McGraw Officially Named Cowboy Golf Coach

STILLWATER, Okla. (OSU Athletics ) — Oklahoma State announced today that MIke McGraw has been named head coach of the men's golf team.

A native of Ponca City, Okla., McGraw becomes just the third coach in the 59-year history of the storied program. Prior to his appointment, he spent the 2004-05 season as the head coach of the Cowgirl golf squad after a seven-year stint as an assistant with the men's team.

"I was raised 40 miles north of here and knew all about the program when I was growing up," McGraw said. "I never dreamed I would be the head coach, so this opportunity means a lot from the standpoint that I have followed the program for more than 35 years and realize its stature."

While leading the women's team, McGraw led the Cowgirls to the 2005 Big 12 title and was named as the conference coach of the year in the process.

During his tenure as an assistant coach, the Cowboys won 16 tournament titles, including the 2000 NCAA Championship and produced 19 All-Americans.

McGraw came to Stillwater in 1997 after heading the golf program at Edmond (Okla.) North High School for four seasons. Under his watch, the Huskies captured three state titles. McGraw served as an assistant coach at Edmond Memorial High School from 1987 until 1993, helping the Bulldogs to six state championships in seven seasons.

As a player, McGraw was a three-year letterwinner for Central Oklahoma and was named an honorable mention All-American in 1981. He graduated from UCO with a degree in broadcast communications in 1982.

McGraw replaces Mike Holder, who directed the Cowboys for the past 32 seasons, leading OSU to eight NCAA championships and 25 conference titles. He relinquished his coaching duties on Sept. 16 after being named as the university's vice president for athletic programs and director of intercollegiate athletics.

Holder inherited the program from Labron Harris, who served as the Cowboys' head coach from 1947-73, producing an NCAA title in 1963 and 24 conference championships.

"This job is a big responsibility, because I know how much this program has meant and means to Mike Holder," McGraw said. "I realize what a great job Labron Harris did and Mike built on that. That is why the position has a lot of responsibility, because I have to do the same thing they did. My expectations are to continue their success and try to make the program better."

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