Steve PhelpsHead Coach
Office Phone: 863-667-5217
Steve Phelps begins his fifth season as the head golf coach at Southeastern in the fall of 2013. He was hired in July 2009, becoming the third head coach in program history.
2013 marked a banner year for Phelps and the men’s golf program as they became the first program in Southeastern University history to appear at an NAIA National Championship event, after winning The Sun Conference Tournament. The TSC Tournament Championship, also a first in SEU history, was done in dominating fashion as the Fire ran away with the tournament title, winning by 24 shots.
In his first season, Phelps led Southeastern to a top-25 finish in the NAIA. The Fire ended its season ranked No. 25 and had previously been ranked as high as No. 18 in the country. The Fire looked poised to make the 2010 NAIA National Tournament, but a poor showing in the Sun Conference Tournament Championship held Southeastern back from making its first national tournament appearance.
Southeastern did earn a top-five finish nationally within the NCCAA, finishing fourth at the 2009 NCCAA National Tournament in Panama City with a three-day score of 907. Before joining Southeastern, Coach Phelps was an assistant golf professional at Lone Palm Golf Club in Lakeland, Fla., where he was director of tournament operations and taught lessons for five years.
From 2003 to 2005, Coach Phelps was the general manager of Pro Golf of Lakeland. He has also been an assistant golf professional at the Tournament Players Club of Tampa Bay, Countryside Country Club in Clearwater, Fla., and Bear Lakes Country Club in West Palm Beach, Fla.
He earned his Class A PGA professional certificate in 1998 after graduating from Florida State University in 1994 with a business degree in hotel, restaurant, and club management.
“I’m thrilled to be a part of a very successful athletics program here at Southeastern University," said Phelps. "The spiritual culture of Southeastern was the biggest draw for coming here, and to be able to coach golf was the ultimate bonus.”
Phelps graduated from nearby Lakeland Senior High School in 1989 and has been a resident of Lakeland for more than 30 years.
He and his wife Becky have been married for 18 years, and the couple have two children, Steven and Carley.