O'Keefe expected to be next Jaguar golf coach

Ole Miss assistant Jack O’Keefe will likely be named the next Georgia Regents head men’s golf coach, according to a report by Golfweek’s Lance Ringler.


In a tweet this morning, the veteran golf writer wrote on Twitter the school is expected to tab O’Keefe in the near future to fill the void left by former coach Kevin McPherson. According to Georgia Regents sports information director Joey Warren, the school had no comment on the matter.

McPherson resigned in September to take the head men’s coaching gig at Coastal Carolina. He stepped down one tournament into his third season leading the Jaguars. McPherson worked for three years as the school’s women’s golf coach before taking the reins in the summer of 2011 from Josh Gregory, who departed for SMU after winning two consecutive NCAA Division I National Championships.

O’Keefe was a finalist for the Jaguar golf gig when Gregory departed. A four-time All-American at Arkansas, O’Keefe played briefly on the PGA Tour.

From 2007-10, O’Keefe led the University of Central Arkansas program, which won seven events in his tenure. He then joined Ole Miss, where he helped guide the Rebels to the fifth consecutive NCAA Regional appearance in his first season.

The Jaguars failed to make postseason play last season. This fall, Georgia Regents posted a sixth-place showing in its opening event, but the team finished eighth or worse in the remaining four tournaments.