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Courtesy: Maryland Athletics
Release: 02/16/2000

Feb. 16, 2000

Men's Head Coach Tom Hanna

Maryland men's head golf coach Tom Hanna has more than 25 years of experience in the golf business, both as a coach and as a competitor. Over the past eight years, Hanna has taken a little known, underfunded program and transformed it into a highly recognized contender which has some of the best up-and-coming talent in the ACC. This, along with the expertise that he brings to the program, will be the spark that get the Terps back along the path that will lead to success in both the ACC and nationally.

Originally from Lock Haven, Pa., Hanna is no stranger to success when it comes to golf. In his collegiate days with the Terps, Hanna competed in three consecutive NCAA Tournaments. Following his collegiate playing days, he then moved on to compete on the Professional Golf Association (PGA) Tour. After a brief stint in the PGA, Hanna continued to rack up state and local titles in the Philadelphia section of the PGA. After his time competing there, Hanna remained on the East Coast, gaining extensive experience as a head professional at several prestigious country clubs. He spent three years at Lock Haven Country Club in Lock Haven, Pa., before taking the head professional job at Centre Hills Country Club in State College, Pa., from 1977-84. From 1985-90, Hanna was the director of golf at the Harbour Towne Golf Course in St. Michaels, Md. In 1991, he returned to his alma mater to take over the reigns of the Maryland men's golf program.

Since then, Hanna has steadily improved the golf program. In 1994, the Terps finished fifth at the ACC Championships, their highest finish since 1978. This resulted in Hanna earning ACC Coach of the Year honors. Also, in 1991 Hanna was named the director of the Maryland golf course, a job in which he exerted just as much energy as with the golf team. Hanna helped transform the Maryland golf course into one of the nicest, cleanest, and most popular courses in the area that is used on an annual basis to host numerous local high school golf championships. He recently relinquished his course director duties, but remains heavily involved in ensuring that it remains one of the top courses in the area. Hanna also directs several summer golf camps at the University of Maryland.

Hanna graduated from the University of Maryland in 1971 and received his B.S. in physical education. Hanna and his wife, Kathy, have three children: Betsi, Thomas III, and Jessica.

Women's Head Coach Jason Rodenhaver

Jason Rodenhaver was named the first coach of the Maryland women's golf program on Nov. 19, 1998. It was then that he began the enviable task of building a brand new program that launched during the fall of 1999. A professional golfer, Rodenhaver enthusiastically made the move to the coaching ranks and is creating a new era for women's sports at the University of Maryland.

With his sights set firmly on developing a solid foundation for the program, Rodenhaver has been given the resources necessary to compete at the national level. His playing and coaching experiences coupled with his competitive spirit and drive to be successful can mean only one thing for the women's golf program at Maryland: long term success.

Rodenhaver was the assistant men's golf coach at Maryland and an assistant golf professional at the University of Maryland Golf Course when he was named to lead the newly created women's program. He assumed full-time responsibility for the women's team on Dec. 7, 1998.

"Clearly, Jason was the most qualified and the best fit for his role of our new head coach," said Director of Athletics Deborah A. Yow upon Rodenhaver's appointment. "Given his level of familiarity with the university and the local golf community, he will jump start on our women's golf program, with the long range goal of becoming a top 20 team. Women's golf is our 13th sport for female student-athletes. Its addition is the capstone to our six-year gender equity plan."

On the course, he co-directed Maryland's summer camp for junior golfers the last three years, and was tournament director of the State Farm Collegiate Players Tour, held at the University of Maryland Golf Course, from 1994 to 1998. He also organized the UM golf team reunion tournament in 1998 which helped raise $15,000 for the program.

A 1994 graduate of the University of Maryland, Rodenhaver played two seasons for the Terps and led the team to a fifth-place finish at the Atlantic Coast Conference championship in 1994. The fifth-place finish was Maryland's highest in the conference championship since 1978. Rodenhaver was a two-year captain of the men's golf team at Maryland and a participant in the NCAA East Regional in 1994. He played at Southern Methodist for two seasons (1990-91) before transferring to Maryland. He received his bachelor's degree in kinesiology from Maryland in 1994 and is currently pursuing his master's in business administration.

"I am very excited to get started on our first traditional spring season," Rodenhaver said. "During this inaugural season, I hope to build a solid foundation for the years to come. We are fortunate to have a very talented bunch of golfers to work with to begin the program's history.

"Based on the results from the fall, I believe that the players who have selected to come to Maryland and build the foundation for the program are as committed as I am. If the players continue to improve and mature as I know they will, they will be successful in creating the solid foundation that I know they are capable of building."

"I want each of my players to improve on a continuous basis. I truly believe that we are moving in the right direction and are committed to winning both on and off the course," said Rodenhaver. "I want all of our student-athletes to excel both academically and athletically. I want them to be eager to work hard and be the best they can be every day and in every aspect of they're lives."

Rodenhaver is a life-long resident of the state of Maryland and most of his family, including his wife Robyn, are graduates of the University of Maryland. His father is a member of the National Golf Coach's Hall of Fame and a former assistant golf coach at Maryland.

Dates for the four sessions:
Nike 1 - June 25-29
Nike 2 - July 9-13
Nike 3 - July 16-20
Nike 4 - August 6-10

All camps are co-ed with the ages ranging from 10-17.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call Jason Rodenhaver at 301-403-4181.



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