March 14, 2008
Providence, RI - Mike Harbour, the Director of Golf at Brown since 2003 and head men's coach since 2007, has resigned his position to pursue a teaching position at a leading golf academy in Palm Desert, California. Michael Hughes, an assistant coach at Brown for the last year, will maintain continuity for the golf program and has been named interim head men's golf coach for the Bears.
Hughes will take over a Brown team that finished in second place at the Ivy League Championship a year ago. He joined the team last spring as an assistant coach, accompanying the team to its spring trip and several tournaments, including the Ivy League Championship in Galloway, New Jersey.
Hughes brings a myriad of teaching and coaching experience to Brown. He has worked as an assistant professional at Metacomet Country Club and Agawam Hunt in East Providence, and as a Teaching Professional at Longboat Key Club and PGA National; both in Florida.
As Director of Instruction at the Ken Venturi Golf Training Center in Chicago, Mike was an Assistant Men's Golf Coach at DePaul University. Returning home to Rhode Island in 2000, Mike is currently the Director of Golf Operations at Mulligan's Island in Cranston, practice home of the Brown Men's and Women's Golf Team.
Hughes is a graduate of St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, where he was a four-year letterwinner in golf. A Rhode Island native, Hughes grew up close to Brown's campus in East Providence.
Harbour, the Director of Golf and head women's coach at Brown for four years, moved over to become the head men's golf coach at the university, starting in the Spring 2007 season. In his first season as head men's golf coach in 2007, Harbour led the Bears to a second place finish in the Ivy standings, Brown's best finish ever. In addition, two of his players, Larry Haertel and Conor Malloy, earned team All-Ivy honors, while Haertel became the first Brown golfer to win the New England Intercollegiate Golf Championship.
In four years as the women's coach at Brown, Harbour's teams captured three tournament championships, placing first at the 2003 Princeton Invitational, first at the Bucknell Invitational and capturing the title at the 2005 Central Connecticut Tournament.