Charlotte, N.C. — Jamie Green left Charlotte this past winter to coach at Duke, leaving Adam Pry as the interim head coach. Today, Judy Rose, the Director of Athletics at Charlotte lifted the interim tag and Named Pry the head coach.
Pry, the 2009 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year, served as interim head coach during the spring 2009 semester leading the 49ers to victory at the Atlantic 10 Championship and a fifth straight appearance in the postseason. Charlotte tied for seventh place at the NCAA Southeast Regional. Pry also helped junior Corey Nagy win medalist honors at the conference championship and advance to the national championship as an individual where he tied for 36th place.
“After completing a national search, I am convinced that we have the perfect candidate for the golf coach position right in our midst,” said Rose. “Adam Pry served as Interim Coach this season and did an excellent job during a somewhat difficult time. Losing a head coach mid-year is tough and Adam stepped right in and made the transition much smoother for our student-athletes. More importantly he provided the leadership that had the team peaking at just the right time — earning our team a trip to the NCAA Tournament.”
Charlotte was in danger of missing the postseason mostly due to its overall head-to-head won-loss record. Teams are now required to have a .500 winning percentage in order to be eligible for postseason play. The 49ers were 43-81-2 prior to regional play. However, a victory at the Atlantic-10 Conference Championship gave Charlotte the league’s Automatic Qualifying bid.
“It’s been my dream to be head coach of a Division I golf team and its obviously exciting to have that dream realized,” said Pry. “What makes it even better is that I get to do it at a place I feel so strongly about. What UNC Charlotte is as a university, what the Charlotte athletic department represents and the principles which Charlotte’s golf team has been built upon make this opportunity so fantastic.”
Pry had served as an assistant to Green during the 2007-08 season when Charlotte climbed to the top of college golf. The 49ers were ranked No. 1 during the fall season after winning the Ping/Golfweek Preview. Charlotte went on to finish in a tie for eighth at the 2008 NCAA Championship.
Pry, a 2004 graduate of Ohio Wesleyan, where he was a two-time team captain competed in four NCAA Div. III national championships. Prior to Charlotte, Pry was a graduate assistant at Miami University of Ohio (2005-07) and an assistant coach at Oglethorpe University (2004-05).
Charlotte finished the season ranked No. 69 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.