Greg Priest has decided to call it a career as a college golf coach. Priest has resigned as head men’s coach at Baylor after 11 years guiding the Bears. He will take over as athletic director at Tyler (Texas) Independent School District this summer, where he will oversee athletics at Robert E. Lee and John Tyler high schools.
“I thought long and hard about this,” Priest said Tuesday. “I enjoyed my time as a coach, but I have two small kids and need a lifestyle change. I want to be involved with my kids as they grow up.”
Priest, a 1993 graduate of East Texas State, where he played golf, started his coaching career in ’94 as boys and girls coach at Pleasant Grove High School in Texarkana, Texas. After two years, he was named men’s coach at Tyler Junior College, where his teams won back-to-back NJCAA Division II Championships, in 1997 and ’98. Priest coached Sam Houston State’s men for two years before working as an assistant under John Fields at Texas. Priest spent the past 11 years at Baylor.
Baylor tied for sixth place at the Big 12 Conference Championships and was selected as an at-large bid for the NCAA regionals. Baylor placed 10th at the Eugene Regional. The Bears finished the season at No. 29 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings. Priest’s best year at Baylor came during the 2009-10 season, when the Bears posted seven top-5 finishes in 14 tournaments and advanced to the NCAA Championship for the fifth time in program history, the first under Priest. Baylor tied for 25th at the 2010 NCAA Championship played at The Honors Course in Ooltewah, Tenn.
“I really appreciate the opportunity Coach Fields gave me and the people here at Baylor,” Priest said. “It’s been great, and I really enjoyed it. But, now I am looking forward to the next chapter of my life.”