PURCHASE, N.Y. – Following a record-setting two years on the course for the Manhattanville men's golf team, George Tischler will switch roles and take over for Nikhil Kumar as the third head men's golf coach in program history, according to an announcement by Director of Athletics Keith Levinthal on Thursday.

“Obviously I am extremely grateful and humbled that both Keith and Nikhil have expressed enough confidence and faith in me to take over a program that has reached some monumental heights in the last few seasons,” Tischler said. “I am eager to continue to lead this team in the right direction. There is a lot of potential with the team this year, and I think with a younger roster there will be a lot of hunger and drive to perform well. Our goal is remain consistent throughout the season, which I hope will ultimately translate into another NCAA appearance.”

“I am very excited that George will be taking over our men's golf program at Manhattanville,” Levinthal said. “After helping our team achieve a national ranking as a player last year, I expect him to continue that success in his new role. As someone who has a familiarity with the program and the school, he was the perfect choice to keep our program going in the right direction.”

A two-year member of the golf team at Manhattanville, Tischler completed an unparalleled career on the links for the Valiants in 2011-12. Playing as a graduate student, he posted the second-lowest single-season scoring average (76.23) in school history and was named both a GCAA All-Mid-Atlantic Region performer and a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-American Scholar. He took medalist honors in a pair of invitationals and carded three of the four lowest rounds in program history, including the first two-under round by a Valiant (a 70 at the Hamilton Quadrangular) and the first (and only) sub-70 round, a two-under 69 at the Hamilton Fall Invitational.

This came three years after his first season with the team as a freshman in 2007-08, when he averaged a 76.36 over 11 rounds and earned medalist honors at the Moravian Fall Invitational with the first sub-par round in program history, a one-under 70.

His 76.27 stroke average over 33 rounds ranks second all-time at the school and is the lowest of any Valiant with more than 20 rounds played. In all, he currently owns the four lowest single-round scores in program history as well as two lowest two-day totals by a Valiant.

A native of nearby Greenwich, Conn., Tischler graduated from Manhattanville in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in business management. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in sport business management at Manhattanville as well.