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Bill  Brogden
  Bill Brogden

Head Coach


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An icon in the collegiate golf world, Bill Brogden's teams have competed in national competition 37 times in his 45 years as a head coach. He has coached numerous All-Americans, has won a vast number of regular season tournaments and conference championships, been named coach of the year several times, coached number one-ranked teams and has seen players advance to the PGA Tour.

The 2014-15 season is the 29th year for Brogden as Tulsa's men's golf coach and assistant athletic director.

In 45 years as a collegiate golf coach, Brogden has enjoyed many successes. At four different Universities, Brogden has taken teams to national prominence. During that time, his teams have qualified for national competition 37 times, including 19 times to the national championship round. Brogden has earned conference coach of the year accolades 11 times, has been inducted into the GCAA Hall of Fame, has coached 22 All-Americans and has won 16 conference championships.

Brogden has taken the Tulsa golf program to new levels in his 28 seasons as the Hurricane head coach. He has taken 23 teams to NCAA Regional Tournament appearances since the regional format began in 1988-89. Brogden has led seven of those teams to the NCAA Championship Finals. Brogden has coached 12 All-America golfers and has also had 29 Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) Scholar Athlete award winners.

At Tulsa, Brogden has led the Golden Hurricane to 10 conference titles. Under his guidance, Tulsa won seven Missouri Valley Conference titles, captured the school's first Western Athletic Conference Championship in 2002 while also finishing in a first-place tie in 2005. The Hurricane finished as the WAC runner-up in 2001, 2003 and 2004. Tulsa also won the 2007 Conference USA Championship.

Brogden has earned Coach of the Year accolades five times. He was selected as the Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year three times (1987, 1994, 1995), once each in the Western Athletic Conference (2001) and Conference USA (2007).

Brogden has led Tulsa to seven of the school's 10 NCAA Championship appearances, with those coming in 1987, 1988, 1995, 2002, 2005, 2007 and 2012.

In 2006-07, Brogden led the Hurricane to the 2007 Conference USA crown and the school's first-ever NCAA Central Regional title. Brogden had the same four players named as Golf Scholar-Athlete award winners by the Golf Coaches Association of America for two straight years, 2006 and 2007.

In 2002, Brogden's team placed third at the NCAA Central Regional and advanced to the NCAA Championships. The Hurricane entered the final round in second-place and finished with the school's highest national finish with a ninth-place performance.

With Brogden at the helm, Tulsa received the school's highest national ranking ever in 1994, as the Hurricane topped out at eighth in the GolfWorld/Taylor Made poll and ninth in the Wilson Coaches poll. It was under Brogden in which Tulsa earned the school's first-ever national ranking in men's golf during the 1988-89 season. The Hurricane was ranked 14th nationally at the time. Tulsa completed the 2005 campaign ranked 25th in the nation.

In his first two seasons at Tulsa, Brogden led the Hurricane golf squad to consecutive NCAA tournament appearances. Tulsa's appearance at the 1987 NCAA Championship was the school's first in 12 years. In 1995, Tulsa returned to the NCAA Championship and finished in 11th place.

Brogden was named as the TU coach on September 2, 1986 following 10 seasons as the head coach at Oral Roberts University. In 10 years at ORU, Brogden's teams made seven NCAA Championship appearances, captured six Midwestern Collegiate Conference titles and won 15 tournaments. He was named the National Coach of the Year in 1980 and added the District V Coach of the Year honors in '80, '81 and '85.

Brogden's most successful years were during a four-year span at ORU. In 1978, the Titans posted a sixth-place finish at the NCAA's and did the same at the '79 tournament. One year later, Brogden's team found itself finishing third at the finals. Throughout most of the 1981 season, Brogden's ORU team was ranked as the number one team in the nation, and managed a second place finish at the NCAA Championship.

At Oral Roberts, Brogden produced nine All-Americans and had four players go on to play on the PGA tour, including Bill Glasson, Joey Rassett, Jim Kane and Bryan Norton.

Before his appointment at ORU, Brogden coached for five years at Louisiana State. His teams made four NCAA appearances and registered 11 tournament wins. When Florida was ruling the Southeastern Conference, Brogden's teams turned in two second-place and one third-place league finish. At LSU, Brogden coached three Tigers to All-America status.

Previously, Brogden headed the men's golf program at Memphis State for two years, thus leading the Tigers to one NCAA tournament appearance. He had one All-America golfer at Memphis.

