Pat Goss, Director of Golf and Player Development at Northwestern University, talks with Play Golf in College founder Coach Brad Sparling and Coach Mark MacDonald.
Coach Goss has developed numerous All-American men and women golfers, including Luke Donald, who has been ranked the number one golfer in the Official World Golf Ranking and named PGA Player of the Year.
In this interview, Goss shares his methods of player development, recruitment, the importance of measuring improvement, and the “intentionality” of practice.
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More about Pat Goss
Goss is an alumnus of Golf Magazine’s “Top 100 Teachers in America” list. In addition to being named the Illinois PGA Teacher of the Year in 2012, Goss has written instructional articles for Golf Magazine and Golf Digest, and has made multiple Golf Channel appearances.
As both head coach and director of golf, his accomplishments include seven Big Ten titles (1999-2001, 2006, 2013, 2015-16) and 14 top-30 NCAA national finishes in the last 22 years, as well as six top-10 finishes. Goss has led the men’s team to the final pairing of the national championship (1999) and has helped the women’s team to the final of the national championship match play (2017).
In 2017-18, the men’s and women’s golf programs both reached the NCAA Championships, becoming the only Big Ten school to send both teams to the Championships. The women’s team made it to their second-straight match play, while the men’s squad set a Karsten Creek course scoring record in the first round and finished in 16th place.
These achievements have solidified Northwestern as one of the nation’s top programs, and perhaps the elite program in the Midwest. A four-time Big Ten Coach of the Year (1997, 1999, 2000, 2001), Goss’ Wildcats have won six individual Big Ten Championships (Luke Donald, 2000 and 2001; Chris Wilson, 2006; Eric Chun, 2009; David Lipsky, 2010; Sarah Cho, 2015).