The College of Southern Maryland announced that Erik Koch will be the new head coach of the men's golf program.
Koch comes to CSM after working at Lackey High School for 23 years. He coached the golf team there from 2003-2007, taking them to two state championships in the process. Koch also coached girl's varsity basketball, football, and softball at Lackey.
Former CSM head golf coach David Russell recommended Koch to CSM after stepping down. Koch is keeping Layne Ponder on as his assistant coach.
Koch has been a member at Swan Point Yacht & Country Club in Swan Point, Maryland, for 15 years, serving on the MGA Board, running tournaments at the course, and giving lessons to junior players.
Koch didn't start playing golf until he was 22 years old, when his father-in-law introduced him to the sport when they first met. Koch says he has been "addicted" and "hooked" ever since.
Koch graduated from Springbrook High School in Montgomery County, Maryland. After attending Montgomery College for two years, Koch joined the Army Reserves for two years. He returned from service and graduated from Bowie State University in 1992 with a bachelor's degree in Physical Education. He now has his master's equivalency after continuing his education through Charles County Public Schools.
Koch lives with his wife, Patricia, in Swan Point. They have two sons, Tyler and Jack, who both attended La Plata High School and played golf there. Tyler is now a senior on the golf team at Winthrop University, and Jack will join CSM's golf team as a freshman.