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Michael Discenza, PGA

Head Women's Golf Coach
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Cortland, NY
State Univ. New York-Cortland, Cortland, NY

About Michael

Mike Discenza was named head coach of the SUNY Cortland women’s golf program in June 2020. He was the program’s assistant coach in the spring of 2020 and previously served as the Red Dragons’ head coach from the spring of 2007 through the 2011-12 season.

Discenza was elected to the PGA Membership in 2012, and in 2013 he earned advanced certification in Teaching and Coaching through the PGA of America. He earned the Central New York PGA Professional Development Award in 2021 and 2022 and the CNY PGA Youth Player Development Award in 2020, and Player Development Award in 2023.

Discenza led Cortland to Northeast Women's Golf Conference (NWGC) titles and NCAA Division III championship appearances in both the 2021-22 and 2022-23 seasons. The Red Dragons finished in 24th place at the 2022 NCAA Championships in Houston and 26th at the 2023 NCAA Championships in Florida. In the spring of 2021, the Red Dragons also won the NWGC title. While there was no NCAA automatic berth for the conference that season, the Red Dragons feature an NCAA individual qualifier and All-American, Danielle Bambola.

In the 2009-10 season, Discenza led the Red Dragons to their first-ever national ranking since the program re-started in the late 1990s. Cortland was ranked 24th in the final Golf World/National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) Division III national poll.

Discenza's teams have set school scoring records for both 18 holes (307 at Williams in October 2021) and 36 holes (623 at St. Lawrence in September 2021). He's coached 14 Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-American Scholars.

In 2020 & 2023, Discenza was a team member of the CNY PGA Mitchell Cup, which features the top 12 professionals in Central New York end of year Player of the Year standings versus the top amateurs in Central New York. He currently serves as secretary of the Central New York PGA Executive Committee and on the board of directors of the Central New York PGA, as well as the WGCA Division III National Awards Committee and the NCAA Division III Women's Golf Regional Advisory Committee.






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State Univ. New York-Cortland

Cortland NY

*Coaching available to public

Park Center, Cortland, NY 13045

Cortland NY

4514 State Route 281, Cortland, NY 13045-8894

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