BHC alum Shepherd named head golf coach

head shot of Shayne ShepherdGolfer Shayne Shepherd is back at Black Hawk College. The BHC alum will lead the Braves golf program starting Aug. 1.

“As a first-year head coach, he is committed to focusing on the student-athlete experience while continuing to build on the past success of the program,” said Arnie Chavera, BHC athletic director. “I am thrilled to have Coach Shepherd rejoin us.”

Shepherd competed on the BHC golf team from 2017-19. The Braves wrapped up both seasons by winning the Arrowhead Athletic Conference Championship and the NJCAA Division II Region IV Championship. In Spring 2019, Shepherd was named an Arrowhead All-Conference golfer.

He returned to his alma mater for the 2020-21 season as an assistant golf coach and now has multiple goals as the Braves’ head coach.

“I want to be a coach who helps mold high school kids into great young men when they move onto a four-year college or whatever their next step in life may be, because there is much more to being a coach than just winning trophies,” he said.

“The main challenge I have as a new head coach is carrying on and building upon the successful legacy of the program being passed down generation to generation from past coaches,” Shepherd said.

“I want to win region and conference year after year, and I want to make Black Hawk a national contender moving forward,” he said. “It will be a lot of work, but I’m up for the challenge and I know my student-athletes will be as well.”

A 2013 graduate of North Scott High School (IA), Shepherd earned an Associate in Arts degree from Black Hawk College in 2019 and a bachelor’s degree in sports management from the University of Arizona Global Campus in 2022. He is the assistant golf pro at Pinnacle Country Club in Milan and an associate in the PGA program.