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Mike Small named Midwest Region Coach of the Year for the 9th time

Mike Small and Dylan Meyer discuss a putt

Another incredible season for the Illinois men's golf team. The Illini won their 4th straight Big Ten Title while earning a birth to the NCAA Championships for the 11th straight season.

More accolades for the program coming today.

Head coach Mike Small named the Midwest Region Coach of the Year by the Golf Coaches Association of America. This is the 9th time in his career that Small has earned the honor.

Illinois Athletic Director Josh Whitman may not have been here to hire Coach Small, but he knows the Illini have one of the best coaches in the nation. Small's leadership and consistent track record of winning fits the mold of what Whitman is trying to instill amongst the other athletic programs at the U of I.

"He's the best in the business" said Whitman. "He's the best coach in the country and we're incredibly fortunate to have him here. What they have done in men's golf is unprecedented. For a northern school to be as competitive year in and year out as we have been, the tradition and culture he has built really speaks volumes."

Whitman went on to add,

"It has provided a blueprint, a road map if you will, for the rest of our programs to follow. We find great leadership, support them with great resources and good things happen. It happened with golf, it happened with tennis, and now it's happening with football."

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