Tyler Stith concluded his sixth season as head coach at the University of Iowa after being named Iowa head coach on Aug. 22, 2014. Stith, a former assistant coach and student-athlete at Iowa, signed a five-year contract extension in the summer of 2019, to keep him in Iowa City through June 30, 2024. He previously served as assistant coach at Minnesota from 2011-14.
During Stith’s tenure as head coach of the Iowa men’s golf program, the Hawkeyes have finished in the top-four of the Big Ten Championships four times, advanced to four NCAA Regionals, and totaled three or more top-three tournament finishes in five of the seven seasons.
Stith heads a program that has advanced to NCAA competition in 10 of the last 12 seasons, joining Illinois as the only Big Ten teams selected to NCAA Regional competition in at least 10 regionals over the last 12 years. Iowa has advanced to the NCAA Championship finals three times in the last 12 years.
In six seasons, Stith has coached 11 All-Midwest Region selections, eight All-Big Ten selections, two academic All-Americans, 12 academic All-Big Ten selections, one Big Ten Player of the Year, one Les Bolstad Trophy award winner, and one Big Ten Tournament Champion.
This past year, under Stith’s direction, the Hawkeyes recorded three top-six finishes, including a third-place finish at the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Classic. Stith coached Alex Schaake and Gonzalo Leal Montero to five top-25 finishes a piece with 71.6 and 71.9 18-hole stroke averages, respectively. Under Stith’s direction, Jake Rowe fired in his career low 18-hole score (70) in the second round of the Puerto Rico Classic. The 2020 season was canceled by Big Ten Conference and NCAA on March 12, due to concerns of coronavirus (COVID-19).
In his fifth season, Stith led Iowa to five top-five finishes, including the Hawkeye Invitational title with a school shattering record 54-hole score of 809 (-43), topping the previous mark by 24 strokes, while also setting a school record for 18-holes with a first round score of 262 (-22). Stith also helped coach junior Alex Schaake to five top-10 finishes, earning Men’s Big Ten Golfer of the Year and the Les Bolstad award for leading the Big Ten with a 70.81 stroke average, along with being named a unanimous All-Big Ten First Team honoree. Junior Benton Weinberg was named a second-team All-Big Ten selection.
In his fourth season, Stith directed Iowa to three top-three finishes, including a third-place finish at the Big Ten Championships. Stith also helped mentor Schaake to six top-20 finishes, including placing in the top-five four times, and an individual berth at NCAA Regionals.
Stith captured his first tournament title as head coach of the Hawkeyes in the fall of his second year, guiding Iowa to a team title at the GolfWeek Conference Challenge. Raymond Knoll claimed co-medalist honors with a 54-hole total of 205 (-11; 66, 67, 72) — the lowest three-round total in program history.
In his first season as head coach at Iowa, Stith guided the Hawkeyes to their seventh straight NCAA Regional. Iowa finished sixth at the event, one stroke behind eventual national champion LSU. Sophomore Carson Schaake led the Hawkeyes to a second-place finish at the 2015 Big Ten Championships after earning co-medalist honors and becoming the first Hawkeye to win the event since Brad Klapprott in 1992. Schaake and fellow sophomore Raymond Knoll earned All-Big Ten honors in addition to garnering PING All-Region honors.
During his time at Minnesota, the Gophers won the 2014 Big Ten title, their first team conference crown since 2007. Jose Mendez captured medalist honors to become Minnesota’s first individual Big Ten champion since 2003. The Gophers went on to finish ninth at the NCAA Raleigh Regional, their first regional appearance since 2009. Minnesota won four tournaments during the 2013-14 season, marking the program’s first victories since 2006-07.
In Stith’s three seasons in Minneapolis, the Gophers’ national ranking climbed from No. 104 to No. 68. The Gophers also improved in the classroom, earning GCAA All-Academic Team recognition during all three seasons (2012-14) and the Gopher Athletics’ Norman Borlaug Commitment to Academic Excellence Award in 2014.
Stith served as an assistant coach to Hankins for three-and-a-half seasons at Iowa prior to joining the Minnesota staff. During that time, the Hawkeyes’ national ranking improved from No. 155 to No. 9. Iowa recorded a school-record 10th-place finish at the 2011 NCAA Championships, eclipsing a previous program-best 17th place finish at the 2009 NCAA Championships. He was named a semifinalist for the Jan Strickland Award in 2011, an honor given to the top assistant in NCAA golf.
As a Hawkeye, Stith was a four-year letterwinner and a team captain during his senior season. The Mount Pleasant, Iowa, native graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in management information systems in 2002.