NEWBERRY, S.C. - Four-time South Atlantic Conference men's golf Coach of the Year Brian McCants has announced his resignation as head coach of the Newberry College men's golf team. McCants moves on to take on the role of assistant men's golf coach at the University of Kansas.
McCants was the head men's golf coach at Newberry for six-plus seasons, completing his tenure at Newberry with last weekend's Honda of Columbia Fall Classic. In his time with the scarlet and gray, McCants established one of the most dominant golf programs in the South Atlantic Conference.
Newberry won seven tournaments and placed in the top five 36 different times under McCants' leadership and a total of 13 golfers have been named all-South Atlantic Conference, including SAC Golfer of the Year Matthew Campbell in 2011. Five golfers were named GCAA All-America Scholars, and Ben Lown was named the SAC Scholar Athlete in 2011. McCants coached three SAC Freshmen of the Year and won three of the last four South Atlantic Conference championships.
McCants led Newberry to the NCAA Division II Super Regional on five occasions (2006, 2008-11) and twice qualified for the NCAA Division II National Tournament (2008 and 2011). In the 2011 National Tournament, the Wolves qualified for the stroke play portion of the tournament, tying for fifth place after losing 3-2 to eventual national champion Cal State-Monterey Bay, with the swing match decided by only two strokes. In 2011, Newberry became the first South Atlantic Conference golf team to qualify for the national tournament twice.
Prior to his time at Newberry, McCants had also served as head men's golf coach at Saint Andrew's Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, N.C.
Brian McCants will be joined by his wife Lauren in Lawrence, Kan., at the end of the month. The two-time South Atlantic Conference women's golf Coach of the Year will stay with the Wolves until October.
Lauren McCants led Newberry to the NCAA Division II South Regional tournament in 2010 and 2011. The 2009-10 team won six of nine tournaments, including the 2010 SAC Championship. She coached 11 all-SAC golfers in four seasons and set a conference record with three first team all-SAC performers in 2011. She coached two SAC Golfers of the Year and two SAC Freshmen of the Year.
In 2010, McCants coached Maria Luz Besio to a runner-up finish at the NCAA Division II National Tournament in Mesa, Ariz. Besio was also named a GCAA All-America in 2009.
A national search to fill both the men's and women's golf head coach positions has begun.