College Men

McGraw heads to Baylor as men’s head coach

Mike McGraw, shown with the 2014 NCAA Championship trophy, was hired as the head men's coach at Baylor Monday after spending last season as an assistant at Alabama.
Mike McGraw, shown with the 2014 NCAA Championship trophy, was hired as the head men's coach at Baylor Monday after spending last season as an assistant at Alabama. ( Tracy Wilcox )

Monday, June 16, 2014

Mike McGraw has been named the men’s head golf coach at Baylor on Monday.

McGraw, an assistant at Alabama during the 2013-14 season, heads to Baylor with plenty of experience.

He helped the Crimson Tide to their second consecutive NCAA Championship in 2014. Alongside head coach Jay Seawell, McGraw helped lead the team to eight stroke-play titles in 12 tournaments, including five straight to start the season.

"Sad to be leaving the Alabama guys," McGraw said. "They have made it the best transition a guy could have.

“I am very thankful for opportunity Jay (Seawell) gave me.”

Prior to Alabama, McGraw was head coach at Oklahoma State for eight seasons before being let go in June 2013. There he coached PGA Tour superstars Rickie Fowler, Peter Uihlein and Morgan Hoffmann, to name a few. He led the Cowboys to a NCAA Championship in 2006 and a runner-up finish in 2010. He won five Big 12 Championships with the Cowboys and 30 overall tournaments. McGraw’s teams advanced to the NCAA Championship seven times during his tenure in Stillwater.

Baylor, located in Waco, Texas, finished 29th in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings. Last season, the Bears were led by rising senior Kyle Jones, who earned seven top-10 finishes and garnered a 71.69 stroke average.

“Pumped to be back in big 12 and an area I know well,” McGraw said.

And for the first order of business:

“Get HR department taken care of, but recruiting in state of Texas is priority. Luckily the PGA Junior and U.S. Junior are in the state this year. I need to get my face known in the state. They have not seen me in for awhile.”

  • Lance Ringler contributed to this report