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May 23, 2014

Covich named WVU golf coach

MERIDIAN —     MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Sean Covich, a rising coach in collegiate golf, has been named West Virginia University’s 12th men’s golf coach, Director of Athletics Oliver Luck announced today. Men’s golf will begin competition as an intercollegiate varsity sport at WVU on July 1, 2015.

“I am pleased to announce that Sean Covich will lead our men’s golf program as we reintroduce it as a varsity sport at West Virginia University,” Luck said. “Sean has experienced tremendous success in his eight years as a golf coach. He is a relentless recruiter who has been known to find diamonds in the rough out on the recruiting trails.”

    A native of Meridian, Covich comes to WVU from Mississippi State, where he has served as the assistant men’s golf coach the last three seasons. He previously served as the head men’s golf coach at Meridian Community College for five seasons.

"This is an exciting time for West Virginia University as the men's golf program is restored,” Covich said. “WVU has a proud tradition in athletics and I am honored to be a Mountaineer.

“I want to thank Oliver Luck and his staff for giving me this opportunity. In addition, I would like to thank coach Clay Homan (at Mississippi State) and all the players I have coached during my career for giving me this chance. I am honored to serve WVU as the next head men's golf coach, and I look forward to reestablishing a program of which the entire state can be proud."

    At Mississippi State, Covich became the school’s first full-time men’s golf assistant coach in 2011. He helped the Bulldogs to the NCAA Tournament in 2013 and 2014 while improving the school’s national ranking from No. 125 in 2011 to a school-record No. 27 in 2013. The Bulldogs won a school-record four tournament titles in 2012-13, then added two more tournament wins in 2013-14 for the most wins (six) in a two-year span in school history.

    The Bulldogs set school records for best team 36 hole score (-25), best team 54 hole score (-38) and season records for most team birdies (497), most team eagles (14) and most team scores of even-par or better (14).

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