NEWBERRY, S.C. - Newberry College vice president for intercollegiate athletics Brad Edwards has announced the hiring of Howard Vroon as director of golf and head men's golf coach.
Vroon will oversee both Newberry's nationally-ranked men's and women's golf teams. The search for the head coach for the women's program is in its final stages and is expected to conclude shortly.
Vroon comes to Newberry after two years as the assistant coach for the women's golf program at the College of Charleston. Prior to his time with the Cougars, Vroon was the director of golf and head men's and women's golf coach at Charleston Southern University for 11 seasons. Vroon led the CSU programs to six Big South Conference championships (four for the women's team and two for the men's team).
"Howard's success in Division I golf clearly speaks for itself," Edwards said. "He has a tremendous reputation as a motivator, recruiter and teacher in the game of golf. I believe Howard will be a great fit for Newberry College."
"I'm very excited about being asked to become involved with a program that's already so successful," Vroon said. "It's very exciting to know both programs are very well established, and I look forward to seeing how much better they can get. It's an honor to be asked to lead these programs, and it will be very challenging to follow coaches who did such a great job. I can only hope to build on their success."
"I'd also like to thank Brad Edwards and the Newberry College Golf Association for going to such lengths to create this position for the school and the program. Going forward it's going to make a huge difference for the the golf programs and I look forward to a lot of success at Newberry College," Vroon added.
The Charleston Southern women's golf program won three consecutive Big South Conference championships beginning in 1999. Under Vroon the women's team became the first women's athletics program in CSU history to advance to postseason play. The team did so by winning the 2001 Big South Conference championship and advancing to the 2001 NCAA East Regional, where they finished 14th. The program won its fourth Big South Championship in 2008. The women's program also won four team tournament titles under Vroon.
With Vroon at the helm the Charleston Southern men's golf team won its first ever Big South Conference championship in 2001, and won its second in 2003. The program earned team invitations to the 2001 and 2003 NCAA East Regional. In addition, team members earned individual invitations to the NCAA tournament in 2002 and 2006. In 2001, the men's team missed advancing to the National Championship by one shot. Under Vroon, the men's team reached a ranking as high as 54th in the country. In 11 seasons, the men's program amassed 20 team tournament titles, and in 11 Big South Conference championships, the men's team finished first or second 9 times.
During his tenure at CSU, Vroon was voted Big South Conference Coach of the Year six times.
Vroon's strength as a coach is player development. He is committed to helping his players improve both physically and mentally. He strives to impart a working knowledge to each player of simple swing mechanics, from putting to the long game. He drives each player to learn what his or her mental strengths are, and to put those into practice consistently.
Vroon is committed to equipping each of his players with the physical, mental and emotional tools to succeed at golf beyond collegiate play. He is currently coaching three professional players.
Vroon graduated from Calvin College in 1986 with a bachelor's degree in economics and philosophy. At Calvin, Vroon was the captain of the golf team for three years. He then attended Duke University Law School, earning a JD, and Duke's Graduate School of Philosophy, earning a master's degree.