Ming Lao took the helm of the Chapman men's golf program in the fall of 2013 following four seasons serving as an assistant coach. In his first season, he guided the Panthers to a national ranking for the first time in school history. In 2016-17, he was also appointed as the Head Coach of the new women's golf program.
Lao spent little time turning the women's golf program into a competitive squad. In just its third season competing, Chapman saw Emily Lewis qualify for the NCAA Division III National Championships. Lewis and Lao previously led the team to a top half finish in the highly competitive SCIAC in 2018 and 2019. The program already features four All-SCIAC selections and an All-Region selection.
In 2016, Lao landed Chapman its first golfer on the All-SCIAC men's team when Bryan Wise earned the selection to the First Team. The Panthers have had five All-SCIAC selections in the last four years.
The Long Beach native has extensive coaching experience, working with numerous Division I and II players as well as over a dozen top 100 American Junior Golf Association players.
As a collegiate athlete, Lao played at UC Irvine before transferring to Long Beach State where he earned his bachelor's degree. Since that time, he has tallied an extensive list of coaching accomplishments and certifications that include SCPGA Junior Golf Leader, Titleist Performance Institute Level I Golf Fitness Instructor, PGA Class A membership and an instructor's credential for LPGA Tour players Christine Song and Jane Rah.
Lao currently resides in Long Beach with his wife, Jill, and his two children, Tyler and Reese.