Aug. 25, 2003
WACO, Texas - Greg Priest was named the sixth head coach of the Baylor men's golf program Monday by Baylor vice president for finance and administration David Brooks.
"I'm very excited to be here," Priest said. "We have a good group of guys coming back, and some really good freshmen coming in who can make an impact right now. I'm happy to follow in the footsteps of a very good coach in Tim Hobby. Tim turned this program into a top-25 program, and the facilities here are among the best in the country. I look forward to extending this program's streak of NCAA appearances."
Priest comes to Baylor from the University of Texas, where he spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach. During his tenure in Austin, the Longhorn golf program compiled three national top-10 finishes, including a third-place finish at the 2002 NCAA Championships, and earned back-to-back Big 12 championships in 2002 and 2003.
Prior to his stint at Texas, Priest spent two seasons (1998-2000) as head coach of both the men's and women's golf programs at Sam Houston State University. Priest led the Bearkats to consecutive third-place finishes in the Southland Conference in 1999 and 2000 and seven top-10 team finishes. In his first season at Sam Houston State, Bearkat golfers Brandt Kieschnick and David Bolen were co-individual medallists at the Southland Championships. Kieschnick also earned Southland Player of the Year honors in 1999 and Ryan Polzin was named the conference newcomer of the year in 2000. The Bearkat women earned four tournament titles in Priest's two seasons.
Before taking the reigns at SHSU, Priest was head coach at Tyler Junior College for two seasons (1996-98). His 1997 and 1998 squads won back-to-back national championships, and Priest was honored as the National Junior College Athletics Association Division II Coach of the Year both seasons. Tyler's Cameron Conway won the individual medallist title at the 1997 NJCAA Division II Championships. Priest also led Tyler to its first-ever Texas State Junior College championship in 1998, a prestigious tournament that includes all junior colleges from Texas, Louisiana and New Mexico.
Priest began his coaching career as head coach at Pleasant Grove High School in Texarkana, Texas in 1994. For two seasons he coached Pleasant Grove's boys' and girls' squads. Priest led PGHS boys' program to a runner-up finish at the 1995 Class 3A state championships and a seventh-place showing at the 1996 tournament. His 1996 boys' team won the Region 3A title.
Priest is a graduate of East Texas State University in Commerce, Texas, having earned a bachelor's degree in health and kinesiology in 1993 and a master's degree in physical education in 1995. Priest was a member of the golf team at East Texas State, and as a senior received the school's Robert Parnell Scholarship.
Priest, a native of Canton, Texas, takes over a Bear team that has made seven straight NCAA Regional appearances and advanced to the NCAA Championships in 2002, finishing 19th overall.
2000-2003 Assistant Men's Coach, University of Texas 1998-2000 Head Men's and Women's Coach, Sam Houston State 1996-98 Head Coach, Tyler Junior College 1994-96 Head Boys and Girls Coach, Pleasant Grove High School (Texarkana, Texas)