Halimi, Ackerhans Accomplish Feat for First Time in Coach Betty Kaufmann's 15 Years
Dylan Gergen is in his finishing up his graduate degree at DePaul this season and serves as a graduate assistant men's golf coach.
In his first year with the Blue Demons, Gergen helped DePaul to a sixth place finish at the BIG EAST Championship in 2013. DePaul's sixth place finish represented the program's second best finish at the conference championship, while then-senior John Pavelko took seventh place and earned All-BIG EAST Conference honors.
Off the course, Gergen helped to guide the team the GCAA President's Sepecial Academic Recognition after the Blue Demons recorded a team GPA above a 3.5. The golf team also posted the highest team GPA among its counterparts in the BIG EAST Conference for the last four seasons.
The Blue Demons went one step further in his second season posting a program-best third-place finish at the BIG EAST Championship in 2014 while also earning the "Academic National Championship" as awarded by the Golf Coaches Association of America. DePaul notched the highest team grade-point average in the nation that also clinched the BIG EAST Conference's team academic award.
DePaul posted its best BIG EAST Championship finish in 2013-14 with a third-place showing. The finals round saw the Blue Demons combine to shoot their lowest round of the tournament at 299 (+1) which moved the team up three spots on the leaderboard. Three Blue Demons - Jonathan Hewett (10th), Halimi (t11th) and Jan Juelicher (t14th) -- finished in the top 15 to close out the championship.
Moritz Ackerhans and Hewett were named All-BIG EAST Conference selections by the league's coaches and the pair became just the third and fourth Blue Demon golfers to earn all-conference honors since 2006. Ackerhans also picked up postseason honors by being named a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar.
Gergen came to DePaul after a successful playing career at Loyola-Chicago. While with the Ramblers, he earned All-Horizon League honors and was named to the Horizon League All-Tournament Team in 2011.
The former Rambler team MVP, Gergen was the individual runner-up at DePaul's John Dallio Memorial Tournament and also at the Green Bay Invitational in 2010. He claimed championship honors at the Butler Spring Invitational and at the Highlander as a junior.
Following graduation, Gergen worked as an assistant golf coach at Cretin-Derham Hall in St. Paul, Minn. He helped tutor three SEC all-conference selections while the team finished fifth in its conference and took fifth place at its sectional.
Gergen also spent a summer as a junior camp leader for First Tee of Chicago where he mentored young golfers.
Graduating Magna Cum Laude with a degree in accounting and finance from Loyola, Gergen is enrolled in the Kellstadt School of Business and is currently working on his MBA.