Former Oklahoma State head coach joins the Alabama staff
University of Alabama men's golf coach Jay Seawell added another national championship winning coach to the Crimson Tide staff with the addition of former Oklahoma State head coach Mike McGraw as the program's assistant coach.
McGraw, who joined the staff in July of 2013, comes to Tuscaloosa after eight years at the helm of the Oklahoma State program, leading the Cowboys to the 2006 NCAA Championship and an NCAA runner-up finish in 2010. His OSU teams won 30 overall tournaments and advanced to the NCAA Championships seven times, recording five top-five finishes. McGraw's Cowboys also won five Big 12 Championships while his players captured 30 medalist honors during his tenure in Stillwater.
Beyond the team success that the Cowboys achieved while McGraw was the head coach at Oklahoma State, he also was recognized as one of the nation's top recruiters. ESPN The Magazine tabbed him as one of top-20 recruiters nationally across all sports, evidenced by the numerous PGA Tour players he has helped produced, including Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan, Charles Howell III, Morgan Hoffmann and Casey Wittenberg. McGraw was a five-time Big 12 Coach of the Year and the 2006 GCAA Dave Williams Coach of the Year.
McGraw's players at Oklahoma State also achieved tremendous individual success, with Peter Uihlein winning the 2010 United States Amateur and Jordan Niebrugge becoming the first player in OSU program history to win the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship in 2013.
McGraw replaces former Tide assistant Rob Bradley, who was named the head coach at Purdue. Bradley earlier had replaced Scott Limbaugh, who took over the Vanderbilt program in the summer of 2012. McGraw's duties with the Crimson Tide will include assisting Seawell in day-to-day operations of the program while also serving as the recruiting coordinator and assisting in player development. He is the Director of the Alabama Golf Academy while overseeing alumni relations and the Crimson Tide Open.
Before becoming the Cowboys head coach in 2006, McGraw was the Oklahoma State head women's golf coach during the 2004-05 season, directing the Cowgirls to the Big 12 Championship. He came to OSU in the fall of 1997 and spent seven years as the Cowboys assistant coach. During McGraw's tenure as an assistant coach for the men's team, the Cowboys won 16 tournament titles and produced 19 All-Americans. OSU enjoyed great success at the NCAA Championship with McGraw on staff, winning its ninth national title in 2000.
McGraw came to Oklahoma State in 1997 after heading the golf program at Edmond (Okla.) North High School for four seasons. Under his watch, the Huskies captured three state titles. Overall, his Edmond North squads won 36 out of 46 tournaments entered and were runners-up on seven other occasions. He also served as an assistant coach at Edmond Memorial High School from 1987 until 1993, helping the Bulldogs reach six state championships in seven seasons.
The Daily Oklahoman's Coach of the Year in 1994, 1996 and 1997, McGraw served as the president of the Oklahoma Golf Coaches Association in 1994. During his time in Edmond, he coached even individual state champions and sent over 20 players on to play at the Division I level. In addition to his coaching duties, McGraw served as the junior golf director at Kicking Bird Golf Course in Edmond for several years. He also taught in the Edmond Public Schools system from 1990-97.
As a player, McGraw was a three-year letterwinner for Central Oklahoma and was named an honorable mention All-American in 1981, after finishing 16th at the NAIA Championship. He graduated from UCO with a bachelor's degree in broadcast communications in 1982. McGraw and his wife, Pam, were married in October of 1996.