Photos from the Wolf Run Intercollegiate on Sept. 15, 2012 at Wolf Run Golf Club in Zionsville, Ind.
Mike Mayer is in his 15th season at the helm of the Indiana men's golf program in 2012-13.
Coach Mayer added his 19th and 20th tournament titles during the 2011 Spring season at the Wexford Plantation Intercollegiate and the adidas Hoosier Invitational. The squad finished the 2011 campaign with four titles, as the Hoosiers captured the Firestone Invitational and the Kiawah Island Intercollegiate in the Fall of 2010.
The Hoosiers also collected team titles during the 2010 season at the Renaissance Intercollegiate and the adidas Hoosier Invitational. Indiana also had three other top-5 team finishes.
In 2009, his Hoosiers could be found in the national top-10 rankings for much of the season, ascending as high as No. 4 in the country.
The Hoosiers netted Coach Mayer two more team championships in 2009. Indiana won the inaugural Big Ten Match Play Championship and adidas Hoosier Invitational, an event IU won by a whopping 27 strokes over the second place team.
Two of the best, if not the two best golfers in IU history have played under the watchful eye of Coach Mayer. Current PGA Tour member Jeff Overton played from 2002-05 while Jorge Campillo recently graduated in 2009. Overton and Campillo own the highest career scoring averages in school history and combind for four All-American recognitions. In addition, Overton and Campillo are two of the five golfers in conference history to win back-to-back Big Ten Player of the Year accolades.
Both Hoosier greats totaled nine Big Ten Player of the Week honors in their four years as Hoosiers, tied for the most weekly awards in Big Ten history.
Mayer, the 2008 Midwest Region Coach of the Year, guided the Hoosiers to their best NCAA finish since 1980 when IU finished 21st in 2008. Campillo tied for second place in the country by shooting a 1-over-par 289.
Mayer was named the Midwest Region Coach of the Year in 2006 as well. He was also recognized as the Big Ten Coach of the Year that season after leading the Hoosiers to their third consecutive NCAA Regional appearance.
Mayer has had at least one all-conference selection each of his first 12 seasons. Alex Martin joined Campillo on the 2009 All-Big Ten team. Martin was also named to the 2010 All-Big Ten squad.
In the past five seasons, Mayer's charges have won nine titles. Indiana has won two team titles in each of the past five years.
In 2005-06, Campillo shattered Overton's freshman scoring average, ending the season with a 72.67 average. Campillo was also named Big Ten Freshman of the Year by a unanimous vote and became the first IU rookie since Overton in 2002 to be selected to the All-Big Ten team. The Caceres, Spain, native earned a spot on the PING All-Midwest Region team following the season. Chase Wright excelled as a freshman in 2009, posting the second-lowest freshman scoring average in school history (73.96).
During Indiana's 2004-05 campaign, Mayer led the Hoosiers into the NCAAs for the second straight year. Indiana also corralled its best finish at the Big Ten Championships since 1998, finishing in second place - five shots behind Michigan State.
At Big Tens, Overton became the first Hoosier since Shaun Micheel in 1991 to win medalist honors. He plowed through the field with a record-tying total of 199.
One of the greatest seasons in program history came in 2004-05. For the first time since the 1996-97 season and the first time in his tenure, Mayer led the Hoosiers into the NCAA postseason. IU finished tied for 20th at the Central Regional, and Overton became the first Hoosier since Leen (1998) to advance to the NCAA Championships.
In addition to returning to the NCAAs, Mayer led Indiana to four team titles, the second-most in school history and the most in a single season since 1974-75. Mayer also coached Indiana's first All-American since Leen (1998) in Overton. Along with Overton, Mayer helped develop Heath Peters into one of the top golfers in the conference. Peters narrowly missed advancing to the NCAA Championships, tying for 30th at the NCAA Regionals. He finished the year earning a spot on the All-Midwest Region team and was a second team All-Big Ten member.
The success derived by Mayer is even more rewarding given Mayer's familiarity with IU. He is an alum of the university and spent nine seasons as an assistant coach under Sam Carmichael before taking over the Hoosier men's program in the fall of 1998.
During those nine seasons as an assistant coach, Mayer was a part of two Big Ten Championships and a trip to the NCAA Championships.
In his first year as head coach, Mayer had the pressure of repeating what the team had accomplished in 1998 - winning a Big Ten Championship. Though the Hoosiers did not repeat, he helped set the foundation for what is once again one of the top programs in the conference.
In that first season, Mayer had his first All-Big Ten recipient, as Brent Landry was named to the all-conference squad. Steve Wheatcroft accomplished the feat in 2000 and 2001, Overton in 2002 and 2003, Overton and Peters in 2004, Overton in 2005, Campillo in 2006-08 and Brandon in 2008.
Individual accolades have not only come for Mayer's golfers on the course, but also in the classroom. During his tenure, Indiana golfers have earned 64 Academic All-Big Ten honors, including a program record eight in 2004, 2005, and 2011. Additionally, nine Hoosiers have been recognized as All-America Scholars under the leadership of Mayer. Most recently, was David Erdy who earned the honor in 2011. Drew Allenspach received that honor in 2009 addition to being named an Academic All-American by ESPN The Magazine.
Mayer has brought the Hoosiers into the Big Ten spotlight as the conference has emerged as one of the best in the nation. A big asset in Mayer returning the program to prominence has been his strong recruiting classes.
Mayer has brought in three of the top four IU golfers of all-time in terms of lowest career stroke average. The top three single-season averages also belong to Mayer recruits. A pair of All-Americans and Big Ten Champions in Campillo and Overton came to Bloomington in the Mayer Era, as well as three more All-Big Ten selections in Brandon, Martin and Peters.
Before Mayer embarked upon his coaching career, he worked as the sports editor for the North Vernon Plain Dealer and Sun as well as a sports writer and columnist for the Bedford Times Mail. Mayer also has held the position of Golf Course Manager and Superintendent at Muscatuck Country Club located in North Vernon, Ind.
A 1975 graduate of Jennings County High School, Mayer obtained degrees in journalism and English literature from Indiana in 1987, and went on to receive his master's degree in sport management from IU in 1998. Mayer also serves as the Director of Golf at Indiana University in charge of the IU golf facility and is a Class A member of the Professional Golfers Association of America and a Class A PGA Professional.
Born on Feb. 17, 1957 in Seymour, Ind., Mayer married the former Kimberly Collier on July 26, 2005. The couple resides in Unionville and have two children, Zachary Collier and Ty Mayer.