Assistant Coach – Second Season
2012 Dave Williams Award
2012 Sunshine State Conference Coach of the Year
2012 Eaton Golf Pride South Region Coach of the Year
Following a successful first season as an assistant coach with the Tigers in 2012-13, former LSU standout Garrett Runion enters his second season as a member of head coach Chuck Winstead’s staff after returning to his alma mater a year ago.
Winstead announced on June 22, 2012, that Runion would return to LSU as an assistant coach for the program after he guided the Sharks of Nova Southeastern University to the NCAA Division II national championship in his one and only season as head coach in 2011-12.
Runion’s first season back in Baton Rouge proved to be another strong campaign for the Tigers as they earned a spot in the 30-team field at the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships for the third time in four seasons and 34th time in program history. LSU tied for 23rd place at the NCAA Championship held at Atlanta’s Capital City Club to highlight a season that also saw the Tigers claim team titles in back-to-back tournaments at the Shoal Creek Intercollegiate and David Toms Intercollegiate in the fall.
The Tigers were also rewarded for their outstanding performance on the course, led by sophomore Curtis Thompson’s breakthrough sophomore season as an Honorable Mention All-American and First-Team All-SEC performer for the first time in his career. Junior Andrew Presley was also named a Second-Team All-SEC performer for the second-straight season.
“I’m was very pleased to have Garrett Runion join our staff,” Winstead said. “He has the passion for LSU as a former player in our program. Most importantly he shares my commitment to excellence on and off the course as we continue to build one of the elite programs in college golf.”
Runion has returned to his alma mater following a 2011-12 season in which he led Nova Southeastern to the NCAA Division II title with a dominating 5-0 win over Chico State University in the national championship match held on May 19, 2012, at Cardinal Club Golf Course in Simpsonville, Ky.
Their run to the national championship highlighted a historic season for the Nova Southeastern Sharks as they also won the Sunshine State Conference championship during the 2012 spring season. Runion was recognized as the recipient of the Dave Williams Award as the NCAA Division II National Coach of the Year, as well as earning Sunshine State Conference Coach of the Year and Eaton Golf Pride South Region Coach of the Year awards for the 2011-12 season.
Runion actually served two seasons at Nova Southeastern as the team also captured the SCC title during a strong 2010-11 campaign in which he served as the program’s assistant head coach.
Runion displayed his recruiting prowess in his two seasons at Nova Southeastern as he was solely responsible in attracting the elite players in the NCAA Division II ranks to the Fort Lauderdale campus.
That includes the No. 1 player in the NCAA Division II ranks in Jack Nicklaus Award winner Ben Taylor as the Golf Coaches’ Association of America NCAA Division I Collegiate Player of the Year in 2012. Taylor has since followed Runion to LSU as the England international competes as a junior with the Tigers during the 2013-14 season.
Nova Southeastern also featured the top freshman in NCAA Division II as Oscar Lengden earned the 2012 Phil Mickelson Award recognizing the nation’s Most Outstanding Freshman.
A native of Orlando, Fla., Runion was a two-year letterwinner during his collegiate career with the Tigers as he called Baton Rouge home in four seasons from 2003-08. A four-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and three-time SEC Community Service Team selection, Runion graduated from LSU in the May 2008 with his Bachelor of Arts & Science degree in general studies.
“It’s an honor and a privilege for me to come back and be a part of this great program Chuck continues to build at LSU,” Runion said. “I’m excited for the opportunity to help LSU develop the kind of championship program we expect on and off the course. It’s especially great for me to have this chance to work with Chuck as one of his former players. I appreciate the opportunity he has given me.”