Aug. 2, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The University of New Mexico men’s golf team has announced the hiring of assistant coach Jim Garren.
Garren, a native of Cartersville, Ga., spent the past five seasons as assistant men’s golf coach and director of recruiting at the University of Southern Mississippi.
“We’re very excited to have Jim as part of our program; we feel like he’s going to be a great fit for us,” head coach Glen Millican said. “His experience at Southern Mississippi the past five years will benefit us in recruiting as well as help us continue on the path we want the program to take.”
The Lobos won the Mountain West and NCAA Columbus Regional championships last season, and finished fifth in the NCAA Championships, tying for the second best performance in school history.
During the Garren’s tenure, the Golden Eagles established team records for:
- The lowest 18-hole score in team history (274 during the 2010 Sam Hill Intercollegiate).
- The lowest 18-, 36-, and 54-hole score by an individual player (by Derek Plucienski at the 2010 Sam Hill Intercollegiate).
- Best finish in a conference tournament (second place at the 2010 Conference USA Championship, tying the previous school record).
Southern Mississippi also produced four Academic All-Americans during Garren’s five-year stay there; the school had just two Academic All-Americans all-time prior to his arrival.
I'm very excited and grateful for the opportunity to join Coach Millican's staff at UNM,” Garren said. “The Lobos have a very rich and storied tradition that spans over the decades. What they have been able to accomplish here over the years is outstanding, and under Glen's leadership they have reached heights never reached before. That speaks a lot about him and his players. I also want to thank Mr. Paul Krebs for the opportunity to join the Lobo family and be a part of this great department.”
The Lobos begin the 2013-14 season Sept. 8-9 at the Gopher Invitational in Independence, Minn. They will host the 59th annual William H. Tucker Intercollegiate on Sept. 27-28 at the UNM Championship Course.