06/26/2014 – The golf programs at Aquinas College will look to Taylour Giesen and Mitch Kimball to guide the teams during the upcoming season. The duo, who were both student-athletes at Aquinas College, will replace long-time head coaches Dan Pupel and Tom Gunn. A total of 50 years of coaching experience at the College will be lost in the retirements of Pupel and Gunn. The patriarchs of the Aquinas staff will both stay on as swing instructors for their respective teams. The youth movement at the top will provide the Saints an opportunity for growth and success as the landscape and demands of college athletics continues to evolve.
Giesen, who hails from Marshall, Michigan, will shed the title of co-head coach and assume the duties of head coach immediately. She paced the Saints to a runner-up finish in the 2012 WHAC Tournament as she placed 3rd out of 42 competitors during the two day event in Livonia. Taylour was named First Team All-WHAC, All-WHAC Academic, Champion of Character and team captain during her senior season. Taylour comments, “I am very excited and thankful for the opportunity to take over the women’s golf program at Aquinas. Mitch and I have been working together this summer to ensure a smooth transition that will lead to a strong and successful program in the future.” Giesen is familiar with the current roster as she has held roles as assistant and co-head during the previous two seasons. While at Aquinas she majored in Business Administration and Sports Management and minored in Exercise Science. Giesen is currently the Pro-Shop Manager at Scott Lake Country Club in Comstock Park. “Taylour has been an integral part of our golf program for the past six years and we are pleased she is assuming the position of head coach. She knows the College and the program well and what we stand for. She has earned this opportunity through her dedication to her sport and school,” states Athletic Director Terry Bocian.
Kimball, who graduated from East Grand Rapids High School, was Aquinas’ top player over his final two seasons and was a two-time captain of the Aquinas College Men's Golf team. He was an All-WHAC Academic performer and assisted Coach Gunn for one season. Mitch states, "Aquinas has been a very special place for me as I received both my undergraduate and graduate degrees from the College. I enjoyed being a part of the basketball and golf programs here at AQ and I am thankful to Coach Gunn and Coach Hammer for their guidance and I am eager to continue their legacies." Athletic Director Terry Bocian comments, "Mitch is an outstanding individual who knows Aquinas College and its academic and athletic programs. He possesses the professionalism and energy to lift the Aquinas College golf program. We are happy to see one of our own take over the program."