College golf job blog: News from around the coaching community for 2019

College golf job blog: News from around the coaching community for 2019


College golf job blog: News from around the coaching community for 2019

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Interested in the college golf coaching scene around the country in 2019? Get the latest updates on this page.

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Sept. 19


UCLA head men’s golf coach Derek Freeman announced the hiring of Parker McLachlin, a Bruins alum, as a volunteer assistant coach. After graduating in 2002, McLachlin played in 137 events on the PGA Tour, making 56 cuts including four top-10 finishes and a win at the Legends Reno-Tahoe Open in 2008.

“We are fortunate to have Parker join our staff,” Freeman said via the school’s site. “He has an incredible knowledge for the game from his years of playing at the highest level. From being on the men’s golf team at UCLA to winning on the PGA TOUR, Parker knows what it means to be a Bruin, and what our players want to accomplish both on and off the golf course.”

In his time with the Bruins, McLachlin played in 47 tournaments, recording eight top 10s and 14 rounds in the 60s.

“I’m thrilled and honored to be joining the UCLA men’s golf staff as a volunteer coach,” McLachlin said. “I’m hoping to bring some of my knowledge and experience of playing professionally for the past 15 years to our student-athletes. I’m excited to be a resource for them on the short game and course management. I’m thankful to Coach Freeman and Athletic Director Dan Guerrero for their belief in my ability to make a positive impact on these young men’s lives.”

Sept. 12


Missouri head coach Mark Leroux has announced the promotion of Grant Milner to associate head coach. Milner, who is entering his fifth season with the Tigers, spent the first four years as the program’s assistant coach.

“Grant has been an invaluable asset for this program throughout the past four seasons of Mizzou Golf,” Leroux said. “He is one of the hardest working people I know. He delivers a wealth of high-level golf experience while consistently pouring in high character, dedication and passion into our program. We are thrilled for the future of Mizzou Golf and know Grant will continue to serve as a tremendous leader and mentor to our student-athletes for years to come.”

Milner played his college golf at Memphis where he was the Conference USA Men’s Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the 2012-13 season. He helped lead Memphis to the 2012 NCAA Championship. The Tigers placed 28th.

Sept. 11


Arizona State has promoted Armen Kirakossian to Associate Head Coach.

“Armen is really a tremendous coach. He can do anything and he can do it all well,” said Sun Devils coach Matt Thurmond. “His capacity and effort allow me to do more because there just isn’t anything I can’t fully trust him with.  He’s awesome with the guys coaching, he recruits really well and he knows how to run all facets of our program.”

Kirakossian, who earned the Strickland Award last year as the nation’s top assistant coach, previously coached at Pepperdine where he served as assistant coach for two years. Prior to his time at Pepperdine, he was the head coach at his alma mater, Texas Pan American.

“We have a lot of things happening here right now and needed someone with a very broad skill set and relentless work ethic to help us maximize all the exciting opportunities with our team, recruits, facility and events,” said Thurmond.

September 11


Former University of New Mexico golfer Gustavo Morantes has been named Lobos’ assistant coach. Morantes was a member of the Lobo golf team from 2014-18, playing 42 events.

“I couldn’t be happier to have Gustavo join our staff. It is an honor to have a former player come back to help lead this program,” New Mexico coach Glen Millican said. “His experience as a Lobo golfer and his time playing professionally will provide an advantageous perspective for our team while his work ethic and competitiveness he displayed as a student-athlete serve as a great example to our squad. I am excited to have him on board.”

Morantes is originally from Caracas, Venezuela.

“I am extremely excited for this new opportunity,” Morantes said. “New Mexico is a very special place to me and I will forever be grateful for the opportunity that the university gave me as a student-athlete. Playing for Coach Millican was one of the best decisions I’ve made and I’m privileged to work for him now.

September 5


Presbyterian College has announced Anne Marie Covar as the new women’s golf head coach.

Covar comes to Presbyterian College after three seasons on the coaching staff at Erskine College. She joined the staff in 2016 as an assistant coach and was elevated to head coach prior to the 2018 season.

“Anne Marie quickly caught our attention because of her playing and coaching experience at institutions similar to PC,” said Presbyterian College Athletic Director Rob Acunto. “We continued to be impressed after meeting her in person. She is a strong addition to the PC family, and I look forward to Anne Marie leading our women’s golf program to new heights.”

Covar played her college golf at Wofford (2010-14) where she logged a pair of individual wins and set the 54-hole record for the Terriers. She was named the SoCon Freshman of the Year in 2011.

Covar replaces Kasay Holbrook Gambrell, who was recently named the head coach at Winthrop University. Gambrell spent the past five seasons at the head women’s golf coach at Presbyterian College after spending one season as an assistant coach.

September 4


Marquette has added Chris Williams as the assistant men’s golf coach.

Williams is a former top amateur player in the world, spending 46 weeks as the top-ranked amateur. Williams played his college golf at the University of Washington where he won six times, was a four-time GCAA All-American and won the Ben Hogan Award in 2013. Following his collegiate career he played professionally.

“I am overly excited to have coach Williams join the Marquette Family,” said Marquette coach Steve Bailey. “He was the number one ranked amateur in the world, knows what it takes to be elite and the ability to share those experiences with our team will be invaluable. But he brings so much more than a world-class playing career. He exemplifies the character traits that are important to our program and carries a positive energy that’s contagious.”

Williams replaces former assistant Trake Carpenter, who accepted the assistant coaching position at Stanford in August.

Sept. 3


After serving as the interim head coach last season, Lia Biehl Lukkarinen has officially been named head men’s coach at Western Illinois.

Biehl Lukkarinen will be entering her 15th year coaching the women’s team.

“Lia brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the program,” said Director of Athletics Danielle Surprenant, “She stepped in last year as the interim head coach and did an excellent job with all facets of the program. I’m excited to watch the men’s golf team continue to grow under her leadership.”

Biehl Lukkarinen played her college golf at Illinois and also served as assistant coach for the Illini before arriving at Western Illinois.

“I’m excited to officially be the head coach of the Leatherneck men’s golf team,” said Biehl Lukkarinen. “The year as interim head coach allowed me to get a better understanding of what the team needs to succeed. I’m looking forward to seeing what this talented group will accomplish.”

August 28 


Towson University has named Shannon Briggs as its head women’s golf coach. Briggs replaces Lisa Ferrero who recently became the new head coach at Idaho.

Briggs, who is from Foothill, Ontario, comes to Towson from Longwood where she spent the past five seasons. She played her college golf at Grand Valley State.

“I am excited to have Shannon join the Tiger family,” said Towson Director of Athletics Tim Leonard. “During an accelerated search process, Shannon’s passion for the student-athlete experience, commitment to excellence and desire to work at Towson really stood out. I am looking forward to introducing Shannon to the team and the Maryland golf community.”

August 28 


TCU men’s golf coach Bill Montigel has announced the promotion of Adrien Mörk to associate head coach. Mörk, who will begin his third season with the Horned Frogs, spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach.

“Adrien has been an invaluable asset to our program,” said Montigel. “He is an excellent recruiter and has a tremendous ability to help our guys improve their game. It’s evident that we are a better program with Adrien a part of it.”

In the summer of 2018, Mörk was named an assistant coach for the Arnold Palmer Cup’s International Team.

TCU finished the 2018-19 season ranked No. 24 in the Golfweek/Sagarin college rankings. 

August 28


Rollins Director of Golf and head women’s golf coach Julie Garner has announced the hiring of Devanshi Naik as Assistant Coach. A former standout student-athlete at Louisiana-Monroe, Naik joins Garner at Rollins after serving as a graduate assistant at Central Michigan the past two seasons.

“I am ecstatic to have Dev join our golf program,” said Garner. “She has extensive experience as a player both on her national team as well as having been a student-athlete. Her graduate assistant coaching tenure at Central Michigan was met with high praise from all who know her including coaches for whom she did not even play. As a student-athlete she demonstrated her commitment to high achieving academics. Her life journey is ideally suited to the Rollins mission of developing global citizens and responsible leaders. We can’t wait to get started!”

Naik, who was born in the United Kingdom and raised in Zambia, started her college career at Western Texas College where she twice earned All-American honors before finishing her career at Louisiana-Monroe.

“I am beyond honored to serve as the Rollins College Women’s Assistant Golf Coach,” said Naik. “I am especially grateful to Julie Garner, Pennie Parker, and Grant. H. Cornwell for granting me this incredible opportunity and entrusting me with helping the future of their women’s golf program. I am extremely excited to join Coach Garner and her continued success with Rollins College.”

August 28


The University of Idaho has hired Lisa Ferrero as its women’s golf head coach. Ferrero replaces Lisa Johnson who left to become the head coach at Nebraska after 11 seasons with the Vandals.

Ferrero comes to Idaho after two seasons as head coach at Towson. She was a 12-year member of the LPGA and Symetra Tours, winning two tournaments on the Symetra Tour in 2011. She was also the recipient of the 2014 Heather Farr LPGA Courage Award. Ferrero won the USGA Girls Junior Championship in 2000 and a year later was named the California Amateur of the Year. She went on to play collegiately at Texas, where she helped the Longhorns win the 2004 Big 12 title and place in the top six at the NCAA Championships three times, including a second-place showing in 2002.

“I am thrilled to be at the University of Idaho,” Ferrero said. “The team is really talented, the facilities and staff are first class and the atmosphere is as good as it gets. I knew this was a great opportunity and when I got the chance to come see for myself, I loved everything about it.”

August 27


Judd Cornell has been named head men’s golf coach at Creighton.

For the past six years Cornell has been the assistant coach at Nebraska, including two as the associate head coach.

