YORK – Vice President of Athletics and Enrollment Jared Stark has named Matt Fike '90 the new men's and women's golf coach for York College. "We're blessed to welcome back Matt Fike and his family to the York College community. As a former student he is passionate about our mission and focus, and has done an excellent job coaching for us in the past," Stark said.
Fike has been surrounded by golf for the past 25 years, from golf shop assistant, golf course maintenance, course marshal, and most recently coaching. His time has mainly been spent in Oklahoma where he has had much success coaching at the high school level. He has had two teams finish in the top seven, and several individuals place, in the Oklahoma State Tournament and was named Oklahoma Coaches Association Region 6 Golf Coach of the Year in 2013.
"Matt has a passion for golf that spans decades but more importantly he has a desire to connect with students in a way that positively impacts their character, faith, and academic pursuits," said Stark. "I feel great about his leadership ability for the future of our men's and women's golf programs."
Coach Fike will hit the recruiting trail immediately, attending several events in the Midwest. He will attend the South Dakota Girls State Tournament in two weeks, along with several events in Kansas.
"I am extremely excited to bring my experience and passion for the game of golf to York College," Fike said. "York is a very special place to my family. I am convinced that God has brought us to this opportunity and we are very excited to be back in York."
Fike and his family are no strangers to York. He was the head women's basketball coach from 2004-07. His wife, Kelly '90 will be teaching at York Middle School this fall. Their oldest daughter Kaylen '17 will be joining the York College admissions staff in July. Their middle daughter Kendall is a current student at the college and plays basketball. Their youngest will be a freshman in high school this fall.
"We love the community, we love York College, and I am so happy to be a part of the campus once again. I'm looking forward to continuing to build on the foundation that has been set and become more competitive in the KCAC from top to bottom on both the men's and women's rosters," Fike said. "I want to thank President Eckman and Jared Stark for trusting me with the future of these programs. I cannot wait to get started."