Gritzer to Retire After 17 Years at Clarion

rp_primary2_coach_GritzerCLARION, Pa. – A member of the Clarion athletics department for 17 years and the only women’s golf coach the University has ever known, Marie Gritzer has retired as the Golden Eagles’ head women’s golf coach after eight seasons at the helm. A comprehensive search for Gritzer’s successor has already begun.

Gritzer served as an assistant coach for the Clarion men’s and women’s cross country and track & field teams for eight years before accepting the position of head women’s golf coach in October 2007, when athletic director Dave Katis announced the addition of the program starting in 2008. She is the only coach in program history.

“We were very fortunate that Marie was the person selected to start the women’s golf program,” said Katis. “She’s built the program to the point that her successor will have a strong foundation to build upon. Marie is a terrific representative of Clarion University and we wish her all the best as she goes on to enjoy her retirement.”

Perhaps the highlight of Gritzer’s golf coaching career came in 2010 when the Golden Eagles posted the best one-day score in program history, notching a 326 on the first day of the Pennsylvania State Athletics Conference (PSAC) Championships to tie for second in the field. The team went on to finish fifth that year, with Alyssa Gerhart and Kim Dulski authoring two of the best individual performances in program history that weekend.

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