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Michael McMunn has been selected as the fourth men’s golf coach in UT Tyler program history after four years as the men’s and women’s golf coach at Piedmont College.
McMunn, an Athens, Alabama native and University of Alabama graduate, led the Lions to their best finish in program history and a No. 36 GolfStat DIII ranking in the 2015-16 season. He takes over a UT Tyler program which finished ranked No. 20 under former head coach Craig McConnell who resigned in May after three years leading the program.
“I'm looking forward to the high competitive nature and environment not only from the golf program but also the department as a whole,” McMunn said. “The main goal is to compete at the highest level and to improve everyday. I'm excited to be a part of this strong tradition of excellence and am looking forward to working as hard as I can to achieve the goals of the program and to continue the rich tradition and history of UT Tyler. My expectations for the players is simple, show up with a mindset of ‘let's get better today’.”
McMunn’s team finished the 2015-16 season with a 302.3 team average, an improvement from a 327.9 average during his first season guiding the program in the 2012-13 season. Prior to coaching at Piedmont in the USA South Athletic Conference, McMunn interned with the University of Alabama golf team with head coach Jay Seawall and assistant coach Scott Limbaugh in the 2009 and 2010 seasons. He also has experience as an assistant golf pro at the Ol’ Colony Golf Complex and as the assistant director of The First Tee of Tuscaloosa. McMunn has worked as an instructor at the University of Alabama summer camp since 2009.
The UT Tyler golf program won the 2013 NCAA Division III National Championship and has advanced to the NCAA tournament five straight seasons and in eight of nine years. The Patriots have won two American Southwest Conference Championships (2012, 2010) and have finished as the conference tournament’s runner-up the past four seasons.
“We are very excited to welcome coach McMunn to the UT Tyler Patriot family,” said Dr. Howard Patterson, Vice President for Student Affairs. “He brings a solid and successful background in coaching collegiate golf and a personality that blends in well with the staff. His priority to recruit academically strong student athletes is critical and expected of all coaches at UT Tyler. Previous UT Tyler golf coaches have developed this program to a year in and out nationally competitive level and coach McMunn has every intention to stay at that level and win the program’s second national title.”
UT Tyler women’s golf coach Grant Spencer said: “Michael is very personable and I believe a players’ coach. His technical background with coaching experience is a good mix. Craig McConnell has him set up with strong returners and some solid recruits so I believe he will have a good base to work his coaching style into. I look forward to the addition of coach McMunn our UT Tyler staff.”
Along with his coaching experience, McMunn played for Ardmore High School in Alabama and then in the Dixie Section PGA from 2009-10. He would earn a 15th-place finish in the 2009 E-Z-Go Pro at the Capitol Hill Senator Course at Ol’ Colony. McMunn is certified as a Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Certified Level I Golf Fitness Instructor and in Level 2 Golf Mechanics. His Piedmont program was ranked No. 188 in his first season before steadily climbing up to No. 36 last season.
“I'm most proud of the unity the guys developed at Piedmont,” McMunn said. “We were a family and really cared for each other and I believe that helped us improve and get to where we were. We were fortunate to break a lot of records at Piedmont and had an individual make first team all conference but I'm so proud of how the guys respected and supported each other. I will miss each player and their families but I can say I'm extremely excited to be a part of the UT Tyler family now and look forward to building the same type relationships here at UT Tyler.”
The Patriots will open their season at the Rhodes College Fall Classic from Sept. 11-12 in Tunica, Mississippi before travelling to Florida to play in the NCAA Fall Preview at the Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills. UT Tyler will host the annual Al Jones Invitational on Sept. 26-27 at Eagle’s Bluff in Bullard before finishing off the fall schedule at the Golfweek Fall Invitational on Oct. 9-11 in Destin, Florida.
Scott Limbaugh, Vanderbilt golf coach: “Michael is a great person that is very motivated to be successful and help young people chase their dreams. He is passionate about the game of golf, but more importantly, he is passionate about being a coach. He will do great.”