PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania has named Mark Anderson its new head coach of women’s golf. The announcement was made Monday by Penn’s Director of Athletics, Steve Bilsky.
"We are excited to welcome Mark as our new Head Coach of Women’s Golf," said Bilsky. "His extensive playing and teaching background and appreciation of Penn and our student-athletes bode well for continued growth and success for our women’s golf team."
Anderson will join Penn’s new Director of Golf, Scott Allen, who was hired earlier this month.
"I am very excited to be involved with the University of Pennsylvania women’s golf program," said Anderson. "I am looking forward to working with our current team and recruiting a strong freshman class for next fall. I believe we have the potential to become a legitimate contender for an Ivy League championship."
Anderson will certainly be familiar with the home course of the Penn golf teams, the Philadelphia Cricket Club in Flourtown, Pa. Mark has been a teaching professional there since April, where he is responsible for providing lessons to members. He also conducted junior clinics and junior camps, and provided short-game and full-swing clinics for members. At the Cricket Club, Anderson created a Video Putting Analysis program designed to improve the golfer’s putting stroke, mental approach, confidence and feel, and a Video Short-Game Analysis program covering all areas of the short game.
Prior to his arrival at the Cricket Club, Anderson worked as the Director of Golf and Amenities at Talamore @ Oak Terrace in Ambler, Pa. In that position, he was responsible for all areas of the golf operation, and gave more than 200 lessons a year to members and guests.
From 1998 to 2006, Anderson served as head golf professional at Heidelberg Country Club in Bernville, Pa., which hosted the 1998 and 1999 Philadelphia Section PGA Championships. Anderson also created the Berks County Invitational in 2002, a 36-hole event that is open to all Berks County golf professionals and the top 50 amateurs from the Berks County point list. Prior to his arrival at Heidelberg, Anderson was head golf professional and golf school coordinator at Golden Oaks Golf Club in Fleetwood, Pa.
Anderson began his college playing career at Florida Southern College, playing and practicing with the team for two years. Although he never broke through and made the traveling team, he learned a great deal from the players that won back-to-back NCAA Division II national championships in 1985 and 1986. He then transferred to Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he played for three years and helped IUP to a berth in the NCAA Division II Championships as a senior. Anderson graduated from IUP in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
A Certified PGA Professional in golf instruction and golf operations, Anderson has held a number of positions with the Philadelphia Section of the Professional Golfers Association (PGA), and is currently that organization’s Vice President as well as chair of both its Hall of Fame and membership committees. He has also served as Vice President of the Berks County Golf Association and spent several years as captain of the professional team at the Berks County Pro-Am Challenge. In 2007, Anderson won the Bill Strausbaugh Award for his work with the Philadelphia PGA Mentoring program, which helps apprentice professionals and assists them in becoming members of the PGA.