Program focuses on goal setting for young students
Cole Hyland is in his third season as an assistant coach at Loyola University Chicago after previously serving as the head boys golf coach at Whitney Young High School in Chicago. During his time at Whitney Young, Hyland helped the Dolphins to a pair of Chicago Public League titles.
Last spring, Hyland helped Loyola capture its first-ever Horizon League Championship and ensuing NCAA Regional berth as the squad erased a 13-stroke deficit after one round to earn the crown at the league tournament. The Ramblers' 2011-12 squad featured just one senior and Alex Cusumano blossomed into one of the top players in the conference, earning All-Horizon League honors after posting a 75.2 average.
In 2010-11, his first season at Loyola, Hyland helped the Ramblers to a fifth-place showing at the Horizon League Championship and helped develop Dylan Gergen into an All-Horizon League golfer. Gergen and fellow senior Sean Collopy turned in some of the top seasons in Rambler history, with stroke averages of 75.0 and 75.6, respectively. Gergen, who tied for fifth at the Horizon League Championship, wrapped up an impressive career in 2010-11 by also collecting Horizon League All-Tournament Team and Second Team Capital One Academic All-District V honors.
While at Whitney Young, Hyland guided his teams to the IHSA Sectional rounds in both 2007 and 2009, with his 2007 squad becoming the first Chicago Public League golf team to advance to the sectional round.
In addition to his coaching experience, Hyland also has honed his craft as an assistant golf professional at Marovitz Golf Course and Highland Park Country Club. He also has served as the program director at The First Tee of Chicago, where he coordinated all junior golf programming and clinics at Chicago Park District Golf facilities, among other duties.
A 2006 graduate of Northeastern Illinois University, with a degree in media communications, Hyland also completed a tour of duty in the U.S. Navy.