“We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Judd Cornell along with his wife Bridget to the Creighton Family,” said Creighton Associate Athletic Director Mark Burgers. “Judd is a high character guy that is a tireless worker and has a broad range of experience both playing and coaching golf. He understands the values that we have in our program and the importance of developing young men both on and off the course. The future of our men’s golf program is in great hands.”

Cornell, who is from Omaha, played his college golf at Nebraska and was part of Nebraska’s 2007 NCAA Regional team that included current PGA Tour player Brady Schnell. He was a three-time team captain and first-team Academic All-Big 12. He was named 2004 Nebraska Amateur Player of the Year.

“My family and I are so excited to be back in Omaha and I can’t wait to get started this season,” said Cornell. “We have a very talented group of guys right now that I look forward to leading and challenge them to do great things this season and beyond. Creighton is a national brand across the board with a high standard for excellence on and off the course, and I’m honored to be representing that on a daily basis.” 

Creighton finished the 2018-19 season ranked No. 267 in the Golfweek/Sagarin college rankings. Cornell replaces Chris Wiemers.

August 26


Anna Moore won the Ohio Valley Conference title last spring and this fall she will be on the other side of things as the assistant coach for Murray State this year.

“I am pleased to announce that Anna Moore will be serving as our assistant coach this season.  She is a four year letter winner of our program and served as captain for two seasons,” said Murray State coach Velvet Milkman.

Moore was a two time All-Conference Selection and part of three consecutive Ohio Valley Conference team titles as well as the 2019 Ohio Valley Conference Medalist.

“I am excited to have Anna serve our program in this capacity,” Milkman said. “She has strong leadership skills and was a successful collegiate player.  She brings the knowledge and competitive spirit that will help our program to win championships, as well as, help our players achieve their goals both on and off the course.  She will be a tremendous asset to our program, athletic department and University.”

August 25 


Greg Pieczynski had been hired as assistant men’s golf coach at George Washington.

Pieczynski, who has previously served as an assistant coach at Assumption College, joins GW after a three-year stint as Director of Instruction at Manor Country Club in Rockville, Md.

“We are very excited to have Greg join our program,” said George Washington coach Chuck Scheinost. “He brings a wealth of experience both as a player, having won 25 professional tournaments, and a coach. He has a tremendous work ethic and will be able to help our student-athletes achieve new heights on and off the course.”

“I’m excited to join such a prestigious university and a golf program that is one the rise in the Atlantic 10 Conference,” said Pieczynski. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to help the team get to the next level.”

Pieczynski played his college golf at Penn State University, where he was a captain and a two-time Academic All-American.

August 25


Recently named Kent State head coach Lisa Stom has named Jenny Gleason her assistant coach. Gleason is no stranger to Strom, she spent the past three seasons with Strom at Texas State.

Gleason spent nine season playing professionally after playing her college golf at UNCG where she won three times.

August 20


The University of Louisville has announced that current LPGA golfer and former Ole Miss All-American Dori Carter has been named assistant coach for the women’s golf team.

Carter, who has played in more than 140 LPGA events since joining the tour in 2011, is a native of Valdosta, Ga., and served as a volunteer assistant coach for the Ole Miss women’s golf team the last three seasons. Carter was a two-time All-American at Ole Miss.

“We are very excited to have Dori join the Cardinal family,” Louisville coach Whitney Young said. “With her nine years of experience on the LPGA Tour and a successful college career, she brings the competitiveness and knowledge we are looking for to help us win championships. Her personality and passion for the game will be a great asset to this program and to our university and supporters.”

During her time as a volunteer coach in Oxford, Carter was a part of two Rebel teams that qualified for the NCAA Championship (2018 and 2019), along with the 2019 team that won the SEC Championship.

“What a wonderful opportunity the University of Louisville has given me to continue my involvement in this great game,” Carter said. “I look forward to working with coach Young, the administration, and especially the current and future Cardinal student-athletes. This program is in such a great place because of what (former) coach Courtney Trimble built here, and with coach Young’s guidance, the future is bright. I am so excited to be a new member of the U of L family.”

August 19


Former Nova Southeastern All-American Finlay Mason has been named the assistant coach for the men’s team  at his alma mater.

“It’s going to be very exciting to help give back to a program that’s done so much for me,” said Mason. “Now from a different position, I’m excited to keep building on the program’s successes. To play for such a great program, and now to have the chance to help coach the team, I’m very thankful for the opportunity coach (Joey) Marino and the entire NSU athletics department has given me.”

Nova Southeastern finished the 2018-19 season ranked No. 8 in the final Golfstat rankings.

August 16 


Campbell coach John Crooks has announced the hiring of Lyndsey Hunnell as assistant women’s golf coach at Campbell University.  Hunnell, who is from Troutville, Va., replaces C.C. Buford, who accepted the position as head women’s golf coach at East Carolina.

Hunnell is a 2018 graduate from the University of Virginia and competed graduate transfer during the 2018-19 season at Xavier University, where she posted a top-10 finish in the Big East Championship and led the Musketeers to their first-ever Big East title and NCAA Regional appearance.

“I am honored to join the Campbell athletic department and women’s golf program,” said Hunnell.  “It is a dream come true to be able to work alongside well-renowned Coach Crooks and this fantastic group of student athletes. I look forward to seeing the team soon and getting started on our pursuit of another championship season!”

Hunnell joins a Fighting Camel program that won its fourth-straight Big South Conference title and advanced to the NCAA regionals for the eighth-consecutive season.

August 16


South Dakota State head coach Casey VanDamme has announced Alex Shattuck as the program’s assistant coach.

Shattuck, who is originally from Sioux Fall, played his college golf at William and Mary College this past spring.

“I am excited to come home and be a Jackrabbit,” Shattuck said. “Coach VanDamme has done a great job growing the program in his time at SDSU, and I am thrilled at the opportunity to help further that progress. The season is right around the corner and I am eager to get to campus and prepare.”

August 15


Stanford head coach Conrad Ray has named Trake Carpenter assistant coach.

Carpenter, who played collegiately at Ball State, joins the Cardinal after spending the last two seasons at Marquette.

“We are excited to add Trake,” said Ray. “He has a strong reputation in the national coaching ranks for being a hard worker, diligent recruiter, and a coach on the rise that gets the most out of his players. He has had great success at Marquette and Ball State and will bring a lot to our program.”

Before Marquette, Carpenter served as an assistant coach at Ball State from 2012-14 and again in 2016, helping the program reach the 2013 NCAA Championships for the first time in school history.

Following a short stint as assistant golf professional at Ivanhoe Golf Club in Mundelein, Illinois, Carpenter became an assistant coach at Marquette in 2017.

Marquette head coach Steve Bailey and Carpenter were recognized as the Big East Coaching Staff of the Year in 2018 and 2019.

“I’m extremely blessed Coach Ray has given me the opportunity to join his program at Stanford,” Carpenter said. “The combination of academic and athletic achievement is unmatched anywhere else in the world. I’m looking forward to continuing the tradition of winning championships and can’t wait to come to The Farm.”

Carpenter replaces Matt Bortis, who left Stanford to join the coaching staff at Ole Miss this summer.

Stanford won the NCAA Division I men’s golf championship this past spring.

August 14


Coker College, an NCAA Division II school, has announced the hiring of Sam Stark as head men’s and women’s golf coach.

Stark arrives at Coker after three years as the head men’s and women’s golf coach at Alderson Broaddus University in Philippi, W.Va.

Prior to his time at Alderson Broaddus, he was a graduate assistant with the men’s golf program at the University of Indianapolis from 2015-17.

“We are excited to welcome Sam to Coker to the Hartsville community,” said Vice President of Athletics and Athletic Facilities Dr. Lynn Griffin. “Sam brings valuable NCAA Division II experience to our golf programs and has been a part of successful teams as a player and coach”.

Stark played his college golf at Ferris State, where he was a member of the 2010 GLVC championship team.

August 13


The University of Tampa has named Gary Hilton head men’s golf coach.

Hilton spent the past three years as the head men’s golf coach at Albany State. Prior to his stint at ASU, Hilton led the Darton State College men’s golf program from 2013-16.

Hilton guided ASU to three consecutive Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Championships in their first three years of the program’s existence. He was named conference Coach of the Year three times. He also led the program to three straight NCAA South Regional appearances. While coaching at Darton, Hilton was named Region XVII Coach of the Year in each of his three seasons there.

“I am excited to get to Tampa so I can meet with the team and get to work building for the future,” states Hilton. “There is a lot of recruiting to be done and my plan is to hit the ground running to see if we can build off the program’s prior successes.”

Hilton played college golf at Darton State where he was on the school’s first team to qualify for the NJCAA National Championships. Hilton continued his collegiate golf career at Georgia Southwestern State.

Hilton replaces Rick Christie, who served the last 27 at Tampa as the head coach.

August 10


Former Minnesota head men’s golf coach John Carlson has been named head coach at Northern Illinois. Carlson replaces Tom Porten.

Carlson joins the Northern Illinois program after spending the past nine at the University of Minnesota. He had been the Director of Men’s Golf for the Golden Gophers the past two seasons.

Prior to becoming the Director of Men’s Golf, Carlson was the head coach at Minnesota from 2010 to 2017. He led the Golden Gophers to the 2014 Big Ten Championship, making Minnesota the only program other that Illinois to win the conference title since 2009. Carlson was named Big Ten Coach of the Year that season. Minnesota made six NCAA postseason appearances with Carlson at the helm.

“John brings a wealth of golf knowledge and experience to the NIU men’s golf program,” said Northern Illinois University Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics Sean T. Frazier. “I have no doubt that John’s background of coaching success, as well as his playing credentials, will help him build a championship-caliber program here at NIU. I am excited to have John leading our men’s golf program and be a part of that progression.”

Carlson played college golf at Wisconsin where he won three individual titles for the Badgers.

