Mike Morrow announced his retirement as the head coach of the Kent State University women's golf team on Thursday, after leading the Golden Flashes to 14 Mid-American Conference championships in as many years of the program's existence.


A KSU alum, Morrow became the program's first head coach in 1997. Since then, he has been a 10-time MAC Coach of the year, a two-time Central Region Coach of the Year and a Golfweek National Coach of the Year in 2001. He has also coached 13 MAC Players of The Year and 59 All-MAC honorees, including 39 All-MAC First Team selections.


"Kent State is a special place," Morrow said in a press release. "For 23-plus years, it has been great to me. It has been a phenomenal place to work, live and raise a family, and it has been a great ride."


Morrow is also retiring after 22 years as general manager of the Kent State University Golf Course.


As a player, Morrow was the first All-American golfer in Golden Flashes' history in 1973. The Stow native earned All-MAC honors for three consecutive seasons (1973-75). Morrow was a 1987 inductee into the Varsity "K" Hall of Fame.


"We thank Mike for his many years of service to Kent State University," said Director of Athletics Joel Nielsen. "His 14 consecutiveconference championships will be difficult to match by any coach in any sport. I also want to thank Mike's family, his wife Denise and his three daughters, Kelly, Jamie and Mandi for everything the Morrow family has meant to Kent State."


Until a new coach is named, Director of Golf Herb Page and Associate Head Coach for men's and women's golf Rob Wakeling and women's assistant coach Maddi Swaney will assume leadership of the program.


"We are losing an icon," Page said in a press release. "He has done an unbelievable job at Kent State. I hope he enjoys his retirement. He'll get a chance to see his wife and daughters a lot more, and this is a good timenow to transition intoa new era with our women's golf program."


Kent State opens the 2013 women's golf season Feb. 10-12 at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic in Rio Grande, P.R.