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John Handrigan
John Handrigan

Assistant Coach – Fifth Season at Florida

John Handrigan is in his fifth season as the assistant men’s golf coach at the University of Florida. He won the prestigious Jan Strickland Award presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf in April of 2015 after the Golf Coaches Association of America chose him as the national assistant coach of the year. The Strickland Award is presented to the NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA, or NJCAA assistant coach who has excelled working with his student-athletes, both on and off the course.

The 2015-16 school year marks Handrigan’s second working alongside head coach JC Deacon after three campaigns assisting Buddy Alexander, who oversaw a pair of NCAA titles and eight Southeastern Conference Championships during his legendary 27-year career at UF. Handrigan, who came to the Gators with 10 years of coaching experience at the Division I and II levels, has helped lead the Orange and Blue to four tournament victories during his tenure.

During the 2014-15 season, Handrigan aided Florida to earn runner-up honors four times and finish in the top-five six times. UF combined for 34 top-25 finishes and 14 top-10 finishes, with three Gators placing in the top five multiple times. Handrigan’s Gator squad made its 51st appearance at the NCAA Championships after placing fourth at the NCAA Regional Championship.

Prior to the postseason, Handrigan coached A.J. Crouch to collect UF’s first victory in an individual contest since 2012. J.D. Tomlinson earned spots on the PING Honorable Mention All-America Team, PING All-Southeast Region Team and second team All-SEC, while Alejandro Tosti received Freshman All-SEC accolades. With Handrigan’s assistance, five Gators were named to the SEC Academic Roll, one was selected to the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll and two were chosen as Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars.

During the 2013-14 season, the Gators collected six top-10 finishes, including a tie for third at the Shoal Creek Intercollegiate and a fourth-place showing at the Old Waverly Collegiate Championship. Florida was represented by Tomlinson at the NCAA East Regional. Eric Banks notched four top-20performances that year and received the David Toms Award for overcoming adversity after returning to competition following major heart surgery in 2012.

In 2012-13, Handrigan helped UF capture the team title at The Invitational at The Ocean Course, one of the team’s eight top-five finishes that season. For his efforts, he was named a finalist for the 2013 Jan Strickland Award presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf. The Gators advanced to the NCAA Championships for the 13th-consecutive year, the longest active streak in the country at that time. Seniors Tyler McCumber and T.J. Vogel both earned All-America accolades for the second-straight season, while McCumber ended his Gator career with the 14th-best career stroke average in program history.

In Handrigan’s opening year at Florida, the program tied for 12th at the 2012 NCAA Championships, placed second at the NCAA East Regional and third at the SEC Championship. Additionally, the Gators won a trio of tournaments (The Bake at The Ocean Course, Sea Best Invitational and the Charleston Shootout) and saw a pair of golfers earn All-American honors.  McCumber, an honorable mention All-American and second-team All-SEC honoree, tied for second at the NCAA Championship. Vogel captured a couple of individual medalist honors on the season en route to being named a second-team All-American and a first-team All-SEC selection, while Tomlinson was named to the league’s All-Freshman team.

Before arriving in Gainesville, Handrigan served as the assistant men’s golf coach at the University of Kansas, where his work aided the Jayhawks to reach 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. Under his tutelage, the Jayhawks saw a pair of players reach the NCAA Regional in 2010 and 2011. 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 being part of the Big 12 Conference, Handrigan served as the head men’s and women’s golf coach for two seasons at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina. 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 provided leadership for the programs 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, directing the program to its first NCAA Division II National Championship in 2006 and earning NCAA Division II Atlantic Region Coach of the Year accolades that season. He piloted the Cobras to four consecutive NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional Tournaments, winning the tournament in 2006 on their way to the national crown. Handrigan also led Coker to the Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference (CVAC) Championship in 2006 and was honored as the CVAC Coach of the Year in 2005.

Handrigan went to Coker after serving as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pa. After earning his bachelor’s degree in business management in 2000, he got into coaching immediately following a successful playing career. As a student-athlete for the Red Flash, Handrigan was the squad’s golfer of the year four times and was named the school’s 2000 Male Student-Athlete of the Year following his senior season. He earned his master’s degree in business administration in 2002 while working as an assistant for the Red Flash.

Handrigan, who competed on the Canadian Golf Tour, is a member of the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA), an NCAA Registered Recruiter, served as the Chairman of the PING All-Region Selection Committee and is a member of the GCAA/Bridgestone Coaches’ Ranking/Selection Committee.

The John Handrigan File:

Hometown: Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada

Education: Bachelor of Science – Business Management, Saint Francis University, 2000

Master of Science – Business Administration, Saint Francis University, 2002

Coaching Career:

  • Assistant Coach, Saint Francis University, 2000-03
  • Head Coach, Coker College, 2003-07
  • Head Coach, Men’s & Women’s teams, Queens University, 2007-09
  • Assistant Coach, Kansas University, 2009-11
  • Assistant Coach, University of Florida, 2011-present

Coaching Honors:

  • Jan Strickland Award Winner (2015)
  • Finalist for the Jan Strickland Award (2013)
  • Conference Carolinas Women’s Golf Coach of the Year (2009)
  • NCAA Division II Atlantic Region Coach of the Year (2006)
  • Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference Coach of the Year (2005)

Playing Career:

  • Saint Francis University, 1997-2000
  • Canadian Tour, 2001
  • Great Lakes Tour, 2000-03

Playing Honors:

  • All-Northeast Conference Selection (1998)
  • Runner-up at the Northeast Conference Championship (1998)
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