Head Coach Troy Boone
The Messiah golf program has experienced a renaissance under head coach Troy Boone, who begins his fifth consecutive season at the helm — and sixth overall — in the 2010-2011 academic year.
The fifth head coach in the sport’s 22-year history, Boone is coming off an incredible spring of 2010, leading the Falcons to their first ever Commonwealth Conference Championship and NCAA Championships appearance.
Messiah won a program-record seven tournaments and fired a school-record 282 in the York College Spring Invitational during its magical run, which concluded with a 329-307 at the league championships — 14 strokes better than the second-place squad. Boone earned Commonwealth Coach of the Year honors as a result, and Messiah advanced to the NCAA Championships for the first time in history.
The Falcons narrowly missed the cut after two days on the big stage, finishing tied for 27th overall as a team. Then-freshman Matt Burkhart qualified as an individual, however, sitting tied for 13th place following three rounds before slipping to 31st overall at the tournament’s conclusion.
“We are getting to where we want to be as a program,” Boone said. “Messiah is a very special place, and we believe we can have the same types of success as the other high-caliber sports programs. This spring was a huge step. We want to continue building from here.”
Boone has certainly placed the team on the right track, boasting a 505-234-8 record over the last four years (a .681 winning percentage) — including a stellar 189-49 mark (.794) in 2009-2010. Boone’s leadership has equated to higher levels of success behind recruiting and technical advancement, as Messiah golfers now benefit from digital range finders and an on-campus golf simulator. The program also began playing at the private, Blue Ridge Country Club during Boone’s tenure, a championship-caliber layout that provides ample challenge and opportunity on a daily basis.
“Moving to Blue Ridge was the starting point for us,” Boone said. “The club has been fabulous to work with. Our goal is to continue to recruit high-caliber players that want to be part of a faith-based institution. Faith is a foundation of our guys ... it gives us a center point to draw on, and helps us in those adverse situations on the golf course. Our team crest is based on Joshua 1:9 being ‘Strong & Courageous.’ We want to always keep in this in mind as we continue this journey. We operate as a small family here within athletics and we are focusing more on our mental games as well as our physical playing training. We’re trying to create a unique niche, and I think we’re succeeding.”
Boone graduated from Liberty University in 1988 with a degree in business marketing and management, and worked in education finance for 16 years. He was appointed interim head coach during the 1998-1999 season, but his business endeavors pulled him out of coaching at the season’s conclusion. When Boone changed jobs and the position re-opened in the summer of 2006, he jumped at the chance to return.
“When I took this job, I wanted this team to succeed,” he said. “I wasn’t going to be partially invested. To be able to have the time and resources to really provide a focus for this program ... it’s been a blessing.”
Boone is currently president of Seegil Partners, Inc. — a commercial real estate firm — and is married to Messiah alum Dawn (Rossman). The couple has four children, Lauren (10), Ethan (eight), Graham (four) and Gabriel, who was born in February of 2010. The family resides in Mechanicsburg.