The Golf Coaches Association of America, in conjunction with diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation, over the holiday break awarded the Dave Williams Award presented by Eaton Golf Pride for national coach of the year. Head men's golf coach Jim Owen earned the honor among all D-III coaches.
Owen guided the Stormy Petrels through a magical 2011-12 season that culminated with the program winning their second NCAA Championship in just four years. After a fall season that featured three top-five finishes, Owen settled on a spring lineup of a freshman (Anthony Maccaglia), two sophomores (Hayden Jones and Anthony Amodeo), a junior (Eric Quinn) and a lone senior (Matt Rebitch). That quintet proved nearly unbeatable, winning three of six spring events while narrowly settling for second place in the other three.
The Petrels won the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) for the 10th time in April when they led wire-to-wire en route to an easy 21-stroke victory at the Tunica National Resorts in Mississippi. Less than a month later, Owen's squad duplicated the feat, this time on the biggest stage of them all at the NCAA Championships, on their way to a convincing 20-stroke win at the Mission Inn Resort in Florida.
In addition to the Dave Williams Award, Owen has been named SCAC Men's Golf COTY twelve times. He'll be looking to guide his program to their 13th straight trip to the NCAA's when the 2013 season gets underway this spring as the Petrels embark on ther inaugural Southern Athletic Association campaign.