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Otterbein head golf coach Brian Booher is building on the tradition of success at Otterbein by developing relationships with players on and off the course.

In 2013, Booher took over as the head women’s golf coach. Since then, he has led the Cardinals to an OAC title, produced multiple OAC tournament medalists and earned two OAC Coach of the Year Awards.

When it comes to keys to success, Booher looks for athletes that will buy into the program.

“It always starts with recruitment,” Booher said. “You know, bringing in the right players that are going to buy into our culture. I always focus on who’s going fit the culture we have.”

          

“He continues our strong tradition by having strong recruitment tactics and creating a competitive, yet friendly team dynamic.” said Lyndsay Blum, a junior on the Otterbein women’s golf team.

Not only does Booher look for successful athletes on the women’s side, but also on the men’s side.

As a four-time OAC Coach of the Year on the men’s side, Booher knows that it is just as important to recruit for the men as it is for the women.

          

“Coach Booher has helped keep the winning tradition alive at Otterbein through his successful ability to recruit high school prospects that are outstanding players on the course and exceptional in the classroom,” said Logan Reed, junior golfer on the men’s team. “[Booher] has created a vision and set out goals for our team and keeps high expectations for us day in and day out.”

The golfers that play for Booher know how focused and passionate he is when it comes to developing athletes.

“Coach Booher is a very determined, hard-working and intelligent person that has a strong love for the game of golf,” Reed said. “He knows how to lead a program and has the characteristics that make him a great coach to play under.”

After taking over as the head coach for the men’s team in 2014, Booher went on a winning streak. He won four straight OAC Coach of the Year Awards from 2015-2018 on the men’s side, as well as earning two on the women’s side in 2015 and 2017. 

Booher is also in the process of looking for his sixth straight OAC title, as he has led the Cardinals to being No. 1 in the conference since 2015.