In just two years as Vanderbilt's head coach, Press McPhaul
has taken the
Commodore men's golf program to record-setting heights.
Under his tutelage, Vanderbilt finished tied for fourth place at the 2002
SEC Championship, which is the best ever finish for the Commodores and
eclipsed the previous best effort by five places.
McPhaul's second season saw Brandt Snedeker put together the most successful
individual season in school history with trips to the NCAA Regionals and
then later the NCAA Championship, both of which were the first for a
Commodore in the modern era. Last season Snedeker also became the first
Commodore ever to be named an All-American, earning Second-Team All-America
honors by the Golf Coaches Association of America.
Other Vanderbilt "firsts" since McPhaul's arrival include the program's
first All-SEC player with Snedeker earning that distinction in 2001 and
2002. McPhaul also helped Mark Donnell tie for medalist honors in just his
third collegiate tournament at The Adams Cup. It was just the second
individual win for a Vanderbilt men's golfer and the first since 1998.
McPhaul's quick success at Vanderbilt is the product of a two-fold approach.
First, he has upgraded Vanderbilt's recruiting efforts and has been able to
attract some of the best players in the nation. But once these highly touted
players get on campus, McPhaul's attention turns toward teaching the game
and molding the young Commodores.
This combination of recruiting and teaching has already proven to be a
successful formula in just two years and McPhaul is determined to keep the
Commodores on the upward rise.
North Carolina native Press McPhaul was named head coach of the Vanderbilt
men's golf team on July 31, 2000. The 29-year-old McPhaul has a rich golf
background as both a competitor and coach.
A native of Sanford, N.C., McPhaul played collegiately at North Carolina
State. There he was a member of the Wolfpack's NCAA Tournament team that
finished eighth in 1995, and the 1996 East Regional Champions. Individually,
he played in three NCAA tournaments.
More recently, McPhaul was a semi-finalist in the 1998 Carolinas Amateur and
placed third and second in the 1999 and 2000 North Carolina Amateur
tournaments. He also represented the Carolinas in the Carolinas-Virginias
Team Matches and North Carolina in the Tar Heel Cup Matches.
"Press represents the kind of youthful, enthusiastic leadership we need,"
said Director of Athletics Todd Turner. "Now that we've given him the best
facility [Legends Club] in the SEC, our golf program is quickly going to
become one that Vanderbilt can be proud of."
Turner first met McPhaul in the early 1990s when McPhaul was captain of the
North Carolina State golf team and Turner was the school's athletic
McPhaul became the assistant men's golf coach at North Carolina State in
1998, and he quickly built a reputation as a strong recruiter. He served as
the interim women's golf coach at his alma mater in 1999.
"I've known Todd Turner since I played collegiately and understand
first-hand his interest and commitment to the sport." McPhaul said. "All
needed to know was that he was at Vanderbilt and I wanted to be there, too."
McPhaul is married to the former Lynn May of Farmville, N.C.
Firsts Under McPhaul
* First time team has finished as high as fourth at the SEC Championship (2002)
* First All-American (2002)
* First All-SEC performer (2001 & 2002)
* First individual tournament champion since 1998 and just second all-time (2002)