Todd Hummel is in his 11th season at the helm of the Canisius College golf program.
Building off four-straight fifth-place finishes at the MAAC Golf Championships from 2010-13, Hummel's 2013 squad posted a fourth-place finish at the conference tournament, the best postseason placement for the Golden Griffins since 1997. At the 2012 MAAC Golf Championship in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Hummel's squad posted an opening-round score of 298, which matched the program's single-round low score at the conference's postseason event, previously shot in the second round of the 2007 MAAC Championship.
Canisius has recently controlled the annual Little Three Championship, having won three of the last four Little Three crowns, including a string of three-straight from 2010-12, a program first. The 2012-13 campaign got off on the right foot as the Griffs, who served as the host team for the 2012 Little Three tournament, posted a two-round team score of 292 to extend their Little 3 title run. Former Canisius golfer Michael Carrig won the individual championship in 2012, highlighted by his opening-round score of 65, and earned an automatic berth into the 2013 Porter Cup in Niagara Falls, N.Y.
The Griffs won the 2011 Little Three Championship at Niagara Falls Country Club with a 36-hole team score of 619. The win over long-time rivals Niagara and St. Bonaventure gave the Griffs back-to-back Little Three crowns for the first time since since the tournament began in 1952. Canisius ended a 14-year draught in the annual Western New York tournament by winning the 2010 team title, the Blue and Gold's first Little Three Championship since 1991.
In the summer of 2014, Hummel's program was honored for its work in the classroom by earning an NCAA Division I Academic Performance Program public recognition award. The NCAA's public recognition awards are presented annually to the best academically performing teams that rank in the top-10 percent within their sports in the NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR). The Canisius golf team was one of three MAAC schools to receive the honor, which was handed out for the 2010-11 academic year. Since the program was put into place by the NCAA in 2004-05, only four MAAC golf teams have been recognized for the honor.
In 2010-11, Hummel's squad again took to the course to take part in quality tournaments, making trips to Williamsburg, Va., State College, Pa., and Verona, N.Y., where the Blue and Gold was paired with teams from William & Mary, Penn State, Michigan State and Binghamton. Hummel's team also got plenty of quality time on the course in during the summer of 2011, with five two former players taking part in the 89th annual New York State Amatuer Golf Championship at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y.
Coming off what was considered the toughest schedule in school history, the 2010 edition of the Griffs finished fifth at the MAAC's championship event after the Griffs fired a team-score of 300 on the final day. After the season saw the team play in events against national tournament qualifiers such as Missouri, Kentucky and Indiana, Michael Carrig earned a spot in the 2010 Porter Cup event, the third Canisius golfer in the last four years to qualify for one of the most recognizable amateur events. The golf program is also working toward success in the classroom as well, as every eligible student-athlete on the 2009-10 roster made the MAAC's All-Academic Team.
Hummel led Canisius to a fifth-place finish at the 2009 MAAC Championship Tournament on the power of a final-round team-score of 307, which was the second-lowest stroke total for any school on the event's final day. Then-junior Drew Creighton shot a final-round 76 and closed out regulation play tied with Loyola's Michael Mulieri. Creighton fell to Mulieri in a playoff, making him the first Canisius golfer in school history to play in the MAAC Championship playoff round. The team's fifth-place finish is the best for the program since 2003.
The Griffs placed second in three different events during the 2008-09 season, including the 2008 Little 3 Championships at Briarwood Country Club in Hamburg, N.Y. Hummel's teams have been honored for their work in the classroom as well, with Creighton being named a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar and three student-athletes earning MAAC All-Academic Team accoldaes.
The highlight of the 2007-08 season came Oct. 8-9 at the Robert Morris Invitational when the Blue and Gold tied for second as a team. In that event, Creighton fired a seven-under par 65 in the first round en route to the individual title. That score is the best in school history and tied the RMU Invitational single-round low score.
At the 2006 MAAC Championships, the Griffs finished in sixth place, which was the team's best showing since 2003. At the 2005 Little Three Golf Tournament, Jeff Bagley tied for first place, giving the Griffs the medalist for the second straight year. Bagley was also named to the 2006 ESPN The Magazine CoSIDA Academic Men's At-Large All-District I Second Team for his achievements on the course and in the classroom.
In 2005, the team recorded a three-round total of 942 at the MAAC Championships, the lowest at that tournament in school history. On that team was former Griff Rob Krajewski, who won the 2004 Cleveland State Invitational and 2004 Little Three and tied for third at the Lafayette College Tournament in 2002-03.
Hummel was a member of the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) from 1993-95. He served as the assistant golf pro at Brookfield Country Club from 1993-95 and was a golf instructor at Deerwood Country Club from 1989-93. He was the manager of Dundas Golf Inc. from 1995-97 and an assistant manager at Golf Day from 1999-2000.
Hummel graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sport management from Slippery Rock University in 1993 and a master’s degree in sport administration from Canisius in 2005. He also works in the Golden Griffin athletic department as the ticket manager.
His wife, Cathy, is in her 14th season as the head volleyball coach at Canisius. They reside in North Tonawanda with their son, Jaxon, and daughter, Jordan.