O'Keefe named head men's coach at GRU Augusta
Jack O'Keefe was named head men's golf coach at Georgia Regents Augusta on Monday.
O'Keefe, who had been the associate head men's coach at Ole Miss for the past 3 1/2 seasons, fills the position left vacant by Kevin McPherson, who took a similar position at Coastal Carolina on Sept. 24.
“Jack brings to the table exactly what we need at this time within our men’s golf program,” said Clint Bryant, director of athletics for Georgia Regents Augusta, which won national championships in 2010 and '11 as Augusta State. “His ability to lead, to teach, to mentor and to set a positive example of expectations for our young men is just what the doctor ordered. We look forward to his tenure as our head coach and to our return as one of the elite intercollegiate golf programs in the nation."
O'Keefe, 44, spent four seasons as the head coach at Central Arkansas before going to Ole Miss. Before that, he was the head professional at Hot Springs (Ark.) Country Club.
O'Keefe amassed an impressive playing career. He was a four-time All-American at Arkansas (1989-93) and earned a PGA Tour card in 1997. He also spent time on the Nike and Hooters tours, and competed in the 1996 U.S. Open.
“What an incredible opportunity this is to be the head coach at GRU Augusta," O'Keefe said in a statement. "It is both honoring and humbling to be a part of such a tradition-rich program. I have already begun securing our fall schedule for 2014 as well as planning one-on-one meetings with each player. I want to know them on and off the golf course. I am committed to encouraging and getting the most out of every player. The support of Coach Bryant, the search committee, the university and our community will allow us to compete against the best teams in the country.
"Now begins the countdown . . . 82 days until we tee it up at our first spring tournament.”
In five fall tournaments, GRU Augusta's best result was a sixth-place finish. The Jaguars, No. 67 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, open the spring season Feb. 23 in the John Hayt Collegiate at Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.