Robert Stiles, M.S.
The longest tenured member of the UND coaching/teaching staff, Rob completed his 40th year at UND in May 2010, and his 23rd year with the men's golf program.
Rob was an all-around athlete in high school and college, competing in football, track and wrestling. He continued to participate in these sports while serving in the U.S. Army. Following his Army experience Rob met his wife Marlene who was teaching school in Modesto, California. They returned to Marlene's native state of North Dakota.
Rob completed the B.A. (1969) and M.S. (1971) at UND. He coached the UND wrestling team from 1970-71 through 1984-85, after which he moved to the men's golf program and remained as head coach through 2008. He also coached the women's golf program in the mid-1980's.
Rob brought his wrestling program into the top 10 Division II program, tutoring 15 All-Americans. In the golf program, he secured four consecutive North Central Conference championships during 1996-1999. He also placed several players on the ALL-NCC teams. In 1997 Rob was named District 5 National Golf Coach of the Year. In addition to his duties at UND, Rob also served as the golf professional at Ray Richards Golf Course for 23 years and continues to give golf lessons there.
During his many years as a coach at UND, Rob also maintained a full-time tenured assistant professor appointment in the Department of Kinesiology and Public Health Education, instructing a variety of classes and overseeing the Coaching Minor and the Field Experience advisement. Looking back over the decades, Stiles says he continues to be amazed and appreciative of the many, many talented and dedicated young men and women he met and worked with.
Rob and Marlene currently live in Grand Forks near their daughters Dacia and Tiphani and their families.