Aug. 4, 2010
BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland today named Chris Baloga as its golf coach. The local amateur player, who will compete in the United States Amateur later this month, is the fourth individual to lead the Greyhounds' golf program in nearly four decades.
"We're pleased to welcome Chris and [his wife] Marci to the Loyola family," Loyola Director of Athletics Jim Paquette stated in making the announcement. "Chris is incredibly passionate about the game of golf and very focused on building on the past success of our golf program. He also fully embraces our Jesuit mission and is committed to the development of our student-athletes spiritually, academically, athletically and socially."
Greyhounds Associate Director of Athletics Dave Gerrity, who chaired the national search, added, "Chris' ability and understanding of the game of golf will help our players reach their true potential. We're excited that he will take the reins of our tradition-rich golf program."
Several years of instruction and experience at both the amateur and college ranks coupled with an extensive knowledge of golf in the Baltimore area helped Baloga prepare for the position.
"I'm ready to come to Loyola and try to take the program forward," said Baloga. "I want to take the golf team to new places in the rankings and prominence."
Baloga will look to employ a hands-on, active coaching approach to build on a program that won its third consecutive Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship in 2010 and finished 14th at the NCAA West Regional.
"I want to be involved with what they're doing out there on the course," Baloga said. "I want to be walking with them between holes."
Baloga brings a strong familiarity in golf instruction and high-level amateur play to Loyola. He served as an assistant golf coach at his alma mater Calvert Hall College High School in 2008 and 2009 and also provided instruction at junior golf clinics at Mount Pleasant Golf Course in 2002 and 2003.
An accomplished amateur golfer, Baloga currently leads the Maryland Player of the Year rankings after finishing second in 2009 and third in 2008. Later this month, Baloga will travel to Chambers Bay Golf Course in Washington to play in the United States Amateur Championship.
The Maryland State Golf Team also selected Baloga to play for Maryland at the USGA Men's State Team Championship last year.
In addition to his national amateur competition, Baloga has won several amateur titles around the region. Baloga took first place at the 2010 Washington Metropolitan Mid-Amateur Championship, the 2009 Baltimore City Amateur Championship, the 2008 Maryland Amateur Stroke Play Championship and the 2008 Middle Atlantic Amateur Championship. He also qualified for U.S. Open sectional qualifying for the past two years and made the cut for match play at the Maryland Amateur five times.
A former Division I student-athlete, Baloga played college golf for Towson University, where he earned Colonial Athletic Association Scholar Athlete honors all four years and served as a co-captain his senior year. Towson also honored him with a Student Athlete Award in 2005.
Baloga and his wife Marci reside in Towson.