School-record seven first-team selections for Bears
Bailey, May and Perrine record top-15 individual finishes
Half of 14-team field ranked among nation’s top 16 teams
Perrine and May earn top-10 individual finishes
No. 6-ranked Bears compete in 15-team field featuring 10 top-25 teams
Three-time national champion coach Mike McGraw is in his fourth season leading the Bears and his 13th season as a Division I head coach. McGraw joined the program on June 16, 2014, following one season as assistant coach at Alabama, where he helped lead the Crimson Tide to the 2014 NCAA Championship title.
McGraw has 20 years of experience coaching at the Division I level, including eight seasons as Oklahoma State men's golf head coach, and he's led teams to the NCAA Championship in 18 of those 20 seasons. In addition to three national titles, more than half of McGraw's 20 years have ended with top-five finishes at the NCAA Championship, including 11 times in the top five and three times as national runner-up.
McGraw's teams have won 39 tournament titles and advanced to nine NCAA Championships in his 11 seasons as a Division I men's golf head coach. He's coached players to 35 individual medalist honors and produced 25 All-Americans.
McGRAW AT BAYLOR
In just three seasons, McGraw has led the Baylor program to unprecedented heights, including nine team titles, five individual titles and four All-Americans. The Bears achieved their first-ever No. 1 national ranking, won their first NCAA Regional title and advanced to NCAA Championship match play for the first time in program history, earning the best NCAA Championship finish in program history.
McGraw's 2016-17 squad won four tournaments and had a streak of seven consecutive top-three finishes. The Bears won the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate, the All-American, the Linger Longer Invitational and shared the title with the tournament host at the NCAA Stanford Regional. BU also took second place at the Maui Jim Intercollegiate, the Querencia Cabo Collegiate and the Aggie Invitational. BU earned its first-ever No. 1 national ranking in Golfweek's April 3, 2017, poll.
Baylor advanced to match play at the 2017 NCAA Championship, earning the program's best finish with a tie for fifth place after falling 3-2 in a 19th hole playoff against eventual national champion Oklahoma.
A trio of players on the 2016-17 squad earned All-America honors, with Braden Bailey, Cooper Dossey and Matthew Perrine all recognized. Dossey was named 2017 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and was selected to the five-member GCAA All-Freshmen Team. Hunter Shattuck and Garrett May joined that trio to give the Bears a school-record five All-Region honorees. Additionally, McGraw was one of five finalists for the Dave Williams Award, and assistant coach Ryan Blagg won the 2017 Jan Strickland Award.
The 2016-17 Bears were also successful in the classroom, with a school-record nine Academic All-Big 12 honorees, including six first-team selections. Shattuck and Perrine were named All-American Scholars, marking a school-record third consecutive season with multiple selections, and all 11 members of the roster earned Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll recognition.
|THE McGRAW FILE|
|College||Central Oklahoma, 1982|
|1984-86||Edmond (Okla.) Memorial HS, volunteer assistant coach|
|1987-93||Edmond (Okla.) Memorial HS, assistant coach|
|1994-97||Edmond (Okla.) North HS, head coach|
|1998-04||Oklahoma State, assistant coach|
|2004-05||Oklahoma State, women's head coach|
|2006-13||Oklahoma State, head coach|
|2013-14||Alabama, assistant coach|
|2014-pres.||Baylor, head coach|
|1998||NCAA Championship (4th), assistant coach, OSU|
|1999||NCAA Championship (2nd), assistant coach, OSU|
|2000||NCAA Championship (1st), assistant coach, OSU|
|2001||NCAA Championship (t-24th), assistant coach, OSU|
|2002||NCAA Championship (16th), assistant coach, OSU|
|2003||NCAA Championship (2nd), assistant coach, OSU|
|2004||NCAA Championship (13th), assistant coach, OSU|
|2005||NCAA WG Championship (8th), head coach, OSU|
|2006||NCAA Championship (1st), head coach, OSU|
|2007||NCAA Championship (15th), head coach, OSU|
|2008||NCAA Championship (4th), head coach, OSU|
|2009||NCAA Championship (t5th), head coach, OSU|
|2010||NCAA Championship (2nd), head coach, OSU|
|2011||NCAA Championship (t3rd), head coach, OSU|
|2012||NCAA Ann Arbor Regional (8th), head coach, OSU|
|2013||NCAA Championship (14th), head coach, OSU|
|2014||NCAA Championship (1st), assistant coach, Alabama|
|2015||NCAA Bremerton Regional (6th), head coach, Baylor|
|2016||NCAA Championship (27th), head coach, Baylor|
|2017||NCAA Championship (t-5th), head coach, Baylor|
In just his second season in Waco, McGraw led the Bears to their first NCAA Championship berth since 2010. Baylor advanced to the NCAA Kohler (Wis.) Regional, extending one of the nation's longest active streaks with a 19th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. The Bears mounted a back-nine comeback in the final round of the regional, combining for 17 birdies to finish tied for fourth and earn one of five NCAA Championship spots awarded at the regional.
