Glen Millican’s history with the University of New Mexico encompasses his entire adult life. Until he landed in Columbia, Missouri, this fall, he had only ever known golf with the Lobos.
Millican played college golf for New Mexico in the late 1990s and at 23, joined then-head coach J.T. Higgins’ staff as an assistant coach. At 26, he took the head coaching role.
Millican was named head men’s golf coach at Missouri roughly a month before the start of the 2023-24 season, replacing Mark Hankins – who was set to replace longtime head coach Mark Leroux – when Hankins took the head men’s golf job at USC.
It’s hard for Millican to put into words exactly what led him to Missouri.
“I don’t have a specific reason why you would leave somewhere that you’ve been forever,” he said. “I had a great 30 years at New Mexico as a player and coach and it’s my alma mater so that place and that golf program is always going to mean a lot to me.”
Millican only beat his Missouri players to campus this fall by a couple of weeks. The Tigers roster includes four returners and five new players, including freshman Adam Miller, whom Millican and assistant coach Sean Carlon (formerly Millican’s assistant at New Mexico) had recruited at length, as well as Lobo transfer Virgilio Paz.
Mizzu set to host at Dalhousie Golf Club
This weekend, as Millican leads a team that’s not the Lobos into a tournament for the first time in his career, you might say the slate is clean at Dalhousie Golf Club in Cape Girardeau. Missouri is the host team for the 2023 Golfweek Collegiate Kickoff, a new event on the schedule that replaces the Tigers’ usual start at Turning Stone Tiger Collegiate in Verona, New York.
“We’ll go down to Dalhousie and play some golf and that will show us a lot more than we can find out this week,” Millican said of getting to know his new team, top to bottom. “And then we’ll be off to the races.”
Millican pays a lot of attention to history, and in that respect, there are similarities between New Mexico and Missouri that he can’t ignore. At New Mexico, Millican was very aware of the success of coaching legends that came before him, from Dick Maguire, Duane Knight and John Fields to his predecessor Higgins. At Missouri, he follows men like Richard Poe, Leroux and Hankins.
“Same type of situation where you’re coming in…