PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. – Here’s a good trivia question — and one that I was asked Wednesday at Riviera Country Club.
Who is the oldest coach to have a team competing in the NCAA Championship?
I thought and I thought. The few names that came to mind were Dave Williams at Houston, Jesse Haddock at Wake Forest and Wally Goodwin at Stanford. Honestly, though, I’m not sure how old they were when they were coaching teams at the NCAA Championship.
Check with the NCAA? Forget it. Doubt if there would be any record of that in their files.
So my answer was simple, “I don’t know.”
I was asked the question by Alan Kaufman, the coach at UAB. He had good reason to ask it. He just might be that record holder.
Kaufman is 75 and has his Blazers competing here this week in Southern California.
I did tell him I would check it out and see if I could find something.
So, if anyone knows of a coach older than 75 who brought a team to college golf’s national finals, let me know. I’d really be interested to find out and I’m sure Kaufman would as well.
Until then, Alan, as far as I’m concerned, you have that record.