Winona State University head men’s golf coach Jeff Straight has been named the Coach of the Year following the conclusion of the season in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC), as announced Wednesday, May 5.
Additionally, Matthew Chandler, a junior from Chester, Nova Scotia, was named to the NSIC First Team All-Conference. Chandler helped lead the Warriors to the 2021 NSIC Men’s Golf Championship, and with it, a berth to the 2021 NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Central/Midwest Regional Tournament last week.
For Straight, this is his third Coach of the Year honor, having been elected by his peers following the 2015-16 and the 2018-19 seasons. Also in those years, Winona State advanced to the NCAA Division II men’s golf postseason. With the NSIC Men’s Golf Championship earned this past weekend at Shoals Creek Golf Course in Kansas City, Mo., WSU has now captured 15 conference team championships, dating back to 1958. In reaching their 15th men’s team title, Winona State is now tied for second all-time with Bemidji State in team titles; the two schools are four behind Minnesota State - Mankato with 19.
Matthew Chandler served as a steady leader for Winona State and Straight, consistently out in front of the Warrior lineup in terms of top finishes, including the decisive rounds at the 2021 NSIC Men’s Golf Championships. A transfer from Southwest Baptist University, Chandler is in his second full year at WSU.
For more on the 2021 NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Central/Midwest Regional Tournament, hosted by William Jewell College and the Kansas City Sport Commission, visit tinyurl.com/pnn6xrnb.
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