BU placed 27th at the NCAA Championship, marking the fifth-best end-of-season finish in program history. The 2015-16 Baylor squad claimed tournament titles at the Oak Hills Invitational and the Border Olympics, finished second in The Maxwell Intercollegiate and went on to record nine top-five finishes in 13 tournaments.
In his first season at Baylor, McGraw led the Bears to three tournament titles and seven top-three finishes. Baylor finished in seventh place or better in every tournament, placing in the top half of the field in 11 of 12 events. BU finished in sixth place at the NCAA Bremerton (Wash.) Regional, one spot back of an NCAA Championship berth. The Bears claimed tournament titles at the Gopher Invitational, Oak Hills Invitational and Border Olympics. BU also placed second at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate and finished in third place at the Fighting Illini Invitational, Rod Myers Invitational and Bayou City Collegiate Championship.
Kyle Jones set the school record with a 70.47 stroke average in 2014-15 on his way to becoming McGraw's first All-American at Baylor and the third player in program history to earn back-to-back All-Big 12 honors.
PRIOR TO BAYLOR
McGraw spent the 2013-14 season as an assistant coach at Alabama, where he assisted head coach Jay Seawell in leading the Crimson Tide to the 2014 NCAA Championship title. Alabama won the championship match 4-1 over an Oklahoma State team comprised entirely of players McGraw recruited to OSU.
Prior to joining the Alabama staff, McGraw was head coach at Oklahoma State for eight seasons, where he led the Cowboys to a national title in 2006 and a national runner-up finish in 2010. He was an assistant coach at OSU when the Cowboys won the 2000 national title.
McGraw led Oklahoma State to five Big 12 titles and was named Big 12 Coach of the Year five times in his eight seasons as men's golf head coach. The Cowboys won 30 total tournaments and advanced to the NCAA Championships seven times, recording five top-five national finishes during his tenure. His players earned 30 individual medalist honors and he produced 21 All-Americans while he was men's team head coach at OSU.
McGraw joined Oklahoma State in 1997 as an assistant coach after leading the golf program at Edmond (Okla.) High School for four seasons. He spent seven years as men's team assistant coach, guiding the Cowboys to 16 tournament titles, including the 2000 national championship, and producing 19 All-Americans.
OSU named McGraw women's team head coach prior to the 2004-05 season, and he guided that team to a Big 12 championship. He became men's team head coach in 2006, and held that position through the 2012-13 season.
Regarded as one of the nation's top recruiters, McGraw has produced numerous PGA Tour players, including Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan, Charles Howell III, Morgan Hoffman and Casey Wittenberg.
In his four years leading the program at Edmond North High School, McGraw led the team to three state titles. The team claimed titles in 36 of its 46 events played and finished as runners-up seven times. He served as assistant coach at Edmond Memorial High School from 1987 through 1993, helping the Bulldogs reach six state championships in seven seasons.
As a player, McGraw was a three-year letterwinner at Central Oklahoma. He earned honorable mention All-America recognition after finishing 16th at the 1981 NAIA Championship. A 1982 graduate of Central Oklahoma with a degree in broadcast communications, McGraw married his wife, Pam, in 1996.
McGraw authored a book titled Better Than I Found It, which was published in February 2017. He also spearheaded the effort to build the state-of-the-art on-campus Billy W. Williams Golf Practice Facility, which opened to Baylor student-athletes in January 2017.