Women's golf coach Harston retires
Friday, June 26, 2015
By Mark McGee
Women's golf coach Harston retires

Lipscomb Lady Bisons golf team coach Buddy Harston has announced his retirement as a collegiate coach.

Harston, who began his coaching career at Lipscomb in 2006 serving as the coach of both the men’s and women’s teams, made the announcement this week. He plans to expand his role as a golf teacher and also wants to spend more time with his family.

“First of all, and most importantly, let me be sure to say how much I appreciate the work that Coach Harston has put into coaching our team,” Lipscomb athletic director Philip Hutcheson said. “But as much as I appreciate his coaching, I value his friendship and his gentle heart even more.

“He loves Lipscomb. He has always expressed nothing but a desire to do what is in the best interest of our students and team and his Christ-like spirit and teacher's heart has been evident in any conversation we might have had about golf or life.”

 The 2015 women’s golf team finished sixth in the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament. It is the highest finish in the history of the program. Samantha Griffith was named to the A-Sun All-Freshman Team.

“I really appreciate the opportunity to coach young Christian men and women,” Harston said. “I am disappointed that we never won the A-Sun, but we did set a few school records, won some tournaments and had some A-Sun Players of the Week and All-Conference picks. 

“I just hope that we continue to move the programs in a positive direction that Coach Ralph Samples started. Basically, I tried to bring a style of coaching to golf that I learned from coaches Ken Dugan and Don Meyer.”

Hutcheson stressed that Harston’s presence and influence will be missed.

Harston played baseball at Lipscomb from 1971-74, playing in three NAIA National Tournaments. He also served as an assistant coach under Ken Dugan from 1975-77. The 1977 team won the NAIA National Championship. He was named to the Lipscomb Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009.

He played on the Senior tour in the PGA and has become a well-known teacher of the game of golf.

Hutcheson stressed that Harston’s presence and influence will be missed.

“I am grateful to Buddy for his love for Lipscomb and his work on behalf of the University golf teams,” Hutcheson said. “We will miss him as a coach. So, we will miss him as the coach of our team. But he still is and will always be a great friend of Lipscomb Athletics.

 “We wish God's blessings on him, Julie and the rest of his family as he moves into a new chapter in life and we look forward to our paths continuing to cross as time goes on. As we've said with others, I will say with him too. Lipscomb is a better place as a result of his being here.”

 Hutcheson said the search for a new coach has started.

“Buddy and I will be working to make sure the transition is a smooth one,” Hutcheson said. “We will find a person we believe will be committed to making our program better in all areas here at Lipscomb - athletically, academically, socially and spiritually,”