(PAINESVILLE, Ohio) – Director of Athletics Kelley Kish and Lake Erie College have announced the hiring of Brody Harwell as the head coach of the men's and women's golf team. Harwell joins the Storm after most recently serving as the assistant coach for the Mount Vernon Nazarene Cougars since 2017.
Harwell will lead both teams with an assistant coach. He will immediately start recruiting student-athletes for competition in the 2019-2020 season. The Storm last fielded a team during the 2015-16 season.
"It's an honor to be selected as the new men's and women's golf head coach at Lake Erie College. I feel extremely grateful to have the opportunity to lead this new program," said Harwell. "I would like to thank Dr. Posler, Kelley Kish, the hiring committee and others that were involved in the hiring process for the opportunity to continue my coaching career. I also want to thank Mike King, Grant Wallace, Anthony Savage, and Mike O'hara; all great head coaches that I have had the opportunity to learn and grow from. I look forward to creating a family-like culture that values integrity, consistency, and ownership. This is going to take an incredible amount of commitment from both coaches and players, but I'm looking forward to and embrace the challenges ahead. I'm Excited to get to work!"
"We are excited to welcome Brody to the Storm Family. His experience with two collegiate Golf programs in Ohio really set him apart during our search," said Director Kish. "As we relaunch Men's and Women's Golf at Lake Erie College, Brody's excitement to build our program centered on student-athletes achieving their academic and athletic goals fits what we are building in just our second year as an institution in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference."
While with Mount Vernon Nazarene, he was in charge of planning, scheduling, managing practice, instructing fundamentals, recruiting Ohio and Indiana, and coaching players during competition. He also served as an interim head coach at Kenyon College.
As the Cougars' coach, they had three runner-up finishes at Huntington University, Taylor University, and Ohio Valley University. As the interim coach Kenyon he guided the Lords to a team win at Ohio Wesleyan's Battle at the Brook.
As a student-athlete for the Cougars, Harwell averaged a 76.2 and graduated in 2015. He made nine all-tournament teams and was a three-year team captain. After graduation he served two years as a coach and teacher for Kanawha County schools in West Virginia at Riverside High School.
Harwell is scheduled to start later this month.