Jacob Wilner
Jacob Wilner

Position:
Head Coach

Experience:
Fifth Season

Alma Mater:
Coastal Carolina, 2001


10/24/2014

Smits tied for second after first round

Nevada in fifth.

10/23/2014

Nevada to play in the Price's Give `Em Five Invitational

Nevada will send three freshmen.

10/22/2014

Nevada inks junior college transfer

Nick Fuller will join the team in the spring semester.

09/18/2014

Men's golf freshmen ranked No. 1

The freshmen group has been ranked No. 1 in the country by Golfstat.com

09/16/2014

Eddings finishes tied for second

Three freshmen in the top 20.

Now in his 5th season as the Wolf Pack's head coach, Jacob Wilner has assembled a team to comepte in it's third season in the Mountain West Conference.

Wilner will have his pick of a strong roster with four returning uperclassmen including seniors Derek Ream, Gustavo Chuang and Nicholas Smits, and junior Kit Carson. Wilner's underclassmen options are also plentyfull with four incoming freshman who are all poised to have a breakout seasons. Throw in sophomore Zach Berhost and the future of Nevada Golf looks bright.

2013-2014 in his fourth season as the Wolf Pack's head coach, Jacob Wilner guided Nevada into it's second season in the Mountain West Conference.

Wilner's second team in the Mountain West was poised to compete with an influx of new talent and some key returning pieces. Brian Knoll was joined by senior Ryan Mulvany as two of the key seniors returning with a lot of experience.

Transfer Nicholas Smits and freshman Rhyne Jones are among four members of the team, along with juco transfer Derek Ream and freshman Zach Berhost. Senior Josh Baskins returns to the team for his final season.

In 2012-13, Nevada finished ninth in its first season of the Mountain West. The Wolf Pack had two members of the team earn Academic All-MW honors.

Wilner himself qualified for the 2013 United States Public Links Championships.

The 2011-12 season at Nevada - Wilner's second at the helm - was capped by another NCAA Regional appearance by a Pack player as Kevin Lucas earned an at-large selection and finished 48th at the Norman Regional.

Nevada finished sixth at the Western Athletic Conference Championships with Lucas earning first-team All-WAC honors. In addition, four Pack players earned Academic All-WAC honors in Gustavo Chuang, Andrew Cornella, Zak Griffiths and Taylor Knoll.

Nevada nearly got Wilner his first team victory as the Pack tied Oregon State at the Pacific Invitational but fell to the Beavers in the first hole of the playoff. Lucas did secure the individual victory, the first by a player under Wilner.

Wilner's first season at Nevada in 2010-12 was marked by a strong showing against a challenging schedule and culminated with a pair of golfers - Scott Smith and Kevin Lucas - earning All-Western Athletic Conference accolades. Smith earned an at-large spot into the NCAA Regionals as well, marking the third straight season Nevada was a part of postseason play. Smith twice earned WAC Golfer of the Week honors during the season.

Off the course, Wilner's team produced three members who were named Academic All-WAC for the year in Andrew Augustyniak, Chris Cho and Smith.

Prior to his promotion to head coach, Wilner spent two seasons with the Wolf Pack as an assistant coach in the Nevada golf program.

In 2009-10, the Wolf Pack finished in the top five at six different events, including a second-place finish in the Western Athletic Conference Championships. That also included a team championship at the Saint Mary's Invitational at Poppy Hills G.C. in Pebble Beach, Calif. During the course of the season, the Pack earned its highest ranking in the polls in nearly a decade.

Individually, Jared Becher qualified for the NCAA Regional event and placed fifth at the Southwest Regional, narrowly missing a spot in the NCAA Championships. Becher and Ryan Hallisey each won WAC Golfer of the Week honors from the WAC during the season. Becher, Taylor Coffman and Scott Smith also earned Academic All-WAC honors for the Pack. Coffman was named to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District VIII at-large teams while Coffman and Smith were named Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars by the Golf Coaches Association of America.

In his first season with the Wolf Pack in 2008-09, Wilner helped the men's golf team to five top five finishes, including a win at the 2009 Stevinson Ranch Invitational, while Jared Becher, Ryan Hallisey and Scott Smith all earned All-Western Athletic Conference honors. On the women's side, the Wolf Pack had three top five showings, including a second-place team finish and individual win by first-team All-WAC honoree Melanie De Leon at the Northwest Inland Cup.

When he arrived at Nevada, Wilner brought over seven years of experience as a golf instructor to the Wolf Pack, most recently spending a year as a lead instructor at the Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy in Hilton Head, S.C. He also has worked at golf courses throughout southern California and Myrtle Beach S.C., including three years as an assistant golf professional at Wilshire Country Club in Los Angeles from 2003-06 and a stint as an assistant instructor at the Golf Digest Schools in 2003 in Myrtle Beach.

A 2001 graduate of Coastal Carolina University with a bachelor's degree in recreation and leisure service management, Wilner was a member of the Chanticleer golf team for four years. He earned All-Big South Conference honors from 1998-2000 and was on the dean's list for two years. Wilner averaged 72.3 strokes per round in 1999 and set Coastal Carolina's 54-hole scoring record (205), while he helped the Chanticleers rank fourth in the nation in scoring average in 1999.

A native of Coral Springs, Fla., Wilner graduated from JP Taravella High School in Coral Springs. Has a daughter, Violet.

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