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Herb Page
Director of Golf / Head Men's Coach

A fixture on the Kent State University campus since arriving as an undergraduate three-sport student-athlete in 1970, Director of Golf Herb Page has grown to become one of the most respected golf coaches in the country.

For more than 36 years now Page has been a tireless worker with his players, on the recruiting trail, as a fundraiser and as an ambassador for the game of golf.  But even after three decades of monumental accomplishments under his direction, the Golden Flashes golf program continues to reach new heights every season.

In 2013, Page led the Golden Flashes to their seventh consecutive and 23rd overall appearance in the NCAA Men's Golf Championship Regional Tournament at Rich Harvest Farms.  Kent State also captured its sixth outright Mid-American Conference Championship with a 10-shot win over Toledo and Akron, and Page was once again named the Mid-American Conference Golf Coach of the Year.

In 2012, Page guided Kent State into match play at the NCAA Championships at famed Riviera Country Club. The Golden Flashes won a playoff over Florida State to advance to match play where they finished fifth in the nation. Page's teams have qualified for five of the last six NCAA championships, including a tie for 27th last year at the Capital City Club near Atlanta.

In 2011, Page guided Kent State to second straight top 20 finish at the NCAA Championship.  By tying for 19th at that year's NCAA finals, the Golden Flashes joined an elite group of only 10 schools that had finished top 20 at the NCAA Championship in 2010 and 2011 (Oklahoma State, Georgia Tech, Augusta State, Arizona State, San Diego, Texas A&M, USC, UCLA and Illinois).  The 19th place finish now ranks as the sixth best showing in school history.

In 2010, Kent State won the NCAA East Regional title and finished 20th at the National Championship.

Only a few short years ago, Page celebrated his 30th anniversary as the head coach of the Golden Flashes in style and in a manner that could not have more perfectly summed up his career.

Take the following into account:

  • Early in the fall of 2007, the Ferrara & Page Golf Training Center was officially dedicated. Bearing his name, the facility — which had been a dream of Page’s for many years — officially became a reality with a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sept. 15, 2007. It immediately gained acclaim as one of the top facilities of its kind in the country.
  • Calling it “one of the highest honors of his career,” Page was presented with the 2008 Golf Coaches Association of America Labron Harris Sr. Award in January. Named after the late Labron Harris Sr., former head coach at Oklahoma State University, the award is presented to the college or high school coach and PGA Professional whose support of the game through teaching, coaching and involvement in the community has helped ensure the continued growth of the golf.
  • Kent State then capped off the 2007-08 season in stunning fashion, finishing in sixth place at the NCAA Championships in May — the best showing in the storied history of the program. After four grueling rounds at Purdue’s Kampen Course, the Golden Flashes finished a mere 10 shots behind eventual champion UCLA.
  • Just a few short months later, Page was in Louisville, Ky. to watch former three-time All-American Ben Curtis help the United States reclaim a Ryder Cup trophy that it hadn’t held since 1999. Curtis defeated Lee Westwood 2 & 1 in singles play to cap off a solid 1-1-1 performance in his first appearance on one of golf’s biggest stages.
  • Kent State finished fifth in the nation at the 2011 NCAA Championships when the event was held at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Cal.
  • In 2012, Page was asked to give the commencement address at Kent State's graduatin ceremony.
  • Also in 2012, Page was inducted into the Northern Ohio Golf Association Hall of Fame along with Ben Curtis.


You see, it was all there. For all Page has given to the game of golf — never once doing so for the recognition — his labor of love has paid him back tenfold.

Page has built a dynasty in the Mid-American Conference and the legacy only seems to grow stronger with each passing year.  He has led the Golden Flashes to 19 MAC titles on his watch and along the way has garnered 19 MAC Coach of the Year awards.

However, the highlights haven’t been limited to just play in the MAC — far from it actually. On top of the 22 NCAA regional appearances Kent State, has advanced to the NCAA Championship 14 times during that span.   

In 1993, the Golden Flashes captured their first-ever NCAA Regional title before tying for the title in 2001. In between, at the 2000 NCAA Championship, Page led the Golden Flashes to their highest-ever finish at the time — ninth. All told, in more than 30 years of coaching, Page has led his alma mater to an astounding 80 tournament titles, claiming NCAA District IV Coach of the Year honors seven times.

That success has not gone unnoticed in the national golf press, as Page’s linksters have been ranked consistently among the nation’s top 25 teams over last 15 years. The 1995 squad garnered the highest-ever national standing of any Kent State team with a seventh-place ranking in late May, a feat which would be duplicated again in the fall of 1999. In his tenure with the Kent State program, Page has coached 82 All-MAC golfers, 21 All-Americans and 19 golfers who have been selected as All-America Scholar-Athletes. In 2011, John Hahn captured his third consecutive All-American accolade and then joined former Golden Flash Brian Bridges (1990, 1991) as the only two MAC players in league history to be named to both the All-America team and an All-America Scholar in the same season in consecutive years. In 2013, Corey Conners became the third to join that group.

