Vroon named national Coach of the Year finalist

Vroon named national Coach of the Year finalist
Monday, May 22, 2017 | by Randall Stewart, Director of Athletic Communications

FORT WORTH, Texas – Newberry head men’s golf coach Howard Vroon has been named one of five finalists for Division II Coach of the Year.

The Division II Dave Williams Award presented by Golf Pride Grips is under the auspices of the Golf Coaches Association of America and honors the national coach of the year in Division II men’s golf. The Dave Williams Award winner and regional coach of the year recipients will be announced June 5.

Vroon has led Newberry to one of its top seasons in program history. The Wolves advanced to the NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championships for the first time since 2011. Newberry qualified for the national finals by virtue of its sixth-place finish at the NCAA Division II South/Southeast Regional and entered the tournament ranked No. 7 nationally according to Golfstat and No. 12 in the most recent coaches’ poll.

The Wolves have captured two tournament titles this season, finished runner-up on three occasions, and have landed inside the top five-eighths of every tournament this season. Their only finishes outside the top five were a pair of sixth-place efforts—once at the Division I Cape Fear Intercollegiate and the other in the 20-team South/Southeast Regional.

Newberry entered the national finals with three golfers ranked inside the top 100 nationally: Carlos Leandro (No. 12), Spencer Skiff (No. 37), and Harry Bolton (No. 100). All six student-athletes to play this season have placed in the top-10 at least once, with five of the six recording a top-five. Skiff has been individual medalist twice.

In October’s UNG Fall Invitational, Newberry shattered its six-year-old previous school record by 13 strokes on the way to winning the tournament at 33 under par. Skiff and Ben Thompson shot 15- and 12-under, respectively, to lead the Wolves to victory.

Vroon joins TL Brown of 14th-ranked California Baptist, No. 2 Lynn’s Andrew Danna, Steve Fell of top-ranked West Florida, and No. 23 Central Missouri’s Tim Poe, as finalists for the award.

Newberry continues stroke play at the NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championships through Wednesday.