ATHENS, Ohio – Neal Grusczynski has been named the fourth head coach in the history of Ohio men's golf program, as announced by Interim Director of Athletics Amy Dean today.
"We are excited to have Neal and his family become members of our Bobcat family," said Dean. "With his playing, coaching and teaching experience, we are confident in Neal's ability to support our men's golf team in their efforts to become Mid-American Conference champions. His commitment to academic excellence and his enthusiasm made him a great fit to lead our program."
Grusczynski comes to Athens after serving as the director of golf and head men's and women's golf coach at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee the last three years. Prior to his stint at Cardinal Stritch, Grusczynski served as the assistant coach for both the men's and women's teams at Jacksonville State in 2014-15, then served as the assistant coach at Army in '15-16. He began his coaching career as a volunteer assistant at his alma mater, Xavier.
"I would like to thank Amy Dean and President (Dr. M. Duane) Nellis for the opportunity to lead the Ohio University men's golf program," said Grusczynski. "There's an incredible history at the university across the board. We are going to work hard on building that history, and focus on being professional student-athletes in pursuit of success on and off the golf course. We are honored and excited to become part of the Bobcat family."
Both the men's and women's golf programs at Cardinal Stritch enjoyed success under Grusczynski's guidance. The men's program won the 2016 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Championships, then earned a 14th-place finish at the NAIA National Championships. The 2017 season was followed up by a repeat victory at the 2017 CCAC Championships and a runner-up finish at the NAIA National Championships. In 2018, Grusczynski continued his success, with the men's program capturing the 2018 CCAC Championship. From there, the Wolves went on to compete at the NAIA National Championship Tournament, finishing in 16th place. The women's team finished third at the 2016 CCAC Championships and won its first CCAC Championship title in 2017, giving the program its first bid to the NAIA National Championship. The Wolves saw their student-athletes earn 11 individual wins between the men's and women's team under Grusczynski's leadership.
Grusczynski was involved in all aspects of the golf program during his time as an assistant at Army. He helped coach the Black Knights to a victory over Navy and was involved with the Inaugural Bush Cup against Yale, held in honor of former United States President George H.W. Bush at the prestigious Winged Foot Golf Club.
Grusczynski brings diverse experience from the golf world, having spent time in pro shops, corporate golf and collegiate golf, as well as a successful playing career at the amateur and professional levels. Grusczynski's impressive list of accolades includes playing professionally on the NGA-Hooters Tour (now the Swing Thought Tour) from 2005-08. During the tour, he participated in numerous PGA/Web.com qualifiers, PGA Tour Q-Schools, pro-ams and junior clinics. Neal has also caddied on the PGA Tour for Kevin Hall and on the Symetra Tour (@ROAD2LPGA) for Shannon Fish.
Grusczynski graduated Xavier with a bachelor's degree in sport management in 2005. He capped off his collegiate career competing for the Musketeers by earning the individual co-champion title at the 2005 Atlantic 10 Conference Championships.
Grusczynski and his wife, Leah, have a daughter, Grace.
Fans can follow Grusczynski on Twitter @CoachGRU.
The Ohio men's golf program has won 18 MAC championships in its storied history (1951, '52, '53, '54 (tie), '55, '57, '58, '59, '60, '61, '63, '64, '65, '67, '69, '71, '79, '80). Cheves succeeds Bob Cooley, who retired at the conclusion of the 2017-18 campaign after 30 seasons at the helm of his alma mater. Kermit Blosser (1947-88), Bob Cooley (1988-2018) and Carter Cheves (2018-19) are the only men to serve as head coach of the Bobcats in the program's history.