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Pepperdine men’s golf coach Michael Beard has been named the winner of the Dave Williams Award, presented by the Golf Coaches Association of America and Golf Pride Grips, as the Division I national coach of the year.
Beard led the Waves to #1 rankings in the Bushnell/Golfweek coaches poll and by Golfstat – the first #1 regular-season ranking in program history – when the season ended in mid-March.
Pepperdine won three tournaments in 2019-20, equaling the most in program history. They also won back-to-back tournaments for only the second time in program history, and for the first time since 1996. The Waves also came in second twice and finished no worse than fifth in any of their eight tournaments.
The Waves had a season scoring average this season of 280.1 – a school record by nearly six strokes.
Beard, who was in his eighth season as the Waves’ head coach, is a four-time West Coast Conference Coach of the Year. They’ve now won 10 tournaments and had 12 medalists during his tenure.
Beard directed several Pepperdine individuals to impressive accolades. Sahith Theegala became the first Wave to win the Fred Haskins Award this year. He’s also a finalist for two other national player of the year awards, the Ben Hogan Award and Jack Nicklaus Award. Theegala and William Mouw both earned GCAA/PING All-American first team honors, the first time the Waves have ever had two All-American first teamers in the same season. The duo posted the #1 and #2 scoring averages in team single-season history.