David Taebel was named the head coach of the UW-La Crosse women's golf team on March 14, 2018. Women's golf was added as the 20th varsity sport at UW-La Crosse, including the 11th for women.
Taebel was head girls' golf coach at Holmen (Wis.) High School in 2017 while creating a large junior golf program. He also serves as a sixth grade science teacher in Holmen (Wis.).
Prior to coaching at Holmen (Wis.), Taebel was the head girls' and boys' golf coach at Stoughton (Wis.) High School. He served as boys' head coach from 2000-17, leading the team to a fifth-place finish at the 2013 Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Division I State Tournament. Taebel started the Stoughton (Wis.) girls' golf program in 2002, leading the Vikings until 2017. He served as an assistant boys' golf coach at Stoughton (Wis.) from 1997-2000.
A member of the WIAA Golf Advisory Board and past board member of the Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin, Taebel had numerous golfers from Stoughton (Wis.) compete at the collegiate level. He started the Stoughton (Wis.) Fairway Club, a non-profit junior golf organization. Stoughton (Wis.) High School maintained one of the largest rosters in the state under Taebel's tutelage. He also served as a science teacher at Stoughton (Wis.).
He was a golf instructor at Coachman's Golf Resort in Edgerton, Wisconsin from 1998 to 2017. Taebel earned his bachelor's (1993) and master's (2008) degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A native of La Crosse, he graduated from La Crosse Central High School in 1988.
The addition of women's golf is the first sport expansion for UW-La Crosse since women's soccer in 1992. Women's golf was a varsity sport at UW-La Crosse from 1970-71 through 1982-83. It was suspended at the conclusion of the 1982-83 season and became a club sport.
UW-La Crosse joins the other seven institutions, UW-Eau Claire, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Platteville, UW-River Falls, UW-Stevens Point, UW-Stout and UW-Whitewater, in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) sponsoring women's golf. The WIAC has held championships in women's golf each fall since 1996. UW-La Crosse will be allowed to compete for the WIAC Championship in 2018.