|Means to be inducted|
NORMAN, Okla. – University of Idaho golf coach John Means is one of six coaches who will be inducted into the Golf Coaches Association of American Hall of Fame at the annual Reception and Awards Banquet on Dec. 9.
“I am extremely honored and humbled with my being named to the Golf Coaches Hall of Fame,” said Means, who, in addition to Idaho, has coached at Colorado State, Army and Minnesota. “This wouldn’t have been possible without great committed student-athletes and very supportive administrations, helping me with my efforts to build championship programs at each institution.
“This honor is the pinnacle of my career and I will be forever grateful to all of those that have helped me to be successful since I decided to devote my life to coaching and teaching college athletes.”
He is joined in the 2013 class by Bruce Heppler of Georgia Tech, Central Alabama’s Dave Jennings, Bud Marsee of Broward Community College, Jim Owen of Oglethorpe, and Michigan’s Thomas Trueblood.
Means’ coaching career began at the U.S. Military Academy where his teams won 11 conference titles in 11 years. He further proved himself at the University of Minnesota, where, in just three seasons, he led the Golden Gophers to the NCAA Championship Tournament. That started a run of eight successive NCAA appearances by the Golden Gophers and eight successive seasons ranked in the top 20. The 1999 team was ranked No. 1 in the nation and was host to the NCAA Championship. During that time, James McLean, won the 1998 NCAA Championship, and added his name to 11 other All-American’s who played under Means’ tutelage. Means left college golf in 2002 to start his own golf teaching center. He doubled as the coach of the Wisconsin-Eau Claire women’s team during that time and led the Blugolds to five NCAA tournaments, and had six players honored as All-Americans. This included the NCAA Freshman of the Year and also the NCAA Division III champion. This past summer, Means was named Coach of the Century by the WIAC Conference and six of his players were named to the All-Century team. Means previously served as GCAA president and on several GCAA and NCAA committees.