Ron Macosko and Anna Acker-Macosko
Head Golf Coaches
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It has been nothing short of a rags-to-riches story for Ron and Anna and Schreiner
Men's Golf as they have taken the program from the bottom of its old conference -
where it was when they took over - to three straight league titles (2013-15), three
straight high finishes at the NCAA Tournament and to the NCAA D-III national championship
title in 2014.
While the program showed steady improvement over the first six years, the next three saw the Mountaineers on a rocket ship to national prominence. In 2013, the program won its first conference title (NCAA era) in the school's final year as members of the American Southwest Conference (ASC). That win - by 22 shots over the eventual national champions - led to SU's first appearance in the NCAA D-III National Championship Tournament where the Mountaineers finished 15th out of 41 teams. In the summer of 2013, Schreiner moved into the prestigious Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) and the Mountaineers won the title there as well - by 21 shots - and rewrote the SCAC record book. By shooting rounds of 291-291-284=866 (+2) - SU lowered the SCAC scoring record by 17 shots. SU then took its success to the national level with a wire-to-wire national championship win in May of 2014 at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro, NC. That national title is the school's first since SU became a four-year school in 1982. The 2014-15 year saw Schreiner repeat as SCAC champions - over a much tougher field - this time by 11 shots. The Mountaineers completed a perfect spring season, winning all five tournaments that the team competed in. The 2015 edition then finished 7th at the national tournament. The 2015-16 team was very young, having seen most of it record-setting top five players graduate the year before. Still, SU came within two slim shots of winning a fourth straight conference title in the spring of '16. The 2016-17 season saw two freshmen emerge among the best players in the country and the team was tied for the SCAC tournament title entering the final nine holes of play.
Schreiner Men's Golf has produced seven PING All-Americans, seven All-West Region players and 23 all-conference performers in its history. All but one of those have come in the past six seasons. In 2017, freshman Blake Hartford was a national semifinalist for the Jack Nicklaus Award - given to the year's top golfer while freshman Joe Wolcik broke the freshmen scoring record and won a tournament against NCAA DI and juco competition. In 2016, Phil Stewart was one of five national finalists for the award. Zach Oliver became the second straight Schreiner men's golfer to win a conference individual title in 2014. Cheyne Kendall became SU's first male conference champion in 2013. Those two join Kaycee Bankert (2016) and Gabby Rosales (2011) who each won women's individual conference titles on the women's side.
The duo take great pride in the classroom performance of their players. Combined, the two programs have produced 63 academic all-conference performers, 16 All-American Scholars and three GCAA All-Academic Team awards (2016, 2015 and 2014). The 2016 team also earned the highest academic honor short of a team academic national championship - the President's Award - for having a team gpa of 3.60 for the year. Ron and Anna have earned one national coach-of-the-year award (2014), two West Region COY awards (2013 & 2014) and five conference coach of the year honors (SCAC - 2015 (men's and women's), 2014 (men), ASC - 2013 (men) & 2010 (women).
While the men's team has grabbed the spotlight of late, the duo have also guided the SU women's golf team from non-existence into a top-25 program. It was the women's team which had first achieved championship status and had become a fixture in the national rankings in the spring of 2010 with its conference title and 14th place finish at that year's NCAA women's national championship tournament. The program won its second conference title in 2015.
Prior to coming to Schreiner, both had accomplished their career goals. Anna was an NCAA Division I All-American golfer at the University of South Florida (Tampa, FL) and led the Bulls to a 4th place finish at the 1991 NCAA D-I National Championships - still the school's highest finish ever. She turned professional after graduation (BS, Speech Communications) and promptly won her first pro tournament (Futures Tour-Naples Open). She retired in the summer of 2005 after a 14-year pro career - including the last 10 as a member of the LPGA. Among her professional highlights is a 15th-place finish at the 1999 U.S. Women's Open played at Blackwolf Run in her home state of Wisconsin. She has had five top-7 finishes in LPGA events and has won 11 professional tournaments. In late 2004, she shot the second lowest round, 60 (-11), in LPGA history behind only Annika Sorenstam's 59. That score also broke the LPGA record for lowest round ever shot in a final round (for a more complete listing of Anna's playing highlights, click here). Even though retired, Anna qualified for and played in her 8th U.S. Women's Open in the summer of 2007. Currently, she is Teaching Professional at The Club at Comanche Trace in Kerrville.
This is Ron's second stint as a college golf head coach. He was the head men's golf coach at Concord University (NCAA D-II) in Athens, WV from 1999-2002. Ron took over an unsettled golf program in the fall of 1999 and completely transformed the team both on the course in the classroom in just one season.
Ron has a Masters degree (MS - Sports Management) from St. Thomas University (Miami, FL) and and a BBA in Marketing from Ohio University (Athens, OH). The Macosko's came to Kerrville in August, 2005 when Ron accepted the job of Director of Athletics at Schreiner. Anna, Ron, Ben (3/23/01) and their dogs, Nelson and Leo, live in Kerrville.