March 28, 2000
NORMAN, Okla. - University of Oklahoma men's head golf coach Gregg Grost announced Monday that he has decided to step down at the end of the season to spend more time with his family. Nationally known as one of the hardest workers in collegiate golf, Grost is finishing his 15th season at OU where he has built a golf program that has claimed a national championship, two NCAA regional championships, 13 NCAA tournament berths, a conference championship and 16 tournament wins. He has also produced 26 All-Americans.
"This was a very tough decision for me to make, but it was time for me to put my family first," said Grost. "I have loved every minute of my time here, but I've decided that I want to know my child better than I know the children of other people. I appreciate the support I have had throughout my time here from the athletic administration, boosters and players. We have brought this program a long way together, but now it's time for me to take care of my family."
The "hit the ground running" approach Grost has used to get the Sooner program ranked among the nation's elite has not only touched the OU golfing community, but golfing communities throughout the nation. In addition to his coaching duties, Grost found time to be the driving force in the design, fund raising and building of the Charlie Coe Golf Learning Center on the OU campus. He has also assisted in the creation of two highly successful collegiate golf tournaments - the Taylor Made Red River Classic in Dallas, now in its 13th year, and The Maxwell in Ardmore, Okla., in its eighth season.
Before Grost arrived at the Norman campus just prior to the spring season of 1986, the Sooners were in the midst of a victory drought that dated back more than two years. In a few short weeks he put his plan into place and led the Sooners to a team victory at the Houston All-American, a second-place finish at the Big Eight Championships and a third-place finish at the NCAA Championships. Three years later, Grost had his program at the very top of collegiate golf with a school-record five tournament victories, 12 top-five finishes and the first-ever national championship for OU in golf.
"I know Gregg will focus his energy to end the season in a strong way but we certainly want to thank him for his many years of service to the university and numerous student-athletes," said Sooner director of athletics Joe Castiglione. "The fact that our golf program at the University of Oklahoma is considered one of the best in the nation is a tribute to Gregg. Like the rest of our coaches, Gregg has worked extremely hard to build a program known for its success on and off the field of competition. A perfect example of his high level of excellence can be seen in the Charlie Coe Golf Learning Center, a state-of-the-art facility that he helped develop."