Buffs Name New Men's Golf Coach

Colorado athletic director Mike Bohn announced the hiring of Roy Edwards as head men's golf coach Friday. Edwards, who spent the past four years as an assistant at Kansas, is just the third men's golf coach at CU since 1948.

Edwards comes to Colorado from his alma mater, the University of Kansas, where he has served as the assistant for both the men's and women's programs for the past four years. He held the same position at Vanderbilt University for a year prior to returning to KU.

The 29-year-old replaces CU legendary coach Mark Simpson, who passed away from complications due to lung cancer at the age of 55 last December. Simpson's former assistant, Brad Neher, had served as interim head coach upon Simpson's death until April, when he stepped aside for personal reasons. Three assistant athletic directors have been coordinating all aspects of the program since.

Simpson had held the post since 1977, when he replaced his college head coach, Les Fowler. Fowler took over as player-coach in 1948.

"Roy's vision for long term success and prominence of the golf program is refreshing," Bohn said. "We look forward to his energy, passion and golf knowledge to bring immediate and long-lasting results."

Edwards knows all about the Buffs' men's golf history.

"Coach Fowler and Coach Simpson have built an extremely proud legacy at the University of Colorado," Edwards said. "It's a privilege to follow them at CU, which is truly one of the great institutions in the world and it is an honor to be named its head men's golf coach. I am looking forward to meeting with the people of Boulder, the alumni and supporters of the program, the CU staff and the members of the men's golf team so we can perform to the high standards that we all expect in the classroom, on the golf course and in the community."

At Kansas, he was heavily involved in recruiting and the day-to-day functions for both the men's and women's teams, managed the Jayhawks Birdie Club and was the main contact for both golf camps. A KU graduate, he returned to his alma mater in August 2002 as the assistant coach for both the men's and women's programs and further developed all the skills necessary to one day become a head coach.

He coordinated and managed a $1 million-plus fundraising campaign for KU's golf practice facility, founded and coordinated the annual booster club program, oversaw program communications, budgeting, alumni-parent relations and condition programs, and cording all aspects of official and unofficial visits for the recruiting process, including prospect evaluation and communication. He also was designated as the head coach on numerous occasions, including for 2003 and 2004 NCAA regional play.

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