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Eric Sieger resigns as Women’s Golf coach

June 13, 2018 at 1:11 pm
Eric Sieger
Eric Sieger
Photo: Erik Williams

NORTHFIELD, Minn. – Eric Sieger has resigned as women’s golf coach at Carleton College in order to pursue other opportunities.

Sieger, a five-time MIAC Coach-of-the-Year, spent 17 seasons at the helm of the Carleton program and led the Knights to a banner year in 2017–18. His squad went undefeated during the regular season, including Carleton’s second MIAC Championships title over the last four years. The Knights earned the conference’s automatic bid to the 2018 NCAA Championships, where the squad posted a sixth-place finish.

Carleton finished the 2017–18 schedule with a 315.0 stroke average, second-best in school history. Under Sieger’s direction, the Knights posted the program’s 11 lowest season averages over the last 12 years.

Sieger, who also served as Carleton’s Director of Media and Public Relations, was selected as the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) Midwest Region Coach of the Year four times in the last five years. Over that span, the Knights amassed an 24 major invitational victories and a .901 head-to-head winning percentage (496-53-4). Sieger guided Carleton to three top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships, including a sixth-place result in 2015 and a seventh-place standing in 2017.

Five members of the 2017–18 roster earned All-MIAC recognition, led by Ziyi Wang ’19 (Beijing City, China/Lighthouse Christian Academy), who won the individual crown at the 2017 MIAC Championships and twice received All-America Honorable Mention from the WGCA. She placed seventh individually at the 2018 NCAA Championships.

Also securing All-MIAC recognition were Ayumi Sakamoto ’19 (Honolulu/’Iolani School), 2016 MIAC individual champion Alyssa Akiyama ’20 (Terrace Park, Ohio/Seven Hills), Abby Euyang ’21 (Seattle/Lakeside), and Alexis Chan ’21 (Castle Rock, Colo./Rock Canyon).

A search for Carleton’s next women’s golf coach will begin immediately.