John Means, whose career has been established by his ability to build championship caliber teams, has begun making that happen at the University of Idaho.

Means' coaching career began at the U.S. Military Academy where his teams won 11 conference titles in 11 years. He further proved himself at the University of Minnesota, where, in just three seasons, he led the Golden Gophers to the NCAA Championship Tournament. That started a run of eight successive NCAA appearances by the Golden Gophers and eight successive seasons ranked in the top 20.  The 1999 team was ranked No. 1 in the nation and was host to the NCAA Championship and the 2002 team won the NCAA championship.  During that time, James Mclean, won the 1998 NCAA Championship, and added his name to 11 other All-American’s who played under Means’ tutelage.

His experience in building a winning golf program at a school with winter weather made him the choice of the search committee.  Means ability to teach players how to become champions has followed him wherever he has coached. 

Means said he likes the challenge of golf in a four-season climate.

"There is an opportunity at Idaho to do something that has never been done before - compete for a national championship from the snowy country," said Means.   “Getting players excited about establishing records and proving critics wrong motivates them to be the best they can be, and I will be recruiting those types of players.”

Means left college golf in 2002 to start his own golf teaching center and Golf Academy of Champions. He was the Director of Golf and Consultant for the Mulligan Masters Golf Learning Center in Lake Elmo, Minn.  He doubled as the coach of the Wisconsin-Eau Claire women's team during that time and, as he had in the past, led the Blugolds to five NCAA tournaments, and had six players honored as All-Americans.  This included the NCAA Freshman of the Year and also the NCAA Division III champion. This past summer, Means was named Coach of the Century by the WIAC Conference and six of his players were named to the All-Century team.

He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Oklahoma and his master's degree from Colorado State University


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