GCAA Announces Eaton Golf Pride National Coaches of the Year
Alexander, Carlisle and Moe tabbed with top coaching honor
NORMAN, Okla. ? Florida?s Buddy Alexander has been named the Eaton Golf Pride Dave Williams National Coach of the Year while Mike Carlyle of South Carolina-Aiken and Scott Moe of Gustavus Adolphus have been named the Eaton Golf Pride National Coaches of the Year in Divisions II and III, respectively, announced the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA).
Alexander led Florida to seven victories this season - second most in school history - and his team tied a Gator record with 14 top-10 finishes. Florida set all-time bests in consecutive top-five finishes and most top-five finishes in a season, both at 13. Two Gators - Matt Every and Camilo Villegas - earned PING first-team All-America honors while two others - Jessie Mudd and Brett Stegmaier - earned honorable mention status. Villegas was also named a Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar. Also named the Eaton Golf Pride Southeast Region and SEC Coach of the Year, this is the third time that Alexander has been named national coach of the year after previously earning the honor in 1993 and 2001. A 2001 inductee into the GCAA Coaches Hall of Fame, Alexander has been named both the SEC and regional/district coach of the year seven times.
Carlisle led South Carolina-Aiken to its first national title in any sport after runner-up finishes on three previous occasions. A six-time Eaton Golf Pride Regional and five-time Peach Belt Conference Coach of the Year, Carlisle ?s team also won the NCAA Southeast Region, claimed seven second-place finishes and placed four members on the PING honorable mention All-America team. Carlisle ?s squads have qualified for regional competition 13 times and the NCAA championships on 11 occasions while producing 34 PING All-America selections and 29 all-conference honorees. He has led his South Carolina-Aiken to five Peach Belt Conference titles since 1995.
Moe?s Gustavus Adolphus squad claimed the Division III championship for its fourth victory of the season. The Gusties also claimed the MIAC title for its fifth conference crown in the past eight years. This season, his program produced four PING All-America selections - including first-teamer Luke Benoit - three Cleveland Golf All-America Scholars and five all-conference honorees. In his eighth year at the helm of the Gustavus Adolphus men?s golf program, Moe has been named the Eaton Golf Pride Central Region Coach of the Year and the MIAC Coach of the Year five times each and coached 22 All-Americans.