Matt Mahanic
Matt Mahanic
Title: Director of Golf / Head Men's Golf Coach
Phone: (334) 833-4293
Email: mmahanic@huntingdon.edu
Previous College: B.A., Business Administration, Huntingdon College, 2007

Matt Mahanic has served as head coach of the men's golf program since 2007 and was promoted to director of golf, overseeing both men's and women's programs, in 2010.

Under his leadership, Huntingdon's men's program has only improved its reputation as one of the top programs in the South Region and throughout the nation. Since taking over the program, Mahanic has led the Hawks to a ranking within the top-five nationally every week, including a 30-week stay atop the Golf World/Nike Division III Coaches' poll during the 2008–09 season. During the 2009-2010 season, the Hawks ranked second nationally, and ended the season in third place at the NCAA-III National Championships, their best national showing since moving to NCAA-III play.

In 2009, Mahanic was named the Division III Eaton Golf Pride National Coach of the Year, after leading Huntingdon to seven wins in 10 regular season tournaments. The Hawks finished runner-up in two events and third in the other, while finishing sixth at the NCAA Championships. In his first season, Mahanic and the Hawks won three times in 10 events and finished eighth at the NCAA Championships.

In addition to team success, several Hawks have also experienced individual success under Mahanic's leadership. In each of his first two seasons, a Huntingdon student-athlete earned the Phil Mickelson Award as the most outstanding freshman in Division III men's golf. He has also coached seven All-South Region performers and three All-Americans.

Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Mahanic enjoyed a stellar two-year playing career with the Hawks. In 2005, he was named to the PING Division III All-American team and All-South Region team after leading Huntingdon to a ninth-place finish at the NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament. He also earned Huntingdon's Most Valuable Player award and was named a Team Captain as a senior. As a junior, he garnered National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics All-American honors.

Mahanic also experienced success at the junior college level at Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn, Mich. In his two seasons at HFCC, he earned all-conference, all-state and all-region honors during both seasons and was named a National Junior College Athletic Association All-American as a sophomore.

In the summer of 2010, Mahanic was selected as the head coach for the United States in the 2010 Toyota Junior Golf World Cup, played at the Chukyo Golf Club in Toyota City, Japan.

The 19th annual Junior World Cup is the world's only junior golf championship in which 14 national teams, winners of regional qualifiers held across six continents and participated by more than 60 national teams, compete for the world champion trophy. Only the United States and Japan are exempt from qualifying and are guaranteed a spot in the 14-team field each year.

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