Pictured Above: A golfer lines up a putt on the green of a golf course. (File Photo)
After 13 years as head coach, Brad Sexson resigned Aug 1, leaving the golf teams without a head coach for the fall season.
Justin Churchill is filling in as interim golf coach. Churchill has four years of experience playing for the Southwestern College golf team, as well as being an assistant coach for the golf team last year.
Matt Shelton, director of athletics said, “Coach Churchill is very, very capable of doing a great job in the meantime.”
Shelton is looking forward to having skype interviews with six to eight people around the end of September to early October. After that, two to four candidates will be selected to come on campus. He hopes to have someone hired and ready to go by the beginning of next semester.
“There will be a national search for a new head golf coach,” Shelton said. “The position will be advertised on the NCAA and NAIA website, as well as, our website.”
In the meantime, Churchill has all the responsibilities of the head coach for the men’s and women’s golf teams.
“It’s a lot to do by myself. I did a lot last year and Coach Sexson put a lot on my plate last year to teach me what to do,” said Churchill. “This year it’s all on me. I like it and it’s a good thing.”
He takes on the responsibilities of organizing practice each day and spends most of his time recruiting, budgeting, and organizing travel arrangements. Churchill has young teams of one senior, one junior, one sophomore and two freshmen on the men’s team and one junior, two sophomores, and two freshmen on the women’s team.
Churchill’s priorities this fall are to practice and get better every day. He also wants them to gain experience in college level golf tournaments, and to work and prepare for the big events in the spring. The men’s and women’s golf teams each play three tournaments in the fall and play six total between the two teams in the spring, including conference play.
As practice continues, the team sees an opportunity to move in a positive direction. Chase Carr, business administration junior, said “We’re excited to get a new coach.”
Chandler Hall is a sophomore majoring in communication. You may email him at Chandler.Hall@sckans.edu.