Tony Blake was named head men's and women's golf coach for the Pirates in March 2017, the first men's coach at the University in more than three decades and the fourth head women's golf coach in Park University history. Blake will lead both Park golf programs after spending five seasons as the assistant men's golf coach at Wichita State University, under hall of fame head coach Grier Jones, who is in his 20th year with the Shockers.
A member of the first team Jones coached at WSU, Blake brings significant experience both as an amateur and professional to Park University's golf programs.
In a relatively brief amount of time, Blake made a significant impact at Wichita State, helping the Shockers to fourteen wins in five years. He aided in the development of the 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Missouri Valley Conference Golfers-of-the-Year, Rafael Becker, Hunter Sparks, Louis Cohen Boyer (2), and Grant Bennett, while helping the Shockers to their fifth-, sixth-, seventh- and eighth-straight MVC titles as well as their, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st and 22nd NCAA appearances. In his five seasons, WSU produced 20 All-MVC performers, three MVC Newcomer of the Year awards, four MVC Championship medalists and five MVC Player of the Year awards.
At WSU, Blake was the recruiting coordinator while also coordinating practice schedules and overseeing player development.
In his playing career, Blake was a member of the Shocker golf team from 1994 to 1996 and was a two-year letterman after redshirting in 1994. Prior to Wichita State Blake was a member of the Butler County Community College golf team where he was the 1993 Region IV Champion. Following his career after Wichita State, Blake was a member of and participated in various mini-tours before regaining his amateur status in 2003. In 2004, Blake was crowned the Kansas State Mid-Amateur Champion.
The Wichita native graduated from Wichita State in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education- Sports Business. Blake and his wife Cara reside in Overland Park, Kansas, with their two children, daughters Crandall and Carlin.