Mike Hughes was named head coach of the Bears’ golf team in 2007 and is now the longest tenured coach in Brown golf history. Previously, Mike had been an assistant for the Bears, then interim head coach, before being given the reins to the program.
Since taking over as head coach, Hughes has significantly upgraded Brown's schedule, bring the Bears to events at Pasatiempo (Western Intercollegiate), Newport National (Adams Cup), Hoosier Classic hosted by Indiana, Big 5 Championship in Philadelphia and the Ivy League Championship at Baltusrol. Brown has competed in tournaments where four of the last seven National NCAA Division I winners have played. (UCLA, Texas A&M and Augusta State (twice).
As the cornerstone of the Brown program, Hughes has placed an emphasis on academics. In 2013, the Brown golf team reached the pinnacle of academic success by posting the nation's highest GPA, capturing the Academic National Championship with a 3.74 team GPA. His squad has been rewarded by receiving the prestigious President's Award for Excellence by the Golf Coaches Association of America for for the previous three years for having the second highest team GPA in all of Division I golf in 2010,’11.’12, '13. The NCAA has also awarded the Bears its Special Recognition Award for teams having a GPA in the top 5 % of all Division I teams in every year that Mike has been head coach. Finally the Bears have been named an All-Academic Team nationally for nine consecutive years.
Mike brings a myriad of teaching experience to College Hill with stints as an assistant professional at Metacomet CC, the Bears' home golf course, and Agawam Hunt in East Providence, RI, a teaching professional at Longboat Key Club and PGA National in FL, and as Director of Golf for the Ken Venturi Golf Academy in Chicago. At this last position, Mike also served as the assistant golf coach at DePaul University. He is currently the Senior Teaching Professional at Mulligan’s Island Golf in Cranston, RI; practice home of the Bears. He is a Staff Professional with Ping Golf. Mike is currently the coaches chair for the Ivy League.
Mike recently organized and led the Ivy League coaches to an Ivy exposure camp in Chengzhou, China, to grow the game of golf in Asia. In addition, he is a founding coach of the Kerry Cup, an annual exposure/instructional camp for potential collegiate golfers, held in Waterville Island, Ireland.
Using his contacts, Mike has been able to bring the team to such great venues as Spyglass Hill, Monterey Peninsula CC, The Bayonet Club, Aronomink GC, Sebonack CC, Sakonnet CC, The Misquamicut Club, Newport Country Club, Wannamoisett CC, Merion GC, Los Angeles Country Club, Whisper Rock GC, the Golf Club of Scottsdale and Pine Valley GC.
Mike grew up two miles from Brown's campus, and is a graduate of St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH where he was a four-year letterwinner in golf. He currently resides in Wickford, RI