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John Handrigan
John Handrigan

Assistant Coach – Fourth Season at Florida

John Handrigan is in his fourth season as the assistant men’s golf coach at the University of Florida. The 2014-15 school year marks his first working alongside head coach JC Deacon after three campaigns assisting Buddy Alexander, who oversaw a pair of NCAA titles and eight Southeastern Conference Championships during his legendary 27-year career at UF. Handrigan, who came to the Gators with 10 years of coaching experience at the Division I and II levels, has helped lead the Orange and Blue to four tournament victories during his tenure.

Last year, the Gators collected six top-10 finishes, including a tie for third at the Shoal Creek Intercollegiate and a fourth-place showing at the Old Waverly Collegiate Championship. The Gators were represented by junior J.D. Tomlinson at the NCAA East Regional, who led the team in stroke average (72.55), rounds at or under par (14), top-five finishes (3) and made birdies (94).

Junior Eric Banksowned the Gators’ second-beststroke average (73.50)and notched four top-20performances last year.He was the recipient ofthe David Toms Award forovercoming adversity afterreturning to competitionfollowing major heart surgeryin 2012.

Sophomore Richard Donegancompeted in every event after transferring to Florida for the spring semester. His best outing as a Gator came at the Valspar Invitational at the Floridian, where he shot back-to-back rounds of 69 to finish tied for 10th. Freshman Ryan Orrappeared in every tournamentfor the Gators, finishing theseason with a 74.45 strokeaverage. He collected two top-20finishes and made 75 birdies, thesecond-best mark on the squad.

In 2012-13, Handrigan helped UF capture the team title at The Invitational at The Ocean Course, one of the team’s eight top-five finishes that season. For his efforts, he was named a finalist for the 2013 Jan Strickland Award presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf. The Strickland Award is presented to the NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA, or NJCAA assistant coach who has excelled working with their student-athletes, both on and off the course.

The Gators advanced to the NCAA Championships for the 13th-consecutive year, the longest active streak in the country at that time. Seniors Tyler McCumber and T.J. Vogel both earned All-America accolades for the second-straight season, while McCumber ended his Gator career with the 14th-best career stroke average in program history.

McCumberput together a memorable run to complete his collegiate career, finishing in third place or better in four of his final six postseason events. Meanwhile, Vogel led the team in birdies, percentage of rounds counted and tied for the team-lead in top-10 finishes for the year. At the 2013 Masters Tournament, he posted the second-best score among amateurs.

In Handrigan’s first year working at Florida, the program tied for 12th at the 2012 NCAA Championships, placed second at the NCAA East Regional and third at the SEC Championship. Additionally, the Gators won a trio of tournaments (The Bake at The Ocean Course, Sea Best Invitational and the Charleston Shootout) and saw a pair of golfers earn All-American honors. 

Vogel captured a couple of individual medalist honors on the season en route to being named a second-team All-American and a first-team All-SEC selection. McCumber, an honorable mention All-American and second-team All-SEC honoree, closed the season strong with a tie for third at the SEC Championship and a tie for second at the NCAA Championship. Tomlinson was named to the league’s All-Freshman team after a strong spring season in which he averaged 72.0 strokes per round and had all but two rounds count toward the team’s score.

Prior to arriving in Gainesville, Handrigan served as the assistant men’s golf coach at the University of Kansas, where his work aided the Jayhawks to reaching new heights during his two seasons with the program. Handrigan helped coach the team to a pair of tournament victories in 2010 and a top-50 national ranking. Under his tutelage, the Jayhawks saw a pair of players reach the NCAA Regional in 2010 and 2011. Handrigan helped KU sign three nationally-ranked recruits for 2011 and was instrumental in obtaining a TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) certified training staff for golf-specific workouts for the Kansas program.

Prior to his time being part of the Big 12 Conference, Handrigan served as the head men’s and women’s golf coach for two seasons at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina. With the Royals, Handrigan was named the Conference Carolinas 2009 Women’s Golf Coach of the Year after leading a team that set school records for individual and team low rounds. Handrigan also achieved success with the men’s program, leading multiple players to the NCAA Atlantic Regional Championships. 

Before he provided leadership for the programs at Queens, Handrigan was the head men’s golf coach at Coker College in Hartsville, S.C. While with the Cobras, Handrigan achieved great success, directing the program to its first NCAA Division II National Championship in 2006 and earning NCAA Division II Atlantic Region Coach of the Year accolades that season. He piloted the Cobras to four consecutive NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional Tournaments, winning the tournament in 2006 on their way to the national crown. Handrigan also led Coker to the Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference (CVAC) Championship in 2006 and was honored as the CVAC Coach of the Year in 2005.

Handrigan went to Coker after serving as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pa. After earning his bachelor’s degree in business management in 2000, he got into coaching immediately following a successful playing career. As a student-athlete for the Red Flash, Handrigan was the squad’s golfer of the year four times and was named the school’s 2000 Male Student-Athlete of the Year following his senior season. He earned his master’s degree in business administration in 2002 while working as an assistant for the Red Flash.

Handrigan, who competed on the Canadian Golf Tour, is a member of the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA), an NCAA Registered Recruiter, served as the Chairman of the PING All-Region Selection Committee and is a member of the GCAA/Bridgestone Coaches’ Ranking/Selection Committee.


The John Handrigan File:

Hometown: Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada

Education: Bachelor of Science – Business Management, Saint Francis University, 2000

Master of Science – Business Administration, Saint Francis University, 2002

Coaching Career:

  • Assistant Coach, Saint Francis University, 2000-03
  • Head Coach, Coker College, 2003-07
  • Head Coach, Men’s & Women’s teams, Queens University, 2007-09
  • Assistant Coach, Kansas University, 2009-11
  • Assistant Coach, University of Florida, 2011-present

Coaching Honors:

  • Finalist for the Jan Strickland Award (2013)
  • Conference Carolinas Women’s Golf Coach of the Year (2009)
  • NCAA Division II Atlantic Region Coach of the Year (2006)
  • Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference Coach of the Year (2005)

Playing Career:

  • Saint Francis University, 1997-2000
  • Canadian Tour, 2001
  • Great Lakes Tour, 2000-03

Playing Honors:

  • All-Northeast Conference Selection (1998)
  • Runner-up at the Northeast Conference Championship (1998)
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