CEDAR RAPIDS – Coe College announces the hiring of Eric Karius as head coach of the men’s and women’s golf programs.
Karius comes to Coe after a seven-year stint as head women’s golf coach at Luther College. He replaces J.D. Grimm who departed Coe following the 2019 season after a 14-year tenure as head coach.
Karius brings an impressive coaching background to Cedar Rapids. His Norse squads finished no lower than fourth place in the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference/American Rivers Conference championships during all seven years of his tenure. He coached seven all-conference golfers who combined to win 12 all-conference medals. One of his golfers was a Women’s Golf Coaches Association All-Midwest Region performer in 2019. The Norse won five tournament championships and set 18-hole, 36-hole, and 72-hole school records during Karius’ time in Decorah.
“We are excited to have Eric Karius as our head men’s and women’s golf coach,” said Director of Athletics and Recreation Sonny Travis. “He is a proven recruiter who has had much success in making Luther College’s women’s golf program one of the most competitive in the American Rivers Conference. The ability to recruit both men and women and his passion for golf make Eric a good fit for our two golf programs.”
Karius was a coach for two sports while at Luther. He also served as an assistant coach on the men’s basketball team for 13 seasons. The Norse won two conference championships and one conference tournament crown during his time. The 2010-11 team advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.
“I would like to thank Sonny Travis for the opportunity of being the head men’s and women’s golf coach at Coe College,” said Karius. “I am extremely excited to be a part of the Kohawk family and look forward to the challenge of building a strong program.”