|Women's Golf Coaches|
Mat Blair was named Valparaiso University's head women’s golf coach in June, 2011.
During his first season with the Crusaders, he led the Brown and Gold to a runner-up finish at the Tennessee State Fall Classic, where Michelle Kleckner took individual medalist honors. Erika Pfaender also earned Horizon League Golfer of the Week honors during his first season at the helm.
Blair's golfers also experienced success in the classroom during his first year as head coach, as Kleckner was named to the Academic All-Horizon League team and was joined on the NGCA Division I All-American Scholar Team by Pfaender. Blair also orchestrated the first home event in program history, the Valpo Invitational, in September of 2011.
Blair has been the teaching professional at Briar Leaf Golf Club in LaPorte, Ind. for the last four years. With his private instruction, he has taught numerous All-State and All-Conference athletes, including the 2001 and 2006 Indiana High School state champions.
A Second Team All-State selection for Michigan City Rogers High School in 1990, Blair was a junior college All-American one year later at Anderson College in South Carolina. He then went on to play three years at Ball State University. He played on the Hooters Tour for three years and qualified for the Virginia Beach Open on the Nationwide Tour in 2005.
Mat and his wife Tia have three children, MaKenna born in 1997, Kara born in 1999, and Tessa born in 2005.
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