STILLWATER, Okla. --- They all went out in grand style Sunday, the players and the head coach.
Josh Gregory, who became just the fourth coach since 1980 to win multiple national championships, is leaving to become the men's coach at his alma mater. Gregory has accepted the position at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. The 36-year-old Gregory was a four-year letterman at SMU, graduating in 1997.
"To selfishly move on to my alma mater to coach there, you get that opportunity once to have that chance," he said. "I thought about all my former players I've coached. I thought about these five guys and what they've done over the past two years. All I could think about is this is how we wanted to go out."
Gregory wouldn't disclose terms of the deal. But according to one source, his contract is believed to be worth $1 million for five years. According to the state of Georgia's open records Web site, open.georgia.gov, Gregory earned almost $60,000 with an additional $8,100 allocated for travel in the last reported fiscal year (2010).
With the departure of Gregory, there is no interim coach. Athletic director Clint Bryant plans to have a new coach in place by July 1. The five starting players and Gregory said the next coach already is at Augusta State.
Third-year women's coach Kevin McPherson, who helped out as a men's assistant during the national championship, is a popular choice for the permanent job. McPherson was a men's and women's assistant at his previous job, Central Florida.
"You have two of the top coaches right at Augusta State, one on men's and one on women's," Jaguar golfer Patrick Reed said. "With Josh leaving, we're all pulling hard for Kevin to get that job. We think he deserves it. Look, he has an NCAA Championship. None of those other guys do."