As everyone knows by now, Nick Clinard has left UCF to become the new men’s head coach at Auburn.
“A search for a replacement will begin immediately. Given the strong shape of the program, I am certain that we will find someone who will continue to maintain UCF’s status as one of the elite men’s golf programs nationally,” said UCF Athletic Director Keith Tribble in a statement
As of right now no candidates have been named, but UCF hopes to get a new coach in place ASAP.
Here are a couple of guys I would consider calling if I were AD Tribble:
1. Brad Sparling – Why is this guy always overlooked? He was the assistant to Rod Myers at Duke and then the assistant to Jim Brown at Ohio State. If he could be the assistant to two coaches who have spent what seems like an eternity for the game he has to be a great coach. He is looking for a head gig, and I think UCF would be a good fit for him.
2. Scott Allen – When you think of a guy that is purely a “coach,” Scott is the guy. He’s not afraid to speak his mind, knows how to get behind his players and has Penn a respectable program. Imagine what he could do or get out of the talent UCF has. He would be a needed spark and not just a guy filling in shoes.
3. Andrew Tredway – A young up-and-comer who has over-achieved at Mercer. He works hard and has made average players play beyond their means. Now, imagine what he could do with above-average talent? Also, as a younger coach I can see him selling potential recruits on the campus and school. He’s a players coach and is always working.
These are just a few guys I would consider, but UCF needs a coach that can take over a good team. I don’t think the next coach should be one that wants to come in and establish a whole new look for the program. Clinard left behind a lot of talent, now all they need is a coach who can take them to that next level.