Bob Bastian, who served as interim head coach in 2016-17 and as assistant coach in 2015-16, was named the head Northern Michigan men's and women's golf coach on May 31, 2017.
In 2016-17, Bastian led the second-year women's golf program to an NCAA East Super Regional berth and a runner-up finish at the GLIAC Championships. The Wildcats finished in the top five at seven of their 11 events and entered the NCAA East Super Regional ranked fifth in their region.
The men's team placed in the top five at three events. A highlight of its season was a third-place finish in a competitive 20-team field at the Kohler Collegiate Classic.
Five Northern Michigan golfers, Karissa Guthrie, Haley Hewer, Martin Eliasson, Austin Elsner and Avery Rochester, ultimately earned 2017 all-GLIAC honorable mention accolades based on their Golfstat regional ranking.
Bastian served as an assistant coach during the 2015-16 campaign and helped guide the Wildcat men to their first NCAA Central/Midwest Regional appearance since 1999. They climbed as high as No. 15 in the national Golfstat rankings and placed in the top five at five events, including the NCAA Midwest Fall Regional.
Bastian also worked closely with the Wildcat women. He organized and implemented workouts and practices for both teams and ran the program's primary fall fundraiser, a college amateur golf outing.
At the end of the season, Elsner was named to the all-GLIAC first team, becoming the first Northern Michigan golfer since 1998 to earn a spot on either the first or second all-GLIAC team. Guthrie, Eliasson and Emil Lundgren were placed on the honorable mention team.
Bastian became an elected member of the Professional Golf Association in 2015. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Professional Golf Management from Ferris State in 2014 and is currently working towards his Master's Degree in Business Administration at Northern Michigan.
A native of Norway, Michigan, Bastian completed his PGA internships at TimberStone (Iron Mountain, Michigan), Rancho Canada Club (Carmel, California) and Marquette Golf Club. During the summer of 2016, he worked as Marquette Golf Club's Assistant Golf Professional.