Georgia Regents University Augusta Director of Athletics Clint Bryant announced Tuesday the resignation of Jaguar Head Men's Golf Coach Kevin McPherson.
McPherson stepped down from his Jaguars' post to take over as head men's golf coach at Coastal Carolina University in his hometown of Conway, South Carolina.
"Kevin wants to get back to his hometown and to his family. We appreciate the job he did here the last five-plus years," Bryant said. "He leaves our program in good shape and we wish him the best in his future endeavors. We are considering our options as it relates to the 2013-14 season. We have an outstanding golf team with some very capable student-athletes and will do what is in the best interests of the student-athletes and GRU Augusta Golf."
Bryant also indicated an announcement is pending on the immediate plans for McPherson's replacement.
McPherson guided the GRU Augusta Women's Golf program for three seasons prior to being named the head coach of the men's program on July 27, 2011. He led the Jaguar women's squad to an NCAA Regional appearance in 2011 in Daytona Beach, Fla. In his first season at the helm of the men's program in 2011-12, he took the Jags to an NCAA Regional berth in Athens, Ga. In two-plus seasons, he guided the Jags to four tournament titles, including three victories in 2012-13.
GRU Augusta returns to action October 4th-6th in the Brickyard Collegiate Championship at the Brickyard at Riverside in Macon, Georgia.
Update: WJBF Sports Director Matt Zahn spoke with Coach McPherson on the phone Tuesday afternoon. McPherson says while the decision is "bittersweet," he couldn't pass up the "opportunity of a lifetime." He says the job opened on September 1st, and he was actually a little upset when he first found out about it because of the bad timing. But he says he couldn't pass up the chance to take the only D-1 coaching job in his hometown. He says he wasn't searching or unhappy with his current job at GRU Augusta.
McPherson says he would like to help in the process of finding a replacement, and there has been talk of an interim coach. But he doesn't think they'll have any problem finding a high quality candidate to fill the post.
WJBF Sports will have more with Coach McPherson and this surprising decision Wednesday on WJBF News at 6 and on wjbf.com.
In a statement released by Coastal Carolina University, McPherson said, "This is very exciting for me. I was raised one mile from Coastal's campus and it will be great to come back home. Coastal has a lot of great things going on in and around campus, the department of athletics and the men's golf program. This is a dream job for me and I think it would be for anybody. I am looking forward to continuing Coastal Carolina's tradition of winning championships and being one of the top golf programs in the nation."
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