Craig Cowles enters his eighth season as head coach of the men’s golf program.
Since taking over the program in 2009, Coach Cowles has established a squad that has become one of the top teams in the region and is consistently competing in prestigious tournaments throughout New England.
During his tenure, Coach Cowles has had 10 players garner all-conference accolades while four players have accounted for eight individual medalist honors.
In the fall of 2010, Coach Cowles led the program to its most successful season - a season that included six wins in nine invitationals including the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Championship and the program’s first-ever Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championship. For his efforts, Coach Cowles was named the 2010 NECC Coach of the Year.
In 2011-12, Coach Cowles directed the Elms to a second place finish at the two-day NECC Championship tournament and four invitational wins including both the fall and spring Blazers Invitational events at Westover Golf Course in nearby Granby, Mass.
Coach Cowles guided the Blazers to a third place finish at the conference championship in 2012-13 and was named the NECC Coach of the Year for the second time in three seasons.
Prior to joining Elms, Coach Cowles provided more than 30 years of high school and collegiate coaching experience, including seven years as the head golf coach at Cathedral High School in Springfield, Massachusetts (1997-2004).
During his time at Cathedral, Coach Cowles amassed a record of 123-52-6, and his teams qualified for the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) Western Massachusetts Sectional four times. In 2000, one of his players was the MIAA Division I Individual State Champion, and in 2001 his team was the MIAA Division I State Team Runner Up.
Since 2007, Coach Cowles has been actively involved in the United States Challenge Cup Junior Golf Tour. He has been responsible for pin and tee placements as well as acting as an on-course rules official for more than 25 junior golf tournaments.
Coach Cowles studied education and business at Springfield College and played three seasons on the golf team.