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Scott Lieberwirth, who led NM State to six conference championships and six NCAA Regional appearances in eight years as head coach, is now charged with returning the UTEP golf program to past glories.
Lieberwirth, who is in his sixth year at the helm, has helped the Miners come a perennial contender in Conference USA.
The sixth year UTEP coach led the Miners to several impressive feats during the 2015-16 season. He led the Orange and Blue to its first team title since 2005 by winning the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate by a whopping 17 strokes. Entering the final day of competition, the Miners held a six-stroke lead that would never be relinquished. UTEP was the only team to shoot under par during the final round and won the tournament at two-over par (284-288-282-854).
Lieberwirth also helped mold Frederik Dreier into the 2015-16 Conference USA Golfer of the Year. It was the first time a UTEP golfer won the award since joining C-USA. Chris Baryla (2004) was the last Miner to garner such an award. Dreier earned his first career berth at an NCAA Regional in 2016 and tallied a career-best stroke average of 72.5 to lead the team. Dreier was UTEP’s top finisher at eight of the 11 tournaments played and recorded five top-10 showings.
Lieberwirth also guided Andreas Sorenson to the Conference USA All Freshman Team. The Denmark native averaged a stealthy 73.8 strokes per round in his first year in the Sun City which ranked No. 3 on the team. Sorenson carded his only top-10 finish of the year at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate with a one-over par 214 (70-72-72).
In 2015, Lieberwirth was the headpiece in a monumental change for Conference USA. Lieberwirth pushed for a similar format in the conference tournament that is used in the NCAA tournament. With the support of other league coaches, Lieberwirth helped make Conference USA become the first conference to adopt a match-play format to conclude its conference tournament. C-USA was the only conference in America in 2015 to have match play incorporated in its conference tournament.
UTEP’s finish of third place (stroke wise) at the 2015 Conference USA Championships was the best placing in program history since the institution entered C-USA in 2006. The Miners fell in their semifinal match play event against No. 30 UAB by a tally of 3-2.
Lieberwirth tutored Martin Simonsen to a stellar four-year career in the Orange and Blue. Simonsen advanced to three regionals during his tenure with the Miners. During his senior year, the Denmark native collected a career-low 71.8 strokes per round and was named a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar for the second year in a row. Adding to his success on the links, Simonsen was named to the Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll thrice.
Lieberwirth's first season as UTEP's head coach (2011-12) was highlighted by the emergence of Martin Simonsen, the Conference USA Freshman of the Year. Simonsen led the team in scoring average with a stellar 72.6 and earned a bid to NCAA Regionals after finishing fourth at the C-USA Championship. Simonsen was UTEP's top finisher in five of seven spring tournaments.
The Miners played their best golf at the end of the season, firing a season-low 865 at the Jim West Intercollegiate in early April to tie for third place. It marked UTEP's best team score in three years.
A five-time Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, Lieberwirth directed the Aggies to league titles in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Under Lieberwirth's guidance, NM State won 14 tournaments, had 20 All-Conference selections and the conference player of the year in 2006 (Matt Edwards), 2009 (Travis Reid) and 2010 (Tim Madigan).
Lieberwirth began his coaching career as a volunteer assistant at NMSU in the fall of 2003. He was a self-employed professional golfer from 2000-03, firing a course record 61 (11 under par) at the Hooters Tour event in Kendallville, Ind.
The Carlsbad, N.M. native was a four-year letterman at NMSU from 1996-2000. The 1999 Big West conference champion and 2000 Big West Conference MVP, he also participated in the 2000 NCAA West Regional as an individual. He won two titles and finished in the top-10 at 11 tournaments during his college career. He graduated with honors, receiving his bachelor's degree in Business Administration (Marketing).
Lieberwirth was a Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) Academic All-American.
Before attending NMSU, he played at Carlsbad High School, leading the Cavemen to the state championship in 1996. He won 15 tournaments at Carlsbad High and was named All-State on four occasions.
Lieberwirth and his wife, Heather, have a four-year old daughter, Rylie.
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