Greg Nikolai was hired as Concordia University Wisconsin's Men's and Women's Golf head coach on February 15, 2016.
Nikolai brings an extensive knowledge of golf instruction to CUW after working in the industry for 30-plus years. He is PGA Certified Class A-15 for over 25 years and was a head golf professional at numerous clubs in the Milwaukee area, and most recently oversaw all golf operations at Dick's Sporting Goods.
The veteran coach guided two NACC Player of the Year honorees to NACC Championship individual titles in 2017-18 with Sam Schlosser setting a men's golf program-record 299 (11-over par) score during the 72-hole event. As well, Leah Wilde won the NACC Women's Golf Championship individual title in the fall of 2017 with a 257 (44-over par) score. He has also coached three All-NACC men's golfers (Sam Schlosser, Nate Benjamin and Bill Jones) and three All-NACC women's golfers (Leah Wilde, Maddy Zastrow (twice) and Molly Mundinger).
The Falcons women's golf team won the 2017 NACC Championship and advanced to the NCAA Division III Championship, making its fourth trip to the national tournament in program history. During the 2018-19 season the men's program set the record for low 18, 36 and 72 hole scores, which included a 290 18-hole score that broke the previous record by eight strokes and the 1,241 strokes for the NACC Championship's 72-hole tournament was 32 strokes better than the previous record.
Nikolai takes over both programs that have had success over the past decade. The Falcons' Women's Golf program has won four NACC Championships, advanced to the NCAA Championship twice and had the Player of the Year seven times. Meanwhile, the Men's Golf program tied for first in the 2014-15 NACC Championship, but lost in a playoff, and had the league's Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year. They also had seven top-5 finishes in the past year-and-a-half.
His PGA Certification is among the half percent that has achieved the level of membership. Nikolai is also eligible to obtain his Master Professional Status, which would make him the only professional in the Wisconsin PGA Section.
At Dick's Sporting Goods, Nikolai guided the department to become elite within the company; selling nearly a $1 million during the course of 2015. Previously he was the head golf professional at Silver Spring Country Club (Menomonee Falls, Wis.), the Country Club of Wisconsin (Grafton, Wis.), Olympia Resort (Oconomowoc, Wis.), Rainbow Springs Golf Club (Mukwonago, Wis.), Squires Golf Club (Port Washington, Wis.) and Missing Links Golf Club (Mequon, Wis.).
Nikolai has also helped thousands of golfers with instruction and club fitting during his time in the golf profession. He is married to his wife Mary and life in Grafton. They have two adult children, Lauren and Chad.