August 8


The University of North Dakota has announced the hiring of Todd Schaefer as the new men’s golf coach. Schaefer, a Grand Forks, N.D., native, was a Hall of Fame golfer for UND in the 1980s and has remained a fixture in the golf scene in this area ever since.

“What a great day to be able to announce Todd as our new head coach for men’s golf,” Director of Athletics Bill Chaves said. “To have a UND all-America golfer and hall of famer lead our program is exciting. I know Todd’s passion for the university and program will provide tremendous possibilities for the future.”

Schaefer helped led the Fighting Sioux to four North Central Conference (NCC) championships (1981-83). He played in three NCAA Division II national tournaments, earning honorable mention all-America honors as a sophomore and was a second teamer as a senior.

North Dakota was ranked No. 288 in the Golfweek/Sagarin college rankings and is a member of the Summit League Conference (NCAA Division I).

August 7 


Former PGA Tour winner Mike Hulbert has joined the men’s golf program at East Tennessee State as a volunteer assistant coach.

Hulbert is currently a CBS Rules Expert for the PGA Tour following a stint on the Champions Tour. Hulbert played his golf at ETSU from 1977 to 1980, where he was named an All-American honors in 1979 and 1980. He won the 1980 Southern Conference Individual Championship and played in the 1979 and 1980 NCAA Championship.

“I’m so grateful to have Mike Hulbert offer his time and expertise to be the ETSU men’s golf volunteer assistant coach this year,” stated ETSU coach Jake Amos. “He has a wealth of knowledge and experience which I have no doubt will help our team this season. He is one of the best players to ever come out of the ETSU program so he understands what it means to be a Buccaneer. I am looking forward to having him around our players at tournaments this year.”

Hulbert earned his PGA Tour card in 1984 and went on to win three times, winning the 1986 Fed-Ex St. Jude Classic, 1989 B.C. Open and the 1991 Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic.

August 7


Coastal Carolina head coach Jim Garren has named former Chanticleer golfer Andrew Roy as the new assistant coach.

Roy, who joined the team for the 2017-18 season from the school’s PGA Golf Management Program, helped Coastal Carolina win the 2018 Sun Belt Men’s Golf Championship.

“I’m excited to announce that Andrew is returning to our program as an assistant coach. As a former player, his loyalty and love of this program runs deep. His personality and passion for the game will be a great asset to not only our current student-athletes but to the entire Coastal Athletics Department, our supporters, and University,” said Garren.

August 5


Appalachian State has named Danny Forshey head men’s golf coach. Forshey comes to Appalachian State from Bethune-Cookman where he was director of golf since 2017.

Forshey began his collegiate coaching career at Alcorn State, where he was named SWAC Coach of the Year for the 2016-17 season.

Before entering the collegiate coaching ranks, Forshey played professional golf for 15 years.

August 5


Georgia Tech golf coach Bruce Heppler has announced Devin Stanton as his new assistant coach.

Stanton, a former pitcher for Georgia Tech baseball team who has spent time as a strength and conditioning coach and a professional caddie the last several years, replaces Drew McGee, who left the program earlier this summer to enter private business in his home state of Texas.

“We can’t begin to express our excitement with the addition of Devin Stanton to our program,” said Heppler. “As a former student-athlete at Georgia Tech, he brings a wealth of knowledge about how to succeed at the Institute. He also brings a special skill set in the area of player development with his strength and conditioning background. He will be a great addition to the program we currently have when the team is competing on the road. Anyone who analyzes the PGA Tour recognizes this area continues to grow in importance, whether that is in either physical development or injury prevention. He has also caddied for several of our former players on the PGA and Korn Ferry Tours and already has a very strong bond with our current and former players. He brings great energy and passion for learning and will challenge all of us to get better every day.”

July 24


Cleveland State has hired Taylor Riggs as its women’s golf coach.

Riggs has spent the past three years as the head women’s and men’s golf coach at the University of the Cumberlands.

“I am extremely pleased that Taylor will be joining Cleveland State University and leading our women’s golf program,” said CSU Director of Golf Steve Weir. “His level of success as the head coach at the University of the Cumberlands demonstrates his support of the scholar-athlete model. We look forward to Taylor’s leadership and the future success for our Vikings women’s golf program.”

Last year, the University of the Cumberlands women’s team finished fifth at the NAIA National Championship. The Patriots, who were ranked fifth in the final NAIA National Poll and had four players earn NAIA All-American honors. During Riggs’ three years as the head coach of the women’s and men’s programs at the University of the Cumberlands, the Patriots won a combined five Mid-South Conference Championships.

Prior to being named the head coach at the University of the Cumberlands, Riggs was a graduate assistant at his alma mater Eastern Kentucky for one season. Riggs was a four-year letterwinner at Eastern Kentucky and earned All-Ohio Valley Conference honors in 2015, while also serving as team captain in 2014 and 2015.

“My fiancé Amanda and I are thrilled to be a part of the Cleveland State family and the women’s golf program,” said Riggs. “I would like to thank Coach Weir and the administration for the opportunity to join such a great athletic department and University. I look forward to working with our current players and watching them grow and develop with their golf games, while striving for excellence on the course and in the classroom.”

July 23


Lipscomb Director of Golf Will Brewer has announced the addition of Cole Buck to the men’s golf coaching staff. Buck will be an assistant coach beginning this season.

Buck, who played his college golf at TCU, arrives at Lipscomb after two seasons as the head coach at Wagner, a Division I program in the Northeast Conference (NEC) located in Staten Island, New York.

“I think Cole possesses all the things that I was looking for to help us continue to grow this program,” Brewer said. “He’s had great experience with golf academies, he’s had head coaching experience, recruiting experience, compliance experience, Power Five playing experience. So, he had the whole package.”

July 20


Washington head women’s golf coach has done what you would think more coaches would do more often: hire an assistant coach with head coaching experience.

Mary Lou Mulflur has announced the hiring of Courtney Jones as an associate head coach at Washington. Jones spent the last six seasons as the head coach at Oklahoma State with two seasons prior to that as an assistant. Jones replaces Chessey Thomas who took the assistant coaching job at Nebraska.

“First of all, we’re just grateful that we are able to add such an experienced coach to our staff,” said Mulflur. “Courtney’s skill set was very appealing and I know that we will do a lot collaboratively. I wanted someone that would enhance our student-athlete experience and I know she’ll do that from day one. To be able to get someone on our staff with her resume is unbelievable and I can’t wait to have her start working with our program because the impact is going to be seen immediately.”

Jones, who played her college golf at Tulsa, was the 2016 Big 12 Coach of the Year and led her teams to two Big 12 titles in 2013 and 2016. Her Oklahoma State teams won 13 tournament titles.

“This position was so appealing for many reasons, mainly having the opportunity to work with Mary Lou and learn from her, collaborate with her and help take an incredibly successful program into the future is exciting,” said Jones. “From the moment I stepped on campus, I was impacted by the sense of family I felt amongst the athletic department. I was really impressed by the resources available to the student-athletes to help them achieve high level academics and athletics. Washington is a special place and that was clear immediately, I’m fired up to be here and can’t wait to hit the ground running.”

July 20 


Texas State found one of the more liked coaches in the game in its next head coach. Par Nilsson has been named head women’s golf coach at Texas State. Nilsson replaces Lisa Strom, who was named head coach at Kent State earlier this summer.

Nilsson, a native of Sweden who played his college golf at Oklahoma State, arrives at Texas State after spending six seasons as an assistant coach and interim head coach at Oklahoma State and three seasons as an assistant coach with the University of Denver men’s team.

“Par has been part of successful programs at each stop he has made. His teams at Denver were atop the Sun Belt Conference standings, while Oklahoma State won the 2016 Big 12 Conference championship,” Texas State Director of Athletics Larry Teis said. “We believe his track record and leadership skills will allow him to continue moving Texas State women’s golf in the correct direction.”

July 20 


With the departure of Zach Barlow, who was named head coach at Michigan, Illinois head men’s golf coach Mike Small has announced Justin Bardgett as his replacement.

Bardgett comes to Illinois from Army, where he was the assistant coach for the past two seasons.

“I am extremely excited to get started in Champaign,” Bardgett said. “I have great respect and admiration for the University of Illinois golf program and head coach Mike Small. The success that the program has enjoyed under his guidance is remarkable and I can’t wait to get started working towards Big Ten and National Championships.”

Bardgett played his college golf at Colorado and his from St. Louis.

July 18 


The University of California San Diego has named Fred Hanover as its head men’s golf coach. Hanover has served as the interim head coach of the program since January of 2019.

In 2019, Hanover led UC San Diego to its first NCAA Division II Championships appearance since 2004. The Tritons placed 14th. It was the program’s best finish at the Division II national championship.

“I am looking forward to working with the team and improving on our accomplishments from this past season,” said Hanover. “I am very proud to be a member of the Triton family and I am committed to helping our scholar-athletes achieve success.”

Hanover has over 20 years of collegiate coaching experience. Hanover served at the University of Redlands as head men’s coach from 2015-2018. From 1998-2010, He was the first Director of Golf for the men’s and women’s teams at Cal State San Marcos. Prior to working at Cal State San Marcos, Hanover was the head coach at Cal State San Bernardino from 1996-1998.

UCSD competes on the NCAA Division II level in golf and in the summer of 2020, will transition into full Division I status as a member of the Big West Conference.

(UC San Diego Athletics)

July 16


LSU head coach Chuck Winstead has announced the hiring of Andrew Nelson as assistant coach. Nelson replaces Andrew Danna who accepted the head coach job at Florida Gulf Coast a few weeks ago.

Nelson comes to Baton Rouge from Liberty where he spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach. Nelson played his college golf at Liberty from 2006-10.

