John Handrigan named next Irish head coach
Observer Sports Staff | Friday, July 7, 2017
Notre Dame has filled its vacancy at head coach.
The men’s golf program announced the hiring of John Handrigan as its seventh head coach in team history in a press release Friday.
Handrigan spent the last six seasons at Florida, including serving as associate head coach this past season, and he was named winner of the 2015 Jan Strickland award — which is given to the national assistant coach of the year — by the Golf Coaches Association of America.
“After an extensive national search, John stood out as the clear choice to lead our men’s golf program into the future,” Notre Dame director of athletics Jack Swarbrick said in the release. “His values align with those of Notre Dame athletics, and John’s experience as a collegiate athlete and coach give us confidence that he can return our program to national prominence.”
Handrigan has head coaching experience, as he served as the head coach at Coker College from 2003-2007 and Queens University from 2007-2009. Prior to his time as an assistant at Florida, Handrigan was also an assistant coach at Kansas for two seasons and St. Francis for three seasons.
“I’m humbled and honored to become the head men’s golf coach at Notre Dame,” Handrigan said in the release. “I have an incredible amount of respect for Notre Dame’s values, history, and tradition. I’m thankful for the opportunity to join such a prestigious University that provides the ultimate academic and athletic experience for its student-athletes.”
Handrigan will replace Jim Kubinski, who served as head coach for the last 13 seasons.