Page’s tutors have gone on to excel once they’ve left the friendly confines of Kent for the rigors of professional golf. He has mentored Curtis, who can also lay claim to the 2003 British Open title and a runner-up finish at the 2008 PGA Championship, and Kent State’s first first-team All-American and current Nationwide Tour member in Jon Mills. In addition, KSU also boasts roughly a half-dozen other alumns who are currently playing professional golf right now. In the summer of 2008, he proudly followed former four Flashes as Curtis, Mills joined Bryan DeCorso and David Morland IV who were all competing at the PGA Tour’s 2008 RBC Canadian Open.

Never in the job for personal gain, the Labron Harris Award was nonetheless the most recent honor in a long line of awards for Page. In 2005, he was inducted into the Northern Ohio PGA Hall of Fame. The previous year, Page joined Larry Penley of Clemson University and East Tennessee State University’s Fred Warren as the 2004 inductee class into the Golf Coaches Association of America Hall of Fame. In the summer of 2004, he joined Tom Weiskopf and two others who were inducted into the Ohio Golf Hall of Fame.

In 1998, Page received the honor of coaching the U.S. team in the World Junior Championships held in Japan. The year before, he was given a Special Achievement Award by Kent State University as well as the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Northern Ohio PGA. Page was also honored by the Dapper Dan Association of Akron with the William Falor Lifetime Achievement Award and was inducted into the Portage County Sports Hall of Fame in 1994.

The ever-active Page served as chairman of the NCAA District IV Advisory Committee for five years in the late 1980s and served on the committee again for the 2000-01 season. His first stint was from 1988-92, during which he served as the chairman in 1992. His second term was from 1998-2001 and he served as the chairman in 2001.

Page also spearheads the main Kent State fundraiser — the Rango Invitational, which is held every August at Windmill Lakes Golf Course. This tournament, along with other gifts, has earned over $1.4 million for the Kent State University golf endowments and the new facility.

As an undergraduate at KSU, he earned eight varsity letters — four in golf and two each in football and ice hockey. He was the golf team’s captain his senior year and the placekicker for two of the most successful grid teams in school history — the 1972 MAC champions and the 1973 team that set a school record with nine victories. In 1974, Page was named the MAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was drafted in the fifth round by the British Columbia Lions as a placekicker, although he never played in the Canadian Football League.

For all of his accomplishments at Kent State, Page was inducted into the Varsity “K” Alumni Association’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1985.

The Markham, Ontario, native also made a name for himself as a top player and teacher with the Northern Ohio PGA. In his first professional tournament victory more than a decade ago, he shot a one-under-par 71 on the renowned Firestone Country Club North Course. Page’s participation in Pro-Am tournaments include a number of impressive performances. At the 1987 Trumbull County Pro-Am, he registered a 67 (three under par), and at that year’s Ohio Open Pro-Am he earned runner-up honors with a six-under-par 66.

Despite all the honors and accolades, Page has never wavered from his grand plan for the Kent State golf program. In August of 2005, Page, along with numerous contributors to the Kent State golf programs, broke ground on the new Kent State Golf Training & Learning Center. Just a little over two years later, the sparkling $2.2 million facility was formally dedicated. A long-time vision of Page’s for the golf programs, the state-of-the-art practice facility will ensure Kent State Golf’s continued success at the highest national level.

In November of 2007, the KSU Board of Trustees formally approved the name of the building as the Ferrara & Page Golf Training & Learning Center in honor of the family of Dr. Emilio Ferrara, who was responsible for the lead gift, and Page.

Page is married to Dr. Paula Treckel, and resides in Kent.


Jon Mills
Associate Men's Head Coach

Canadian professional golfer and former Golden Flash, Jon Mills '02 came back to his alma mater to serve as the Associate Head Men's Golf Coach in January of 2016.

Mills was a member of the Web.Com Tour from 2002-2015 and was on the PGA Tour from 2006-2008.   Mills claimed his first professional win on the Canadian Tour in 2003 en route to becoming the leading money-winner on the Tour that year.  Mills also captured two titles on the Web.Com Tour, including the 2005 Canadian PGA Championship and the 2007 Boise Open.  He also qualified for three US Opens.

Mills had an exceptional career competing as a Golden Flash under Page’s tutelage.  He was a two-time All-American as well as the only Kent State golfer to earn First Team All-American honors.  Mills was an All-MAC performer each of his four years and was also the MAC Freshman of the Year in 1998.  Mills was the medalist at the 2000 NCAA Central Regional Championship, a Kent State individual’s best-ever finish at the regional.