“Andrew is one of the good young coaches in college golf,” Winstead noted. “He was part of building a successful program at Liberty and I know he will make a great contribution to our team.”

LSU finished the 2018-19 season ranked No. 15 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Liberty was No. 21.

July 11


Neal Grusczynski has been named head men’s golf coach at Ohio University.

Grusczynski arrives at Ohio after serving as the director of golf and head men’s and women’s golf coach at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee the last three years. Prior to his stint at Cardinal Stritch, Grusczynski served as the assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s teams at Jacksonville State in 2014-15, then served as the assistant coach at Army in 2015-16. He began his coaching career as a volunteer assistant at his alma mater, Xavier.

Grusczynski played his college golf at Xavier where he won the 2005 individual Atlantic 10 Conference Championship.

“We are excited to have Neal and his family become members of our Bobcat family,” said Dean. “With his playing, coaching and teaching experience, we are confident in Neal’s ability to support our men’s golf team in their efforts to become Mid-American Conference champions. His commitment to academic excellence and his enthusiasm made him a great fit to lead our program.”

July 11


Tyler Wollberg has been announced as the head men’s golf coach at Wisconsin Parkside. Wollberg becomes the first full-time coach in the program’s history. 

Wollberg has served two stints as the Carthage College head women’s golf coach, beginning initially in the spring of 2011. While at Carthage, Wollberg started as the graduate assistant coach and was promoted to head coach.

Wollberg, Mundelein, Ill., played his college golf at Carthage from 2006-2009 and was a three-time NGCA All-American.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Tyler to our department as the leader of our golf program,” Gavin said. “He has a strong history of success as a student-athlete and coach at the collegiate level and in our community. His passion and aptitude for teaching and mentoring golfers on and off the course, in addition to his competitive interest in coaching at the Division II level, resonated throughout the process.”

July 11


Washington and Lee University Director of Athletics Jan Hathorn has announced the promotion of Kelsie Carralero to head women’s golf coach and assistant men’s golf coach.

“It is with a great deal of pride that I announce Kelsie Carralero as our new head coach of women’s golf,” said Hathorn. “Kelsie is one of the best young golf coaches in Division III and we are pleased to be able to promote her and keep her here at W&L. She has already been a positive influence upon our golf teams, as well as our department and campus community, and I am confident she will continue to contribute on the highest level in her new role.”

Carralero had served as the assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s golf programs for the past three years. She arrived at Washington and Lee, an NCAA Division III school located in Lexington, Va., prior to the 2016-17 school year after spending the previous two years as assistant women’s golf coach at her alma mater, Methodist University.

“I am excited for this opportunity ahead and to further my career at W&L as the head women’s coach and the assistant men’s coach,” said Carralero. “I would like to take this time to thank Pete Gyscek for taking the last three years to mentor me into the coach I am today! I would also like to thank Jan Hathorn for giving me this great opportunity.”

July 10


Virginia head women’s golf coach Ria Scott has announced Marissa Dodd as assistant coach. Dodd replaces Calle Nielson who accepted the head coaching position at Richmond in June.

Dodd, a native of Allen, Texas, served as a volunteer assistant coach at SMU last spring after competing for three years on the LPGA’s Symetra Tour. Dodd played her college golf at Wake Forest (2011-15).

“In Marissa Dodd, we found a coach who understands the highly-competitive academic student-athlete experience inside and out,” Scott said. “She has competed at the NCAA Championships and on professional tours, so she understands the talent level, work ethic and dedication required to get there. Our current student-athletes and recruits will instantly realize her personality and positive energy are infectious.”

July 9


Furman head coach Matt Davidson has hired Campbell Fisher has the program’s assistant coach.

Fisher, who is from Eatonton, Ga., recently finished his playing career at Minnesota, where he was team captain during the 2018-19 season.

“Campbell is going to fit in great at Furman and I couldn’t be more excited to have him join our program,” Davidson said. “Campbell will not only be able to relate and be a positive influence on our student athletes, but he also has an extensive background and knowledge of junior golf in the Southeast that will be a huge asset in recruiting.”

July 9


Lauren Whyte has been named assistant women’s coach at Indiana. She served as the graduate assistant coach at Mercer University last year.

Prior to beginning her coach career, Whyte played collegiately at Baylor (2014-16) and then Denver (2016-18).

“We are ecstatic to add a coach with the pedigree that Coach Whyte brings to the table,” Wallman said. “She has competed at the highest level in college, advancing to the NCAA Championship Match Play finals, and has seamlessly made the transition to the coaching ranks. I know our team will enjoy getting to know her and is excited to start working with her.”

Whyte replaces Lauren Harling, who accepted the head coaching position at Yale earlier this summer.

July 5


Chessey Thomas has been named associate head coach for the Nebraska women’s golf program.

“Chessey brings a wealth of knowledge to Nebraska, both from playing professionally and coaching at the highest level,” Nebraska head coach Lisa Johnson said. “I admire her work ethic, competitiveness and her ability to relate to her players. I cannot to wait to work with her again.”

Thomas, who played her college golf at Tennessee, began her coaching career as an assistant under Johnson at Idaho in 2015-16, and heads to Nebraska after spending the past three seasons at Washington.

“I am really looking forward to working with Coach Johnson again,” Thomas said, “and am grateful to her and the University of Nebraska Athletic Department for this great opportunity.”

Johnson was recently name head coach at Nebraska replacing longtime Cornhusker coach Robin Krapfl.

June 19 


Lauren Harling has been named head women’s golf coach at Yale. Harling replaces Chawwadee Rompothong, who resigned in May.

Harling spent the past eight seasons at Indiana and was promoted to associate head coach in July of 2017. Indiana advanced to the NCAA Championship this past May finishing 21st.

“We are thrilled to welcome Lauren to the Yale Athletics Family,” said Director of Athletics Vicky Chun. “Her successes as a student-athlete and as an associate head coach at Indiana University spoke volumes. However, it was her passion to develop student-athletes through a holistic approach of academics, character and athletics that set her apart.”

Harling played her college golf at Indiana after transferring from North Carolina State.

“I am so grateful to Vicky Chun and Mary Berdo for the opportunity to lead the women’s golf program at Yale University,” Harling said. “The vision expressed throughout this whole process has been done with such passion and excitement for what the future holds, and I cannot wait to get started. I also can’t thank Clint Wallman and Kristine Fowler at Indiana University enough for being such strong mentors and a tremendous support system for my development as a coach and person. I would not be here without their support.”

Yale finished the 2018-19 season ranked No. 208 in the Golfweek/Sagarin college ratings and placed sixth at the Ivy League Championship.

June 18


It’s official. Jake Amos has been named head coach at East Tennessee State.

Amos, who spent the 2018-19 season as the Buccaneers’ associate head coach, officially takes over as head coach on July 1 following the retirement of Hall of Fame head coach Fred Warren.

“I want to thank Scott Carter for giving me this opportunity to lead the East Tennessee State men’s golf team,” said Amos. “I am extremely honored and proud to be only the third head coach in the history of the program. The history and achievements of this program are truly incredible and that is a credit to the coaches that have come before me. Coach Warren has left this program in a position where it can continue to be successful and I want to thank him for that. We have some of the best facilities in the country with incredible golf courses around the area. When you combine that with a community that cares about golf, it’s a great place to play college golf.”

Amos, who is from Leicester, England, has six years of coaching experience, as he spent two seasons as the associate head coach at South Carolina before coming to ETSU. Prior to arriving in Columbia, Amos served as an assistant coach at Purdue from 2014-16, while beginning his coaching career at South Florida as an assistant coach in 2013-14.

He played collegiately for three seasons at Augusta University (formerly Augusta State). During his time with the Jaguars, Augusta University won the 2010 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship. Following his collegiate career, Amos spent three seasons playing professionally on the Tour and throughout Europe.

“The future has never been brighter for our ETSU men’s golf program, and I am excited to announce Jake Amos as the head coach of Buccaneer men’s golf,” said East Tennessee State University Director of Athletics Scott Carter. “I could not be more proud and thankful for the way Coach Fred Warren and Coach Amos have worked together during this year of leadership transition. I, along with every Buccaneer, offer tremendous gratitude to Fred Warren for his dedication and loyal leadership in building our nationally competitive and respected men’s golf program over the past 33-years.

June 18


The University of North Georgia has named Sierra Campbell head women’s golf coach. Campbell comes to UNG from Dallas Baptist where she was the men’s and women’s assistant coach.

Campbell, who is from Rio Rancho, New Mexico, played college golf at Midwestern State.  During her time at MSU, she earned Lone Star All-Conference honors in 2015, 2016 and 2017 and individually won the Lone Star Conference Championship in 2015.

“I am extremely excited to be named the head coach at the University of North Georgia,” stated Campbell. “This program has endless potential and I am blessed to be a part of it. I can’t wait to get to Dahlonega and start this journey with these ladies. UNG women’s golf is going great places and I am looking forward to starting the ride.”

This past season, Dallas Baptist reached medal match play at the NCAA Division II National Championship in West Palm Beach, Fla., after finishing seventh in stroke play and was ranked No. 2 in the final Golfstat team rankings. In her two seasons at Dallas Baptist, she helped the team to 17 tournament victories including the NCAA Division II West Region Championship in both 2018 and 2019.

“We are extremely excited to welcome Sierra as the newest member of the Nighthawk Athletics family,” University of North Georgia Director of Athletics Lindsay Reeves said. “She fits our culture here at UNG and, as an assistant at DBU, has helped build highly respective NCAA Division II teams. I am looking forward to working with her as our new leader as we continue to build a women’s golf program that is nationally successful both on and off the course.”

