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Mike Jamieson, new golf coach for Tabor College.
Mike Jamieson, new golf coach for Tabor College.
Mike Jamieson has been hired by Tabor College to be head coach for men’s and women’s golf.

He will assume his duties Dec. 1 with the goal to begin the program with the 2018-19 academic year.

“We are very excited to be bringing golf back into the lineup of varsity sports in the Tabor athletic department,” said Rusty Allen, vice president of enrollment management and intercollegiate athletics.”

Jamieson comes to Tabor from Buena Vista University, where he coached the women’s golf team for the past three years. He is a 2005 Tabor-Hillsboro graduate with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

“The KCAC has men’s and women’s golf as a championship sport, and a majority of the high schools in the state of Kansas sponsor varsity golf,” Allen said. “We believe golf will attract men and women who will fit well with the academically excellent and decidedly Christian focus of Tabor College.”

Jamieson said, “Coming back to Tabor was a really easy decision to make. Having a 9-year old daughter, Kailee, and a 5-year old son, Cameron, I really feel like they will love the small-town environment, and the community is wonderful.

“Living in Hillsboro will allow my wife Briana and I, and our two kids, to be close to friends and family, and we are looking forward to it.”

Jamieson is ready to put his experience with Tabor and the community to good use.

“One of the great things about having a school like Tabor in a town like Hills­boro is that a person truly gets the benefit of being a part of the community,” Jamieson said.

Jamieson’s goals for the program align with Tabor’s athletic department mission.

“I really love the athletic department’s motto that excellence enhances ministry,” he said. “My long-term goal for the program is to do just that—be excellent in every way a student-athlete can be.”

“Coach Jamieson has the competitive drive, the experience and the character to lead the effort to bring golf back to Tabor,” Allen said. “We are excited to have him coming on board.”