Head Coach John Bermel is currently in his 18th year of coaching at the University of Northern Iowa.
Bermel, who first began his UNI career in 1995, guided the men's team for seven seasons (1995-2002) and then took on the additional experience of the women's golf team in the 2002-2003 season.
A three-time NCAA Division III all-America and four-year varsity letter winner at Central College in Pella, IA, Bermel brings nearly 20 years of competitive and teaching experience to the Northern Iowa men's and women's golf progra ms.
After graduating from Central in 1984, he served as Assistant Golf Professional at three highly respected Iowa courses between 1986 and 1989 -- the Mason City Country Club, the Des Moines Golf and Country Club, and Sunnyside Country Club in Waterloo. While at Mason City, he was chosen the 1987 Assistant Golf Professional of the Year.
In 1990, Bermel became the head golf professional at Beaver Hills Country Club in Cedar Falls, a position he held until December 1995. He currently is the head professional at Pheasant Ridge Golf Course, also in Cedar Falls.
In addition to his vast technical expertise, he also is quite a competitor. He was the Iowa Section PGA Champion in 1990, 1993, 2000, 2004, 2006, and a five-time runner-up.
He also competed in 16 National Club Professional Tournaments, four Nike/Hogan Tour Events, and 10 PGA Tour Events. Bermel competed in the 1994 and 1996 PGA Championship tournaments.
Bermel qualified and played in the 2012 U.S. Senior Open at Indianwood Golf and Country Club in Lake Orion, Mich.
Bermel is the Teaching Instructor of Executive Golf Limited. He's worked with some of the best golf instructors in the United States in order to learn and teach the latest methods of golf instruction.
In July 2009, Golf Digest named Bermel "The Best Teacher" of golf in the state of Iowa, based on a poll of golf instructors. In 2012, Bermel was named the Iowa PGA Professional of the Year.
Bermel was the recipient of the Labron Harris Sr. Award presented by E-Z-GO in cooperation with The PGA of America and the Golf Coaches Association of America in 2011.
Bermel's brother, Jamie, is the head men's golf coach at the University of Kansas.
John and his wife, Tracy, reside in Cedar Falls with their five children: Abby (22), Jake (19), Hannah (14), Hailey (14) and Ben (12).