After leading the University of Akron men’s team for the past four years, head coach Nick Goetze announced his retirement Tuesday. Goetze, the 18th coach in the program’s 78-year history, will remain with the program through the end of May.
A national search will begin immediately to fill the head-coaching vacancy.
“It is certainly difficult to make this decision in the midst of the progress our team has made. We’ve improved so much over the past four years, and I know our student-athletes have a bright future ahead of them,” Goetze said in a statement. “I have enjoyed a wonderful experience at Akron and I’ve pledged my support to help the athletic administration make a smooth and seamless transition into next season.”
Although Goetze will no longer be coaching college golf, he has plans to pursue other interests in golf starting mid-summer. Goetze, his wife and their twin children will return to their native state of Georgia to be closer to their families.
Goetze started his career as an assistant at Florida before spending time as a head coach at Florida State, Mississippi State and UTEP.
“The University of Akron and the Akron community have provided a wonderful atmosphere for us to start a family and we’re very thankful for that,” Goetze said. “Our parents are facing some health challenges and Linda and I really want our children to grow up having a strong relationship with their extended family. It is time for us to be closer to home.”
Akron is ranked No. 91 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings. Most recently, the Zips made headlines when they won Illini Spring Classic, vaulting them into the top 100 in the rankings for the first time since the end of the 2006-07 season.
Goetze led the Zips to a fourth-place finish at the 2011 Mid-American Conference Championships. In four seasons at the helm, Goetze led Akron to three team titles and one individual title.
Information from the Akron athletic department was used in this report.