__STILLWATER, Okla.—__With Augusta State winning its second straight NCAA title Sunday at Karsten Creek GC, by virtue of a 3-2 win over Georgia, it allowed the five Jaguar starters, Patrick Reed,Henrik Norlander,Mitch Krywulycz,Carter Newman and Olle Bengtsson, to go out on top, all of them having played their final college tournament for the Jaguars.
As it turns out, it was also the last one in which__Josh Gregory__ will be the team's coach.
Gregory will be named the men's coach at SMU, his alma mater, in the coming week. Gregory did not comment on the specifics of the deal, but a source told Golf World that he had been offered a contract worth $200,000 a year for five years, one of the top salaries of any coach in college golf.
Gregory entered the NCAA Championship trying to lead the first program to back-to-back titles since Houston in 1984-85, yet knowing this would be his swan song with the Jaguars after nine seasons as the team's coach.
"It's hard," said Gregory, 36, on the decision to leave. "I always said it would take an unbelievable opportunity to me to leave Augusta. But it's a dream opportunity to go back home. SMU is a place near and dear to my heart. The opportunity to build a program and hopefully accomplish some of these things at my alma mater is something you can't replace."
Kevin McPherson, the women's coach at Augusta State who served as an assistant for the men's team this past week at the NCAA Championship, is considered among the leading candidates to replace Gregory.