Friday, February 23, 2018
Colleges

After 27 years, UF golf coach calls it quits

GAINESVILLE — Buddy Alexander, the Florida men's golf coach who led the Gators to two national titles, has decided to retire after 27 seasons.

Alexander such PGA tournament winners as Matt Every, Billy Horschel, Chris DiMarco, Dudley Hart and Camlio Villegas. Thirty-one of his athletes played on the tour.

Alexander, a St. Petersburg native, will coach the Gators at this week's SEC tournament and will finish the remainder of the season, officially leaving on June 30.

"Coaching is a young man's game and it is simply time for me to turn the reins over to someone else and allow this great university, athletic department and golf program to be everything it should be," Alexander said. "I just thought it was a good time to do it."

Alexander, 61, is Florida's longest-tenured coach and is second all-time behind former UF baseball coach Dave Fuller, who led the Gators for 28 seasons from 1948-75.

He is an eight-time SEC Coach of the Year and led the Gators to national titles in 1993 and 2001, 11 top-10 finishes and seven top-five finishes at the NCAA championships.

"He's one of the all-time greats," Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley said. "He's had a heck of a run. There's no better Gator than Buddy Alexander."

During his UF career, Alexander has coached 57 All-Americans.

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