Finalists Announced for 2022 NCAA Division III Dave Williams Coach of the Year Award presented by Golf Pride Grips
NORMAN, Okla. — NCAA Division III finalists for the 2022 Dave Williams Award presented by Golf Pride Grips have been announced by the GCAA. The Williams Award honors the national coach of the year in NCAA Division III men’s golf.
The five finalists are Steve Conley of Methodist, Jordan Cox of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Patrick Daugherty of Willamette, Jeff Page of Babson, and Grant Wallace of Kenyon.
Conley helped lead the Monarchs to five victories and multiple No. 1 Bushnell/Golfweek Coaches Poll rankings during the 2021-22 campaign, including a win at the USA South Men’s Golf Championship.
The Crusaders won six tournaments under Cox in 2021-22, including the ASC Championships. Mary Hardin-Baylor has been a staple in the Bushnell/Golfweek Coaches Poll’s top-10 throughout the year as well.
Willamette has sparked this season under Daugherty’s direction, winning their last six tournaments, including the NWC Tournament by 32 strokes. Daugherty was named NWC Coach of the Year and fielded the NWC Player of the Year in Austin Davis.
Page helped lead Babson to six victories, including in five of their six fall tournaments, and top-three finishes in all nine of their 2021-22 tournaments. The Beavers were ranked as high as No. 3 in the Bushnell/Golfweek Coaches Poll this season and will be making their first NCAA Championship appearance since 2017 this week.
Kenyon won their first NCAC Championship under Wallace in 2022, and the Lords are competing in their first NCAA Championships since 1989 this week. Four Kenyon athletes earned All-NCAC honors this season, including conference Player and Newcomer of the Year Armand Ouellette. Senior Nick Lust, a First-Team All-NCAC member, won medalist honors at the NCAC Championship as the only golfer in the field to finish under par.
All five finalists are coaching this week at the 2022 NCAA Division III Championships at Mission Inn Resort & Club in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida.
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