Now entering his 16th season as head men's golf coach at the University of Wyoming is Roger Prenzlow.
Coach Prenzlow holds the distinction of leading Wyoming to its only team appearance in the NCAA West Region Championships -- that occurred in 1992. He is also recognized for recruiting some of the greatest golfers in school history. His 1992 team featured Wyoming's only All-American golfer -- Dave McCleave, who was selected an All-American by the Golf Coaches Association of America. Also in 1992, McCleave was selected First Team All-Western Athletic Conference, while his teammate Don Abbott was voted Second Team All-WAC following his third-place finish at the '92 WAC Championships. Another of Prenzlow's recruits, Pat Fry, also made his mark on the UW golf program. Fry earned Second Team All-WAC honors in both 1995 and 1996. As a junior in '95, Fry earned an invitation to the NCAA West Region Championships as an individual.
Prenzlow has been head coach of the men's team since his hiring in May of 1982, and was also the women's coach up until the 1992-93 season. In 1992, Kyle Linton, a former player of Prenzlow's at UW, was assigned to coach the Wyoming women's team. Linton resigned in January of '97 to enter private business, and in the spring of 1997 Jill Johnson, a former assistant coach at Washington State was hired to take over the women's program.
Prenzlow also serves as the head golf professional at the University of Wyoming's Glenn "Red" Jacoby Golf Course in Laramie.
Prior to coming to Laramie, Prenzlow was the assistant golf pro at the Boulder Country Club in Boulder, Colo., from 1979-82.
A native of Boulder, Colo., Prenzlow first competed collegiately at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colo. He later transferred to the University of New Mexico where he competed for the Lobo golf team. Following college, Prenzlow graduated from the Professional Golfer's Association (PGA) Business School prior to joining the Boulder Country Club staff in April of 1979.
Among his honors are: USA Today Coach of the Year for Wyoming in 1988; a member of the NCAA Golf Championship selection committee; the only coach to lead the University of Wyoming to an NCAA West Region team appearance; and the only UW golf coach to guide individuals to All-America and All-WAC honors.
In improving the competitiveness of the Wyoming program, Prenzlow has also improved the quality of schedule the Cowboys play. This spring he will take his Cowboy squad to tournaments in San Antonio, Texas; San Diego, Calif., Provo, Utah; and Livermore, Calif.
He has also created a program that thrives on giving young from such northern states as: Wyoming, Colorado, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and even from across the border into Canada an opportunity to compete, and compete successfully, at the NCAA Division I level.
In addition to involvement at the collegiate level, Prenzlow has been active in teaching and organizing events for junior golfers, organizing US Open qualifying tournaments and has increased the visibility of golf in the Laramie community and throughout the state of Wyoming.
"It's been fun building a program here," Prenzlow said in a 1993 Denver Post article. "Some didn't think we could build a successful program, but we've done it. And we've done it with kids from states that aren't traditionally recognized for golf."
Looking at this year's Cowboy squad reinforces that recruiting philosophy. The Cowboys have four players from Wyoming and one each from Arizona, Colorado, Montana and Ohio. The Pokes also have one player from across the border in Canada. Prenzlow will be 43 (Feb. 3, 1955) when the 1998 spring season begins. He and his wife Vicki have three daughters -- Jessica, Autumn and Mary. Daughter Jessica is currently a freshman golfer at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va.