Yen to lead Pioneers golf program

Yen to lead Pioneers golf program

PALATINE HILL -- James Yen has been chosen as the next head coach of the Lewis & Clark Pioneers golf programs. Lewis & Clark Director of Athletics, Shana Levine, made the announcement on Monday.

Yen is a familiar face on campus, having spent the past two seasons on the Pioneers football staff. He replaces Dave Andrews, who retired after six years leading the golf program.

"We are thrilled to have James begin to lead our golf programs," said Levine. "Throughout his time at Lewis & Clark, James has immersed himself in our ChamPIOns culture, and I'm excited for him to begin working with our golf student-athletes."

Lewis & Clark's Building ChamPIOns program focuses on helping student-athletes to be their best in the classroom, competition, character and the community.

"Lewis & Clark is a tremendous community, both in the athletics department and throughout campus," said Yen, who brings collegiate golf coaching experience from within the Northwest Conference. "I'm eager for the opportunity to help our golfers thrive with all of their goals and build on our recent competitive success."

The Pioneers had two All-NWC First-Team selections on both the men's and women's team last year, the final under Andrews. The women's team spent most of the last two seasons in the top 25 of the Golfstat NCAA Division III Relative Rankings.

Yen will have two assistants on the staff immediately who both have experience with the Lewis & Clark program. Maggie Smith joined as an assistant coach at the start of the 2016 season. Drew Groshong, who was one of Lewis & Clark's All-NWC selections in 2016 and a former NWC Fall Classic medalist, will return to Palatine Hill as an assistant coach.

Lewis & Clark is scheduled to start fall competition on Sept. 17.