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Marquette men's golf coach Steve Bailey looks ahead to the spring season for the Golden Eagles, and talks about the state of the MU program.
Coach Steve Bailey, Zach Gaugert, Nick Nelson and Pat Sanchez talk about MU's trip to the BIG EAST Men's Golf Championship April 27-29 at the Callawassie Island Club in Callawassie, S.C.
Marquette's men's golf program will host the 14-team, 54-hole Erin Hills Intercollegiate tournament at Erin Hills Golf Club, home of the 2017 U.S. Open, Oct. 6-8, 2013.
Marquette golf is set to tee off the the 2013-13 season - a year that includes a new-look BIG EAST, a home tournament in October's Erin Hills Intercollegiate, and a deeper, more experienced group of players. Coach Steve Bailey, Adam Chester, Corey Konieczki, and Pat Sanchez preview the upcoming year.
Steve Bailey enters his fifth season as the head men's golf coach at Marquette University in 2014-15. Bailey came to Milwaukee after formerly serving as the associate head men's golf coach at Northwestern University.
In 2014, Bailey's team finished second at the BIG EAST Men's Golf Championship and placed a league-high three golfers on the All-BIG EAST team. Junior Brandon Cloete, who was named BIG EAST Golfer of the Week on March 19, was joined on the all-league squad by sophomores Pat Sanchez and CJ Swift. It was the second time Sanchez received the honor in as many seasons.
A native of Virginia Beach, Va., Bailey wasted no time retooling the Marquette roster. MU entered the 2012-13 campaign with 11 golfers -- the largest roster in recent memory -- which included eight underclassmen, hailing from seven different states and three countries.
Prior to Marquette, Bailey was associate head coach at 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 eightCleveland Golf All-America Scholars, 23 Academic All-Big Ten selections and 20 Academic All-BIG EAST selections.
"We're going to be successful with a solid work ethic and strong team values," says 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.
From 2005 until 2010, Bailey worked under the tutelage of Pat Goss, director of golf at Northwestern and swing coach of the seventh 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).
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 seven years.