Weber resigns as Bethel men's golf coach

Weber led the Royals to their first-ever NCAA Championship appearance in 2015. (Photo: Nathan Klok)
Weber led the Royals to their first-ever NCAA Championship appearance in 2015. (Photo: Nathan Klok)

Bethel University Sports Information Department

ARDEN HILLS, Minn. – Bethel University head men's golf coach Tony Weber announced that he is resigning his post after eight seasons with the Royals. Weber, the 2014-15 MIAC Coach of the Year, led the Royals to new heights that was highlighted by a first-place finish at the 2014 MIAC Championship.

"Tony's determination to lead a men's golf program characterized by competitive excellence was evident from the first day he took over the job," said Director of Athletics Bob Bjorklund. "His eight years in the role was highlighted by a MIAC Championship in 2014, the first and only ever achieved by a Bethel men's golf team.  He has been a devoted leader of the program and built a foundation based solidly on the core values of Bethel.  Tony was highly respected by his coaching colleagues in the MIAC and throughout the upper Midwest.  I am grateful for his focused attention to building a 'culture that wins' both on and off the course."

Weber helped lead Bethel to the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 2015 after winning the MIAC Championships where the Royals had two members finish in the top five individually. At the 2015 MIAC Championships, the Royals shot a 901 which was the lowest team score at the conference tournament in program history. In 2013, the Royals saw all five members of the Royals squad finish among the top 12 at the MIAC Championships. Under his direction, Bethel has had 16 total MIAC All-Conference selections including 10 All-MIAC honorees between 2014-2016, which was the most in the conference during that stretch. BU has seen at least two All-Conference players in five of the last six seasons and saw Toby Robinson and Luke Magnuson both earn Academic All-American honors under Weber.

"Since I was young it was always my dream to be a college coach and I'm so grateful to have been able to fulfill that dream for the past 10 years at Bethel," said Weber. "I have so many great memories as a player and coach with the Bethel golf program.  I will certainly remember the beginning of the women's program in 2008, winning the MIAC in 2014, the Spring Break trips and team retreats but more than anything I will remember all of the players I was able to play with and coach in the past 13 seasons. Being part of such a great team environment is what I'm sure I'll miss the most. I'm excited to be able to spend more time with my wife and girls and to see where that takes me in the future.  I will always have a love for the Bethel golf program and I hope to see it continue some of the traditions that have been built over the last several years."

Prior to beginning his coaching career in 2009, where he started as an assistant for the Royals program, Weber was a member of the Royals men's golf team from 2006-2008. As a senior in 2008, he helped BU finish fourth at the MIAC Championship as well as earn the program's first-ever Top 25 ranking.

A national search for his replacement as head coach will begin immediately. The job posting can be found here.

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