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Erik Koch to Take Over as Men's Golf Head Coach at College of Southern Maryland

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) welcomes Erik Koch as the new head coach of its Men's Golf program. Koch comes to CSM after working at Lackey High School for 23 years. While at Lackey, he coached golf from 2003 to 2007 and took the Chargers to two state championships. He also coached Lackey's girl's varsity basketball, football and softball teams.

Koch replaces CSM Head Golf Coach David Russell, who stepped down after last season and recommended Koch to CSM. Koch is keeping Layne Ponder on as assistant coach.

The new CSM coach has been a member of Swan Point Yacht & Country Club in Swan Point, Maryland, for 15 years, serving on the MGA Board, running tournaments and giving lessons to junior players. He began playing golf when he was 22 years old and his father-in-law introduced him to the sport. Koch said he has been "addicted" and "hooked" ever since.

Koch graduated from Springbrook High School in Montgomery County, Maryland. After attending Montgomery College, Koch joined the Army Reserves for two years. He returned from service and graduated from Bowie State University in 1995 with a bachelor's degree in physical education. He has his master's equivalency after continuing his education through Charles County Public Schools.

Koch and his wife, Patricia, live in Swan Point. They have two sons, Tyler and Jack, who both attended La Plata High School where they, too, played golf. Tyler is a senior on the golf team at Winthrop University, and Jack will join CSM's golf team as a freshman.

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