Monarch Media catches up with the Old Dominion University head men's golf coach, Murray Rudisill and senior Monarch Garth McGee
DR. MURRAY RUDISILL
A six-time conference and five-time Virginia State Coach of- the-Year,
Dr. Murray Rudisill has been the head coach at Old Dominion University
for 36 years. During his tenure, the Monarch program has grown into
one of the top rated teams in the Southeast. ODU has captured two CAA titles since
2003. In 2009, Eric Onesi earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Regional.
In 2008, two Monarchs Eric Onesi finished second at the prestigious
Eastern Amateur, and Jeffrey Long placed seventh at the Virginia State Open.
In 2007 the Monarchs captured the CAA title and advanced to the NCAA East Regional. Rudisill was named Coach of the Year in the CAA and state of Virginia. During the summer of 2007, Eric Onesi and Stan Guerrero competed in the prestigious USGA Amateur Championships in San Francisco.
In 2003, ODU captured their first ever CAA championship
with a sudden death playoff win over UNC Wilmington. That earned the
Monarchs their their first ever NCAA team tournament appearance.
The Monarchs tied for 15th at the West Regionals. Geoffrey Harris was named CAA Player of the Year for the second straight time and also earned All-Region honors.
Harris was also one of five finalists for the prestigious Byron Nelson Award.
Rudisill earned CAA Coach of the Year honors in 2007, 2003, 2000 and 1999 along with Coach of the Year honors in the Sun Belt in 1984 and 1989. He was selected Virginia College Coach
of the Year by the Portsmouth Sports Club in 1988, and his fellow coaches
in the State of Virginia have selected him Coach of the Year in the state in
1988, 2000, 2003 and 2004, and 2007.
Rudisill has served on the board of Directors for the Virginia State
Golf Association, and is serving his fourth, five-year term as chairman
of the Virginia State Golf Coaches Association. Additionally, he has
served as chairman for the selection committee for the NCAA Golf
District III. Rudisill is a member of the board of trustees of College
Two of Rudisill's former golfers, Jim McGovern and Joe Daley
qualified for the PGA tour in 1998. In 1991, Jon Hurst became the
first Monarch to qualify at the NCAA Division I Championships in
Monterey, CA., and earned All-American honors. Hurst along with
Alan Schulte, a two-time Sun Belt Conference champion are both in
The ODU Sports Hall of Fame.
Rudisill has coached back-to-back CAA Rookie's of the Year in Michael
Hospodar in 1999 and Geoffrey Harris in 2000. The 1999 Monarch
squad ranked first in the nation in par three scoring at 3.11. The 2000
squad lost the CAA Championships by one stroke and ranked in the top
ten in the district and the nation's top 50.
In 2002, Geoffrey Harris ranked as high as second nationally with a stroke
average at 70.0 after the fall season, and later competed in the prestigious
Palmer Cup for native Great Britain against team USA.
Strengthening his reputation as an excellent golfer with top performances in
regional and amateur events, Rudisill has teamed with Old Dominion
Hall of Fame golfer J.P.Leigh to win over 50 tournaments in the area.
A native of Gastonia, NC, Rudisill is a 1960 graduate of North Carolina
State University where he was a member of the golf team. Rudisill earned his
masters degree from the University of North Carolina and moved to
Hampton Roads and the Tidewater Community College System in 1968.
He was awarded a doctorate in Curriculum/Instruction from the University
of Florida in 1972 and joined the Old Dominion faculty that same year. He retired from teaching in May of 2004.
RUDISILL'S COACH OF THE YEAR HONORS
1984 Sun Belt
1988 The State of Virginia
1989 Sun Belt
2000 CAA & State of Virginia
2003 CAA & State of Virginia
2004 State of Virginia
2007 CAA & State of Virginia
TEAM AND CONFERENCE TITLES
1984 Virginia State Champions
1986 Virginia State Champions
1992 Virginia State Champions
1993 Virginia State Champions
2003 CAA Champions &
T15th at NCAA West Regionals.
2007 CAA Champions & 22nd at NCAA East Regionals.
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