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Jacob Wilner
Jacob  Wilner

Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Coastal Carolina, 2001


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The 2015-16 season marks the sixth year at the helm of the Nevada men's golf team for head coach Jacob Wilner.

Coming off a strong third-place performanced at the 2015 Mountain West Championships, the young nucleus of Wolf Pack golf enters 2015-16 hungry for more. Nevada has no seniors on the roster and the lone upperclassman, junior Nick Fuller, joined the team mid-way through his sophomore season (2014-15).

But Nevada has core group with plenty of experience thus far in sophomores Grant Booth, Jooho Lee and Corey Eddings. Local product David Hinitz redshirted in 2014-15 and two freshmen join the ranks this year in Daniel Gregg and Travis Fredborg.

The 2014-15 season, Wilner's fifth guiding the Pack, was highlighted by the strong Mountain West finish for Nevada. Fuller tied for third, Eddings tied for fourth and Booth tied for seventh as Nevada made a strong charge in the event.

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.

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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