June 17


Nebraska has named Lisa Johnson head women’s golf coach. Johnson makes her way to Nebraska after spending the past 12 years at the University of Idaho.

Johnson replaces Robin Krapfl, who retired this past spring after 32 years in Lincoln.

“I am extremely pleased that Lisa Johnson will be guiding the Nebraska women’s golf program,” Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos said. “She is a proven winner and a fierce competitor who relates well with her players. I have admired Lisa’s body of work for some time and truly believe that she has what it takes to compete for championships.”

Johnson was twice WAC Coach of the Year (2010, 2012). Her teams won the 2016 and 2018 Big Sky Conference Championship and competed in the NCAA postseason three times.

“I am incredibly thankful and excited for the opportunity to lead Nebraska women’s golf,” Johnson said. “It is an honor to take over for Coach Robin Krapfl. She left a terrific legacy, and I can’t wait to get to work with the strong roster we have returning and the incoming freshman. I want to thank Director of Athletics Bill Moos and Keith Zimmer for this opportunity.”

Prior to her time at Idaho, Johnson spent more then five seasons at Boise State as the head coach. She played collegiately at Gonzaga.

June 17


Jordan Jeffers has been named the head women’s golf coach at Charleston Southern. Jeffers comes to Charleston Southern from Houston Baptist where he served as an assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s golf programs.

Jeffers spent five seasons as an assistant coach at Houston Baptist working with both teams. Houston Baptist played in the NCAA postseason in two of the last three seasons, including back-to-back appearances in both 2017 and 2018.

“I am very excited to have Jordan Jeffers join our family as our new Women’s Golf Coach,” Charleston Southern Athletic Director Jeff Barber said. “His background at HBU has prepared him in multiple ways for this position. His energy and passion for the game are obvious and I look forward to working with him as he builds a Championship program in the years ahead.”

Prior to Houston Baptist, Jeffers served as an assistant men’s coach at Odessa College from 2012-2014.

“This opportunity at CSU was enticing because of the numerous great things about the area and the golf potential,” Jeffers commented. “After speaking with Jeff Barber, it was clear that the future for all Buccaneer sports is bright. His vision and infectious passion were a major factor in our decision to join the CSU family. The Charleston area is second-to-none with many great golf facilities and the CSU community is passionate about leading the student-athletes into the future. I look forward to bringing the same passion to the Women’s golf program.”

Charleston Southern finished the season ranked No. 187 in the Golfweek/Sagarin ratings.

June 11


Tulane has named Stew Burke head women’s golf coach. Burke comes to Tulane after spending the past three seasons at USC, serving as the Trojans’ associate head coach. Burke replaces Lorne Don who resigned in May.

“I could not be more excited about the opportunity to lead the Tulane women’s golf program and join a wonderful team of student-athletes, coaches and staff members,” Burke said. “Together as a team, I know we have everything in place to elevate our program to a national level, compete for conference titles and pursue excellence in all facets of collegiate golf. I can’t thank (USC head coach) Justin Silverstein, the student-athletes and the rest of the support staff at USC enough for putting me in position for this opportunity. I will never forget my time at USC and I look forward to competing against them on the national stage in the very near future.”

This past season, USC was ranked No. 1 in the Golfweek/Sagarin college rankings. The Trojans also won the 2019 Pac-12 Championship and the NCAA West Regional crown.

Burke began his Division I collegiate coaching career as an assistant coach for the Kansas State women’s golf team in the spring of 2014.

Burke played his college golf at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo. He served as an assistant coach with Lindenwood’s men’s and women’s golf teams in 2008.

“Stew impressed everyone during his visit to Tulane and we can’t wait for him to get started,” Tulane University Director of Athletics Troy Dannen said. “He has a great vision for the future of our program and knows how to win at the highest levels. His experiences at Kansas State and at one of the nation’s top programs in USC, provide him with a roadmap for leading our program to conference and national accomplishment.”

June 11


Tina Barrett was promoted to head coach of the Ottawa University Arizona men’s and women’s golf programs. Barrett takes over the role after serving as assistant coach the previous two seasons. OUAZ competes at the NAIA level and is a member of the Golden State Athletic Conference and is located in Surprise, Ariz.

Prior to joining OUAZ, Barrett spent eight-plus year as the Director of Programs and Events at The First Tee of Phoenix, teaching golf and life skills to youth ages 7-17. Barrett entered coaching after a successful 19-year career on the LPGA where she had one career victory (1989 Mitsubishi Motors Ocean State Open), 53 top-10 finishes and more than $3 million in career earnings. Barrett played collegiately at Longwood College in Virginia.

With Barrett as assistant coach, OUAZ won the 2019 Men’s Golden State Athletic Conference championship and finished runner up at the 2018 NCCAA Men’s National Championship. The women’s program has posted eight top-three finishes in the two years and had one individual medalist.

Ottawa University Arizona is in Surprise, Ariz. and competes at the NAIA level in college athletics. (USA TODAY Network)

“We are delighted that our national search for the next head men’s and women’s golf coach for OUAZ proved what we thought that it may — the fact is the best choice was already with us and I could not be more enthusiastic to have Tina Barrett at the helm of our OUAZ Men’s and Women’s golf programs,” OUAZ Director of Athletics Kevin Steele said. “Tina has gained excellent experience for the past two years as the assistant to Coach (Clayton) Sikorski building a nationally ranked program from the ground up. She is able to add this experience to her 19-year LPGA playing career experience which combine to make her not only the perfect person to continue building our nationally prominent programs, but to bring valuable leadership to our student-athletes.”

Barrett takes over for Clayton Sikorski who left for a position 17 miles away in Phoenix at Grand Canyon University after starting the men’s and women’s golf programs at OUAZ.

June 10 


After 10 seasons at Northern Illinois, Tom Porten will not be back next fall with the golf program as Porten’s contract was not renewed.

Prior to his time at Northern Illinois, Porten coached at Akron and his alma mater Cleveland State, where he led the Vikings to an NCAA Regional appearance in 2006. He was announced as Director of Golf, overseeing both the men’s and women’s teams heading into the 2012-13 season.

“I love being a college golf coach and look forward to another opportunity to help develop young student athletes and build a winning culture,” said Porten.

Northern Illinois finished the season ranked No. 141 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings.

June 5


The University of Michigan has named Zach Barlow head men’s golf coach. Barlow has spent the last five years as the assistant coach at Illinois.

At Illinois, Barlow helped head coach Mike Small guide the Illini to five consecutive Big Ten titles, three NCAA regional championships and advance to five consecutive NCAA finals. Illinois made it to the match-play semifinal three times.

“We are excited to have Zach join our program as the head men’s golf coach,” said Michigan Director of Athletics Warde Manuel. “He brings a wealth of experience, a competitive drive and a pattern of success to our program from his days as a collegiate golfer and from his time as a Big Ten coach. Zach has consistently developed the talents of the student-athletes under his direction, achieving at a high level on the course and in the classroom. We cannot wait to see what the future holds for our team under Zach’s leadership.”

Barlow, who played his college golf at Illinois, was part of two Big Ten championship teams in 2009 and 2010. He was an All-Big Ten second team selection in 2010 and finished his career with the eighth-lowest stroke average (74.06) in school history. He was the medalist at the 2008 Olympia Fields Country Club/Fighting Illini Invitational and the 2009 Marshall Invitational.

“I could not be more excited for this opportunity to lead the Michigan Golf program,” said Barlow. “I want to express my thanks to Warde Manuel, Lisa Savoury and all the staff for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to guide the current and future stars of Michigan golf.

“I would also like to express my gratitude to Mike Small and the University of Illinois for the opportunity to serve as an assistant coach over the last five years. I am grateful for the experiences and memories from my time in Urbana-Champaign. With that being said, I cannot wait to get to work in Ann Arbor. I’m looking forward to getting the Block ‘M’ on my chest and hit the recruiting trail.”

Barlow replaces Chris Whitten, who left to become the executive director of the Golf Association of Michigan.

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June 4


For the past 14 years JD Grimm has coached the men’s and women’s golf teams at Div. III Coe College. Grimm has left his position as golf coach and the school is looking for a replacement.

“JD took pride in creating an environment for his student-athletes to grow as golfers, student-athletes and people,” said Director of Athletics and Recreation Sonny Travis. “He will be greatly missed by the Coe athletic department, fellow golf coaches, and of course, the many men and women student-athletes he impacted along the way.”

Coe College is a member of the American Rivers Conference is located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

A national search is underway to replace Grimm. The job is a full-time position.

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May 29

McNeese State

Derek Plucienski has been named head men’s golf coach at McNeese State.

Plucienski fills the spot that was left open after former head coach Austin Burk left the program in December to join the private sector. McNeese State women’s coach Mike Fluty assumed the role as the Cowboys’ interim head coach during the spring season. Plucienski, who played his college golf at Southern Mississippi, spent the 2018-19 season at Louisiana-Lafayette as an assistant golf coach.

“We’re excited to have Derek as our men’s golf coach,” said Director of Athletics Bruce Hemphill on Wednesday. “He impressed everyone on the committee with his knowledge, energy and enthusiasm to lead our program. With Derek, the Cowboy golf program will continue to contend for conference championships and increase the McNeese brand nationally.”

Prior to his time at Louisiana-Lafayette, Plucienski served as the Tournament and Operations Manager for the Gulf States Section PGA. A native of Slidell, La.

“I am extremely honored to be joining the McNeese State University family as the next head men’s golf coach,” said Plucienski. “This is an incredible opportunity. Additionally, I need to thank Coach (Mike) Fluty and Coach (Billy) Gabbert for doing an outstanding job this past spring season. Moving forward, I will continue to depend on Coach Gabbert as the volunteer assistant coach. As a former standout player and a McNeese alum, he is an asset to our program.”

