Brandt Kieschnick, a four-time All-Southland performer and twice conference "Golfer of the Year" for Sam Houston State, is returning to his alma mater to become the Bearkats' head golf coach, SHSU director of athletics Bobby Williams has announced.

Kieschnick has served since August 2005 as first assistant golf professional at Whispering Pines Golf Club in Trinity. During his seven years at the club, he managed the golf operation; hired, trained and scheduled a staff of 30; conducted tournaments; served as a golf instructor and played PGA events.

Prior to taking the position at Whispering Pines, Kieschnick served for two seasons as assistant golf coach at Sam Houston State from 2003 to 2005.

"Sam Houston State is extremely fortunate to hire an individual with playing experience at a high level and knowledge of the history and success of the Bearkat golf program," Williams said. "Brandt Kieschnick fits that high level of experience. He is a quality person with high standards. An all-conference golfer as a student-athlete and a former assistant coach here at Sam Houston, he is familiar with what it takes to be successful at this level. We're excited to welcome him back."

A PGA Professional, Kieschnick played four years as a touring pro following his graduation from Sam Houston State. He traveled the Tight Lies Tour, Hooters Tour, Nationwide Tour, qualified for the 2006 and 2010 PGA National Assistant's Championship and participated in the PGA Tour Qualifying School three times.

After his professional golf stint, he became the assistant golf coach at Sam Houston State for two years and began teaching the Camp Olympia Junior Golf Academy and First Tee at Whispering Pines Golf Club. In August 2005, Kieschnick came on full-time at Whispering Pines.

"As a former player and assistant coach at Sam Houston this is so exciting for my family and me," Kieschnick said. "I want to thank Bobby Williams and the University for this great opportunity. 

"Representing Sam Houston as a student-athlete was an outstanding and rewarding experience. Now I look to take my experiences as a player and golf professional and use them as a coach for a program with such an impressive history."

Kieschnick stands as one of only three men golfers in Sam Houston sports history to earn All-Southland Conference honors each of his four years of competition (1996 through 1999). He twice was named Southland Conference men's "Golfer of the Year" (1997 and 1999).

He won the 1999 Southland individual medalist title and was league individual runner-up in 1996 and 1997. He ranks second at Sam Houston in career tournament victories (5) and eighth in career stroke average (74.39).

Brandt Kieschnick was inducted into the Sam Houston Lettermen's Hall of Honor in 2008.

The Bay City product tied for the Texas Class AAAA state championship in 1994. He qualified for the U.S. National Amateur in 1995, playing with Tiger Woods in the tournament.

A history major, Kieschnick received his bachelor's degree from Sam Houston State University in 1999. He and his wife Stephanie have two sons (Paxton and Preston).

Kieschnick begins his new job officially on August 1. He replaces Ronnie Choate who started the Bearkat golf program in 1961-62, retired in 1993-94 then returned to coach the program in 2007-08.