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An icon in the collegiate golf world, Bill Brogden's teams have competed in national competition 36 times in his 43 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 2012-13 season is the 27th year for Brogden as Tulsa's men's golf coach and assistant athletic director.
In 43 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 36 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 first 26 seasons as the Hurricane head coach. He has taken 22 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 27 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
Brogden's Year-by-Year Record
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