A native of Wilmington, North Carolina, Brogden earned a B.S. degree in physical education from East Carolina University in 1965. He was a standout basketball player and golfer at ECU. Brogden went on to obtain his master's degree in counselor education from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1969.

Brogden was inducted into the National Golf Coaches Association of America Hall of Fame in 1991. He and his wife, Ann, have two adult daughters, Tracy and Cindy.

Brogden's Coaching Career Highlights
• Was named the National Coach of the Year in 1980 • Selected as the District V Coach of the Year three times • Has won Conference Coach of the Year honors 11 times • Inducted into the National Golf Coaches Association of America Hall of Fame in 1991 • Was selected to coach the United States team at the World Junior Golf Team Championship in Tottori, Japan in June 1996 • Brogden has coached teams to 16 conference titles • Led Tulsa to seven Missouri Valley Conference titles in 10 years in the league, to two WAC first-place performances and one title in Conference USA • In 43 years, he has had 36 teams qualify for NCAA national competition and 19 of those teams have advanced to the championship finals

Brogden's Year-by-Year Record

Year School Post-Season NCAA Place Conference Finish 1969-70 Memphis State NCAA Finals 17th 2nd MVC 1970-71 Memphis State -- -- 4th MVC 1971-72 Louisiana State -- -- 5th SEC 1972-73 Louisiana State NCAA Finals 11th 4th SEC 1973-74 Louisiana State NCAA Finals 18th 2nd SEC 1974-75 Louisiana State NCAA Finals 13th 2nd SEC 1975-76 Louisiana State NCAA Finals 24th 3rd SEC 1976-77 Oral Roberts -- -- Independent 1977-78 Oral Roberts NCAA Finals 6th Independent 1978-79 Oral Roberts NCAA Finals 6th Independent 1979-80 Oral Roberts NCAA Finals 3rd 1st MCC 1980-81 Oral Roberts NCAA Finals 2nd 1st MCC 1981-82 Oral Roberts NCAA Finals 23rd 1st MCC 1982-83 Oral Roberts NCAA Finals 23rd 1st MCC 1983-84 Oral Roberts -- -- 1st MCC 1984-85 Oral Roberts NCAA Finals 25th 1st MCC 1985-86 Oral Roberts -- -- MCC 1986-87 Tulsa NCAA Finals 32nd 1st MVC 1987-88 Tulsa NCAA Finals 25th 1st MVC 1988-89 Tulsa NCAA Regionals 9th 3rd MVC 1989-90 Tulsa NCAA Regionals 12th 1st MVC 1990-91 Tulsa NCAA Regionals 15th 1st MVC 1991-92 Tulsa NCAA Regionals 14th 2nd MVC 1992-93 Tulsa NCAA track probation prohibited championship competition for all University of Tulsa sports 1993-94 Tulsa NCAA Regionals 13th 1st MVC 1994-95 Tulsa NCAA Finals 11th 1st MVC 1995-96 Tulsa NCAA Regionals 19th 1st MVC 1996-97 Tulsa NCAA Regionals 12th 7th WAC 1997-98 Tulsa NCAA Regionals 13th 13th WAC 1998-99 Tulsa NCAA Regionals 21st 16th WAC 1999-00 Tulsa NCAA Regionals 16th 4th WAC 2000-01 Tulsa NCAA Regionals 11th 2nd WAC 2001-02 Tulsa NCAA Finals 9th 1st WAC 2002-03 Tulsa NCAA Regionals 18th 2nd WAC 2003-04 Tulsa NCAA Regionals 18th 2nd WAC 2004-05 Tulsa NCAA Finals 29th 1st WAC (Tie) 2005-06 Tulsa NCAA Regionals 14th 3rd C-USA 2006-07 Tulsa NCAA Finals 25th 1st C-USA 2007-08 Tulsa -- -- 5th C-USA 2008-09 Tulsa NCAA Regionals 9th 5th C-USA 2009-10 Tulsa NCAA Regionals 8th 5th C-USA 2010-11 Tulsa NCAA Regionals 11th 3rd C-USA 2011-12 Tulsa NCAA Finals 30th 7th C-USA 2012-13 Tulsa NCAA Regionals 7th 6th C-USA 2013-14 Tulsa -- -- 3rd C-USA

Totals 28 years 23 NCAA Regional Tournament Appearances (Regional competition began in 1988-89) Seven NCAA Championship Appearances Best NCAA Finish - 9th place 10 Conference Championships