John Sjoberg was named Emory University's head golf coach coach following the conclusion of the 2011 season. He took over for Mike Phillips who announced his retirement after 28 years as the head man of the Eagles' program.
Working with a youthful and talented group, Sjoberg oversaw a memorable 2016-17 campaign, the highlight of which was the program making its 20th appearance in the NCAA D-III Championships and the fourth during his stint as head coach. The Eagles were one of 42 schools to capture a berth to the national tournament and ended the 72-hole event tied for 12th place. Emory was ranked 12th in the preseason and wound up the regular portion of the campaign in the No. 3 spot in the Bushnell Golfweek Coaches Poll. Emory brought home its second consecutive UAA title, with Sjoberg being tabbed as the conference's Coach of the Year for the third time. The squad established a school seasonal record with a team scoring average of 296.8 strokes per round, topping the previous standard of 297.4 set by the 2010-11 team. Emory recorded six top-five finishes during the season including a first-place performance at the Callaway Gardens Invitational, the school’s first non-UAA title since 2011. Under Sjoberg's guidance, the duo of Stefano Butti and Matt Organisak earned Second Team All-America accolades. The list of impressive accomplishments did not go unnoticed as Sjoberg was named one of five finalists for the Division III Dave Williams Award, which recognizes the national coach of the year.
Guiding one of the youngest rosters in Emory golf annals, which often saw a contingent of four freshmen and one sophomore competing in the squad's 11 competitions, Sjoberg saw his 2015-16 charges earn a spot in the NCAA D-III Championships for the first time since 2013. The Eagles, unranked at the start of the year, finished No. 12 nationally at the end of the regular season. In addition, Emory brought home the University Athletic Association Championships, and Sjoberg was tabbed as the league's Coach of the Year. The team's scoring average of 301.1 strokes per round was the third-best showing in the history of the program. Under Sjoberg''s direction freshman Connor Yakubov played his way to Third Team All-American acclaim and garnered all-region honors with classmate Stefano Butti.
The 2014-15 campaign represeted Sjoberg's fourth season as head coach. After playing with a senior-dominated lineup the previous year, the Emory mentor went into the team's 10-tournament campaign with a lineup that was comprised of one freshman, one sophomore and two juniors, who had combined for 21 rounds of competitive action heading into the year, and one senior. Freshman Keenan Hickton and senior Alex Wunderlich earned All-UAA recognition with Hickton being tabbed as the league's Rookie of the Year.
Sjoberg's third season (2013-14) as head coach saw his squad capture the UAA title for the second time during his stint as program leader with three players earning first-team recognition on the all-conference squad -- freshman Colby Hipp, senior Jonathan Chen and junior Alex Wunderlich. Hipp was named the league's Rookie of the Year after taking home medalist honors, the first Eagle to accomplish that since 2010.
The 2012-13 campaign, Sjoberg's second at the helm of the program, was highlighted by the team's performance at the NCAA D-III Championships (the 11th straight and 18th overall appearance by the Eagles), posting a fourth-place finish that represented the best-ever performance in school history. Emory's 72-hole score of 1191 was the program's second-best effort in the event and the finish the seventh top-10 showing in school annals. Sjoberg saw junior Johnathan Chen card a four-round score of 289, the best individual effort ever by an Emory player, en route to a third-place out of the 210 players who originally comprised the field. Chen, along with Alex Wunderlich, captured Third Team All-America honors.
During Sjoberg's first year as head coach, he guided the team to its 10th straight (17th overall) bid to the NCAA D-III Championships. In addition, he saw the Eagles captured the University Athletic Association Championships, setting a conference record with a 36-hole score of 581. Under his tutelage, senior Ryan Dagerman captured First Team All-America honors, the Emory player to earn that distinction since 2006. Sjoberg saw two of his players, David Collura and Dagerman earn sports on the Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-Scholar Team with Dagerman also awarded the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.
Sjoberg had been Emory’s assistant coach since July of 2008 and helped the Eagles to a first-place finish at the 2011 University Athletic Association Championships. During his stint with Emory, Sjoberg has played a key role in the program making three NCAA D-III Championship appearances, and this past year’s eighth-place effort was the first top-10 showing by the Eagles since 2006. Sjoberg has helped mentor four different players to a total of five All-America berths, including 2011 honorees, Ryan Dagerman, Charles Raindre and Johnathan Chen.
“I would like to thank Coach Phillips for three great years to start my coaching career,” Sjoberg stated following his appointment to head coach. “I have learned more than I could have imagined in during that time and look forward to carrying on the tradition that Coach Phillips has built at Emory."
Sjoberg came to the Emory program after serving as the assistant professional at the Duke University Golf Club in Durham, NC, since 2005. Among his responsibilities were serving as the primary liaison between the course and the university's men's and women's golf programs, administration of tournament events and instruction.
Sjoberg attended Methodist University and was a member of the golf team from 2002 through 2004. He was part of a program that earned three trips to the NCAA Tournament while claiming a pair of USA South Athletic Conference crowns.
Sjoberg earned his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Methodist in 2005.