Grost was named Executive Director of the GCAA in September 2000 before being named CEO and CEO Emeritus on January 4, 2024. He has a long association in college golf, beginning his playing career at McLennan Community College under Hall of Fame coach Jimmy Clayton before playing for coach Mel Thomas and graduating from TCU. Grost joined the coaching ranks as an Assistant Coach under Hall of Fame coach Dan Rogas at Lamar University in 1981. Before moving to the University of Oklahoma in the spring of 1986, Grost guided Lamar to three Southland Conference Championships and earned the first of his two Dave Williams National Coach of the Year Award honors. He led the Sooners to the NCAA title in 1989, claiming his second national coach of the year award honors. He was inducted into the GCAA Hall of Fame in 2005.
During Grost’s tenure, the GCAA membership doubled, now numbering more than 850. The association also went from debt to solid financial footing under his stewardship. Along with the WGCA (Women’s Golf Coaches Association), the GCAA has grown its national convention attendance from fewer than 150 to more than 340. Additionally, with partners the Arnold & Winnie Palmer Foundation, Rolex, and Nike, the Arnold Palmer Cup has grown from a competition between eight US men’s college golfers versus their counterparts from GB&I to an event that includes men’s and women’s college golfers from around the globe.
“I am excited about the new stage of my life with my family while pursuing opportunities in the game which I have wanted to focus on since retiring from coaching,” Grost said. “I am equally excited that the GCAA National Advisory Board has chosen Dustin Roberts to step into the CEO position at this time. Since the day he was hired over 20 years ago, he has exceeded all expectations with tireless effort on behalf of our member coaches. He is simply the right person at the right time!”
The GCAA will officially celebrate Grost’s tenure and contributions to college golf at its December national convention.
Grost married Michelle on December 4, 1992. The couple has one daughter, Samantha Jo.