ORIGINALLY WRITTEN TOM STOPPEL
Dan Harrison has been named head men’s and women’s golf coach at Tabor College.
Harrison succeeds Randy Keck, who last week accepted a head coaching position at Redlands Community College in El Reno, Okla.
Harrison, a Tabor alumnus, played golf for the Bluejays from 1979 until 1981.
“It’s been a long circle to come back,” Harrison said. “My family moved to Hillsboro and I took a teaching position in the education department over at Hesston College.
“When Coach Keck left, I was approached about the opening at Tabor College,” Harrison added. “Coach Keck left the program in great shape. There are a lot of good kids coming back and several recruits still coming on board so we hope to continue to build the program and keep it in an ongoing climb.”
Upon leaving Tabor in 1981, Harrison coached golf at Garden City High School and built one of the most successful programs in Class 6A.
“I coached several players who went on to play Division I golf and eventually became club professionals,” he said.
Harrison spent the next four years as head women’s golf coach at Wichita State University, where the Shockers won a Missouri Valley Conference championship and Harrison was named coach of the year in 1992.
“We went from being number 100 in the nation to finishing 31st in the nation four years later,” Harrison said. “I think my Division I coaching experience will be a great asset at Tabor.
“I think we can build our tournament schedule and we can also be made aware of players who might not be a great fit for an Illinois State or Creighton, but might be perfect for Tabor College,” he added.
“I think I recruit very well and I have great connections with the golf community in Kansas. I’ve been a longtime high school coach, and with my time spent at WSU, I have both state and national connections I hope to tap into.”
Harrison comes to Hillsboro from Haysville and Wichita’s Campus High School, where he has been serving as counselor and varsity boys basketball and golf coach.
In addition to his duties at Tabor, Harrison will be assistant basketball coach for Hillsboro High School under Darrel Knoll.
“Dan is extremely well qualified to step into our head golf coach position,” said Don Brubacher, Tabor athletic director.
“It’s a great blessing to have him join our athletic department staff. I look forward to the strong leadership he will provide.”
Harrison said he’s optimistic about the future of the Tabor program.
“The key to Tabor College comes down to money,” he said. “We need to be able to raise funds and provide the support for recruiting and to build a good, solid program.
“We need to be able to afford to go to tournaments and to provide nice equipment and clothes for our kids in order to become a top-10 team nationally,” he added. “But we need to do that within the balance of what it means to be a true student-athlete at Tabor College and to be a part of this community.”.
“Tabor is a unique place with wonderful people,” Harrison said. “I’m going to recruit kids who are an asset to the community and classroom as well as to the golf course.”