Men's Golf Coach Resigns|
May 5, 1998
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech University men's golf coach Tommy Wilson has resigned his position effective immediately, Athletic Director Gerald Myers announced today.
Wilson coached the Red Raider men's program for the past 13 seasons and led his teams to three NCAA regional appearances. His 1996 squad won the final Southwest Conference team championship and Wilson earned league coach of the year honors. That season Bryan Novoa became the Red Raiders' first individual conference medalist since 1967 and was one of eight all-conference performers during Wilson's tenure.
"I felt that the men's program here at Texas Tech needed new guidance and direction to stay competitive in division I golf," said Wilson. "I will really miss working with the great support staff and coaches here at Texas Tech. The entire coaching staff has been supportive of my program and I wish them all well. I will be looking forward to playing more golf and working to get my handicap down to a single digit number."
A 1984 graduate of Texas Tech, Wilson joined the Texas Tech athletic department as men's golf coach in 1985. He led his 1992, 1995 and 1996 squads to NCAA regional championship appearances. Prior to 1992, Texas Tech had not experienced post-season play since 1976. He served a three-year position on the NCAA ranking committee as the district VI representative. He is a two-time past president of the West Texas Golf Association and is currently a director of the organization. A graduate of Monterey High School in Lubbock, Wilson served three years in the army and 18 years in private business before returning to college to complete his degree.
"Tommy is a good friend and a loyal Red Raider" said Myers. "For 13 years, Tommy has been one of the most popular and supportive coaches on our staff and we will certainly miss him. His teams have competed in two of the toughest golf conferences in the nation. We wish Tommy well in all of his future endeavors." Texas Tech will begin a search for a replacement immediately.