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Chuck Scheinost completed his fourth season as head coach of the GW golf program in 2016-17.
The Colonials have taken top-four finishes at the Atlantic 10 Championship in three of four seasons since Scheinost's arrival, including third place in 2014 and fourth in 2016 and 2017. On the recruiting trail, Scheinost quickly landed the top-ranked duo in the A-10 in Vince Palazzolo and Jack Porcelli, who enter their senior seasons in 2017-18.
In his first season at GW, Scheinost helped mentor Jack Persons to an A-10 All-Conference selection, and the following season Persons repeated to become the first Colonial to repeat that honor. Following in the footsteps of Persons, Logan Lowe then earned a spot on the A-10 All-Conference team in 2016 and 2017 under the tutelage of Scheinost. He was the only freshman to make the team in 2016. In 2017, Lowe won his first collegiate tournament (Bash at the Beach Invitational) and etched his name in the GW record books with both the lowest round in school history (65 at the Marshall Invitational) and low 54-hole score (207 at the Elon Phoenix Invitational). Additionally, Palazzolo matched the lowest round relative to par in school history with a 6-under 66 in the opening round of the 2017 A-10 Championship.
In addition to its performance on the course, GW has achieved at a high level in the classroom and community. The Colonials were recognized as an All-Academic Team by the Golf Coaches Association of America for maintaining a team GPA above 3.0 in 2016-17, while Christian Cichan was named an All-America Scholar. GW also partners with the Salute Military Golf Association, which provides golf programs and experiences for wounded veterans.
Scheinost (SHY-knowst), who was named to the position on July 31, 2013, brought nearly a decade of collegiate golf coaching experience to Foggy Bottom, most recently as head men's golf coach at the University of Northern Colorado for six seasons from 2007-13.
"Chuck is an up-and-coming coach who has proven he can build a golf program by mentoring and attracting quality golfers and student-athletes," said Director of Athletics and Recreation Patrick Nero. "We're confident that Chuck will bring the program consistent success in the Atlantic 10 Conference while producing student-athletes who succeed both on and off the course."
At Northern Colorado, Scheinost transformed the Bears from a new NCAA Division I program into a consistent contender for the America Sky Golf Conference championship, including three consecutive top-3 finishes from 2008-11 and top-5 showings in each of the past five seasons.
Scheinost mentored eight America Sky All-Conference selections, including 2010 league Player of the Year Steve Bidne, as well as five America Sky All-Tournament performers, a pair of league Freshmen of Year, and 15 Academic All-Conference honorees during his six seasons at UNC.
"I am extremely honored and excited to be selected to take the George Washington golf program into the future," said Scheinost. "GW has the potential to become a golf power in the Atlantic 10 Conference. From the history and culture of a vibrant city, to a great golfing community with fantastic courses, I believe that recruits will be naturally drawn to GW. This, combined with the university's commitment and vision for George Washington Athletics, will provide us with every opportunity to accomplish this goal. I'm looking forward to the responsibility of taking this program forward and turning our golfers into mature young men who will leave as positive representatives of our GW community."
Prior to his tenure at Northern Colorado, Scheinost served as assistant coach at Northern Illinois University from 2005-07, helping land the 2007 Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year while coaching two All-MAC performers, a MAC All-Tournament performer and a trio of MAC All-Academic and Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) All-America Scholars.
Scheinost began his collegiate coaching career as assistant men's and women's golf coach at Lenoir-Rhyne College (N.C.) during the 2004-05 season. The Bears' women's team peaked at 16th nationally in the NCAA Division II rankings during that season, and Coach Scheinost tutored five All-South Atlantic Conference golfers, including an SAC Player of the Year, and seven SAC All-Academic Team selections.
A four-year letterwinner for the men's golf team at Hastings (Neb.) College, Coach Scheinost earned his bachelor's degree in media production with a minor in athletic training/coaching from Hastings in 2004. He was an NAIA Scholar-Athlete selection in 2003 and earned four Golden Leaf Awards from the Nebraska Collegiate Media Association for television news and sports reporting. He went on to earn a master's degree in sports management at Northern Illinois in 2006.
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