In his 17 years as head coach of the Saint Mary's men's golf program, Scott Hardy has been named the West Coast Conference Coach of the Year eight times and has led the Gaels to the NCAA Regionals seven times and the NCAA Championships twice.
Hardy, who was named SMC's golf coach in the fall of 2000, has guided 13 players to 27 first-team All-WCC honors, one GCAA All-American, eight GCAA All-America Scholar-Athletes, three WCC Players of the Year, and one WCC Freshman of the Year.
In 11 of the last 14 seasons, including 2017's team qualification, at least one SMC golfer has advanced into the NCAA Tournament field.
Under Hardy, the Gaels have had 12 players win medalist honors at collegiate tournaments, while the team has won 20 tournaments, the most by any coach in the history of the college.
In 2017, Saint Mary's competed in arguably one of the program's strongest schedules. The Gaels began the fall season with five straight top-10's, with four of those being top-3 finishes. Including the WCC Championship and NCAA Regionals, the Gaels ended the 2017 campaign with six consecutive top-10 finishes.
Hardy led the Gaels to a number 53 rating in the Golfstat Relative Rankings. The Gaels also set a program record with their third straight appearance in the NCAA postseason, as the team qualified as the No. 10-seed in the Midwest Regional at Kampen Golf Course in West Lafayette, Ind.
The 2016 Gaels set program and tournament records in winning its third WCC title in five years. The team won a program-high four tournaments during the season earned its fourth NCAA regional berth in five seasons. Senior Jonathan De Los Reyes was named WCC co-Player of the Year and ranks among the national leaders in stroke average.
Routinely playing as many as three freshmen in its 5-man lineup in 2015, the Gaels made one of the most impressive improvements in the country, going from a national ranking over 100 during the fall to a number 65 rating a spot in the NCAA Regionals.
In 2013, Hardy led the Gaels to their second-straight WCC team title, a 3rd-place finish at the NCAA Pullman Regional and the second NCAA Championship appearance in program history. Three Gaels earned first team all-WCC honors and Ben Geyer was named the WCC co-Player of the Year.
In 2012, Saint Mary's won its first WCC team title and Geyer became the fourth SMC player to earn medalist honors at the league championships.
The 2008 NCAA Tournament was a special year, as he guided the Gaels to their first NCAA Championship appearance. Additionally, Mike McRae became the school's first All-American when he garnered 2008 All-American honors by the Golf Coaches Association of America.
Under Hardy's leadership, Joe Lanza became the first Saint Mary's golfer to make the NCAA Tournament field, when he was selected as an individual in 2004. With Lanza as a senior in 2004-05, Hardy guided the team to a 2005 NCAA Western Regional selection, marking the first team appearance for Saint Mary's in school history. Cocco made it three straight years, after being selected as an individual for the 2006 Western Regional. McRae extended it to four years with his individual selection in 2007, and then in 2008 both Cocco and McRae were on the 2007-08 team that made the school's second NCAA Tournament appearance. Following a seventh place team finish at the 2008 West Regional, the Gaels advanced to the school's first ever NCAA National Championship, finishing 30th in the country that year.
All five players from the 2005 NCAA Tournament team, which included Lanza, Kendregan, McRae, Cocco, and Josh Kelley, turned pro following their senior seasons. Lanza, Kendregan and McRae were full members of the Canadian Tour, and 2008 NCAA Tournament team members Cocco and Kelley compete professionally in the United State and overseas.
The 2012 team won three tournaments, including the program's first-ever WCC team championship. The Gaels led from start-to-finish in taking a 9-stroke win with a 20-under par 844. Ben Geyer won individual medalist honors with a dramatic birdie putt from just off the green on the 18th hole to finish the tournament with a 9-under par 207.
Hardy has also coached eight individuals to 15 tournament titles in his 17 years. In addition to Geyer, Cocco won the WCC title in 2008. Cocco also won the Mid Pines Invitational in 2007. Lanza captured WCC medalist honors in 2005, and posted medalist honors at the CountryWide Intercollegiate in 2004 and the Santa Clara Invitational in 2002. McRae's only individual title came at the USF Triumph in 2007, and Kendregan won medalist honors at the Lexus-Naples Invitational in 2005. In 2017, Perry Cohen captured his first career medalist honor at the Nick Watney Inviational. Pavan Sagoo also won his second career medalist honor at the PING Cougar Classic in April 2017.
Against the West Coast Conference, Hardy led the Gaels to a fourth place finish, or better, in 13 of the last 15 years, including the 2012, 2013 and 2016 team titles. The Gaels took home second place finishes in 2004, 2005, and 2008. He was named the WCC Coach of the Year in 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013 and 2015.
Hardy was instrumental in helping Joe Lanza capture the WCC individual title in 2005, as Lanza became the first player since 1993 to win the WCC Player of the Year honors. In 2004, Cocco was named the WCC Freshman of the Year.
Hardy continues to be one of the top ranked amateurs in California. Some of Hardy's amateur accomplishments include; winning the 2007 and 2010 NCGA Public Links, advancing to the semifinals of the 2006 and 2007 US Mid-Am, winning the 2005 NCGA Valley Amateur, winning the NCGA stroke play championship in 2004, and posting two runner-up finishes in both the Alameda Commuters and the NCGA Match Play Championship. He has collected more than 20 amateur victories, has been invited to participate on numerous NCGA and Seaver Cup teams, and is an active particpant in USGA events nationwide.
Hardy is a 1998 graduate of SMC with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Business Administration. He was a four-year letter winner in golf, and was a Honorable Mention All-WCC selection in 1999. He also served as the team captain for the Gaels during his junior and senior seasons. He prepped at De La Salle High School in Concord, Calif., where he graduated in 1994. He is married to Lori Hardy (also a Saint Mary's graduate). The couple currently lives in Pleasant Hill with their son, William Scott, and daughters, Samantha and Ashley.
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