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January 5, 2005

SIUE Hires Marcuzzo, Viehl to Lead Golf Programs
         EDWARDSVILLE, ILL. - Southern Illinois University Edwardsville alumni Mark Marcuzzo and Kyle Viehl have been named to take over the Cougar womenís golf program and the recently-reestablished menís golf program.
         SIUE Athletics Director Brad Hewitt announced Tuesday that Marcuzzo, a PGA Professional, will be the coordinator of both the menís and womenís golf teams. Viehl will be an assistant coordinator for the two programs. Marcuzzo and Viehl take over for SIUE womenís golf coach Larry Bennett, who announced his retirement at the end of the fall season. Both positions are part-time.
         ďWeíre very excited to have two alumni who have a wealth of golf knowledge and are ready to develop new golf talent at SIUE,Ē said Hewitt. ďWe believe that by adding menís golf to the fold and continuing the level of commitment to the womenís golf program that SIUE will become even more competitive in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
         Marcuzzo was an NCAA Division II All-American with the Cougars in 1984 under former head coach Harry Gallatin. He has been a three-time U.S. Open local qualifier, including medalist in 2003. After leaving SIUE with a physical education degree in 1985, Marcuzzo went on to serve as an assistant professional at several local golf courses. He currently is the Director of Golf at Timber Lakes Golf Club in Staunton.
         Viehl made three NCAA Tournament appearances in his four seasons as a Cougar from 1988 to 1993. He received a bachelorís degree in finance at SIUE in 1993 and currently works as a sales manager for Amerilight.
         The SIUE menís golf program plans to start intercollegiate competition this fall. The funding for the menís golf program will be external in nature similar to the model being used by the Friends of Wrestling.
         The SIUE wrestling program was to be eliminated after the 2003-2004 season, but with the help of several dedicated supporters and alumni, the wrestling program is being maintained on the intercollegiate level, funded primarily by private contributions.
         The first SIUE menís golf program began during the 1968-69 season and was dropped as a sponsored sport in January 1995 as a result of recommendations made by the Intercollegiate Athletic Committee. The menís golf program previously produced two first team All-Americans, two second-team All-Americans, one third-team All-American and six honorable mention All-Americans. The Cougars made 16 national championship appearances under Gallatin, who also served as SIUEís first Athletics Director.
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