Penn State men's golf head coach Greg Nye has been named the Eaton/Golf Pride Northeast Regional Coach of the Year after a successful 17 seasons with the Nittany Lions. The award winners are chosen by the Golf Coaches Association of America.
The 2009 season proved to be a success for the Nittany Lions, taking home two first-place finishes at the Lehigh Invitational and the Pinehurst Intercollegiate. Nye also hosted two tournaments including the 2009 Big Ten Men's Golf Championships and the Rutherford Intercollegiate held at Nemacolin Woods this year. He has coached the Nittany Lions to five top-five finishes on the season and coached two players to separate individual medalist honors. At the 2009 Big Ten Men's Golf Championships, the Nittany Lions tied for fourth with junior standout Kevin Foley (Somerville, N.J.) finishing in second, the best individual finish in Penn State history. In the past 17 years Nye has steered the Nittany Lions to national distinction and rank, while sustaining Penn State's reputation as a continuing power in college golf.
"The award honors the efforts of everyone involved with our program from the student-athletes who played so well, to those people around the program that put us in a position to excel," said Nye.
Other honorees include Mike McGraw of Oklahoma who was named the national coach of the year. Rounding out the rest of the 2009 coaches include East Regional Coach of the Year Mark Guhne of Chattanooga, Southeast Regional Coach of the Year UCF's Nick Clinard, Midwest Regional Coach of the Year Mike Small of Illinois and West Regional Coach of the Year Matt Thurmond of Washington.