John Koskinen is heading into his tenth season with the University of Miami women’s golf program and his third as the associate head coach under the direction of head coach Patti Rizzo.
In his previous eight seasons at Miami, Koskinen has played major roles in the recruitment of top athletes around the world, including Leticia Ras-Anderica of Spain, Rika Park of Japan, Daniela Darquea from Ecuador and Dewi Weber from the Netherlands.
During the 2018-19 season, the Hurricanes reached NCAA Regionals for the seventh straight season and set several program records during the year. The Hurricanes set five school records at at the Schooner Fall Classic and Illini Invitational. In Norman, Miami set the program marks for lowest three-day total (833), two-day total (542) and one-day totals (267 and 275) on a par-71 course. At the Medinah Country Club golf course, the Canes scored the lowest par-72, 54-hole total (846) in program history.
In 2017, Miami earned a trip to the NCAA championship for the second straight year (25 appearances overall). In addition, Miami finished in the top five in 10 tournaments and helped guide the Hurricanes to their best finish at the ACC championship in program history, as the team placed third.
During the 2015-16 campaign, Koskinen helped guide Miami to one of the most successful seasons in program history as the Hurricanes earned a spot in the 2016 NCAA Championship – its first trip to the national tournament since 1992.
In addition, Koskinen helped direct then Miami freshman Dewi Weber to national runner-up honors at the NCAA Championship.
Miami clinched its 24th trip to the national tournament following a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Bryan Regional.
During the 2014-15 campaign, helped guide the Hurricanes to seven top finishes, including a tournament victory at the Florida Challenge. Following the regular season, the Hurricanes qualified for their third straight NCAA Regional Championship.
In 2013-14, Miami built off the momentum from a successful 2012-13 season by posting seven top five finishes, concluding with a top five finish at the ACC Championship.
In 2012-13, Koskinen helped Rizzo guide the Hurricanes to their first NCAA Regional appearance in 2005, finishing 21st at the 2013 NCAA West Regional hosted by Stanford.
Under Koskinen’s guidence, Miami also has seen a rise in its ranking. Prior the start of the 2011-12 season, the Hurricanes were ranked 112th by Golfstat. By season’s end, the team finished at No. 59, an increase of 53 spots.
Prior to arriving at Miami, Koskinen spent the 2009-10 season on Rizzo’s staff at Barry University.
The Baraga, Mich., native brings a wealth of playing experience to Coral Gables highlighted by two appearances in the U.S. Open in 2006 at Winged Foot, and 2007 at Oakmont. Koskinen also competed on the Hooters Tour summer and winter series finishing second on the 2006 winter series money list.
Koskinen graduated from Michigan State University in 2003, excelling on both the golf course and in the classroom. The kinesiology major was a two-time Academic All-American as well as a member of the All-Big Ten and All-Midwest Region first teams. He earned the status as the top member of the Spartans golf team for more than 18 months. Following graduation, Koskinen stayed in East Lansing to work with the Michigan State golf team as an assistant coach in 2003.
John has one child, son Jentz.