Assistant Coach Cullen Carstens
Cullen Carstens, who has served as an assistant at both Oklahoma State and Jacksonville State, enters his third season as an assistant coach for the Kansas State men's golf program.
Carstens, along with third-year head coach Grant Robbins, have hit the ground running as the Wildcats recently completed a successful 2015-16 season with a bright future ahead. Last year, K-State tallied the third-best team stroke average in school history at 291.51, while the Wildcats tied for seventh in school history with five top-five finishes.
Individually, freshman Jeremy Gandon won his first collegiate tournament in the fall, recorded the ninth-best single-season stroke average in school history (72.76), and tied for fourth in the Big 12 Championship to earn a spot on the All-Big 12 Tournament Team.
Prior to arriving in Manhattan, Carstens spent two seasons as an assistant coach for both the men's and women's programs at Jacksonville State. He is no stranger to the Big 12 as he served as a volunteer assistant coach at Oklahoma State from 2009-11, traveling with both the men's and women's teams to numerous events as well as helping with recruiting efforts and developing various practice drills and competitions to help player development for both programs.
Between stints at JSU and OSU, Carstens gained professional experience as he was a caddy for Peter Uihlein on the European Professional Golf Association and European Challenge Professional Golf tours. In addition, Carstens caddied at the 2011 Transitions Championships, 2011 AT&T National and the 2012 Puerto Rico Open PGA tour events.
A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Carstens played collegiately for his father, Randy, at Missouri Baptist University. He was named an NAIA Academic All-American in 2006 and 2007 in addition to being a First Team All-American Midwest Conference selection in 2004 and 2007. He also earned NAIA Region V First Team All-Region accolades in 2004 after claiming medalist honors at the regional tournament.
Carstens graduated from MBU with a Bachelor's of Marketing/Business Administration in 2007. Following graduation, he worked as an operations intern with the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) as he coordinated and directed 10 national junior golf tournaments across the nation and was in charge of volunteers at events and served as a rule official during those tournaments.