Men's Golf head coach John Fields to be inducted into GCAA Hall of Fame
Oct. 31, 2012
NORMAN, Okla. -- Texas Men's Golf head coach John Fields is one of six coaches that will be inducted into the Golf Coaches Association of America 2012 Hall of Fame Class, the organization announced Wednesday. The class will be officially honored at the GCAA Hall of Fame Reception and Awards Banquet Monday, Dec. 10 at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas.
Fields is joined in the 2012 class by J. Perry Cole of LSU, Jerry Hrnciar of Cameron, Harry Mussatto of Western Illinois, Barry Rodenhaver and longtime NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship head Rules official Clyde Luther.
Fields became the Longhorns' golf coach in August 1997, and has guided UT to four top-five finishes at the NCAA Championships, including the 2012 NCAA Championship, and six appearances in the top 10 in the final national rankings. He also has produced 14 All-Americans at Texas who have earned a total of 21 All-America honors.
The architect of a Texas team that won eight team titles last season, Fields' Longhorns held the No. 1 national ranking all but two weeks during the 2011-12 season and Fields received the Dave Williams Award presented by Eaton Golf Pride as national coach of the year after leading Texas to its first national title since 1972.
Fields came to Austin after leading New Mexico to nine NCAA Championship appearances in 10 years. While at the helm of the New Mexico men's golf program, the Lobos won three Western Athletic Conference titles and placed in the Top 15 a total of five times at the NCAA Championships. He tutored four WAC Players of the Year, three WAC individual champions, nine All-Americans, 24 all-conference players and six Academic All-Americans with the Lobos. Fields' efforts also helped bring the NCAA Championships to Albuquerque in both 1992 and 1998.
He served eight years on the GCAA National Advisory Board including two seasons as the Association's president.