2018 Finalists Announced for Division III Dave Williams Award presented by Golf Pride Grips
NORMAN, Okla. – Division III finalists for the 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 Division III men’s golf. Williams Award and regional coach of the year recipients will be announced June 6.
The five finalists are Chris Hill of Concordia (TX), NYU’s Brad Johnson, Scott Proshek of St. Thomas (MN), Emory’s John Sjoberg, and Kenyon’s Grant Wallace. If a team wins the NCAA Championship and its coach was not previously named a finalist for the Dave Williams Award that coach will be added for coach of the year consideration.
Hill was previously named American Southwest Conference Coach of the Year. He helped the Tornados to their best season in program history where the team won a program record six tournaments overall, including a steak of five in a row, and had five individual winners. Concordia also had all five golfers earn ASC All-Conference Team honors, the most in program history.
Johnson led NYU to four tournament victories this season. Included in those wins was the Liberty League title, which advanced the Violets to the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2006. NYU only finished outside the top four once in nine events.
Proshek and St. Thomas have claimed four tournaments in 2017-18. It earned the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference automatic bid by claiming its conference tournament. The Tommies were also runner-up four times. In nine events its worst finish was sixth.
Sjoberg steered Emory to four tournament titles. The Eagles posted five additional top four finishes. Their worst finish was seventh, in 10 events. Four Emory golfers were named to the All-University Athletic Association Team, including player of the year Matt Organisak.
Wallace was honored as North Coast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. He led Kenyon to two tournament victories this season. The Lords were also runner-up three times. They only placed outside the top four twice in 10 events.