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Brian McCants joined the Kansas men's golf program as an assistant coach Sept. 21, 2011, after six successful seasons as the head men's golf coach at Newberry College where he led the Wolves to three South Atlantic Conference Championships and claimed the South Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year honor four-straight years. Among other duties, McCants helps organize and run practices, recruits, and monitors and updates the recruiting database for the Kansas men's golf team.
Prior to KU, McCants spent seven years on the men's golf coaching staffat Newberry College in Newberry, S.C., serving as the head coach for the final six. During that time, McCants guided Newberry to the NCAA Division II National Championship quarterfinals in 2011, making Newberry College the first South Atlantic Conference team in history to qualify for the NCAA Division II Men's Golf National Championship twice after they also made it in 2008.
McCants earned the South Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year Award four years running from 2008-11 before leaving to take his current position at KU. He also coached the first South Atlantic Conference Golfer of the Year in program history in 2011 and three-straight SAC Freshman of the Year winners from 2008 to 2010. Prior to Newberry, McCants was the head men's golf coach at St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, N.C.
"Brian brings almost a decade of experience as a head coach to the program," said Kansas men's golf head coach Kit Grove at the time of McCants' hiring. "During his tenure at Newberry, he improved his team scoring average by 23 shots (from 315 to 292). That tells me that he is not only an aggressive recruiter, but a hands-on coach as well. He came very prepared to the interview. He knew quite a bit about KU and its history and was very enthusiastic. We look forward to having him become a part of the KU family."
McCants is a 1994 alumnus of Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich.