PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania's Director of Athletics, Steve Bilsky, has announced the hiring of Bob Heintz as the Head Coach of Men's Golf at Penn. Heintz replaces Scott Allen, who recently left Penn to take an administrative position at his alma mater, George Washington University.
"We are excited to welcome Bob to Penn," said Bilsky. "His experience as an Ivy League student-athlete, combined with his career on the PGA Tour, provides leadership that bodes well for the continued success of our men's golf program."
"I'm very proud to join the Penn Athletics family as its Men's Golf Coach," said Heintz. "I am looking forward to the challenge of taking the helm from Coach Allen and leading the team in our defense of last year's Ivy League title. We have a solid core of players returning, and I can't wait to get them started in representing the University. I am grateful to Steve Bilsky and the athletic department at Penn for giving me the opportunity to coach these fine student-athletes and be a part of the Penn community."
A 1992 Yale graduate, Heintz recently retired from an extensive professional playing career that included six years on the PGA Tour (the most recent being 2010). His best finish in a PGA Tour event came in 2010 when he was second at the Reno-Tahoe Open. Heintz' PGA Tour career earnings exceeded $2.2 million, with six top-10 and 15 top-25 finishes in 155 events during his career. In 2002, Heintz led the PGA Tour in putts per round and putts per green in regulation. In 2009, he led the PGA Tour in three-putt avoidance and ranked third in approach putt proximity to hole.
Heintz also made 192 starts on the Web.com Tour, with two wins -- the 1999 Shreveport (La.) Open and the 1999 Tour Championship -- as well as 14 top-10 and 42 top-25 finishes. Heintz played the NGA Hooters Tour in 1998, was the Rookie of the Year and finished second on the money list.
Heintz is one of just two players in the 38-year history of the Ivy League Championships to win the individual title three times, taking medalist honors three straight years from 1990-92. Heintz earned Academic All-America honors as a senior captain at Yale.
Heintz -- who was a volunteer assistant coach with the University of South Florida men's golf team from 1992-94 -- and his wife, Nancy, have four children: daughter Eryn and sons P.J., Daniel and Brody.
Penn was the Ivy League Championships team champion last year, defeating Dartmouth on the third playoff hole, and went on to compete at the NCAA South Central Regional in Bowling Green, Ky. The Quakers return four of the five players who played at Ivies and NCAAs, including 2012 first-team All-Ivy honoree P.J. Fielding, 2010 Ivy League Rookie of the Year Colin St. Maxens, and two-time PING All-Region selection Max Marsico.