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.
Now in his 15th season, Fleck has coached the team to 14 tournament titles, including victories at some of the nation’s top courses. He has guided the Cardinals to a pair of wins at Firestone Country Club (2006 and 2012), the most recent of which came this season. This year’s team also won at Pinehurst.
Fleck’s teams have won Ball State’s own Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational a total of six times.
The 2012-13 season has been one of Ball State’s best under Fleck. In addition to the tournament victories at Firestone and Pinehurst, the Cardinals posted 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. He has the team in its first NCAA Regional since 1991.
Additionally, Fleck has coached individual NCAA Regional participants in each of the past two seasons -- 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. The Cardinals have finished among the top-4 at the league tournament for three straight seasons.
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. In Fleck’s first year as head coach in 1999 he coached All-American and MAC Golfer of the Year Jamie Broce.
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 15 Academic All-MAC selections and a pair of CoSIDA Academic All-Americans (Broce in 1999 and Dan Witt in 2002).
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