Nick Pumford
Nick  Pumford

Hometown:
St. Charles, Mich.

Last College:
Michigan

Position:
Head Coach

Graduated:
2009


11/01/2017

PUMFORD NAMED ONE OF GOLF DIGEST BEST TEACHERS BY STATE

Pumford has been at the helm of the men’s golf program since 2016

10/01/2017

GOLDEN GRIZZLIES TRAVEL TO CSU INVITATIONAL

The 54-hole tournament begins Monday, Oct. 2 at Barrington Country Club

09/08/2017

GOLDEN GRIZZLIES BEGIN FALL SEASON AT BADGER INVITATIONAL SUNDAY

The 54-hole tournament will take place at University Ridge Golf Course in Madison, Wis.

08/09/2017

MEN'S GOLF RELEASES 2017-18 SCHEDULE

The Golden Grizzlies will open Sept. 11 at the Badger Invitational in Madison, Wis.

03/14/2017

KNEEN LEADS GOLDEN GRIZZLIES TO FIFTH PLACE FINISH

Jake Kneen shot an even-par score of 71 ​in the final round

Nick Pumford was named head golf coach on Thursday, June 30th. A native of St. Charles, Mich., Pumford takes over the Oakland golf program after spending the previous five seasons as the top assistant at the University of Michigan.

While in Ann Arbor, Pumford helped coach the Wolverines to consecutive NCAA Regional appearances and Michigan carried a program-best 290.21 per round average. The Wolverines' 54-hole scoring record was shattered this year by 15 strokes with an 824 (-28) total at The MacKenzie (Oct. 12-13) in Fairfax, Calif. The Wolverines went on to post their highest finish at the Big Ten Championship in six seasons, ending in a tie for fourth place to earn an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament.

He was part of the Michigan team that won the 2014 Big Ten Match Play Championship -- U-M's first title at the conference event. Two of his recruits were All-Big Ten and NCAA Regional at-large selections and had three players named to the PING Division I All-Midwest team.

"Nick is an accomplished player at Michigan and his experiences as an assistant coach at Georgia State and Michigan made him an excellent choice to lead our golf program," said Scott MacDonald, Senior Assistant AD for Public Relations. "He has a tremendous amount of passion for helping young men develop into leaders on and off the course, and I look forward to him being part of the Oakland family."

Pumford began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Georgia State during the 2010-11 season. During his lone year with the Panthers, they tallied three top-10 finishes, including a seventh-place finish at the Colonial Athletic Conference Championship.

As a player for the Wolverines from 2005-09, Pumford competed in 29 of 33 events and recorded five top-10 individual finishes, winning the 2007 Wolf Run Intercollegiate. He helped Michigan return to the NCAA postseason after an eight-year absence with back-to-back regional selections in 2008 and 2009.

As a co-captain during the 2008-09 season, Pumford contributed to one of Michigan's best seasons in program history. Following the Wolverines' regional selection and eventual fifth-place team finish, they advanced to the NCAA Championship for the first time in 12 years. The Wolverines closed with a sixth-place team finish in stroke play to advance to the team match play finals. After a first-round win over No. 3 seed USC, the Wolverines were eliminated by eventual national champion Texas A&M in the national semifinal. Pumford started all 14 tournaments and was Michigan's recipient of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.

Pumford's amateur playing career was highlighted by qualifying for the 2009 U.S. Amateur Championship, advancing to the Sweet 16 of the Michigan Amateur Championship on two different occasions and earning two top-20 finishes at the Michigan Open (2006, 2010).

Pumford earned a degree in general studies from Michigan in 2009. He is married to Kristen (Debandt) and they reside in Wixom, Mich.

Michigan Coach Chris Witten on Pumford "Coach Pumford has been so important to the development of our team at Michigan the past five years competitively and in terms of our culture. I know he will create the same positive, lasting foundation at Oakland. Nick's strengths are his personality, attitude, leadership and ability to connect with people immediately. The Oakland community has found a great representative and they will be proud of the young men on his team."

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