McNeese State finished the 2018-19 season ranked No. 132 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.

May 29


Oklahoma State is expected to announce Kent State coach Greg Robertson as it next women’s head coach in the near future.

Robertson just completed his sixth year at Kent State where he twice guided the Golden Flashes to NCAA match play competition in 2017 and 2018. Kent State is the only non-power five school to advance to match play since the NCAA switched the format in 2015. Robertson’s team ended the season ranked 11th in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings and advanced to the NCAA Championship.

Prior to his time at Kent State, Robertson spent 11 years at Purdue with the men’s and women’s teams as the associate head coach.

Robertson began his coaching career in 2001 as a volunteer assistant coach at Oklahoma State, where he also played college golf. He transferred to the University of New Mexico for his senior season and helped the Lobos win the 1998 NCAA West Regional.

With Robertson’s departure to Stillwater, many will expect Maddi Swaney as the frontrunner to replace Robertson. Swaney played for Kent State and spent the last eight years as the assistant coach. She was named the WGCA Assistant Coach of the Year during the 2015-16 season.

Greg Robertson at the Illinois Women’s Invite at Medinah. (Photo: Nick Novelli)

May 28


A little more than one week after Kevin Williams left his position as head coach at East Carolina for a position as an assistant coach at South Carolina, the Pirates have named a replacement for Williams. Williams spent 17 years at East Carolina directing the women’s program.

C.C. Buford has been named the East Carolina coach. Buford spent the past two years as the assistant coach at Campbell.

“We are thrilled to welcome C.C. Buford to ECU and the Pirate Family,” Director of Athletics Jon Gilbert said. “C.C. is natural leader with a competitive passion for excellence, a strong playing background and an appreciation for our student-athletes that make her a great fit for our program. She is truly a rising star in the coaching profession and has all the tools to lay the groundwork for a successful future for our women’s golf program.

Buford began her coaching career as a volunteer assistant coach at College of Charleston, following a four-year playing career. As a player, she was a member of a two Colonial Athletic Association winning teams in 2014 and 2015 that went on to compete in NCAA Regional play.

“I’m really honored to join the Pirates’ golf program and build upon the tradition that Coach Williams established at ECU,” Buford said. “I’m very thankful to Jon Gilbert, (senior associate athletics director) Phillip Wood and the entire ECU community for this amazing opportunity and for the enthusiasm they have shown throughout the entire process. Having seen so many of the returners compete, I know there is a strong foundation to continue the pursuit of championships. I’ve admired the program both as a coach and player, and to be part of such a supportive administration gets me really excited about the future.”

May 19


University of Richmond women’s golf coach Ali Wright announced that she is stepping down from her position to pursue other professional opportunities.

In her five years at Richmond, Wright’s teams won three Patriot League titles – the only three conference titles in program history – and she was twice named Patriot League Coach of the Year.

“We would like to thank coach Wright for her hard work and outstanding leadership of our women’s golf program,” Vice President and Director of Athletics John Hardt said. “Ali has established the Spider women’s golf program as a championship caliber program and established a new standard of excellence moving forward.”

Richmond was ranked No. 157 this year in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.

“I would like to thank John Hardt, LaRee Sugg and David Walsh for their guidance and tremendous support during my time at the University of Richmond,” Wright said.

A national search is underway to find a new women’s golf coach.

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John Carlson has resigned from is role as Director of Men’s Golf at the University of Minnesota. Carlson spent the past eight seasons with the Gophers’ golf program. He was promoted from head coach to Director of Men’s Golf in 2017.

Carlson played his college golf at Wisconsin and spent time playing professionally after he finished his collegiate career in 2001. He was named assistant coach at Minnesota in 2010.

The Gophers, who came in ninth at this year’s Big Ten Championship, finished the season ranked No. 89 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.

A national search is underway to find Carlson’s replacement.

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May 19

Colorado-Colorado Springs

It was announced Friday the first head coach in Colorado-Colorado Springs women’s golf history Sadie Farnsworth resigned.

Farnsworth resigned due to her family’s relocation to Salt Lake City, Utah where her husband will work as a local sports anchor.

Farnsworth became head coach of the women’s golf team for the 2013-14 season. She was named the RMAC Women’s Golf Coach of the Year in 2018 after the Mountain Lions won their first conference championship and made their first NCAA postseason appearance.

“When I took this job six years ago, I didn’t know what to expect. But today I can say that this experience as the head women’s golf coach at UCCS has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life,” Farnsworth said in part in a statement. “To see this program grow from something that was brand new to the athletic department into what it is today has been very gratifying.”

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May 15


It has been announced that Amy McCollum has resigned as head coach at Austin Peay to pursue other opportunities.

Former head coach Sara Robson, who now serves as Assistant Athletics Director for Operations, will take over the program on an interim basis. A national search for the program’s next head coach will begin immediately.

McCollum took over the program in December 2018 on an interim basis after Robson moved into administration.

“I’d like to thank Amy for her efforts and contributions during her time with our women’s golf program,” Austin Peay Director of Athletics Gerald Harrison said. “Looking ahead, this is a program on the rise with a bright future and we must now turn our focus to bringing the best possible coach in for our student-athletes. As with all our head coaching searches, we will move swiftly to identify a coach committed to the “Total Gov Concept” and who will understand the importance of winning with class.”

Austin Peay finished the season ranked No. 201 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.

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May 11


Oklahoma State announced Courtney Jones will not return as women’s golf coach for the 2019-20 season.

The university also announced assistant coach Par Nilsson will serve as the interim head coach.

Jones served as coach for the women’s team since the 2013-2014 season. In those six seasons, she won 12 event titles, one of which was the 2016 Big 12 Championship.

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May 9


Yale has announced Chawwadee Rompothong has resigned from her position as head women’s golf coach.

Rompothong coached the Bulldogs to Ivy League Championship wins in 2006 and 2011 as well as second-place finishes in 2009, 2010 and 2015. Rompothong played her college golf at Yale and was a three-time All-Ivy golfer who helped the Bulldogs win three Ivy titles.

“It has been an incredible joy and honor to coach so many outstanding young student-athletes who have excelled both on and off the golf course. I hope to pursue other equally meaningful opportunities and spend more time focusing on my family. There is never a good time to say good-bye, and although I am leaving my position as the varsity golf coach, I will always be a proud and supportive Yale and Women’s Golf alumna,” Rompothong said.

Rompothong turned professional and competed on the Futures Tour in 2001 and 2002.

“I am thankful for Chawwadee’s commitment and dedication to our women’s golf team both as a standout student-athlete and coach,” said Director of Athletics, Vicky Chun. “Her 14 years with the Yale women’s golf program are a testament to her love for her alma mater, the women’s golf program and the student-athlete experience. I am excited for Chawwadee’s new adventure, and once a bulldog always a Bulldog!”

It has been said a national search for a new head coach will begin immediately.

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Cleveland State head women’s golf coach Mitchell Moore has been named assistant women’s coach at Colorado State.

Moore served as the head women’s coach and men’s assistant coach this past year. Moore played college golf at Cleveland State and then served as undergraduate assistant coach for both programs beginning in 2016-17. His playing career ended in 2016 after qualifying for the NCAA Tournament his final three seasons, all of which included him winning the Horizon League Conference championship.

“We are thrilled to welcome Mitchell to Colorado State,” Colorado State coach Laura Cilek said. “His passion for developing student-athletes, eagerness to grow in the coaching profession and recruiting experience make him a perfect fit for our program. I am certain our current student-athletes, incoming freshman and Ram Nation will appreciate Mitchell’s work ethic, energy and affinity for collegiate athletics.”

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May 8


Georgia State women’s golf coach Cathy Mant, who has led the program for the last 19 years, recently announced her retirement.

Mant, who was hired as the first full-time women’s golf coach in 2000, led the Panthers to five conference championships and was inducted into the Golf Coaches Hall of Fame in 1989.

Along with the five conference championships, Mant led Georgia State to five conference runner-up finishes and six NCAA Regional appearances. She is a six-time conference coach of the year and helped guide Georgia State’s first individual ever to the NCAA Championship.

“I have been extremely blessed to work with so many great young ladies and members of the Georgia State staff over the last 19 years,” Mant said. “I have so many great memories that I will forever cherish. Georgia State has meant so much to my family and I and we will forever be grateful for all of the opportunities this great University has provided us over the years.”

During the 2008-09 season, Mant’s team climbed as high as No. 27 in the national rankings, posting a school-record six wins. Georgia State placed ninth, just one spot shy of qualifying for the school’s first trip to the NCAA Championship.

Mant’s collegiate golfing career reached its pinnacle in 1970 when Mant won the individual title of what was then called the Division of Girls and Women’s Sports Championship, now known as the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship. After her collegiate days came to an end, Mant played on the LPGA Tour from 1976 to 1986. Mant’s best finish on the Tour was third at the Rail Charity Championship in Springfield, Ill. She played in 10 U.S. Women’s Opens, as well as each major on the LPGA Tour.

Georgia State finished the season ranked No. 164 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.

Georgia State Cathy Mant. (Photo: Jason Getz)

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May 8


Bridgett Norwood has been a part of the Little Rock golf program at for over 25 years. Now, the Trojans are looking for a women’s golf coach after Norwood recently announced her retirement.

Norwood has served as the head coach of the Trojan women’s golf program since 2003 and has been associated with the department since the program started in 1992, serving in both an assistant coach and volunteer assistant role.

“This has been one of the greatest experiences of my life to be able to be a part of this program and coach these young women,” Norwood said. “I’m incredibly grateful I was given this opportunity, to be able to build those relationships, and this decision is very bitter sweet. But Little Rock Athletics will always be a special place for me.”

A nationwide search for Little Rock’s next head women’s golf coach will commence immediately.

