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Women's Golf Coaches

Russell Grove

Russell Grove

Head Coach
Phone: (208) 659-3971
Email: Russell.Grove@nic.edu

Russell Grove enters his 4th season as the head coach of the Cardinal golf program for both the women and the men. Grove attended Coeur d’Alene High School, where he was the valedictorian and helped the Vikings win the 5A State Golf Championship in 2004. He received a golf scholarship to the University of Idaho where he served as a team captain and led the Vandals to their best finish in the history of the Western Athletic Conference at the time. Grove as a three-time recipient of the WAC Scholar Athlete Award, and three-time selection on the WAC Academic All-Conference team. At the University of Idaho, Grove set the 36-hole and 54-hole record with scores of 131 and 203 respectively. In addition, he set the UI course record with a score of 62. Grove turned professional in 2009 after he graduated and recently qualified for the 2017 PGA Professional Championship. In 2017 Grove won the Oregon open, won the Northwest PGA Championship, finished second at the Rosauers Open, finished second at the Montana Open, and finished the year ranked number 1 in the Northwest and received the PNWPGA player of the year award.


"Russell is an exceptional golf talent, and is highly respected as a professional golfer and instructor," said Al Williams, NIC athletics director. "Russell has tremendous connections in the PGA and with NCAA Division I golf coaches, so he can assist in moving our student-athletes to the next level, on and off the course. We have a talented group of returners and recruits, so the foundation appears to be set for Russell to lead our programs to continued success."


The Avondale Golf Club, in Hayden, Idaho, is the Cardinal's home course. The program also uses Twin Lakes GC, The Links GC, Prairie Falls GC, and the Coeur d'Alene Municipal golf course as practice and playing facilities. 



Dan Porter

Dan Porter

Assistant Coach

Dan Porter enters his seventh season as assistant golf coach. He is the head golf professional at Avondale Golf and Tennis Club, a position he has held since 2000. He is also a PGA member and a class A-1 instructor.

Porter earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from Eastern Washington University where he also played on the varsity golf team. He attended Mead High School and was captain of the golf team and was named most valuable player in the Greater Spokane League.

Porter has also worked at Downriver, Indian Canyon, Manito Golf and Country Club, and Wandermere golf courses. He has received numerous awards throughout his career.

He and his wife Debbie have three children, Taylor, Chelsea, and Michael. 



Russ Grove

Russ Grove

Assistant Coach

Russ is entering his third year with helping with the men’s and women’s golf teams. Russ has 15 years experience coaching multiple sports. Russ graduated from Thomas Edison HS in Alexandria, Virginia and Northern Virginia Community College. He retired in 2017 and is presently working as a course marshal at Avondale Golf Course. Russ is married to Karen and has two sons, Russell and Sam. He enjoys all sports and loves coaching.



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