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April 12, 2012

Wagner tackles new IWU program

Two-time county champ excited to take over as women’s golf coach

After having settled into a career in the electronics field, Julie Wagner found herself ready to attempt to get involved with a new career which involved her true life’s passion — golf.

It’s turned out about as well as she could have asked for.

After serving as a golf teaching professional at Wildcat Creek G.C. over the past year, Wagner was recently hired to be Indiana Wesleyan University’s first women’s golf coach after the Marion-based NAIA Division II school previously announced its plans to expand its athletics offerings for the first time since 1991.

The golf program will begin competing in the fall.

“It’s turned out to be even more than what I ever thought it would be,” Wagner said. “It’s very exciting to be the first women’s golf coach at Indiana Wesleyan. It’s a little humbling and I am really looking forward to getting the team started up and going. Hopefully in a few years we will have a great women’s golf team.”

IWU athletic director Mark DeMichael said the decision to hire Wagner was an easy one.

“What set Julie apart was her passion for, not just golf, but for teaching golf,” DeMichael said. “She’s been incredibly successful. She has a successful professional background and chose to pursue teaching and coaching golf. You can see and sense that love for the game, that love for young people. It really set her apart.”

Wagner worked for Delphi Automotive and GM Components Holdings as a supplier quality engineer over the past 13 years, but in early 2011 opted to shift gears and attempt a career in teaching and coaching golf. The two-time Howard County champion threw herself into the new endeavor, attending the United States Golf Teachers Federation in South Carolina, where she obtained her Level 3 teaching license — the highest level first-year instructors can obtain.

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