Ann Arbor native Patrick Wilkes-Krier begins his first season as an assistant coach following a successful 12-year collegiate and professional career. During an eight-year professional career, Wilkes-Krier competed primarily on the National Golf Association Tour (Hooters Tour) as well as playing in several events on the Web.com Tour. Following his pro career, he became an instructor at the Kendall Academy at Miles of Golf outside of Ann Arbor, Mich. He serves as the director/instructor of the elite junior program, where he teaches and mentors middle- and high-school golfers. Born and raised in Ann Arbor, Wilkes-Krier played locally at Huron High School, earning All-State Super Team honors as a senior. A four-year varsity letterwinner and starter at Ball State (2003-06), he was a two-time captain. A two-time All-Mid-American Conference (MAC) selection, he holds the Ball State record for the lowest 54-hole score. Off the course at Ball State, he was twice named to the prestigious Golf Coaches Association All-America Scholar team and was a two-time Academic All-MAC first team selection. In 2016, he joined current Wolverine Kyle Mueller in qualifying for the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club.