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For Immediate Release: April 24, 2008
Contact: John Hartrick(hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

Binghamton hires local golf pro Herceg as head coach

VESTAL, N.Y. -- Binghamton University has selected PGA Director of Golf Bernie Herceg as its new head golf coach, the school announced Thursday. Herceg replaces Nick Lasky, who resigned after serving five years.

Herceg has been the PGA Director of Golf at BU's home course - The Links at Hiawatha Landing - for 10 years. The Links, located in nearby Apalachin, N.Y., has been most recently ranked the third best public access course in New York State by Goldweek Magazine, and Herceg has served as its head pro since 1996.

"Bernie Herceg is a very highly thought of golf professional, with outstanding credentials," director of athletics Joel Thirer said. "I'm confident that he will continue the development of our golf team into the premier program in the Northeast."

As the PGA Director of Golf at Hiawatha, Herceg has 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, Herceg is determined to use his PGA training and management acumen to continue the success of the Bearcats' golf program.

"It's an honor and privilege to be part of Binghamton University and its athletic department," he said. "I'm very enthusiastic about this coaching opportunity.
My goal is to maintain BU's tradition and overall mission while we focus on growing and strengthening the golf program. My vision is to have our talented players reach their potential as Division I golfers, attain their goals academically and have an overall great experience while attending this University."

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.

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.

The Bearcats just concluded their 2007-08 season at the Penn State Rutherford Invitational last weekend.

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