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Acclaimed PGA Director of Golf Bernie Herceg finished his sixth season season as Binghamton’s head golf coach in 2013-14.
Herceg, who began coaching at Binghamton during the 2008-09 season, has compiled an outstanding tournament record of 607-323-5 (.654) at the helm. During his guidance, the Bearcats have won 14 tournaments, including four Cornell Invitational team crowns.
The last four seasons, his teams have strung together three of the lowest team scoring averages in school history, most notably this past season when his squad had a scoring average of 298.5 (program-record). In his six years at BU, he has coached nine individual tournament winners, four America Sky all-conference selections, and a back-to-back America Sky player of the year award winner (Jake Katz). His teams have consistently finished in the top-5 of tournaments an impressive 36 times in six years (six per season).
Herceg has been the PGA Director of Golf at BU’s home course - The Links at Hiawatha Landing - for more than 10 years. At the start of the 2010 academic year, Herceg was named the PGA Director of Instruction at The Links in response to becoming full-time at Binghamton University.
The Links, located in nearby Apalachin, N.Y., has been most recently ranked the third best public access course in New York State by Golfweek Magazine, and Herceg served as its head pro since 1996.
As the PGA Director of Golf at Hiawatha, Herceg had full oversight of membership, communications and marketing, pro shop operations, tournaments and player development programs, among other management duties.
Herceg’s junior golf initiatives and private instruction have earned him a reputation as one of the finest and most innovative teachers in the region. He received a Junior Leader Award from the Central New York PGA Section in 2004 and also has been nominated for CNYPGA Teacher of the Year honors.
A former collegiate golfer and accomplished player in his own right (he qualified and played in the 1993 B.C. Open, a PGA Tour event, and also won the 2000 Boilermaker Open in Utica, N.Y.), Herceg is determined to use his PGA training and management acumen to continue the success of the Bearcats’ golf program.
Herceg played at Elmira College, earning Academic All-America honors before graduating magna cum laude in business management in 1987. He was elected to his PGA Membership in 1999, and also has an associate’s degree from Broome Community College, where he graduated with honors in 1985.
Bernie resides in Apalachin with his wife, Rachael, and their two daughters Alexis and Isabella.