Tom Koehle is in his 14th season at the helm of the Penn State Altoona golf program. His first stint was from 2004 to 2011, and he returned in 2014 following a two-year hiatus.
During his tenure, Koehle guided the Lions to four Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Championships (2006, 2007, 2008, 2010). His teams appeared in four NCAA Division III National Tournaments, the most of any Penn State Altoona varsity team. The Lions have also garnered four runner-up finishes at the AMCC Championships, as well as three third place finishes and two fourth place finishes. Over thirteen seasons, 41 Lion golfers have placed on the AMCC All-Conference teams, and 50 golfers have finished in the top 20 at the AMCC Championships individually.
The Lions have won 21 invitational titles, including two Eastern College Athletic Conference South Region Championships. The program has produced two AMCC Players of the Year, three AMCC Newcomers of the Year, and four AMCC Women’s Invitational Champions. In 2006, Koehle was named AMCC Coach of the Year by his peers. In 2011, 2017 and 2018, the Lions won the AMCC Peak Performer Award for the highest team GPA among all conference golf teams. Standout golfer Chris Perry was awarded the NCAA Sportsmanship Award in 2009 for his display of honesty and sportsmanship when he disqualified himself after signing an incorrect scorecard for not taking an appropriate penalty during play.
No stranger to Division III golf prior to his coaching tenure, Koehle competed at Penn State Altoona in 2000 and 2001. He was named the Lions’ Most Valuable Player and earned AMCC All-Conference status during the 2001 season. That year, he won the Mount Aloysius College Invitational and took second place at the La Roche College Invitational. He graduated from Penn State in 2003 with a degree in Secondary Education.
Currently, Koehle works as the Area Director of Resource Development and Director of Partners in Mission with Presbyterian Senior Living after 16 years as a golf professional. Koehle served as head golf professional at Iron Masters Country Club for eight years and Huntingdon Country Club for two years. He also worked as an assistant professional at both Sinking Valley Country Club and Toftrees Golf Resort. During his time as a golf pro, he specialized in individual, group, and junior instruction, as well as tournament operations.
Koehle also serves Penn State Altoona in a number of volunteer capacities. He is chair of the recently developed Penn State Altoona Athletics Advisory Council and is a member of the Penn State Altoona Advisory Board, chairing the outreach and development committee. He is also in his second stint as a member of the Penn State Altoona Alumni Society Board of Directors. Koehle was president from 2012 to 2014 and also served on the Penn State Alumni Council during that time. He currently leads the award winning Alumni Society Community for Kids Golf Tournament which raises funds for the Blair County Center for Child Justice, the Alumni Society Scholarship fund, and non-budgeted needs for the athletic department. Koehle was recognized in 2018 with the Ivyside Society Distinguished Service Award for his volunteerism and service to Penn State Altoona.
Additionally, Koehle serves as the voice of Penn State Altoona men’s and women’s basketball, calling play-by-play during the live internet broadcasts of Lions’ and Lady Lions’ home games.
Koehle and his wife Heather, also a Penn State graduate, reside in Altoona.