Seven to be inducted into GCAA Hall of Fame
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
The Golf Coaches Association of America will induct six coaches and one head rules official as part of its 2012 Hall of Fame class.
J. Perry Cole of LSU, John Fields of Texas, Georgia’s Chris Haack, Jerry Hrnciar of Cameron, Harry Mussatto of Western Illinois, Barry Rodenhaver of Odessa College, and Clyde Luther, a longtime NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship head rules official, will be honored for their contributions to college golf.
The group will be honored at the GCAA Hall of Fame Reception and Awards Banquet Dec. 10 at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas.
Cole coached at LSU from 1933-1943 and led the Tiger to two NCAA Championships in 1940 and 1942 and five SEC Championships.
Fields has been coaching at Texas since 1997 and has guided the Longhorns to four top-5 finishes at the NCAA Championship, including the national title in 2012.
Haack has helped the Bulldogs to two national championships, seven SEC crowns and 48 tournament victories.
Hrnciar has been the head golf coach at Cameron, one of the top Division II programs, for the last 38 years.
Mussatto coached Western Illinois for 35 seasons (1952-70) and during his career, helped his team to a 95-match winning streak, seven straight AMCU-8 Conference titles and two NAIA Championship titles (1959 and 1962).
Rodenhaver coached at Odessa College from 1969-87 and SMU from 1987-93. He led his teams to 14 conference and 10 regional championships.
Luther served as NCAA Division I head rules official from 2000-11. He has officiated 21 NCAA Division I, II and III championships.