KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo selects David Hancock to lead its men’s and women’s golf teams in their inaugural season.
Hancock, 33, is also an assistant professor of allied health sciences and researcher in sports psychology, talent development, and skill acquisition.
“Golf is one of the most mentally challenging sports, and I bring some unique skills that can help build a solid golf team,” Hancock said. “This is an opportunity for student athletes to continue playing in college, but from an approach that engages and embraces the mental aspect of the sport. I think these principles of sports psychology and talent development will set our program apart from our competitors.”
Athletic Director Brandon Podgorski said he and Todd Gambill, vice chancellor for student affairs and enrollment management, were both impressed by Hancock’s experience, and his academic goals for the golf teams, which will begin play during the 2015-2016 school year.
“His experience in sports psychology brings a unique skill set that I feel will give our golfers a mental edge over their opponents,” he said. “It’s exciting to have someone with his background leading our teams. I’m very happy to have Dr. Hancock join the Cougar athletic family.”
With golf, IU Kokomo will add its first spring sport. Cougar athletics currently includes men’s and women’s cross country and women’s volleyball during the fall season, and men’s and women’s basketball during the winter. Golf teams play in the fall and spring.
Hancock anticipates beginning to recruit athletes in the near future, with the hope of having the nucleus of a team by summer. Its home course will be the Wildcat Creek Golf Course, and the Kokomo Country Club and American Legion courses have also agreed to partner with the teams, to give them experience on a variety of courses. The Cougars are part of the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
“This is a great time to join IU Kokomo,” Hancock said. “It is a small, yet energetic and growing campus, with new degree programs, athletic teams, intramural sports, and student clubs.”
Athletes interested in playing for the Cougar golf teams may contact Podgorski at 765-455-9463 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to iuk.cougars.com to fill out a recruiting form.
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.