Penn State Abington's new golf coach prepares to tee off

Nelson Wax was named the new men’s golf coach at Penn State Abington, director of athletics Karen Weaver announced recently. She said he brings a wealth of experience and passion to the position. The son of a champion golfer, Wax focuses on balancing fundamentals with good course management strategies. “I look forward to developing players as athletes and students, putting them in the best position to succeed,” Wax said.

Wax, who also is the assistant director of Career Services at the college, said his coaching techniques are similar to those he uses in career counseling.

“I will identify and fine tune their personal strengths, while addressing and overcoming challenges,” he said.

An accomplished golfer in his own right, he said he is particularly strong in approach shots and the short game. Wax said he hopes to build on the momentum of the previous year, when the team captured its first invitational title and finished third overall in the North Eastern Athletic Conference championships. A talented core group of players is expected to return this fall, including senior Steve Alexander and juniors John Haldis, Chris Schofield, Tim Anderson, and Steffen Schenkenberger. Sophomore Keenan Moriarity rounds out the squad.

Wax replaces Ed Decker, who stepped down in April after serving as head coach for three years. Penn State Abington opens the fall season Sept. 14 at Westover Country Club in a match hosted by Chestnut Hill College.