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May 7


Georgia State Director of Golf and former head coach Joe Inman, who has led the program for the last 11 years, has announced his retirement.

Inman served as the head coach of the men’s golf team starting in August of 2008. He guided the program to five NCAA Regional appearances. In 2014, the program finished 22nd at the NCAA Championship.

“Being able to work with so many incredible young men and the Georgia State staff has been a blessing over the last 11 years,” Inman said. “As much as I hope I taught them, I know that they have taught me even more. The game of golf has been a huge part of my life for the last 60 years and this has been an incredible chapter that I will never forget.”

After nine years as head coach, Inman took over the Director of Golf position, hiring Chad Wilson as head coach, while continuing to work with the players, but also spending more time fundraising for the program. In the last two years, Inman was instrumental in the new Bobby Jones Golf Course, home to GSU golf, as well as the purchase of a new Sprinter Van for the squad.

Inman, who was named Sun Belt Coach of the Year two times, played his college golf at Wake Forest where he was a three-time All-American.

Spanning more than 25 years, Inman’s pro playing career included four victories, one on the PGA Tour and three on the Champions Tour. He had nearly 100 top-25 finishes on each circuit, and his career earnings totaled over $5 million.

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May 6


Thirty-two years is enough.

Nebraska Women’s golf coach Robin Krapfl announced on Monday, May 6, 2019 that she will retire this summer.

Krapfl, a native of West Point, Nebraska, guided the Husker program to three NCAA Championship appearances, 11 NCAA regional berths and was a two-time conference coach of the year during her time in Lincoln. Krapfl played her college golf at Nebraska (1980-82) and served as an assistant from 1984 to 1987.

Nebraska Women’s golf coach Robin Krapfl announced on Monday, May 6, 2019 that she will retire this summer.

“I would like to thank Robin for more than three decades of dedicated service to the University of Nebraska and our student-athletes,” Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos said. “We wish Robin all the best in the future.”

A national search for Krapfl’s replacement will begin immediately.In a release Karfl said:

“I would like to thank the University of Nebraska for allowing me to hold my dream job for 32 years. To coach young women and be a part of their growth and development has been rewarding beyond measure. Watching them blossom into incredible adults is one of the most wonderful experiences a person can have.

“That being said after careful thought and consideration, I no longer have the energy that this program deserves. I have been a part of Nebraska Women’s Golf for 40 years either as a student-athlete or as a coach and I love it too much to think I am holding it back. Nebraska Women’s Golf deserves more than I can give, so I have decided to retire.

“I can retire feeling good about what I have accomplished, including 11 NCAA regional appearances and three trips to the NCAA National Championships. I also feel good about where I am leaving the program for the next coach. Every member of the squad will be back next year, and one talented freshman is set to join the team. This group showed what they are capable of when they won the Westbrook Invitational. I can’t wait to follow their results next season.

“Now it is time to enjoy my own golf and a little tennis. Go Big Red!”

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May 5


For the past seven years Jennifer Borocz has guided the women’s golf program at Jacksonville University. It was announced late this past week that Borocz is resigning.

“Coach has taken our program to unprecedented heights and has left it in a much better place than when she took over,” said Jacksonville University Senior Vice President/Athletic Director Alex Ricker-Gilbert. “We are extremely grateful for the positive impact that Coach Borocz has had on our women’s golf program, athletic department and university. This is a bittersweet announcement. I can speak for the entire department when I say that we are sad to see someone of Jennifer’s caliber move on, but we are happy that she will remain in Northeast Florida with the opportunity to spend more time with her wonderful family.

Borocz, who said she is hoping to spend more time enjoying family life, was hired prior to the 2012-13 season and was the first dedicated women’s coach in the program’s history.

“This was an extremely difficult decision but I feel we’ve laid a solid foundation for the program and I am confident it will be successful well into the future. JU has meant so much to my family and we are incredibly grateful for the opportunities JU provided us,” said Borocz.

Borocz will remain an advocate for the program and as an ambassador for women’s golf in northeast Florida. She has already provided some input as the department begins its search for a new leader of the program and will continue to support the program throughout the hiring process.

The Dolphins finished the regular season ranked No. 153 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.

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May 1


Tulane University head women’s golf coach Lorne Don announced his resignation today from the Green Wave women’s golf program.

“These past six years have been a wonderful experience both professionally and personally,” Don said. “My family and I have truly enjoyed our time in New Orleans and Tulane University will always hold a special place for us. I wish the current student-athletes nothing but success moving forward.”

Tulane finished the regular season ranked No. 107 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings and placed eighth at The American Conference Championship.

During his six seasons as head coach, Don guided the Green Wave to a pair of NCAA Championship appearances, three NCAA Regional trips, one conference championship and three tournament titles.

“I can’t thank Coach Don enough for his contributions to our program and I wish he and his family nothing but the very best with their future endeavors,” Director of Athletics Troy Dannen said. “We have a strong foundation within in our program and we look forward to our women’s golf team competing for American Athletic Conference championship titles in the very near future.”

A national search to identify the program’s next head coach is underway.


Former Tulane coach Lorne Don.

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Charleston Southern University Athletic Director Jeff Barber recently announced that Head Women’s Golf Coach Matt Cram-Smith’s contract will not be renewed. Cram-Smith took over the women’s program in the fall of 2012 after assisting both the men’s and women’s teams in 2011-12.

“I’d like to thank Matt for everything he has done for our women’s golf program,” Barber said. “We all wish for him the very best in his next endeavor.”

The Bucs finished sixth at the 2019 Big South Women’s Golf Championships and were No. 187 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, finishing the season with the most head-to-head losses (117) in NCAA Division I women’s golf.

A national search for a new head coach is underway.

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March 26


After more than 35 years in college golf, Puggy Blackmon has announced his retirement. Blackmon is the associate women’s golf head coach and director of golf development and facilities at the University of South Carolina. Blackmon’s coaching success has also earned him induction into the Golf Coaches Association of America Hall of Fame, the Georgia Tech Sports Hall of Fame and the Carson-Newman University Sports Hall of Fame.

Before his time at South Carolina, Blackmon coached at Georgia Tech, starting in 1983 and then at South Carolina in various roles over the past 24 years, during which he served as head men’s golf coach before moving to the women’s side. For the past decade he has been associate head women’s golf coach.

Since Blackmon joined the South Carolina women’s golf program, the Gamecocks have made nine consecutive NCAA postseason appearances, capturing five NCAA regional titles.

He was instrumental in organizing several collegiate events including the Golf World-Palmetto Dunes Collegiate, Carpet Capital Collegiate, Hootie and the Blowfish Intercollegiate and Darius Rucker Intercollegiate.

In addition to being ACC Coach of the Year four times, Blackmon received the Labron Harris Sr. Award in 2015 for contributions as a PGA professional/coach in growing the game. In 2017, he picked up yet another award when he was named National Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year by the Women’s Golf Coaches of America.

Blackmon was also instrumental in organizing and developing the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) and the Jacksonville (Fla.) Junior Golf Association in 1975. While at Georgia Tech, he reorganized and grew the Atlanta Junior Golf Association into one of the more successful junior programs in the country.

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Chris Whitten

March 15


Chris Whitten has been the University of Michigan men’s head golf coach since 2011. He’s now been hired as Executive Director of the Golf Association of Michigan.

“I am honored to have this opportunity to lead and contribute at the Golf Association of Michigan,” Whitten said. “Working with so many people who share the same passion for the game that I do has me truly excited.”

Whitten will remain at Michigan as head coach through the end of the season.

“I’m prepared for the challenges that may come from directing a diverse group with various goals. I’m excited to partner with the USGA and others serving golf in Michigan, learning from their strategies and goals,” he added.

Whitten was previously an assistant club professional at Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio, before becoming a coach. In 2003, he began his coaching career as the assistant coach at his alma mater, Notre Dame. He then served as Michigan’s assistant coach for five years before being named head coach.

Whitten succeeds David Graham, who is retiring in June after 18 years as GAM’s Executive Director.

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March 7


For the past 41 years, Herb Page has guided the Kent State men’s golf program, but Page has announced this season will be his last. Associate head coach Jon Mills will replace Page.

Page took over the men’s golf program in the fall of 1977, and his 41 seasons are the most by a head coach in any sport throughout Kent State’s history. After leading the men’s golf team to 22 Mid-American Conference titles and being a part of 20 conference titles in 20 seasons from the women’s team, Page is the proud owner of 43 MAC Championship rings.

“In addition to his outstanding success as a head coach, Herb was ahead of his time in so many areas,” director of athletics Joel Nielsen said. “He was a strong proponent of adding a women’s golf program and knew what needed to be done to sustain success. He also had the foresight to create a top-notch training facility that has played a huge role in the recruitment and development of our golfers. Plus, he started the Rango Invitational 33 years ago as a sport-specific fundraiser, which has raised millions of dollars for the men’s and women’s programs.”

Page, who is from Markham, Ontario, was a three-sport student-athlete (golf, football and ice hockey) at Kent State.

“Kent State means so much to me,” Page said. “I am forever grateful to the university and all of the administrators, staff and student-athletes I have had the privilege of coaching who made our golf program so successful. This is my alma mater and the Kent community has been my home ever since. But most of all, I am indebted to the wonderful student-athletes I have worked with. It is humbling to reflect on all that they have achieved over the past 41 years and the amazing memories that we have made together.”

Page was instrumental in launching the women’s golf program in 1998. The women’s team since has won 20 consecutive MAC Championships, the longest streak by any sport in the history of the conference.

Numerous Golden Flashes went on to have successful professional golf careers, including 2003 British Open champion Ben Curtis.

