“I’m really excited to have Mike (McGraw) on board,” Seawell said in a statement. “He is one of the great coaches in college golf. He is a good friend, but more importantly, he has a track record of knowing how to win championships. We are just thrilled that he has accepted the opportunity to be a part of Alabama golf. Mike will be an excellent asset for our players and will help us continue our pursuit to be the best college program in the country.”
During his eight years with Oklahoma State, McGraw led the Cowboys to the 2006 NCAA Championship and a NCAA runner-up finish in 2010. His OSU teams won 30 times overall and advanced to the NCAA Championships seven times, recording five top-five finishes. His teams won five Big 12 Championships while his players captured 30 medalist honors during his tenure in Stillwater.
“I’m excited for the opportunity at Alabama and the chance to get to work with some really incredible players,” McGraw said. “Jay Seawell has been a good friend of mine for a long time and he is obviously a great coach. There is something to be learned from Jay for sure and hopefully my experience and background can help strengthen an already successful program.
“Jay has assembled an outstanding team, and I’m looking forward to getting the chance to work with this group. I recruited Cory Whitsett very heavily in junior golf, so to be able to actually get to work with him will be rewarding.”
McGraw was also seen as one of the nation’s top recruiters. ESPN The Magazine named him as one of top 20 recruiters nationally across all sports, evidenced by the numerous PGA Tour players he has helped produce, including Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan, Charles Howell III, Morgan Hoffman and Casey Wittenburg.
McGraw replaces Rob Bradley, who was named the head coach at Purdue this week. Bradley had replaced Scott Limbaugh, who took over the Vanderbilt program in the summer of 2012. McGraw’s duties for the Crimson Tide will include assisting Seawell in day-to-day operations of the program while also serving as the recruiting coordinator and assisting in player development. He is the Director of the Alabama Golf Academy while overseeing alumni relations and the Crimson Tide Open.
As a player, McGraw was a three-year letterwinner for Central Oklahoma and was named an honorable mention All-American in 1981 after finishing 16th at the NAIA Championships. He graduated from UCO with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast communications in 1982. McGraw and his wife, Pam, were married in October of 1996.