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OGDEN — Weber State University Director of Golf Jeff Smith has recently announced the hiring of Scott Erling as an Assistant Coach for the Wildcat golf programs.

Erling, whose primary responsibility will be coaching the men's golf team, replaces Dave Kearl, who retired this past fall after heading up the men's program at Weber State for the past 11 years.

"I'm really excited to be here," said Erling. "To get to be a part of Weber State, and to get to work with the kids is a dream come true for me. I can't wait for things to get started. I think we've got some really good kids, and we've got some really good things coming up for the future, so with (Jeff Smith's) guidance, I think things will be really good for the program."

Erling has been a well known member of the local golf community for many years. He was the Head Golf Professional at the Ogden Golf and Country Club from 1998 to 2007, and has since remained as a Teaching Professional at the club.

In 2007, he left his position as the head pro at OGCC to become the Intermountain region sales representative for Mizuno USA. Erling has also served as a sales representative for golf brands Black Clover, Iliac, and Dynamic Brands USA.

A native of southern Idaho, Erling was a three-time Gem State Conference Player of the year. He then played collegiate golf with Utah State, where he was a four-year letterwinner with the Aggies. In 2002, he was the individual medalist at the Southern Utah State University Invitational.

Following his career with the Aggies, Erling turned pro, and played on the Candadian Tour in 2003 and 2004.

"Scott brings a lot of experience to our program," said Smith. "He's on the cutting edge of teaching. He's a very good player, and the kids are going to benefit a great deal from that ability and the years and years of playing and teaching that he has experienced. He also brings a lot of connections to our program. He is very well connected in the golf business world, with many golf courses in the state and Intermountain region, and with many PGA professionals. He's going to bring a lot to the table that will really help our program."