The 2019-20 academic year will mark Matt Gehring's fourth season at the helm of both the Earlham College men’s and women’s golf programs. Over his first three seasons, Gehring has guided the programs from start-up status to quickly becoming competitive in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference and the region, with designs on even loftier goals.
The Fall 2018 campaign marked proved to be a watershed campaign in the growth of the Earlham women's golf program. In only its third season of competition, the Quakers finished fourth out of nine teams at the 2018 HCAC Women's Golf Championship. Junior Emma Wilkins became the first Earlham women's golfer to secure All-HCAC honors by virtue of her seventh-place finish at the HCAC championship, after firing a 164 over the 36-hole event.
Earlham women's golf proved to be equally accomplished in the classroom in 2018-19. Earlham earned Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-Scholar Team honors for 2018-19 and was ranked 25th among all NCAA Division III women's golf programs in team grade points average. In addition, junior Hannah Toresdahl was named a WGCA All-American Scholar, becoming the first Earlham women's golfer to earn the accolade.
Gehring came to Earlham from fellow Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) member Defiance College where he served as head women's golf coach and assistant men's golf coach since 2012. At Defiance, Gehring was involved in every facet of the program including, but not limited to: recruiting calls, upkeep of indoor facility, assisting student-athletes in advising, scheduling of practices and tournaments, managing the program's budget, and organizing service outreach projects.
Gehring was a four-year member of the Defiance men's golf team from 2009-12. As a Yellow Jacket, he was named HCAC Golfer of the Week once as a senior. Later that spring, Gehring placed in the top 20 at the HCAC Championship.
While coaching at Defiance, Gehring acquired a master's degree in Business Administration in 2014. From April of 2015 to being hired at Earlham, he served as director of golf operations at Eagle Rock Golf Club.
In January of 2016, Gehring became certified as a Professional Flight Scope Instructor at the Professional Golf Association (PGA) Expo in Orlando, Florida. He and his wife Jordan reside in Richmond.
*Last updated - August 18, 2019