Southwestern College athletic director Mike McCoy has announced the hire of Bill Stinson as the new head coach of the men’s and women’s golf programs.
Stinson, a 1979 Southwestern graduate, also earned his master’s degree from SC in 1994.
He has spent 39 years as a high school teacher. Most recently Stinson taught biology and physical science at Ponca City (Okla.) High School. During his six-year tenure there, he also served as the boys golf head coach.
Under his leadership, the Wildcats saw several state individual qualifiers and the team as a whole qualified for state in 2018 at a competitive Oklahoma Class 6A level. In addition, some of the players he coached went on to play collegiately at Southwestern.
Prior to coaching at Ponca City, Stinson coached golf at Arkansas City High School for 17 years, where he helped to lead the Bulldogs to State.
As a student-athlete at Southwestern, Stinson was a four-year starter in football and also competed in basketball and track and field. He was a unanimous All-KCAC selection his senior year in football. He then went on to play semi-professional football with the Wichita Flyers.
This will not be Stinson’s first time coaching at Southwestern — he came back to the college in 2007, leading the defensive backs until 2011.
Stinson was inducted in 2019 into the Southwestern College Athletics Hall of Fame.
“We are excited to have Mr. Stinson back at Southwestern College,” McCoy said. “He has seen a lot of good things happen here and we are looking forward to seeing him bring that success with him to the golf course. We also thank Dr. (Andy) Woodring and Dave Bertholf for their guidance during the fall. We’re looking forward to Dr. Woodring’s continued leadership and support of the team in the assistant role.”
Stinson will lead a golf program that is coming off a successful fall exhibition season that included team and individual wins on both the men’s and women’s side. The teams were led in the fall by, who guided both squads to victories in the Moundbuilder Fall Classic.
Woodring, a former teaching professional and collegiate coach, was appointed as the assistant coach. Bertholf, the head coach at Winfield High School, also served as an assistant coach in an interim role.
Stinson is looking forward to focusing his attention on growing and strengthening the program at his alma mater. His duties have already begun as he and the team prepare for the upcoming spring season.
“I am excited to be the head golf coach here at Southwestern,” Stinson said.
“The school was great to me in my four years here and the entire experience of education, athletics and fellowship created lifelong lessons and friends that I still communicate with today. I want that for the student-athletes on campus now and for the future Builders we will recruit.”