Alan Kaufman has announced he will retire as head golf coach at Alabama-Birmingham. Having guided the Blazers men’s team for the last 15 seasons, Kaufman will become the Director of Golf.
In his new role, Kaufman, 76, will focus on fundraising and organizing Alabama-Birmingham’s marquee golf tournament, the Shoal Creek Intercollegiate, hosted by Graeme McDowell. Assistant coach Alan Murray, who has assisted the men’s and women’s teams for the past three years, will serve as the interim head men’s coach.
“I’ve been thinking about this for about a year,” Kaufman said. “I realized that someday you had to stop, and I also realized with the progress that Alan Murray was making in coaching, it was obvious to me that he was going to take over for me or he was going to end up going somewhere else. He fits in great with the team; they have a lot of respect for him. It’s just a natural time to leave.”
Murray, from Bray, Ireland, was a standout player at Toledo from 1998-2002 and earned all-conference honors with the Rockets. He played on the European Challenge Tour and the Europro Tours before coming to Alabama-Birmingham.
During Kaufman’s tenure as coach, Alabama-Birmingham has made seven NCAA Regional appearances and four appearances in the national championship. In the program’s first berth in the NCAA Championships, in 2001, the Blazers finished 12th.
Kaufman also helped coach Graeme McDowell during his tenure. McDowell was an All-America performer in 2001 and 2002 while becoming Alabama-Birmingham’s first No. 1-ranked golfer in both collegiate polls, the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings and the Golfstat Cup rankings. McDowell concluded the 2002 season by being named the recipient of the Fred Haskins Trophy Award, given to the nation’s top collegiate golfer
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