Wisconsin golf coach Dennis Tiziani today announced his retirement from coaching. He has been the head coach for men since 1977, and took over the womens program 1989.
Ive had a great run in 26 years as coach of the mens program and 14 with the womens program. Ill miss the association Ive had with the student-athletes, but I have been a supporter of Wisconsin golf for a long time and will continue to be involved, but in a different role.
Athletic Director Pat Richter said Dennis Tiziani IS Wisconsin golf. He has taken both the mens and womens programs through their growth stages, and has had success in this northern climate which is no easy task. We are very appreciative of the tremendous contributions that Dennis had made to both our mens and womens golf teams over an extended period of time. Richter indicated national searches for a mens coach and for a womens coach will begin immediately.
Tizianis name has been synonymous with Wisconsin golf while raising both programs from conference obscurity to Big Ten champions and national championships participants. He brought the teams into upper division status in the Big Ten winning back-to-back mens conference titles in 1993 and 1994. It was the first Big Ten mens title since 1957. The women also won their first Big Ten title in 1994, and were runnerup champions this past spring.
Tiziani led the Badgers to two NCAA mens tournaments, and the women qualified for their first NCAA meet in May finishing 24th. The teams qualified for NCAA regional meets five times, and several individuals participated at both the regional and national championships. He has also had a number of athletes continue in the professional ranks. In addition he has coached 83 mens and womens Academic All-Big Ten honorees, 12 Academic All-Americans, 24 All-Big Ten honorees, and eight NCAA All-District honorees.
One of Wisconsins premier players as well as a top coach and golf instructor, Tiziani has held numerous offices in the Wisconsin Professional Golf Association. He chaired the education and PGA teaching committees, the membership committee, the junior golf committee, and numerous tournament committees, including the Wisconsin State Open. Tiziani also held the offices of treasurer, secretary, and president during his tenure with the WPGA. Through his golf participation and leadership, Tiziani has become one of the most influential golf professionals in Wisconsin.