Head Coach Cindy Trout
Cindy Trout
Position: Head Coach
Alma Mater: Alma
Graduating Year: 1980
Phone: (269) 276-3318
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The Western Michigan women's golf program is under the direction of head coach Cindy Trout, celebrating her 15th year with the University in 2012-13.  The only head coach the program has known since its inception, Trout has literally worked from scratch to develop the Broncos into one of the top programs in the Mid-American Conference. She was named the Mid-American Conference Golf Coach of the Year in 2004 for her efforts.

Trout was named head coach on May 21, 1998.  A class "A" member of the Professional Golfer's Association (PGA) since 1988, Trout brought with her impressive credentials to WMU.

Prior to WMU, she served as head teaching professional at the Shoal Creek Golf Center in Kansas City, Mo.  Aside from her PGA duties, she also owned and operated "Solid Contact," a consulting service that offered instruction, seminars, promotions and marketing plans to golf businesses and facilities.  Her efforts earned her recognition in several industry publications.

Trout's instructional and administrative experience includes four years as the head golf professional at the Loch Lloyd Country Club in Belton, Mo., a private country club south of Kansas City and the one-time home of the Senior PGA Tour's Southwestern Bell Classic. Trout was also the head teaching professional at the Crystal Mountain Resort in Michigan (1990-91) after earning her PGA of America Class "A" membership in the Northern California section in 1988.

Trout has prior experience working in collegiate athletics as well, working in a variety of roles at Alma College, (Alma, MI) her alma mater.  As a member of Alma's staff she held jobs as assistant athletic director for women, assistant women's basketball coach, head softball coach, intramural director and sports information director.

Trout earned a bachelor's degree in history at Alma (1980) and obtained a master's in physical education at Central Michigan (1983).  She was also a member of the University of Arizona golf team for one season (1976). Trout attended Kalamazoo public schools from 5th grade on and is a graduate of Loy Norrix HS. She was named to their athletic Hall of Fame in the early 1990's.


Trout has guided the Broncos to success both on the golf course and in the classroom.  The squad's scoring average has improved dramatically in recent campaigns, leading to record-setting efforts on a near monthly basis.  A Bronco golfer has been named Academic All-Mid-American Conference seven times in program history and the program has had 14 selections on the National Golf Coaches Association Scholar Team.

Competitively, Trout has upgraded the Bronco schedule each year and has the team competing in some of the nation's top events on a regular basis.  One of those events was started by Coach Trout, the Rio Verde Invitational, in Rio Verde, Ariz.  The event draws programs from across the nation and grows in participation eith each passing campaign.  The 2011 Rio Verde Invitational will be the ninth annual event, with past champions including the University of Michigan, Notre Dame, Kent State, Kansas and the Broncos, winning the title in 2003.

The MAC Coach of the Year in 2004, Trout and the Broncos made a run for the title at the league tournament, finishing second.  WMU, which served as the host of the event, owned the lead after the opening round of play and finished with two of its members earning all-conference honors (Stephanie Donkin and Jenna Walter).

Western Michigan has claimed wins in 12 events under Trout's tutelage with a program best coming during the 2003-04 season.  WMU has finished in the top three at the season-ending MAC tournament three times, boasting 11 All-MAC selections including the only First Team All-MAC honorees, Donkin and Elise Swartout.

In 2012, Trout's idea of a tournament for Midwest teams in  Arizona reached its 10th anniversary as the Rio Verde Invitational has been played now for a decade.



