INDIANAPOLIS—With over 44 years of combined years associated with their respective programs, Mark Engel of Detroit and Bill Lindmark of Green Bay announced today they are stepping down from their positions.
Detroit won six Horizon League championships, while also coming in second four times and third on two other occasions under Engel's leadership.
The Titans captured their first conference title under Engel in 1999, and then followed in 2001, 2002, 2005, 2007, and most recently in 2010. They earned an automatic NCAA bid each of those latter five years advancing to the West Regional three times, and twice to the Central Regional, including in May of 2010.
Engel – who was given the title of Director of Golf after launching the successful Detroit women's golf program in 2004 – was voted conference Coach of the Year by his fellow coaches in 1992, 1999, 2007, and again in 2010, when Detroit scored a six-stroke victory at the Horizon League Championship. All told, the Titans won 23 tournaments and produced 19 individual medalists during his tenure.
"We would like to thank coach Engel for his hard work and dedication to Titan Athletics over the last three decades," said Director of Athletics Robert C. Vowels, Jr. "We wish Mark all the best as he moves forward from his time at the University."
After spending more than 20 years associated with the Green Bay program as both a player and a coach, Lindmark announced his retirement from his position, effective June 30.
“We want to thank Bill for leading our program and our young men for over twenty seasons,” said Director of Athletics Mary Ellen Gillespie. “This was not an easy decision for Bill, but we support him and wish him the very best in his new endeavor. He will always be a member of the Phoenix family.”
Lindmark served as the head coach of the men’s golf program for 19 total years, including from 1992-2002 and from 2007-14. A former Phoenix player and UW-Green Bay graduate, Lindmark was also an assistant coach from 1990-91.
“I'm proud of more than 20 years of some fantastic golf, excellent grades, and the successes of many of the graduates of the golf team,” said Lindmark. “I look forward to cheering on the future success of Green Bay men’s golf as a strong supporter of the program and University.”
The Horizon League Coach of the Year in 2001, Lindmark led the Phoenix to second-place finishes at the conference championships on three occasions (2001, 2010, 2012). Under his guidance, Shaun Rezachek became the first and only two-time medalist in league history (1998, 2001), and Chad Ebert won the league title in 2012.
A national search for replacements will begin immediately for both positions.