BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Western Kentucky University announced the hire of Georgia College Golf alum Chan Metts as the newest head coach of Division I Hiltopper Men's Golf this week.
Metts takes his first head coaching position after two years as assistant at Division I Georgia Southern University under another former Bobcat in Eagle head coach Carter Collins.
"Chan met all of our criteria and his unique and successful experiences within the sport of golf and beyond have positioned him well for this opportunity," said WKU Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Todd Stewart. "…Numerous candidates were vetted, and we felt Chan was the perfect individual to lead us moving forward. We are excited about the future of our program under his direction."
As a collegiate player, Metts walked on the Georgia College men's golf team in 2005 and earned a scholarship in his senior year. As a junior, Metts played in five tournaments, tying for 20th at the conference tournament and seventh at the regional. On the back of his top-10 region finish, Metts nearly helped the Bobcats to a national tournament appearance, missing a bid by one stroke.
Prior to arriving at Georgia Southern, Metts spent the 2015-16 campaign as a graduate assistant for the men's and women's golf teams at the University of Sioux Falls in South Dakota.
"I would like to thank Carter Collins for allowing me the opportunity to work under him at Georgia Southern University," said Metts. "I learned so much from him and the great players I was surrounded by in that program. I would also like to thank Tom Kleinlein and Larry Mays at Georgia Southern for allowing me the opportunity to begin my coaching career."
With the addition of Metts, three Bobcat Golf Alums that played under Associate Athletic Director Jimmy Wilson are now head coaches in the NCAA. Metts, Collins and current Bobcat Head Coach Patrick Garrett were all standouts for Georgia College Golf.
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