COLUMBUS, Ohio — Director of athletics and recreation Dr. Steve Bruning announced Friday that Andy Garcia has been elevated to be the head coach of the Capital University men’s golf team. Greg Kline, who had been the director of the program for the past three seasons, has stepped down.
Garcia takes the reigns of a program he helped to finish third at the 2014 Ohio Athletic Conference championship and a second-place finish following the conclusion of the regular season.
“We are all excited to have Andy become our next golf coach,” Bruning said. “He has served Capital well as a student-athlete, associate head coach and now as the head coach. During the past few years, Coach Garcia has been heavily involved in recruiting and developing outstanding golfers who are successful on the course and in the classroom. We look forward to the continued improvement of our golf team under Andy’s leadership.”
“For me, it is an honor to be named the head coach of my alma mater,” Garcia said. “At age 25, to further represent an institution which has given me so much is an extreme honor. I envision this program continuing its climb up the OAC and [at the] national level, and we have the players to do so now.”
Garcia is a 2012 Capital graduate with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.
The 2014-15 season will be Garcia’s fourth overall with the program as a coach. His roots are deeply entrenched with the Crusaders, dating to his playing days for Capital from 2006-11. He was part of the program’s rebirth following a less-than-successful run.
In addition to his current role with the university, he serves as the assistant golf professional at Royal American Links (Galena, Ohio) and plays in Professional Golfers Association of America chapter events as an apprentice.
Kline stepped down as coach to put forth greater focus on his position with the Royal American Links as head golf professional. He had two stints with Capital, the first dating from 2005-07, where he led the men’s team and also spent a year as an assistant to the women’s program. In 2006, Kline was named the OAC Coach of the Year.