Mills also holds the record for having the second-best finish by a Kent State golfer at the NCAA Championships, placing sixth in 2001.  In that same year, he earned MAC Championship medalist honors.  Mills was a member of four consecutive MAC Championships teams (1998-2002) and led Kent State to an NCAA Regional title in 2001.  He currently ranks second all-time in individual season scoring average (71.68), third all-time in career scoring average (72.63) and third in career top-10 finishes (26).   He was inducted into the Varsity “K” Hall of Fame in 2007.


Greg Robertson
Head Women's Coach

Greg Robertson was named the Kent State women's golf head coach in June 2013, becoming just the second head coach in the 17-year history of the women's golf program.  In both his seasons at the helm, he has led the team to break the season scoring record twice, setting the bar at 296.91 and 10.73 versus par in 2014-15.

The Golden Flashes made history by winning their 17th consecutive Mid-American Conference Championship, tying the MAC record for consecutive titles this past year.  The team advanced to NCAA Regionals where Taylor Kim narrowly missed advancing by entering a three-person playoff for the final spot.  On the season, Wad Phaewchimplee set a new single-season scoring record and became Kent State's new career scoring leader.  Josée Doyon won MAC Golfer of the Year and MAC Championship medalist honors while winning three-straight events.

Three students earned Academic All-MAC honors while both Phaewchimplee and Doyon excelled in the classroom with WGCA All-American Scholar recognition. Doyon was also a CoSida Academic All-District honoree. Collectively, the team earned the highest single semester GPA in program history with a 3.628 in the spring.

Robertson guided the team to its 16th-straight Mid-American Conference Championship in his first season and on to NCAA Regionals where the team missed advancing to the NCAA Championships by just one stroke. Under his direction, the 2013-14 squad posted the best scoring average in program history (298.6) and won a program-record five tournament titles.

Six Golden Flashes received All-MAC honors in Robertson's inaugural year, including the repeat MAC Golfer of the Year and MAC Medalist, Jennifer Ha.  Six All-MAC honorees was the best in school history.

His ability to recruit was put on display immediately in his first season, as Robertson acquired Thailand-native Wad Phaewchimplee who was the MAC Freshman of the Year and won the NCAA Central Regional Championship, making her the third women's golfer in the history of Kent State to advance to NCAA Championships as an individual.  Phaewchimplee finished the season ranked 59th in the World Amateur Golf Rankings and was named a Women's Golf Coaches Association Honorable Mention All-American.

Robertson also continued Kent State's success in the classroom, as the team posted its highest GPA for the entire school year (Fall 2013 and Spring 2014) since 2007. Individually, Josee Doyon earned Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District At-Large honors.  Doyon and Phaewchimplee were also named All-American Scholars.

A 14-year coaching veteran, Robertson joined the Golden Flashes from Purdue where he was the associate head coach for 11 seasons.  He was honored with the Jan Strickland Assistant Coach of the Year Award in 2005. The prestigious award is given to "the NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA or NJCAA assistant coach that, among other things, has helped their student-athletes excel both on the course and in the classroom."

During his 11-year stint as the associate head coach at Purdue, Robertson assisted in building the Boilermakers' women's golf program into one of the nation's elite. Purdue advanced to the NCAA Championships during each year of his tenure on staff. The Boilermakers captured the 2010 national title and Maria Hernandez was the NCAA individual champion in 2009. Overall, the Purdue women's golf team had five top-5 NCAA finishes, one NCAA Regional title, and five Big Ten titles with Robertson on staff. Purdue also boasted 16 All-Americans, seven Big Ten medalists, six Big Ten Player of the Year recipients, and 40 All-Big Ten selections during that time. The Boilermakers were one of just two programs to earn a top-10 finish at each of the NCAA Championships from 2006-2013. 

On the men's side, Purdue qualified for two NCAA Championships and six NCAA Regional appearances with Robertson on staff. Under his tutelage, Shiv Kapur was named an All-American in 2004 and Pariya Junhasavasdikul was the Big Ten individual champion in 2007, and also a Les Blostad Award recipient, which is given to the Big Ten's lowest stroke average, in 2007.  Kapur and Junhasavasdikul along with Peter Richardson and Peter Karmis have all played on the Asian Tour and all four have seen action on the European Tour. Another professional coached by Robertson, former Boilermaker Tyler Duncan, plays on Web.com Tour and qualified for the 2015 U.S. Open.

Purdue also excelled in the classroom during his tenure, as Robertson served as the liaison to the athletic academic advisor and monitored academic performance of his student-athletes. The program produced six GCAA All-American Scholars, 48 Academic All-Big Ten selections, and held a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or higher in 20 of the last 21 semesters while Robertson was there. In the fall of 2008, the men's program was awarded with the President's Cup for achieving the highest team GPA in the athletics department.

