NEW YORK—Columbia University has announced the establishment of a new $100,000 quasi-endowment for its varsity men’s golf program. The endowment is made possible through an anonymous gift from a former Columbia men’s golfer. This new endowment fund will provide flexible operational funding each fiscal year to support the priorities of the men’s golf program.


Specifically, the gift will be used to enhance the team’s competitive travel schedule, address equipment needs and add green-grass practice facilities to the rotation. It will also create additional recruiting opportunities for the coaching staff.


“We are so grateful for this endowment because it specifically addresses the annual operational needs of our program and it will directly impact the student-athlete experience,” Columbia Director of Golf and Head Men’s Golf Coach Rich Mueller said. “In time, it will also give us the resources to increase our off-campus recruiting activities, which is a vital part of sustaining excellence in our program.”


“We sincerely thank the anonymous donor for his generosity and support of our varsity men’s golf program,” Campbell Family Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Peter Pilling said. “As we continue toward our overall goal of soliciting endowment gifts, we are reminded how critical gifts like this are to providing Columbia student-athletes with the best experience possible.”


Mueller is in his 13th season as Columbia’s head men’s golf coach and 18th year as an NCAA Division I head coach. While serving as Columbia’s Director of Golf for the past 13 years, Mueller has shaped the Columbia program into a perennial power in the Ivy League. He has guided the Lions to five Ivy League Championships (four men’s titles, one women’s). Additionally, his student-athletes have captured three individual Ivy League championship medals, qualified for four NCAA posteason team appearances and earned 26 total All-Ivy League honors (23 men’s).


Earlier this year, Columbia announced a new $200,000 gift for the varsity men’s and women’s golf programs to build and maintain a world-class indoor training facility.