LINDSBORG — Tyler Schiffelbein has some big shoes to fill, but he appears to have the credentials to do the job.
Schiffelbein was named today as new Bethany College men’s and women’s golf coach, succeeding longtime and wildly successful coach Jon Daniels, who set the bar high in his 20-plus years as Swede coach.
Schiffelbein comes to Bethany from Iowa Western Community College, where he served as head coach from 2011 to 2014.
"Throughout the interview process, Tyler stood out as a candidate," Bethany Dean of Athletics Dane Pavlovich said. "He has a passion for teaching and recruiting and the entire committee felt like he would be a great fit to lead the Bethany golf program forward. We are very excited that Tyler is a Swede."
At Iowa Western, the Reivers set multiple school and national records, and both programs were continuously ranked inside the Top 15 in the country. The 2014 season proved to be the banner year for the Reivers as the men's program completed the season with a third-place finish at the NJCAA National Championships, marking the third consecutive season with a Top 10 finish (10th in 2012, 6th in 2013).
The women's program won its fourth consecutive NJCAA Region XI Championship by a national-record 99 shots, eclipsing the previous record of 67 shots that was set by the Reivers in 2013, and finished the season fifth at the NJCAA National Championships.
Schiffelbein received his fourth straight NJCAA Region XI Coach of The Year honor, the first time this was achieved by any coach in the region. He has coached nine NJCAA Academic-All Americans, 11 NJCAA All-Region selections, seven NJCAA All- Americans, and the 2014 NJCAA Player of the Year, along with 19 team titles and more that 45 All-Tournament Team individual selections. His teams also finished with a combined 3.0-plus GPA for his entire tenure with the Reivers, while also combining 20-plus hours of community service.
Schiffelbein previously was at Fort Hays State University, where he served as the graduate assistant coach for both the men's and women's golf programs in 2010 and 2011. In two seasons, both the Tiger men and women saw their first team victory in over four seasons and the men won consecutive tournament titles for the first time in school history.
Schiffelbein served as an assistant PGA Teaching Professional at Reflection Ridge Golf Course in Wichita from 2009 to 2010. He earned his PGA teaching certification while also competing in various professional mini tours, with the highlight coming from qualifying for the 2009 PGA Assistant Professional National Championships. He was also named to the Play Golf American Top Teachers in Kansas in both 2008 and 2009.
Before turning professional, Schiffebein was the lead short game instructor at the Maine Golf and Tennis Academy in Belgrade, Maine from 2005 to 2007 while also serving as the Director of Golf Instruction in 2014, which was named the No. 1 Junior Golf Camp in America by Sports Illustrated in 2007.
"I am truly honored and humbled with the opportunity to coach at Bethany College," Schiffelbein said. "I knew from the moment I stepped on this campus that it was like no other college environment I had ever seen. Anytime you take over for a legend like coach (Jon) Daniels, you know that you are walking among the greats and I can't wait to get things started. But most of all, I am looking forward to working with the wonderful staff and administration. Bethany is a true family environment and I am very blessed to now be a part of it."
Schiffelbein played collegiately for Fort Hays State from 2005 to 2007, where he was named to the NCAA All-Midwest Region team in 2006 as well as the NCAA Academic All-American teams in both 2006 and 2007.
Prior to attending FHSU, Schiffelbein played for Dodge City Community College, where he was part of back-to-back Jayhawk Conference Championship teams and was a two-time NJCAA National Championship qualifier.
A native of Perryton, Texas, Schiffelbein graduated from Perryton High School in 2003. He was a two-time All-District and All-Region selection for the Rangers and helped lead Perryton to its only team state championship in school history when they claimed the title in 2002. He holds an Associates Degree from Dodge City Community College (2005), a Bachelors in Sports Management and Recreation from Fort Hays State University (2007) and a Masters of Science in Sports Studies in Education from Fort Hays State University (2011).