Utah men's golf coach Randal McCracken has announced he will step down at the end of the season after coaching the team for 12 seasons. Below is the press release from the University of Utah on McCracken's decision.
SALT LAKE CITYâRandall McCracken has decided to step down as Utah's men's golf coach at the conclusion of the 2016 season. The 12th-year Ute coach chose to announce his decision while the season is still underway to ensure a smooth transition.
"I've really enjoyed my 12 years coaching here at Utah but the time demands have become too great for my family," said McCracken. "We are in a position where I can stay home with the kids for awhile, then eventually find something career wise that can keep me home more. I've missed too many birthdays, soccer games and school concerts over the years. This was a really tough decision because I really love coaching. I'll miss it dearly, but my family needs me now."
During his tenure at Utah, McCracken coached the only Ute golfer ever to qualify to the NCAA Championship tournament (Dustin Primm, 2006) and also sent three golfers to NCAA regional tournaments. Three of his players earned all-conference honors and he produced 24 all-conference academic selections. His teams won two regular-season tournaments and placed in the top five in 25 tournaments.
McCracken served as the head golf coach at Utah Valley for two years before coming to the U. in 2004. He also has experience as a golf instructor, assistant professional and vice president at golf courses in Idaho and Florida.
After graduating from Oregon, where he played on the golf team, McCracken played in numerous PGA section championships and Nationwide Tour events from 1997-2001, capturing 10 wins in professional golf tours throughout the southeastern United States from 1994-96.
In 1999, he won the National PGA Assistants Championship and was named the PGA Dixie Section Assistant Player of the Year. He was exempted into the second stage of the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament in both 2000 and 2001.
A search for a new golf coach is underway.