Kayser spent four years as assistant; Poutre joined Eagles in 2010
After spending the last two years as an assistant coach for the men's and women's golf programs at Boston College, Bill Poutre has been promoted to associate head coach. In this capacity, Poutre will assist in the operations of both teams, continue to lead the recruiting efforts for the men and the women and will serve as the primary coach for the men in competition.
Poutre, a reinstated amateur after a 15-year stint as a PGA Class "A" Golf Professional, started his coaching career at the University of Hartford in 2005. During his three-year tenure at Hartford as the men's head coach, the team's national ranking improved by more than 100 spots. Additionally, the Hawks won three regular season tournaments, two conference championships and advanced to the 2007 NCAA Division 1 East regionals. The team's stroke average improved by 16 shots over the period and set the school team stroke average record which still stands today. Poutre's teams excelled in the classroom as well, earning a 3.30 cumulative average over the three year period.
Poutre recruited and coached: two academic all-Americans, one conference Player of the Year, two state amateur champions and the school's single season stroke average leader. He was named conference Coach of the Year twice, the 2008 Eaton Golf Pride Division 1 New England Coach of the Year and was a finalist for National Coach of the Year honors.
Following the 2008 season, Poutre was named the men's head coach at Long Beach (Calif.) State. During his two year stint at Long Beach, the 49ers' national ranking improved by more than 50 spots and the team's APR (Academic Performance Rating) was a perfect 1000 in both years. During the two year period, the team's stroke average improved by more than eight shots. Poutre recruited four golfers in the starting five on this year's Long Beach squad which climbed into the top 40 nationally, its best ranking in school history.
Poutre, a Massachusetts native, is known as one of the country's best college golf recruiters. At Hartford, five student athletes were ranked No. 1 in their respective states prior to joining the Hawks. While at Long Beach, Poutre recruited the 2008 Orange County (Calif.) Player of the Year, three top California recruits in 2009 - including a California State Amateur Champion and the No. 1 ranked international recruit for 2010.
His recruiting dominance has continued at The Heights on both the men's and women's sides. The 2011 men's class included Massachusetts Junior Champion as well as Connecticut PGA Junior Champion, Andy Mai, and the No. 2 ranked New England Junior, John Jackopsic. On the women's side, Poutre recruited two recruits ranked in the top 50 of the graduating class's world rankings. Katia Joo of Rolling Hills, Calif., completed her freshman campaign earning all-ACC honors. Cristina McQuiston of Rome, Italy had a solid year as her season stroke average ranked only behind Joo's and LPGA star, Alison Walshe, on the school's all-time single season scoring average list. Joo and McQuiston were further recognized in the Golfstat rankings as the No. 24 ranked freshman class in the country.
According to Poutre, the incoming class for both programs may be his best ever. The men will add New England's top ranked recruit, Nick Pandelena, of Atkinson, N.H., along with Connecticut State Junior runner-up Brian Butler. In addition, Ryan Coughlin of Rye, N.Y., will transfer to BC from Notre Dame. On the women's side, Isabel Southard from Sharon, Mass., leads a very impressive women's class. Southard is currently ranked No. 60 in the Sagarin World Rankings and is the number one ranked women's player in New England. Future classmates Vinh-Hoa Ngo of Newton, Mass., and Regan Simeone of Milton, Mass., were ranked the No. 2 and No. 3 class of 2012 in New England at the time of their commitment to the Eagles.
Poutre earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Hartford and was a letterman on the Hawks' golf team. He is a Sloan Fellow from the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management graduate program. Prior to returning to his alma mater to lead its golf program, Poutre was a serial entrepreneur running several businesses including Prime Financial, Inc. At Prime, Poutre was the CEO of this national diversified financial services company. In 2003, he was honored as a finalist for the 2003 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. After leaving Prime, Poutre took the time to travel the country as the lead educator for the NCAA sponsored "Playbook for Life" program. The program was developed by The Hartford to teach NCAA student-athletes the basics of personal finance. Poutre has spoken at more than 30 campuses across the country including Boston College, several other ACC schools, Notre Dame, Texas, Stanford, Cal-Berkley and UCLA. Poutre is an active member of the College Golf Coaches Association of America.
Poutre resides in Southborough, Mass. with his wife Christine and their children Samantha and Cameron.