The goal for any golf coach in the NCAA division is to win a championship. An SEC title, National title, or any tournament title will be sufficient for any major conference coach and for Alabama's Mike McGraw -- who came to Tuscaloosa after a 7 year stint at Oklahoma State where he was tabbed one of the nation's top 20 recruiters by ESPN the Magazine across all sports -- he was able to do just that. With the Tide this season, he was able to win an SEC and a National Championship.
That is the end though, because yesterday McGraw was hired by Baylor University to become the Head Golf Coach for the Baylor Bears' program.
"I'm thrilled and humbled that (Baylor Director of Athletics) Ian McCaw is going to give me an opportunity to come back to a part of the world I know and love," McGraw said via press release. "I know the Big 12 very well, and I'm really excited about getting going in recruiting."
McGraw will be successful at Baylor and the Tide will keep on rolling and that's the beauty of this departure. Jay Seawell gave Mike McGraw a chance after being fired from Oklahoma State, where he won the NCAA championship in 2006.
"Sad to be leaving the Alabama guys, they have made it the best transition a guy could have," McGraw also said. "I am very thankful for opportunity Jay (Seawell) gave me."
For Alabama, the ability to attract a new coach shouldn't be too hard, but to replace a guy who fine-tuned and recruited PGA Tour superstars such as Rickie Fowler, Peter Uihlein and Hunter Mahan, he won't be an easy replacement by any stretch.
For McGraw though, it's all about recruiting and he stands by that with his first plan of action, "Get HR department taken care of, but recruiting in state of Texas is priority. Luckily the PGA Junior and U.S. Junior are in the state this year. I need to get my face known in the state. They have not seen me for awhile."
So after one championship, the Tide loses their head assistant. Good thing player-of-the-year in the SEC, Robby Shelton, will be back along with many upcoming Tide talents for the 2015 season.