CSU golf teams prepare for spring without Powers

Feb. 5, 2018

By Robert Houska

The Cleveland State University women’s golf team will begin its spring schedule with an altered coaching staff.

John Powers, who had been the associate head coach of the men’s and women’s teams since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, resigned over the winter break. He was hired by his alma mater, Bowling Green State University, to be the head coach of the men’s golf team.

Powers played for Bowling Green from 2006-10 and was an assistant coach for the program from 2015-16 before coming to Cleveland State. He also served as a graduate assistant at St. Bonaventure University from 2011-14.

In his sole full season on the Vikings staff, Powers helped both teams win Horizon League championships — the first in history for the women’s team. Both teams also went to NCAA regionals under Powers.

Vikings head coach Steve Weir had nothing but praise for Powers.

“Coach Powers was fantastic for our program in all facets,” Weir said. “We will use many things he helped the team with as we go forward and wish him nothing but the best at Bowling Green.”

The Lady Vikings have been off since Oct. 10, when they finished eighth at the Shirley Spork Invitational in Ypsilanti, Mich.

Weir is optimistic about the upcoming spring schedule.

“The semester is young, but the team came into the spring hungry and ready,” Weir said. “We have a long spring season in front of us and we are looking forward to it.”

Weir added that going through the coaching staff transition will be challenging at first, but that he has a group that is mature enough to make the necessary adjustments.

The Cleveland State women’s golf team will begin its spring schedule Feb. 5 and 6 at the Motor City Cup match play in Orlando, Fla., before heading to Phoenix, Ariz., for the Grand Canyon Invitational Feb. 24 and 25.



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