The 2016-17 academic year will mark the seventh year for long-time New England PGA golf professional Mickey Herron as head golf coach at Bentley University.
During his first six seasons, the Falcons qualified for the NCAA Division II East/Atlantic regional annually and have captured a pair of Northeast-10 Conference championships. In the regional, Bentley placed 17th, 13th, 10th, a program-best sixth in 2014, and 13th each of the last two years.
Herron's tenure has included 14 tournament championships, including the 2011 New England Championships at The Captains Golf Club in Brewster and both the 2011 and 2014 Northeast-10 Championships. In that time, ten individual wins, along with 11 seconds and 15 thirds have been recorded. Click here for more detailed golf stats from Herron's first six seasons.
In addition to success on the course, Bentley golf has also excelled in the classroom under Herron. The Falcons have captured the Northeast-10 Academic Team Excellence Award for golf four times, and a Bentley student-athlete won the conference's Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Award for golf annually from 2012-14 (Harry Kirkpatrick in 2014, Matt Michel the previous two years).
The 2012-13 Bentley team was one of 18 Division II teams nationally that earned Farmers Insurance All-Academic team accolades from the Golf Coaches Association of America, and both Michel and Dan McQueen were chosen for the 2013 Capital One NCAA Academic All-America team in the men's at-large category.
In addition to his coaching duties, Herron serves as the New England PGA Tournament Manager for both the Cape Cod and Rhode Island chapters. He is currently president of the New England Intercollegiate Golf Association and the NE-10 golf coach liaison. Herron works as a rules official for both the NEPGA junior tour and the Cape Cod Junior Golf Association. He also has been a longtime chair of interviewing committee for the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund – a Massachusetts based financial assistance organization which aids college bound youth who work in the golf industry in the commonwealth.
Herron has won the Dutch Wessner Award seven times – emblematic of player of the year within the Cape Cod PGA region. He has played in three PGA Tour events, six National Club Professional championships and three Senior National Club Pro championships.
Herron has been cited for the NEPGA Bill Strausbaugh Award (2007), the Cape Cod PGA Professional of the Year Award (2005) and the Cape Cod PGA Teacher of the Year Award (1997). In addition, he's authored numerous articles on golf design and instruction for several New England publications.
Herron, who earned to PGA membership in 1982, is the former Director of Golf at several New England golf facilities. He played for both the Macalester College golf team (NAIA) and the University of Pennsylvania golf team (Div I) in the mid-70’s.
THE HERRON RECORD
|New Englands||NE-10 Champ.|
|2013-14||14||4||11||6th (1st D-II)||2nd|
|2014-15||12||4||10||3rd (1st D-II)||1st|
|2015-16||13||1||11||3rd (2nd D-II)||3rd|