Courtesy: Ball State Athletics
15th Season at Ball State
2010-11 Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year
Mike Fleck, who was a member of the Ball State University golf team from 1988 through 1992, was named the third head men’s golf coach in Ball State history Aug. 20, 1998.
Fleck replaced Earl Yestingsmeier, who was Ball State’s head coach for 36 years before his retirement in June of 1998.
The 2012-13 season was Fleck's 15th leading the program and one of his best. The Cardinals competed in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1991 and advanced in a playoff out of the Pullman Regional to reach the NCAA Championships for the first time since 1986.
The 2012-13 team claimed tournament titles at the Firestone Invitational and Pinehurst Intercollegiate in addition to runner-up finishes at the Pinetree Intercollegiate and the Mid-American Match Play. In the fall of 2012, Fleck guided the Cardinals to a ranking as high as No. 27 in the nation by Golfweek.
Fleck's Ball State teams have won a total of 15 tournaments during his tenure, including a pair at Firestone (also in 2006). His teams have won Ball State’s own Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational a total of six times.
While 2012-13 marked a return to the NCAA tournament as a team, Fleck had previously coached three individual NCAA Regional participants -- Jamie Broce in 1999, Eric Steger in 2011 and Tyler Merkel in 2012.
Fleck was named the Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year for the 2010-11 season after a year that included a win at the Yestingsmeier and a second-place finish at the MAC Championships. Entering the 2013-14 season, the Cardinals have finished among the top-4 at the league tournament for three straight years.
Fleck has had 14 All-MAC selections at Ball State, and the Cardinals’ three this year -- Merkel on the first team plus Joe Gasser and Alex Stinson on the second team -- marked the most for the program since 1982. He also coached Broce, an All-American and the MAC Golfer of the Year, in his first year on the job in 1998-99.
In addition to the on-course success, a Ball State golf student-athlete has been named a Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar on 41 occasions. In 2011-12, four Ball State golfers earned Scholar All-America status in TJ Carpenter, Tony Lazzara, Gasser and Stinson. In 2005-06, Ball State was the only school in the nation with five selections -- Brandon Boomsma, Patrick Wilkes-Krier, Wayne Denger, C.D. Hockersmith and Andy Skillman.
Additionally, Fleck has had 19 Academic All-MAC selections and a pair of CoSIDA Academic All-Americans (Broce in 1999 and Dan Witt in 2002). In 2012-13, Ball State accounted for four of the seven spots on the Academic All-MAC Team -- the most in league history under the current selection format -- with Gasser, Lazzara, Merkel and Stinson.
Fleck, who graduated from Ball State in 1993, served as an assistant coach with the Cardinals for the 1993-94 season. He then became the head pro at Hickory Hills Golf Club in Farmland, Ind., for four years before returning to lead the men’s golf program at his alma mater.
High School: Batesville H. S. ('89) in Batesville, Ind....Four-time Most Valuable Player
College: Ball State University ('93)...Earned two letters (1991-92) for Coach Earl Yestingsmeier as a member of the golf team...Posted five top-15 finishes as a senior.
1994-98: Head Golf Professional at Hickory Hills Golf Course in Farmland, Ind.
1993-94: Assistant Men's Golf Coach at Ball State
Other: Assistant Golf Professional at Greensburg, Ind., Country Club