Van Sickle with an invitation to the prestigious Western Refining College All-America Classic in 2007 and when he won the even in 2008. Under Grogan, MU has also had All-BIG EAST selections in each of the last two years -- Van Sickle in 2007 and Joe Weber in 2006. Both players finished runner-up in those respective BIG EAST Championships.
Grogan's influence helped Marquette make strides during the 2004-05 season. He developed Ted Gray during the course of the season and helped him win Conference USA All-Freshman team honors. In 2003-04, Grogan's influence continued the development of players like Weber and Kyle Murphy. Weber and Murphy's improvement over the course of the season was evidence for Grogan's teaching skills and philosophy.
Grogan was instrumental in the development of a young team in 2002-03, including Colson. The MU freshman led the team in scoring and won one tournament during the season. The 2001-02 season, Grogan was faced with several newcomers and seasoned veterans. He blended the squad into a cohesive unit that played well as a team. In 1999-2000, Grogan led Marquette to the title of the Billiken Intercollegiate, its first event championship in three seasons.
During the 1996-97 season, he guided the Golden Eagles to the Butler Fall Invitational title, the first championship at the Division I level in MU history. In addition, Tom Uutala became the first individual champion at Marquette since it went to Division I by capturing medalist honors at the Bradley Fall Classic in 1996. Academic success has been a staple of the program during Grogan's tenure. Colson was named a GCAA All-America Scholar in 2004 and garnered the same award in 2005 along with Weber.
Most remarkably, however, had been Grogan's sound track record of graduating players - since the NCAA began tracking each student-athlete's Academic Progress Rate (APR), Marquettewas perfect under Grogan, graduating 100 percent of its players, a monumental accomplishment compared with other schools and other men's golf programs across the nation.
Grogan also pioneered practice facility development, helping MU build a short game practice facility in the Marquette Gymnasium. A lifelong teacher of the game, Grogan is a member of the Professional Golfers Association of America.
As a player, Grogan competed in the 1996 Greater Milwaukee Open, a PGA Tour event, and was the runner-up at the Wisconsin PGA Assistants Championship. He also competed in the 1994 U.S. Open sectional qualifier and was a U.S. Junior Amateur participant. While at UNLV, Grogan was a member of the nationally ranked Rebel golf team. He also served as an intern at the Las Vegas Invitational, a PGA TOUR event held in Las Vegas.