Retired UT Tyler coach honored with national award

Newly retired UT Tyler men’s golf coach King Campbell has been named National Coach of the Year by CaptainU and The Dave Williams Award.

The awards keep flowing in for recently retired UT Tyler golf coach King Campbell.

Campbell, whose coaching career ended with a magical conclusion by leading the Patriots to the national championship, has been named National Coach of the Year by CaptainU and also earned The Dave Williams Award presented by the Golf Coaches Association of America.

Campbell helped lead the 2013 men’s team to the school’s first NCAA national title in his final season at the helm. The Patriots won the Division III national championship recently in Destin, Fla.

The GCAA and Eaton Golf Pride named Campbell one of six Dave Williams Award winners, which recognize the National Coach of the Year. Campbell has twice been named a GCAA NCAA DIII Regional Coach of the Year, but now takes home his first national honor from the prestigious organization. Campbell is the Division III winner.

The GCAA, which is a non-profit organization and the professional association of men’s collegiate golf coaches, has more than 750 members ranging from NCAA DI to DIII, and includes NAIA and the NJCAA.

Eaton Golf Pride will present the award to the winners at its Hall of Fame Banquet at the GCAA Conference on Dec. 9 in Las Vegas.

Other winners are: Steve Desimone of California (Division I), Jimmy Stobs of Barry (Division II), Kyle Blaser of Oklahoma City (NAIA), Dave Jennings of Central Alabama (NJCAA Division I) and Bill Gardner of Walters State (NJCAA Division II).

CaptainU, an online sports network of college athletes and coaches, named Campbell its 2013 NCAA DIII National Coach of the Year. CaptainU recognizes the top coaches in their respective sports and divisions, and were chosen for their teams’ inspiring performances both on and off the field.

In his final season at UT Tyler, Campbell won the NCAA DIII Men’s Golf national title and helped coach Laura Lindsey to the NCAA individual women’s title and the women’s team to a 2013 NCAA DIII runner-up finish. The Patriots’ Buddy Hallman finished as runner-up medalist in the men’s division.

During his eight seasons leading the Patriots, Campbell coached six All-Americans, five on the men’s side and one on the women’s. He also won three American Southwest Conference championships, two (2010, 2012) with the men, and one (2009) with the women.

DUKES, HALLMAN ALL-AMERICANS

After helping UT Tyler to the 2013 NCAA Division III national golf championship, a couple of Patriots — John Dukes and Buddy Hallman — picked up Ping All-America honors.

Dukes, a senior from Rockwall, and Hallman, a freshman from Richmond, were on the third team.

Dukes, a transfer from Ranger College, won three tournaments during the 2012-13 season, and was named American Southwest Conference Golfer of the Week five times. He was also Ping All-West Region.

Hallman, who will begin his sophomore season in the fall, finished second at the four-day NCAA D-III national tournament. During his freshman season he totaled three top-five finishes and five top-10 finishes.

MCCONNELL NEW GOLF COACH

Craig McConnell has been named the third head coach of the UT Tyler golf program, Dr. Howard Patterson, vice president for student affairs and director of athletics, announced.

McConnell, a Beaumont native, comes to UT Tyler from Trinity University in San Antonio where he served as head coach since 2009. During his four seasons leading the Tigers, Trinity won five tournaments and the 2013 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship tournament.

McConnell was named 2013 SCAC Coach of the Year after winning the conference championship, and coached the 2013 SCAC Player of the Year, Kalen Vos.

He takes over for King Campbell, who recently retired after leading the Patriots to the NCAA Division III national championship.

“This is an exciting opportunity,” McConnell said. “There has been a lot of success here over the past decade, capped off by last season’s national championship. I’m looking forward to getting to know Tyler better, the campus and seeing the guys when they come back in August.”

Along with his head coaching duties, McConnell served as an instructor at Trinity in the Physical Education Department and served as a caddie for professional golfer Anthony Broussard on various mini-tours and multiple stages of the PGA TOUR Q School.

McConnell played for the Tigers from 2004 to 2007, serving as team captain and helping to lead Trinity to the 2005 SCAC championship. He was named SCAC second-team all-conference in 2005 and 2007, SCAC Academic Honor Roll in 2005, 2006 and 2007, and was a Golf Coaches Association of America Academic All-American in 2006.

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