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John Piper, a native of Sandusky, Ohio, coached the Falcon golf team for 13 years, posting three MAC titles during his tenure. He guided the Brown and Orange to conference crowns in 1972, 1973 and 1978, earning MAC Coach-of-the-Year honors following the '78 campaign.

Photo Courtesy BGSU Athletic Department During his tenure, Piper's teams won 20 tournament titles, and posted a winning percentage of .671, based on matches and tournament finishes. He took the three MAC-championship teams to the NCAA Tournaments while sending individuals in four other years. In the decade of the 1970's, the golf team was the most successful of all BGSU sports teams in MAC competition, posting a runner-up, one third place and one fourth place finish in addition to the three titles.

In addition to his coaching duties at BGSU, Piper served two terms as the elected Secretary-Treasurer of the NCAA Golf Coaches Association (1979-83). An instructor in the school of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at BGSU, he was selected as a finalist for the school's University Master Teacher Award by the BGSU Undergraduate Alumni Association on five occasions. In 1990, he was one of three BGSU faculty nominees for the National CASE Undergraduate Professor of the Year Award.

A 1958 graduate of Mount Union College, Piper received his Master's of Education degree in 1961. He then coached golf, basketball and football at the high-school level before becoming BGSU's freshman golf coach in 1967. Piper took over for the retired Forrest Creason as head coach three years later. The men's golf team hosts an annual tournament in his honor at the Stone Ridge Golf Club.

He was inducted to the BGSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001.

(Information on this page courtesy bgsufalcons.com press release, August 13, 2001.)

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