MORAGA, Calif. -- After leading the Gaels to back-to-back West Coast Conference championships, Saint Mary's golf coach Scott Hardy has signed a five-year contract extension to ensure he remains at his alma mater through at least the 2018 season.
A 1998 graduate of Saint Mary's, Hardy has been selected WCC Coach of the Year seven times during his 13 seasons - the most of any coach in league history.
He led the Gaels to the program's second NCAA Championship appearance last spring after the team won its second-straight league championship. Senior Ben Geyer became the program's fourth WCC Player of the Year and three Gaels were named first team all-WCC honorees.
"Scott has done a phenomenal job with the Saint Mary's golf program," said SMC's director of athletics Mark Orr. "As an alum of Saint Mary's, he has incredible loyalty and passion for the College and he is obviously an extremely talented golf coach. Our program has become one of the most successful on the West Coast under Scott's leadership and I'm really pleased he will remain our golf coach."
Hardy, who was named SMC's golf coach in the fall of 2000, has guided 11 players to 22 first-team All-WCC selections, has one GCAA All-American, eight GCAA All-America Scholar-Athletes, two WCC Players of the Year and one WCC Freshman of the Year.
In eight of the last 10 seasons, including 2013's team qualification, at least one SMC golfer has advanced into the NCAA Tournament field.
"I'm excited to continue to build the Saint Mary's golf program," said Hardy. "It is an honor to work with our talented student-athletes and administration. Mark Orr and Brother Ron (Gallagher) showed confidence in my leadership and made a commitment that I am sincerely grateful for. I will work hard to ensure our golf program continues to compete at a high level and make the Saint Mary's community proud. I look forward to the challenges and rewards that lie ahead."