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June 17, 2014

Blevins resigns as RSU golf coach

CLAREMORE — Rogers State Head Men’s and Women’s Golf Coach Lynn Blevins announced his resignation Monday.

 

"I have enjoyed my time at RSU tremendously and feel fortunate to have been part of a great athletic program. I will truly cherish the time I had to work with such quality student-athletes.  I learned something every day from them. I wish them continued success, go Hillcats!"

 

Blevins, who has served at the helm of the RSU golf program since its inception in 2009, stepped down to pursue other opportunities.

 

“Coach Blevins was instrumental in the startup of men’s and women’s golf at RSU,” Director of Athletics Ryan Erwin said. “We were fortunate to have him for the last five years and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.”

 

Over the last five seasons Blevins helped develop the RSU golf program, producing two All-Sooner Athletic Conference award winners on the men’s side. The men’s team garnered its first tournament win during the 2010-11 season at the Oklahoma Wesleyan Spring Invitational. The team went on to earn two more wins during the season and added the program’s fourth win during 2011 and fifth victory in 2014.  Four Hillcat men’s golfers totaled five individual tournament titles over the program’s short, five-year history. The Hillcats earned national recognition opening 2012 ranked No. 18 in the NAIA Men’s Golf Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 Poll. Over the next two years, RSU would be ranked inside the Top 25 for four weeks closing its stint in the NAIA ranked No. 22.

 

The women’s golf team notched four team wins under Blevins' tutelage. The team’s first win came during the 2011-12 season at the MACU Invitational and followed it up with a victory at the OBU Fall Invitational. During the 2012-13 season, the Hillcat women tallied a team title at the Diffee Ford Lincoln Invitational and this past season claimed a first-place finish at the UAM Fall Classic. Blevins’ women’s squad broke into the NAIA Women’s Golf Coaches’ Top 25 Poll for the first time in 2013 at No. 25 and climbed to its highest mark of No. 21 in the fourth poll of the season. The RSU women closed the year and its time in the NAIA ranked 22nd.

 

Blevins brought 15 years of NCAA Division I coaching experience to the Hill. He guided the men’s golf programs at the University of Oklahoma, the University of Florida and the University of Iowa over a 15-year period before transitioning to the private golf business sector in 1994. He led the Gators to an SEC Championship in 1985 and spurred the Hawkeyes to a Big 10 crown in 1992.  After a 15-year hiatus, Blevins returned to his coaching roots to develop the brand new RSU program.

 

The search for Blevins’ replacement will begin immediately.

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