JAMIE BERMEL | HEAD COACH
Entering his fifth season at Kansas, head coach Jamie Bermel has brought normalcy back to his life and the Lawrence campus. By earning an at-large berth to the 2016 NCAA Tournament at the Alabama Regional, the Jayhawks notched their 18th NCAA Regional appearance and their first since 2007. For Bermel, he has seen the Jayhawks improve over 100 places in the national rankings during his Kansas tenure.
Bermel’s Jayhawks built a hefty resume during the 2015-16 campaign, as Kansas placed in the top five in nine out of the 12 tournaments during the season, including four team wins, both of which are school standards.
Named the Kansas head men’s golf coach by KU director of athletics Dr. Sheahon Zenger in July of 2012, Bermel got to work immediately. During his first season, 2012-13, KU won the Hawkeye Invitational to claim its first tournament win in more than three years. Additionally, Kansas finished four tournaments sixth or better in 2012-13 and three tournaments fourth or better his second season. By his third season, Bermel had led the Jayhawks to six top-five finishes, including his second tournament victory at Kansas at the Desert Shootout.
Bermel (pronounced Bur-mal) came to Kansas from Colorado State where he was the head coach since the 1999-2000 season. Under his direction, he led the Rams to the NCAA golf regionals for six-straight seasons dating back to 2007, as his 2011 CSU squad advanced to the NCAA Finals.
Under Bermel, CSU won 18 tournament titles and recorded more than 35 top-five finishes. Included were the 2008 and 2010 Mountain West Conference team championships. A three-time Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year (2004, 2008, 2010), Bermel coached 10 all-conference performers at Colorado State, including two All-Americans, seven All-American scholars and seven academic all-conference honorees.
No stranger to the Midwest, Bermel coached two seasons at Iowa State, from 1997-99, where he guided the Cyclones to the 1999 NCAA Tournament and nine top-five finishes. Before ISU, he spent five seasons as head golf coach at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. While at Drake, his team won the 1997 Missouri Valley Conference championship and twice qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 1996 and 1997, with the 1997 team advancing to the NCAA Finals. Bermel was a three-time Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year in 1995, 1996 and 1997.
In his years as a collegiate head coach, Bermel has helped develop the games of a number of players who have moved on to the next level. Included is the 2007 Masters and 2015 Open champion Zach Johnson, who played for Bermel at Drake. Others include former Iowa State standout Jason Knutzon, who currently plays on the Asian and European tours and Martin Laird, a Colorado State standout who, along with Johnson, competes on the PGA Tour.
Bermel is a 1986 graduate of Central College in Pella, Iowa, and received his master’s degree from Purdue University in 1988. From 1989-91, Bermel worked in recreational sports at the University of Michigan and moved to a similar role at Drake, adding the men’s golf coaching duties in Feb. of 1992.
Bermel and his wife, Jacque, have three children: Emily, who is an outfielder on the Kansas softball team, Jack and Charlie. Jamie’s brother, John, is the men’s and women’s golf coach at the University of Northern Iowa, and serves as the head pro at Pheasant Ridge Golf Course in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
What others are saying ...
PGA Tour Pro Zach Johnson
"Jamie Bermel is the epitome of a coach. He knows golf, works tirelessly on recruiting quality kids, loves to compete, stresses academics, and builds character into the men he coaches. Jamie puts an abundant amount of energy into his job while still keeping his priorities of life in line. He is a family man through and through. I am confident he will become an integral part of the Jayhawk family and elevate the golf program the right way, with integrity and hard work."
University of Northern Iowa Head Golf Coach John Bermel
“I think his resume speaks highly of his credentials. Every quality high school player has dreams of playing on the PGA Tour. When you look at what Jamie has done with the players that have played for him, it is unbelievable. When a No. 3 man at Drake University can win a major championship that says a lot itself. Jamie has two players on the PGA Tour that are winning out there and competing at the highest level on the best tour in the world.
“Every place that Jamie has coached the teams have been competitive, not only in the conference, but in the country. He gets the maximum out of every player who plays for him and gives each and every player the opportunity to compete at the highest level. Jamie knows enough about the swing to help any player when they are struggling on the course. He will increase the chance for the University of Kansas to be able to compete at the highest level.”
PGA Tour Pro and former Colorado State golfer Martin Laird
“He’s a great guy. The fact that I still count him as one of my good friends and still talk to him a lot as a past player - and I know Zach Johnson is the same - says a lot about a coach. I’ve been gone (for several years) now and still call him one of my good friends. He always looked out for his players. They were his number one concern. It’s a huge thing to know as a college athlete, that your coach has your back.
“The one thing I’d say that stands out about him is that he’s a winner. He’s not someone that accepts mediocrity. He’s going to try to get the best out of his team that he can, and he’s going to work as hard as he can to do that.
“He was great when I first came over; I didn’t know anyone. I was a 17-year-old kid from Scotland and he was really, really good - made sure I was comfortable and taken care of and happy where I was. Over the four years I was there I got real close with him and he helped me develop into the player that I am today. There are a lot of things he used to get on us about and teach us about that I still use and remember today. He obviously knows what he’s talking about. I had a great four years at CSU; he made it enjoyable and made me feel welcome. I’m sure it will be the same at KU.”