Eric Sieger, 14th season
Eric Sieger is in his 14th season leading the Knights' program, fresh off a 2013-14 campaign that culminated with the team being ranked 13th in the country and Sieger earning MIAC co-coach of the year and WGCA Midwest region coach of the year honors.
The Knights recorded eight top-three finishes in 10 events in 2013-14, including victories in the final three events of the spring season. They finished second by a single shot at the 2013 MIAC Championships and ended up as the top-ranked Division III team in the upper Midwest (Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois) by both Golfstat and the Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA)/Golf World. All five starters earned All-MIAC honors and four players also earned all-region accolades. The squad shattered the school's single-season scoring record, and Shannon Holden '17 earned the program's first All-America citation. Holden also captured the individual conference title, the first to do so in Carleton women's golf history.
This past season came on the heels of a banner 2012-13 campaign that saw the Knights record their best finish ever at the conference championship, compete in the Golfweek/NCAA Preview, and earn a national ranking most of the season, rising to a program-high of 11th in the national rankings. Three players earned All-MIAC honors and two were tabbed for WGCA all-region spots.
Under Sieger’s guidance, the Knights have been nationally ranked each of the last eight seasons. He's coached two players to the NCAA Championships as individuals: Katrina Wood '09 (37th in 2008) and Kassie Martin-Wells '07 (34th in 2007), 12 to all-region honors and 15 to All-MIAC honors. He was also the MIAC and MWCGA Coach of the Year in 2007-08, and three times his teams have earned the coaches' association's team academic award, including posting the third-best team grade point average in all of women's college golf in 2006-07. Martin-Wells also earned a prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, and spent two years as an assistant coach with the program while serving as visiting professor in Carleton's physics program from 2012-14.
For two consecutive seasons Golf Digest ranked Carleton's program as one of the best in the country, regardless of Division, in the magazine's "Academics First" category, which recognized collegiate programs where student-athletes can receive a top-notch education and be a part of a very competitive golf environment. The magazine also ranked Carleton in the top 20 percent of all programs in terms of player improvement. Carleton is one of only three programs nationally to earn the WGCA's team academic award in each of the first three seasons of the awards existence.
An active member of the Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA), Sieger is the chairperson of the Division III awards committee and serves as a voter in the WGCA Division III top 25.
Sieger, also the College’s director of media and public relations, comes from a strong high school and college golf background. He was a two-year letterwinner for Luther College (Iowa), as the Norse captured the 1997 Iowa Conference championship, their first league title since 1973. At the high school level, Sieger competed for three years at the varsity level for Durango (Colo.) High School, as the Demons produced 12 collegiate golfers and four touring professionals in the 1990s. Still an avid golfer, he maintains a handicap of less than five.
Sieger came to Carleton as the school's first-ever full-time sports information director in September 2000. He previously served in the same capacity at Carleton when the position was at the internship level during the 1997-98 school year. He was Alma College (Mich.) sports information director from July 1998 to August 2000, and also served as Alma's assistant director of athletics for one year. He has previous coaching experience as Northfield High School’s ninth-grade boys’ basketball coach from 1997-98, and held a similar position at North Winnishiek High School (Iowa) from 1995-97.
Sieger and his wife, Amanda, reside in Northfield with their son, Evan, and daughter, Marea (pronounced MAR-ee-uh).