Craig McConnell has been named the third head coach of the UT Tyler
men's golf program, Dr. Howard Patterson, vice president for student
affairs and director of athletics, has announced.
McConnell, a Beaumont, Texas native, comes to UT Tyler from Trinity
University in San Antonio were he served as head coach since 2009.
During his four seasons leading the Tigers, Trinity won five tournaments
and the 2013 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship
McConnell was named 2013 SCAC Coach of the Year after winning the
conference championship, and coached the 2013 SCAC Player of the Year,
"This is an exciting opportunity", said McConnell. There has
been a lot of success here over the past decade, capped off by last
season's national championship. I'm looking forward to getting to know
Tyler better, the campus, and seeing the guys when they come back in
Along with his head coaching duties, McConnell served as an instructor
at Trinity in the Physical Education department and served as a caddie
for professional golfer Anthony Broussard on various mini tours and multiple stages of the PGA TOUR Q School.
McConnell played for the Tigers from 2004 to 2007 serving as team captain
and helping to lead Trinity to the 2005 SCAC championship. He was
named SCAC Second Team All-Conference in 2005 and 2007, SCAC Academic
Honor Roll in 2005, 2006, 2007 and was a Golf Coaches Association of
America Academic All American in 2006.
The UT Tyler men's golf team won the 2013 NCAA DIII National Title, the first NCAA Championship in school history.