“I feel Herb is the best coach in America,” Curtis said. “The record shows that, but the support he provides to all former players is phenomenal, no matter what the player moves on to after graduation. I would not have had the success that I’ve had without his coaching, guidance, support and friendship.”

On June 4, Page will be inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame.  He is also a member of the Northern Ohio PGA Golf Hall of Fame, Kent State’s Varsity “K” Hall of Fame, the Golf Coaches Association of America Hall of Fame and the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame. In 2008, Page was honored with the GCAA Labron Harris Sr. Award, presented to the college coach whose support of the game through teaching, coaching and involvement in the community has helped ensure the continued growth of the game of golf. He also was chosen to coach the U.S. team at the 1998 World Junior Championships and the International Team at the 2018 Palmer Cup.

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Feb 17.


After 41 years coaching college golf, East Tennessee State coach Fred Warren has announced his retirement at the end of the 2018-19 season. Warren has spent the past 33 years with the Buccaneers golf program. At the conclusion of the season, current associate head coach Jake Amos will be appointed head coach.

Prior to arriving at East Tennessee State, Warren served as an assistant coach at Oklahoma State. He began his coaching career at TCU, where he led both the men’s and women’s programs from 1979-84. He played his collegiate golf at UCLA.

Warren’s teams have won 55 tournament titles and have advanced to the NCAA championship 14 times. He has been named conference coach of the year 12 times.

“The past 33 years as the head coach of the ETSU men’s golf program has produced so many wonderful memories which I will cherish in the years ahead,” said Warren.

“I would like to express my gratitude to Scott Carter, Jeremy Ross and Dr. Brian Noland for their leadership and support as the transition is made to a new leader of our men’s golf program. Jake (Amos) is unquestionably one of the top young coaches in college golf, and his influence has already been felt in our program. He has both played and coached at the highest level of Division I golf, and I am confident that our program is in very capable hands moving forward. There have only been two men’s golf coaches in the past 61 years since the inception of the program, and I am proud that Jake will be the third.”

East Tennessee State is ranked No. 82 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.

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Feb. 14


Marty McCauley will take over Oklahoma City University’s men’s and women’s golf programs as head coach. He replaces Kyle Blaser, who recently resigned after leading Oklahoma City to 11 national championships and 20 SAC crowns in 23 years.

For the past nine years, McCauley has led the Oklahoma City women’s golf program as head coach. He was named NAIA national coach of the year three times. McCauley has led the team to three national titles and six conference championships. He has become OCU’s winningest women’s coach with 24 tournament titles. McCauley has been instrumental in bringing the 2019 and 2020 NAIA women’s golf championships to Lincoln Park Golf Course in Oklahoma City.

“Marty has proven himself as an exceptional collegiate golf coach,” OCU athletic director Jim Abbott said. “His attention to detail, commitment to excellence academically and athletically and tireless work ethic make him the perfect choice to direct our nationally prominent teams. Men’s and women’s golf are important programs here at Oklahoma City University, and I’m confident that Marty will sustain the tradition of success that we have come to enjoy.”

Prior to his time coaching the women’s team, McCauley, who played collegiately at Wichita State, helped OCU to two national championships before becoming an assistant coach at Texas Tech.

“It’s a real honor and privilege to have the opportunity to oversee both programs at Oklahoma City University. I’m very excited about the new role and look forward to continuing the tradition that Coach Blaser has maintained the past 20-plus years,” McCauley said.

There is a national search under way to hire an associate head coach to assist McCauley with the OCU programs.

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Feb. 11


Larry Hamilton has been selected as head coach of the University of Detroit Mercy women’s golf team. He is the third coach in program history.

“Larry brings a wealth of coaching experience in the game to our women’s program,” director of athletics Robert C. Vowels Jr. said in a release. “His passion for coaching and all his prior experience will be a major asset to our student-athletes, and we are happy to have him and his family join us here in Titan Territory.”

Hamilton brings over 25 years of experience in the game, both in coaching and in the golf industry. A former assistant coach for the men and women at Rochester College, he is currently the director of player development for the Twin Lakes Golf Academy and the Cornerstone Golf Indoor Academy. He graduated from Western Michigan in 1993 with a bachelor of science in physical education. After college he competed on both mini-tour and PGA Club Professional-level events. As a member of the PGA of America Michigan Section, he still actively competes in state tournaments.

“To have the chance to coach a Division I team has always been a dream of mine, and to be able to step into this opportunity at the University of Detroit Mercy is truly ideal,” Hamilton said. “From the support of the athletic department to the positive attitudes and skill sets of the student-athletes on this team, I believe we have the foundation to build a winning tradition.”

Ranked No. 252 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, Detroit kicks off its spring season Feb. 17 at the FAU Winter Preview in Boca Raton, Fla.

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Feb. 8


After 24 years leading the golf program at Wichita State, Grier Jones has announced he will retire at the end of the 2019 spring season. Jones will move into a volunteer assistant coach role for the 2019-20 season.

Jones, who played on the PGA Tour for 14 years, was a 13-time Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year and led Wichita State to 15 conference championships. Wichita State made 13 NCAA Regional appearances under Jones, with the Shockers advancing to the NCAA Championship in 2003 and 2004, their first appearances since 1979.

“We are extremely grateful to Grier for everything he has accomplished at Wichita State over the last 24 years,” Wichita State director of athletics Darron Boatright said. “He has positively impacted our men’s golf program and student-athletes in many ways, and we wish him and his family the very best as they move on to the next stage of their life. We look forward to him being celebrated during this spring season for all of his career achievements.”

The Shockers started the 2018-19 with a victory at the Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational in September, giving him his 51st tournament win. Wichita State begins the spring season Feb. 11 at the Farms Invitational in San Diego.

“The coaching and working with the kids has always been easy,” Jones said. “Trying to fit in with this generation and the paperwork is what’s been difficult recently. I’ve enjoyed every minute of my time at Wichita State, even through some of the years where we didn’t play as well. I’ve had a lot of great young men and a lot of great parents. The last 24 years have been a lot of fun and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.”

Wichita State plans to honor Jones on March 5 with a commemorative ceremony at halftime of the final men’s basketball home game.

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Feb. 4


Longtime Oklahoma City University golf coach Kyle Blaser has resigned to pursue a job in private business

Blaser guided Oklahoma City to 11 NAIA men’s golf championships and 119 tournament victories in the past 23 years. He also was named NAIA national coach of the year 10 times, also the most ever by anyone, as well as Dave Williams NAIA National Coach of the Year nine times as awarded by the Golf Coaches Association of America. Oklahoma City has won 20 Sooner Athletic Conference championships and 11 regional titles under Blaser.

“This was the toughest decision I’ve ever made,” Blaser said. “It was an opportunity that was fair to my wife and my family. I feel like I’ve been selfish with all the travel and gone all the time.

“OCU has afforded me the opportunity to do some great things and meet some outstanding people. All the national championships, they hold special memories. I’ll be forever grateful for those memories. I would like to thank OCU. Twenty-three years, it has been a wonderful ride. My former players, you guys paved the way for OCU. Without you, there wouldn’t be 11 national championships.”

This season OCU has captured five wins in six starts and is the No. 1-ranked team in the NAIA Bushnell/Golfweek Coaches Poll. Last week OCU opened the spring with a victory at the Ottawa-Arizona Spring Invitational in Litchfield Park, Ariz.

“Kyle Blaser has left an incredible legacy in his 23 years as our men’s golf coach,” OCU athletic director Jim Abbott said. “We are grateful for the positive impact that he has made on our university, OCU athletics and the men and women who have had the opportunity to play for his teams. We wish Kyle and his family the very best in his future endeavors.”

Blaser has been inducted into the OCU Athletics Hall of Fame, NAIA Hall of Fame and the GCAA Hall of Fame. He has twice guided the United States’ top junior players in international competition. Several former Stars have turned professional around the world. Tyrone Van Aswegen became the first OCU alum to gain full-time status on the PGA TOUR in 2013.

Oklahoma City University will conduct a national search to find a replacement.

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Jan. 25


Virginia Tech announced Friday that men’s golf associate head coach Brian Sharp will take over as the next head coach of the squad.

Current head coach Jay Hardwick will retire at the end of the 2018-19 campaign.

Sharp played at Virginia Tech before becoming a coach at the school. He has been an assistant to Hardwick the last 16 seasons, with the last 11 specifically as associate head coach.

He was the 2009 Jan Strickland Award winner, an award that honors the country’s top assistant coach.

“This is a hire that just makes sense,” said Whit Babcock, Virginia Tech’s athletic director. “Brian Sharp has established himself as one of the best coaches in collegiate golf and is a Hokie, through and through. Having been able to observe Brian’s skill set firsthand during the last several years, it became clear to me that the best candidate for this job was right here all along.”

The Hokies are currently No. 113 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings for the 2018-19 college season.

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Jan. 22


Craig Marsh has been named the first full time head coach for men’s and women’s golf at Hasting’s College (Neb.). The Broncos compete at the NAIA level.

Marsh spent the last 13 years as the head men’s and women’s golf coach at Kelly Walsh High School in Casper, Wyo. Craig has led each of the boys and girls teams to three Class 4A State Titles and the first in Wyoming history to take both the boys and girls to back-to-back state championships. Craig was also named Wyoming Class 4A boys coach of the year in 2012 and 2017 along with Class 4A girls coach of the year in 2007, 2016 and 2017. In 2017, he was nominated for national coach of the year for boys golf.

“I am very excited to be joining the Hastings College family and the Hastings, NE community,” Marsh continued. “Coaching the Hastings Broncos men’s and women’s golf teams is a terrific opportunity for me and I look forward to building a competitive program based on teamwork and dedication. I plan on injecting the golf program with enthusiastic and passionate coaching, where every golfer has the opportunity to exceed their potential and expectations.”


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