Central Missouri Mules golf coachTim Poe has been selected for induction in to the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) Hall of Fame as announced on Wednesday afternoon. Poe is one of six coaches being inducted in the Class of 2016. The group will be officially inducted at the GCAA Hall of Fame Reception and Award Banquet on Monday, Dec. 12 in Las Vegas.
Now in his 27th season leading the Mules Golf program, Poe has built the Mules’ golf program in to one of the best in all of NCAA Division II. He has led the Mules 14 MIAA Championships, including six straight from 1997-2002. The Mules have made 23 straight NCAA postseason appearances. Poe has been named MIAA Coach of the Year 14 times and is a 10-time recipient of the NCAA Division II Regional/District Coach of the Year Award.
He has produced 83 All-MIAA players, 24 PING All-Region selections, 20 PING All-Americans, seven MIAA Players of the Year, one All-Nicklaus Team Award winner, and the 2015 NCAA Division II Individual National Champion and Arnold Palmer award recipient, Sam Migdal.
In 2010, Poe led the Mules to a second place finish at the NCAA Division II National Championships in Noblesville, IN, the highest finish in school and MIAA history. Poe received the 2010 NCAA Division II National Coach of the Year award as well. To highlight the season, he was selected to coach the prestigious United States Palmer Cup team at The Stanwich Club in Greenwich, CT, the first Division II coach to be named to the position. His Team USA defeated Team Europe, 13-11, in the competition.
In 2011, the Mules again qualified for the NCAA Division II Championships in Florence, AL, finishing in a tie for third. This marked the Mules sixth appearance overall and third consecutive at the NCAA Division II National Championships.
Under Poe, the Mules have qualified for the NCAA Division II National Championships 11 times and every year since 2009 and have finished in the top 10 five times.
A native of Keokuk, Iowa, Poe graduated from UCM in 1987 with a BS in Graphic Arts Technology/Management with a minor in Photography. As a member of the Mules’ golf team, he was a team captain his junior and senior years and a two-time All-MIAA and All-NCAA District 5 selection. As a senior, he qualified for the NCAA Division II National Championships in Columbus, GA.
Following his collegiate career, Poe turned professional and became the assistant golf pro at UCM’s Keth Memorial Golf Course, before being named to the position of head golf professional and men’s head golf coach the summer of 1990.
In his professional career, Poe won three tournaments and qualified for a Ben Hogan tour event and two Nike tour events (both now known as the Nationwide Tour). He has been a member of the Professional Golfers’ Association of America since 1990.
Joining Poe in the class of 2016 are Vince Clark, McClennan Community College; Mike McGraw, Oklahoma State/Baylor; Jay Seawell, Alabama; Mike Small, Illinois; and Dick Spybey, Alabama men’s & women’s coach.