Baylor tabs former Oklahoma State coach Mike McGraw to lead team
WACO, Texas -- Baylor has hired three-time national champion coach Mike McGraw to lead the program, director of athletics Ian McCaw announced Monday. McGraw joins the program after spending one season as assistant coach at Alabama, where he helped lead the Crimson Tide to the 2014 national championship title.
"Baylor and our men's golf team will be blessed by the appointment of Mike McGraw,” McCaw said. “He is a highly accomplished and truly exceptional coach and leader. We look forward to him building a championship program at Baylor."
Prior to joining the Alabama staff, McGraw was head coach at Oklahoma State for eight seasons, where he led the Cowboys to a national title in 2006 and a national runner-up finish in 2010. He was an assistant coach at OSU when the Cowboys won the 2000 national title.
“I’m thrilled and humbled that Ian McCaw is going to give me an opportunity to come back to a part of the world I know and love,” McGraw said. “I know the Big 12 very well, and I’m really excited about getting going in recruiting. I love the state of Texas for recruiting because there are a ton of good junior golfers. I really like the mission of the school, the size of the town and the energy on campus right now, and I couldn’t be more excited.”
“I am very excited for Mike,” Alabama head coach Jay Seawell said. “He did a great job coaching this year and was a tremendous asset for our program. He also got back to the love of the game and the love of teaching. I am glad he is getting another opportunity to lead a team, and Baylor is a great place for Mike and his wife, Pam, to build a program.”
McGraw led Oklahoma State to five Big 12 titles and was named Big 12 Coach of the Year five times in his eight seasons as head coach. The Cowboys won 30 total tournaments and advanced to the NCAA championships seven times, recording five top-five national finishes during his tenure. His players earned 30 individual medalist honors and he produced 21 All-Americans while he was men’s team head coach at OSU.
McGraw joined Oklahoma State in 1997 as an assistant coach after leading the golf program at Edmond (Oklahoma) High School for four seasons. He spent seven years as men’s team assistant coach, guiding the Cowboys to 16 tournament titles, including the 2000 national championship, and producing 19 All-Americans.
OSU named McGraw women’s team head coach prior to the 2004-05 season, and he guided that team to a Big 12 championship. He became men’s team head coach in 2006, and held that position through the 2012-13 season.
Regarded as one of the nation’s top recruiters, McGraw has produced numerous PGA Tour players, including Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan, Charles Howell III, Morgan Hoffman and Casey Wittenberg.