LOCAL PRO JOINS SAINTS STAFF
A man who has been a head pro and assistant in the Capital Area for years is now an assistant coach for the women’s team at Siena College. Mike Behan, 47, who also serves as Vice President of the Northeastern New York PGA Section, will help head coach Dave Wronowski at the Loudonville school as the Saints begin their season.
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When reached by phone Saturday, Behan seemed more concerned with his 17-year old son Brendan as a new driver than what new drivers his team may be swinging.
“My rule with him is that his cell phone has to be in the glove box,” said Behan. He and his family recently returned from a party celebrating his grandmother’s 100th birthday. So family is a big part of his life and he wants to bring that feeling to Siena.
“When you’re a teacher you always work with all kinds of players and it’s definitely nice to work with these women,” Behan said.
Wronowski’s wife is expecting a child in October so Behan may be leaned on more and more in the coming weeks.
“All these girls probably have their own swing coach at home that they’ve worked with, now you can send them video…and the next day have a list of things to work on,” Behan said. “I think it will nice for me to be sort of a sounding board to work with their coaches. I’m definitely not going to try to rebuild any of their swings. You’re there to help them play better.”
“They’re all accomplished players and it’s Division I golf so they’re all pretty good,” Behan said. Siena is a perennial power in the MAAC.
PROS BACK TO COLLEGE
Other Capital Area pros who have recently moved into the college ranks include Steve Jensen, head pro at Schuyler Meadows Club, as the Siena men’s head coach; Scott Warren from Pinehaven CC is head pro at The College of Saint Rose; Kevin Cain, an assistant at Colonie Golf & CC, is the head coach at Sage College. On the women’s side, Colleen Cashman-McSween went from a pro on the Symetra Tour to Big Ten coaching and now at UAlbany.
“As our business evolves, golf professionals, PGA members are sort of more accepted to kind of think outside the box of just how you’re going to make your living,” Behan said.
Among the jobs Behan has held in the Capital Area: head pro at Van Patten Golf Club in Clifton Park and Olde Kinderhook Golf Club in Valatie. He currently works as a representative for W&B Golf Carts.
First elected to the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) in 1996, he has been an asst. pro at IBM Country Club in the Hudson Valley, The Creek Club, The Country Club of Fairfield, The Tuxedo Club and Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club; head pro at The Woodstock Golf Club, Olde Kinderhook Golf Club and Van Patten Golf Course.
Behan is a past president of the MET PGA Assistant’s Association and is one of the instructors for the NENY Kids Play Junior Golf Program. He and wife Stacy have two sons, Brendan and Conor, 15.
“I’m looking forward to it,” Behan said. “It’s something that as you start to look toward the back nine of your golf career, it’s a nice thing to get involved with. It’s something I could see myself doing for a long time.”