Scott Proshek starts his 10th season as head coach in the fall of 2019. He's guided the Tommies to six NCAA top-20 team finishes in the last eight seasons, including a fifth-place nationals finish in May 2016 -- the best in program history.
Proshek was among a select group of six finalists for 2017-18 National Coach of the Year.
The 2017-18 Tommies won the elite 18-team Golfweek Preview Tournament in October 2017 for the second time in three years. That helped the Tommies rank No. 1 in Division III in the GolfStat computer rankings and No. 3 in the coaches' poll. That St. Thomas squad also won the MIAC championship and tied for 11th out of 42 teams at the May 2018 national tournament.
The 2018-19 Tommies won the MIAC and took 15th place at nationals.
On the conference scene, St. Thomas has finished in the top four in the 10-team race in each of the last 10 seasons, including six top-two places.
Senior Pete Sienko shot a seven-under 65 in an April 2018 round -- the best score by a Tommie in 13 seasons.
Rising senior and two-time All-America honoree Emmet Herb was named MIAC Player of the Year in 2017-18 with the lowest stroke average. He's posted 22 career rounds of 72 or better.
Proshek's 2011-12 team won the MIAC Championship -- UST's first since 1980. That team advanced to the national meet for the first time and missed the 36-hole cut by one stroke with a 16th-place finish out of 41 teams. Freshman Alex Kapraun received All-America honors and Proshek was voted MIAC Coach of the Year.
The Proshek-led Tommies returned a team to the NCAA tournament in 2012-13 after St. Thomas finished second at the conference meet and was awarded an at-large berth to nationals. That team missed the cut after finishing 19th out of the 41 participating teams. Alex Kapraun repeated as an All-American after finishing 27th individually at nationals.
The 2015-16 Toms lost the 54-hole conference tournament by a single stroke, but were ranked first nationally for part of the season after winning the prestigious 18-team GolfWeek Preview tournament in Florida. The Toms topped 13 nationally-ranked teams and erased a 16-stroke deficit on the final day. They went on to share fifth at nationals led by conference medalist All-America Pete Sienko, just a sophomore, and honorable mention All-America Nck Nielsen. In addition, Proshek was named the MIAC Coach of the Year.
Meet the Coach
Proshek was a Tommie assistant coach from 2006-2010. A 1979 St. Thomas graduate with a bachelor's degree in Health and Physical Education, Proshek has coached in many capacities. Previously, he was head boys' golf coach at Shakopee High. He also coached four years of girls' varsity basketball at St. Louis Park High, and at various levels of boys' basketball at New Prague High.
He was the general manager at the New Prague Golf Club for 25 years and retired in 2004. He works part-time at Brackett's Crossing Country Club in Lakeville.
He's also worked as a substitute teacher at various Catholic grades schools; has refereed high school football for 19 years; works part-time at Encompass Inc (forensic engineering) in Eden Prairie.
He's married to Patty Proshek and resides in Shakopee. His son Nate lives in New Prague; his daughter Morgan lives in Savage; and his stepson Rob Svobodny and stepdaughters Alix Svobodny and Danielle Johnson live in Minnesota. He has two grandchildren.