John Sjoberg was named Emory University's head golf
coach coach following the conclusion of the 2011 season.
He took over for Mike Phillips who announced his retirement after
28 years as the head man of the Eagles' program.
During Sjoberg's first year as head coach, he guided the team to its 10th straight (17th overall) bid to the NCAA D-III Championships. In addition, he saw the Eagles captured the University Athletic Association Championships, setting a conference record with a 36-hole score of 581. Under his tutelage, senior Ryan Dagerman captured First Team All-America honors, the Emory player to earn that distinction since 2006. Sjoberg saw two of his players, David Collura and Dagerman earn sports on the Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-Scholar Team with Dagerman also awarded the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.
Sjoberg had been Emory’s assistant coach since July of 2008 and helped the Eagles to a first-place finish at the 2011 University Athletic Association Championships. During his stint with Emory, Sjoberg has played a key role in the program making three NCAA D-III Championship appearances, and this past year’s eighth-place effort was the first top-10 showing by the Eagles since 2006. Sjoberg has helped mentor four different players to a total of five All-America berths, including 2011 honorees, Ryan Dagerman, Charles Raindre and Johnathan Chen.
“I would like to thank Coach Phillips for three great years to start my coaching career,” Sjoberg stated following his appointment to head coach. “I have learned more than I could have imagined in during that time and look forward to carrying on the tradition that Coach Phillips has built at Emory."
Sjoberg came to the Emory program after serving as the assistant
professional at the Duke University Golf Club in Durham, NC, since
2005. Among his responsibilities were serving as the primary
liaison between the course and the university's men's and women's
golf programs, administration of tournament events and
Sjoberg attended Methodist University and was a member of the golf team from 2002 through 2004. He was part of a program that earned three trips to the NCAA Tournament while claiming a pair of USA South Athletic Conference crowns.
Sjoberg earned his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Methodist in 2005.