Katie (Weiss) Hanneman Biography from Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, August 12, 2017.
Katie grew up in Fergus Falls. She graduated from Fergus Falls High School in 1993, where she was a 6-year letter winner in golf with two top-ten finishes in the Minnesota State High School Golf Tournament.
From 1993 to 1997 Katie played Division I Golf for the Gamecocks at The University of South Carolina. In their eight regular season matches in 1994, Katie and her fellow Gamecock golfers finished in the top five, five of eight times.
During that season, they placed second at the SEC Championship and finished ninth in the country at the Division I NCAA Championship.
In 1996, while still in college, she qualified as an amateur and earned a spot to play in the LPGA Edina Realty Classic held at Edinburgh USA in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota.
After graduation, Katie began her professional level play, most notably on the Futures Tour, the developmental tour to the LPGA. Her best professional finish was fifth at the Colorado Women’s Open.
From 2000 to 2002 Katie was the head women’s golf coach at East Tennessee State University. During that time, her team broke six school scoring records and scored three top five finishes and an individual conference championship runner-up.
In 2002, the University of Minnesota hired Katie as the head women’s golf coach to lead a program that had been targeted for elimination due to lack of funding.
Katie began her tenure at the U of M by heading a massive fundraising campaign to “Save Gopher Sports.” The program secured the necessary funding, not only for women’s golf, but for two other non-revenue sports targeted for elimination by the university.
“To this day, the trio of programs are still competing and are fully funded,” she said.
Under Katie’s leadership, the Gopher womens golf team earned four individual crowns and each year brought home a team title. She remained at the U of M until 2007, departing to start her family and raise another generation of golfers.
Katie now serves as a trainer for the Positive Coaching Alliance, coaches the Orono Spartans Middle School Golf team and runs Hanneman Golf Academy in Minneapolis.
Katie and her husband Todd (FFHS class of 1990) have two children, Ava (10) and Sammy (9). They live in Orono, Minnesota.