John Handrigan is set to begin his third season as the assistant men’s golf coach at the University of Florida. Handrigan, who comes to the Gators with 10 years of coaching experience at the Division I and II levels, helped lead UF to a trio of victories during his first season in the Orange and Blue.
This past season, he helped UF capture a team title at The Invitational at The Ocean Course. UF recorded eight top-five finishes, as well. For his efforts, Handrigan was named a finalist for the 2013 Jan Strickland Award presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf. The Strickland Award is presented to the NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA, or NJCAA assistant coach that has excelling working with their student-athletes both on and off the course.
In 2011-12, Handrigan helped UF advanced to their 12th consecutive NCAA Championship, the longest active streak in the nation. Additionally, the Gators won three tournaments and saw a pair of golfers, T.J. Vogel and Tyler McCumber, earn All-American honors.
Prior to starting with the Gators, Handrigan served as the assistant men’s golf coach at the University of Kansas where he helped the Jayhawks to new heights during his two seasons with the program. Handrigan helped coach the team to a pair of tournament victories in 2010 and a top-50 national ranking. Additionally, under Handrigan’s watch, the Jayhawks saw a pair of players reach the NCAA Regional in 2010 and 2011. Most recently, Handrigan helped KU sign three nationally ranked recruits for 2011 and was instrumental in obtaining a TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) certified training staff for golf specific workouts for the Kansas program.
Prior to his time in Lawrence, Handrigan served as the head men’s and women’s golf coach at Queens University of Charlotte. With the Royals, Handrigan was named the Conference Carolinas 2009 Women’s Golf Coach of the Year after leading a team that set school records for individual and team low rounds. Handrigan also achieved success with the men’s program leading multiple players to the NCAA Atlantic Regional Championships.
Before he coached at Queens, Handrigan was the head men’s golf coach at Coker College in Hartsville, S.C. While with the Cobras, Handrigan achieved great success leading the program to its first National Championship during the 2006 season. For his efforts coaching Coker College, Handrigan was named the 2006 NCAA Division II Atlantic Region Coach of the Year in 2006 and the Carolina Virginia Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2005.
Handrigan went to Coker after serving as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Saint Francis University. Handrigan, who earned his MBA while working as an assistant for the Red Flash, got into coaching immediately following a successful playing career. As a student-athlete, Handrigan was the Red Flash’s golfer of the year all four years of his career and was named SFU’s male student-athlete of the year following his senior season.
Handrigan, who competed on the Canadian Golf Tour, is a member of the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA), the Chairman of the PING All-Region Selection Committee and a member of the GCAA/Bridgestone Coaches Ranking/Selection Committee.