Robertson also spent time as a caddie, with his most extensive caddying coming on the women’s side. He carried the bag for his sister, JoJo, at the 1998 U.S. Women's Open, where she tied for 59th as an amateur.

His work as a caddie has been instrumental in the success of former Boilermaker star Maria Hernandez, having worked with her on six occasions over the last seven years. Robertson caddied for Hernandez during the final stage of LPGA Q-School in 2009 (t-5th), as well as the U.S. Women's Open in both 2009 (t-34th) and 2010 (t-41st), the 2010 LPGA Tour Championship (t-68th) and the 2014 LPGA Marathon Classic (t-69th).  Most recently, Hernandez made the cut in the 2015 LPGA Canadian Pacific Women's Open with Robertson at her side.

Robertson also caddied for Kent State standout Jennifer Ha at the Canadian Pacific Women's Open in 2014 prior to her senior season where Ha finished tied for 64th as an amateur in the LPGA event. Ha beat three Top 20 players in the world.  Robertson's golfers have now made the cut in all seven LPGA events he has caddied in.

He has also walked with former Oklahoma State teammate Chris Tidland in 2002 on the Web.com Tour and caddied for former Purdue standout Laura Gonzalez Escallon at the final stage of LPGA Q-school in 2013. 

Robertson began his coaching career in 2001 as a volunteer assistant coach at Oklahoma State University and helped his alma mater finish 16th at the NCAA Championships. Oklahoma State won four conference titles and the 1995 national title during his four years as a member of the Cowboys' golf program from 1993-97.

Robertson, who redshirted his freshman year, graduated from Oklahoma State with a degree in sports science in 1997. With a year of eligibility remaining, he transferred to the University of New Mexico for his senior season and helped the Lobos win the 1998 NCAA West Regional. While at New Mexico, Robertson began working on his master’s degree in sports administration.

Following his final collegiate season, Robertson competed professionally for three seasons. In 2000, he played on the Canadian Tour and competed at the PGA Tour’s Nissan Open (now called the Northern Trust Open).He also won the New Mexico State Amateur Championship in 1995.

Greg and his wife Ashlee have two sons; Michael (7) and Tyler (5).

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT GREG ROBERTSON

“Greg Robertson is one of the bright young coaches in America. His record speaks for itself. Having caddied in three U.S. Opens, his course management and preparation skills are second to none. Any serious players would benefit from his knowledge and coaching.”
—Devon Brouse, Purdue Director of Golf
 
"Greg is the best caddy I've ever had," Hernandez said. "He is always helpful and supportive, and he does an incredible job of bringing knowledge of the courses we play on. More than anything, it just gave me confidence to have him on the bag. He's as a great a coach as he is a caddy, and any player who has the opportunity to work with him will definitely grow as a player."
—Maria Hernandez, 2009 NCAA Individual Women’s Golf Champion


Maddi Swaney
Assistant Women's Coach

Maddi Swaney, a former standout on the Kent State women’s golf team, is in her fifth season as an assistant coach with her alma mater on the Golden Flashes’ staff.

During Swaney's tenure, Kent State women's golf has had four NCAA Regional appearances and two of the three NCAA Championship individual appearances in the history of the program.  She has also coached one All-American, four Mid-American Conference Golfers of the Year, two MAC Freshman of the Year, twelve First Team All-MAC honorees, eleven MAC All-Tournament Team members and three Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District honorees.

"I'm extremely fortunate to have Coach Swaney working with me," said Head Coach Greg Robertson.  "I truly believe she is one of the top assistant golf coaches in the country.   She has an active role in every aspect of our golf program, and her hard work and dedication is unmatched.  There's no doubt she's been a major factor in the team's improvement and success over the last year." 

Swaney returned to Kent State after serving as a tournament coordinator for the IMG Leadbetter Golf Academy in Bradenton, Fla., since the beginning of the 2011 calendar year. Swaney also worked with the American Junior Golf Association, serving as a tournament operations intern over a six-month span.

As a four-year letterwinner with the Golden Flashes, Swaney had a career scoring average of 78.7, which ranked ninth in team history upon6910 her graduation. Her best finishes for Kent State were a trio of fourth-place efforts at the MAC Championships in 2007, 2008 and 2009. She twice earned second-team all-MAC accolades in 2008 and 2009.

In the classroom, Swaney was a three-time All-America Scholar as selected by the NGCA and was also a three-time Academic All-MAC selection.

A native of Marietta, Ohio, Swaney graduated from Kent State magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in marketing with a minor in finance and management and is currently pursuing a master's degree in sport and recreation management.  She graduated from the NCAA Women Coaches Academy in December 2013.