Girls Varsity Golf · Phil Kozar ’99 Named Head Women’s Golf Coach


Lutheran West has hired Phil Kozar ’99 to take over the Women’s Golf program. Kozar is taking over for Dave Ressler ’86, who stepped down after the season due to his new position within the Athletic Department as Athletics Coordinator. Kozar attended Lutheran West from 1996-1999 and lettered all four years in golf. He was named All Metropolitan Area Conference (MAC) in 1997, 1998, and 1999. As a freshman, Kozar was a district qualifier shooting an individual score of 80, while helping the team qualify as well with a score of 344. He helped earn sectional team titles in ’97, ’98, and ’99. As a junior, he led the Longhorns to the state tournament with a scoring average of 38.4 for nine holes, good for first on the team. His senior year he also led the team in scoring average posting a 37.1.

Kozar went on to graduate from Ashland University with a Bachelor of Science in Education. He returned to Lutheran West in 2019 and currently teaches Physical Science, Math Resources, and Computer Applications.

Kozar says:

“Taking over the Women’s Golf program is a match made in heaven, there is no greater honor than educating and inspiring tomorrow’s female leaders.”

Ryan Miller, Athletic Director, says:

“We are excited to welcome Phil to our coaching staff. Being able to hire a teacher and alum will make for a seamless transition. Phil has a passion for coaching and has been a lifelong advocate of the game of golf. His success as a high school player at Lutheran West, both as a team and individually, will help push our program in the coming years.”

The Women’s team is coming off a very successful season which included 12 wins, runner-up in the Sectional Tournament, and a 7th place finish in the District Tournament. The Longhorns graduate two seniors, Sam Webb (Ashland University) and Nadia Kauntz.