Michael Mignano, who served as the interim head coach of the Ferris State University men's and women's golf teams for the 2007-08 spring season, was appointed on a permanent basis to direct both Bulldog programs prior to the 2008-09 campaign.
Mignano, who will embark on his seventh season at Ferris State in the 2013-14 campaign, was featured in the Summer 2009 editon of the Michigan Student Golfer Magazine's College Coach's Spotlight.
This past season, Mignano directed the Bulldogs to their 10th consecutive NCAA Division II Regional Tournament appearance.
In the 2008-09 season, Mignano guided the Ferris State women's golf team to a sixth-place tying performance at the 2009 NCAA-II Women's Golf Championships (May 13-16) in Findlay, Ohio. The national tourney appearance marked the program's second straight under Mignano's tutelage as the Bulldogs would conclude the season ranked 10th nationally in the final Golf World/National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) Women's Golf Coaches' Poll.
Mignano is the sixth individual to be named head coach in the history of the Ferris State women's golf program, which dates back to 1974. He was appointed interim head coach prior to the start of the spring season in 2007-08 after the departure of head coach Brad Bedortha, who accepted the women's golf head coaching position at NCAA Division I Northern Arizona University in late February 2008.
A FSU Professional Golf Management Program (PGM) assistant, Mignano had served as interim head coach of the Ferris State men's and women's golf teams since March 2008 and continued the success orchestrated by his predecessor. Mignano directed the Bulldog women's team to a national fourth-place performance at the 2008 NCAA-II Women's Golf Championships (May 13-16) in Houston, Texas. The fourth-place showing marked the fifth straight year in which the FSU women's golf team has placed among the nation's top four teams.
Prior to his stint as interim coach, Mignano worked as an assistant coach under Bedortha while also serving as an assistant golf professional and a PGM assistant at Ferris State from June 2007 to March 2008. Mignano's duties included managing the daily operations of FSU's Katke Golf Course in Big Rapids, Mich., assisting the PGM program coordinator with daily activities and the coordination of PGM program activities, assisting the FSU Golf Camp Director, and serving as the instructor for the Mecosta County Junior Golf Program.
A 2006 graduate of Ferris State, Mignano earned a bachelor's degree in professional golf management. Following graduation, he completed two stints as an assistant golf professional/PGA intern at Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, Calif. Mignano worked from January to May 2007 and again from October 2005 to April 2006 at Torrey Pines G.C., which was the home of the PGA Tour's Buick Invitational and the 2008 U.S. Open. The Ypsilanti, Mich., native also was the assistant coach for the boy's golf team at Chelsea (Mich.) HIgh School in the 2005 and 2006 seasons.
While completing his undergraduate degree at Ferris State, Mignano made the FSU Dean's Academic list every academic semester and was the recipient of the PGM's Gary Wiren Award for having the highest cumulative grade point average in his graduating class. He also was awarded both the Robert and Jayne Ewigleben Scholarship and the John Celestino Endowment Scholarship in the fall of 2006. Mignano spent May to December 2004 as a PGA intern at the prestigious Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., which was the site of the 2004 PGA Ryder Cup matches.
Mignano, a 2002 graduate of Chelsea High School, was a member of the school's varsity and junior varsity golf team from 1999-02 and served as the team captain for the 2001 season. Mignano received the team coach's award in 2001 after garnering the freshman award in 1999 and most improved player recognition in 2000.
The son of the late Joe Mignano and Sheila Rodenkirch, Mignano is the youngest of three siblings (two sisters and a brother). A member of the Professional Golfers Association (PGA), Mignano resides in Big Rapids and is completing course work toward a master's degree in business administration at Ferris State.
"This is truly a dream job for me," said Mignano. "I enjoy being around the student-athletes and watching them succeed. I'm thankful for the opportunity to coach two outstanding programs at Ferris State University."