Michael Burcin (BUR-sin) was named the men's golf coach at Wisconsin on May 31, 2011, after seven years at the University of South Carolina where he served as an assistant for the men's golf program at South Carolina since the spring of 2005.
Since coming to Wisconsin the Badgers have shown significant progress with 16 top-10 team finishes the past three years. In addition, the team was the community service award winner for most hours of service of all Badger teams in 2012, and had the highest grade point average of all teams in 2013 and 2015.
Under Burcin's steady instruction, the Badgers made huge gains in 2014-15 winning their first golf tournament in nine years in the NYX Hoosier Invitational with a 1-over par 853. The Badgers also set the second best scoring average in school history at 293.25 while playing one of the toughest schedules. UW had several top-five school record scores and finished tied for fifth in the Big Ten Championship, their best finish since 2007.
Among individuals, had a Big Ten Player of the Week for a third-straight year, while Chris Meyer (2013) was awarded the first Golf Coaches of America All-America Scholar award since 2007. Meyer was also Burcin's first UW player to earn a tour card (class of 2013) as a member of the PGA Tour Latin American series.
Burcin said of coming to Wisconsin. "Wisconsin is certainly a sleeping giant and I am looking forward to connecting with the golf community in the city and around the state. My No. 1 priority is to recruit the state hard and keep the best players within the borders. If you are able to do that, it usually leads to big things.
"My goal is to develop a program that competes at a high level in the Big Ten Conference. If you are able to do that, because of the quality of the conference, you set yourself up to be a player on the national scene."
In Burcin's time on the men's staff, South Carolina was a major player on the national scene. The Gamecocks made six-straight NCAA regional appearances (2005-10), including winning the school's first NCAA regional title in 2007. They advanced to the NCAA championship three times in Burcin's seven seasons, with their top finish being a share of 11th place in 2007. In 2008-09, Burcin helped South Carolina win a school-record four tournament titles. Four Gamecocks earned All-America honors and seven earned All-SEC honors during Burcin's tenure.
As a South Carolina coach, he recruited Matt Nesmith, the No. 1 player in the country, who signed with the class of 2012. He was also on staff at South Carolina for the college careers of PGA Tour player Mark Anderson, WEB.COM Tour member Mark Silvers, and European PGA Tour Players Eirik Johansenn and Florian Fritsch.
In addition to assisting coaches with day-to-day coaching duties, Burcin's primary role at South Carolina was to implement and coordinate a recruiting program conducive to winning championships. Burcin was also the men's golf liaison for the academic staff, and the team achieved at least a 3.3 grade point average in each semester and combined for a team-record 3.54 GPA in the fall of 2006.
Burcin was named the 2010 Golf Coaches Association of America's Jan Strickland Assistant Coach of the Year. He was selected to serve as an assistant at the 2011 Palmer Cup, June 9-11 at the Stanwich Club in Greenwich, Conn. The Palmer Cup is a Ryder Cup-style competition for teams of collegiate golfers from the United States and Europe which square off in a three-day match play event.
Before going to South Carolina, Burcin spent seven years as a golf professional in Lancaster, Pa. His last stop in Pennsylvania involved developing an indoor teaching program at a retail golf store in Lancaster. While in Lancaster, Burcin kept an active playing schedule of section and chapter PGA events.
Originally from Salina, Kan., Burcin graduated from Lampeter-Strasburg High School in Lampeter, Pa., where he was a 10-time letterwinner in three sports. Burcin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Liberty University in 2009.
A member of the Golf Coaches Association of America, Burcin is married to Dr. Michelle Burcin, who was a standout swimmer at the University of Cincinnati. The couple recently gave birth to their first child, daughter Josie.