Jason Badecki is the new head coach for the Eastern Men’s Golf program. Badecki has been the head of the Women’s Golf program for the past three years, but now he is going to lead both programs. Badecki played collegiate golf at Rutgers-Camden, and he was named the MAC Women’s Coach of the Year in 2014.
“Jason is really looking forward to this challenge,” former Eastern Athletic Director Nate Stewart comments. “With the [Danny A. Hearing] indoor facility and our relationship with St. David’s Golf Club, we have an ideal scenario for growing our golf programs. Jason will recruit good players for both programs and be able to work with them in both semesters.”
Badecki will be taking the place of Mark Birtwistle, who had served the EU Men’s Golf team for 11 years. It was a tough decision for Birtwistle, especially considering that this past season he helped the Eagles have their most successful regular season in program history, when the Eagles finished second at the MAC Freedom Championship. Birtwistle will remain the head coach of Eastern’s nationally ranked Women’s Volleyball program. He is looking forward to seeing where the Golf program goes in the future, and he wants to take the volleyball team to a whole new level.
Eastern’s Athletic Department is eager to see where Badecki will take the Men’s and Women’s Golf programs. Birtwistle will also be watched to see if he can keep up Women’s Volleyball’s victory streak, as the volleyball team is currently undefeated with a record of 11-0.