Lorne Oke begins his first season as the Indiana Wesleyan University women’s golf coach in 2016-17. He finished the 2015-16 season as the interim head coach and the interim tagged was removed in May 2016.
“After spending a few years as an assistant with Coach Moats and the women’s volleyball program here at Indiana Wesleyan, I gained even more admiration for our athletic department and the holistic approach that they emphasize in their programs,” said Oke. “Then working with Coach Conroy and the men’s golf program over the past couple of years really helped me connect with the athletes and the game of golf again.”
“When Coach DeMichael approached me about stepping into this role for the women’s team, it just seemed like a great fit for me,” continued Oke. “And as I spent some time with the ladies this spring it’s also a great fit for them. I’m really looking forward to working with the players while aiming at taking the IWU women’s program to a nationally competitive level.”
Oke came to Indiana Wesleyan in 2007 as the Assistant Vice President for Information Technology after an extensive career as a faculty member and coach. Two years later he was asked to lead the Center for Learning and Innovation as the Executive Director and has now been in that position for six years. For the last two years, Oke has worked as an assistant with men’s golf head coach Austin Conroy. Oke now transitions into the head coaching position for the Indiana Wesleyan women’s golf team.
Oke started coaching golf at the high school level in the late 80’s at Jimtown High School in Elkhart, Indiana. He also coached volleyball and basketball.
He moved back to the college level in 1991 at his alma mater Bethel (Ind.) and began a career that included three national championships in volleyball. Oke was also a men’s golf assistant coach for two seasons and the men’s golf head coach for six seasons. In 2001, Oke started the women’s golf program and coached them for two years before handing it off to one of his former players.
Coach Oke and his wife Debbie are both members of the Bethel College Athletic Hall of Fame. They have three girls that have either graduated or are about to graduate from IWU and one son who will be a senior at Mississenewa High School in the fall of 2016.