NORMAN, Okla. - Head coach Colin Sheehan '97, who led the Yale men's golf team to the Ivy League title and an NCAA appearance, has been named Division I Northeast Region Coach of the Year by the Golf Coaches Association of America. Sheehan was one of six regional honorees.
The recognition comes at the close of a remarkably successful season for the Elis, during which time Sheehan coached the team to victories at the Ivy League Championships and the Princeton Invitational and second-place finishes at the George Washington Invitational and Macdonald Cup. The Ivy title came in particularly decisive fashion, as the Bulldogs finished 20 strokes ahead of the field. The Bulldogs went on to finish 13th at the NCAA Regional.
The past year has also seen much development in the Yale squad, with notable performances from the underclassmen golfers that Sheehan recruited after succeeding his mentor, David Paterson, as Yale's head coach in 2008. Freshman Sam Bernstein took home the Ivy League's Rookie of the Year Award and sophomore Bradley Kushner was named first team All-Ivy. Yale also had senior Thomas McCarthy and junior Jeffrey Hatten earn first team All-Ivy honors.
Sheehan had been one of 12 finalists for the Dave Williams Award, given to the Division I coach of the year. That award went to Augusta State's Josh Gregory, who led his team to back-to-back NCAA Championships.