  • Finished in the top 10 in seven of nine tournaments
  • Eighth best team stroke average — 316.9
  • Third best individual stroke average — 79.2
  • Kaylee Imel recorded the third lowest score in a round in program history (69)
  • Leah Grawburg played in fourth most rounds in a career — 99
  • Hosted three tournaments in one season — The Preview (Oct. 10-11), 10th Annual Rio Verde Invitational (March 9-11), MAC Championships (April 27-29)


  • Team finished in the top three in every tournament of the fall season
  • Broncos won multiple tournaments in the season for the third time in program history and the first time since 2004
  • Britney Hamilton carded the second-lowest single round in program history with a 68 (-4) during the third round of the 2010 Nittany Lion Women’s Invitational
  • Hamilton broke her own program record for 54-hole score with a 217 at the Pat Bradley Invitational to close out the fall season
  • WMU had a golfer reach the NCAA Regionals for the first time in program history
  • Broke program record for team scoring average (308.07)


  • Team average of 312.37 is lowest 18-hole team scoring average was the lowest in program history
  • Broncos earned eight top-10 finishes
  • Finished second at the Falcon Classic and third at the Nittany Lion Women's Invitational
  • Multiple All-MAC selections for first time since 2007 and only second First Team All-MAC selection (Swartout)
  • Swartout set new record for single-season scoring average (75.70) and tied the career mark for rounds played (103)
  • Britney Hamilton set the individual 54-hole scoring average record at the UALR Women's Golf Classic (218), finishing second


  • WMU had six top-10 finishes, finishing third in the MAC Tournament for the third time in program history
  • Hamilton became the first Bronco to earn a spot on the MAC Championship All-Tournament Team
  • Swartout earned Second Team All-MAC
  • Rio Verde Invitational received title sponsorship from Duramed Pharmaceuticals, the title sponsor for the DURAMED Futures Tour


  • Coach Trout and the WMU golf program celebrated its 10th year
  • Laura Bavaird left the program has the record holder for single-season scoring average (75.9) and career scoring average (77.9)
  • Bavaird tied the mark for rounds played in a season (28)
  • Bavaird won two tournamenst (Nittany Lion Women's Invitational, MAC Preview)
  • Megan Petzko, the year's James F. Coyne Memorial Scholarship recipient, left the program ranked in the top 10 in career scoring average, rounds in a season and low 72-hole score
  • Team finished 38-23 in regional competition and 19-8 against MAC teams


  • WMU won its first team title since 2004, capturing the William & Mary Invitational
  • Bavaird was medalist at W&M Invitational
  • Erin Thorne finished career owning or sharing the record in five categories - career scoring average (78.6), rounds in a career (103), 54-hole scoring average (222), 72-hole scoring average (300) and rounds in a season (28), shared with Bavaird and Lindsay Dunigan


  • Jenna Walter finished her career as the career scoring average record holder (78.9) and career rounds record holder (94)
  • Team fired a 291 in the MAC Championships, the third lowest team round in program history
  • Erin Thorne carded the program's lowest single round (69) at the MAC Championships


  • Captured Cardinal Classic team title for second-straight year
  • Carded lowest team round in program at Cardinal Classic (285)
  • Stephanie Donkin wins medalist at Cardinal Classic


  • Stephanie Donkin became first Bronco to earn First Team All-MAC
  • WMU wins two team tournaments (Bronco Invitational Bobcat Desert Classic)
  • WMU wins Cardinal Classic as one of three team tournament wins
  • Donkin earns medalist in two tournaments (Notre Dame, Cardinal Classic)


  • Rio Verde Invitational has inaugural event with WMU winning the 11-team tournament
  • WMU wins three tournaments (Rio Verde, Bronco Invitational, Huskie Classic)
  • Erica Bieniek earns medalist honors in a program record five tournaments (Cardinal Classic, Huskie Invitational, Rio Verde, William & Mary Spring Invitational and Bronco Invitational)


  • Erica Bieniek wins first career tournament (Falcon Invitational)
  • WMU wins Cardinal Classic


  • WMU wins the UMKC Kenneth Smith Classic, the first tournament win in program history
  • Katie Yoder becomes the first Bronco medalist in an event, winning the UMKC Kenneth Smith Classic


  • WMU competes in 10 tournaments
  • WMU defeats Chicago State in its only dual meet on April 14, 2000


  • WMU women's golf program is started
  • WMU wins the Bronco Triangular for first program win