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Josh Gregory is entering his fourth season (2014-15) as SMU Men's Golf Head Coach. Gregory, an SMU alumnus and back-to-back GCAA National Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2011, as well as being Golfweek Coach of the Year in 2010, was named head coach during the summer of 2011. Gregory arrived on the Hilltop after leading Augusta State to back-to-back NCAA Championships in 2010 and 2011.
In 2013-14, Gregory guided the Mustangs to their first NCAA Championship appearance since 2005, and advanced all the way to the match play quarterfinals, earning SMU its second-best national finish ever. SMU also won the inaugural American Athletic Conference championship in 2014, and was in contention for the win NCAA San Antonio Regional.
During Gregory's first full season at SMU, he led the team to its lowest scoring average in school history, as well as the most rounds under par. He was also given the honor of coaching the 2012 U.S. Palmer Cup team.
In the 2012-13 season, Gregory led SMU to six top-five finishes and four Mustangs earned All-Conference recognition. Freshman Bryson Dechambeau took Freshman of the Year, while Mario Clemens won the NCAA Fayetteville Regional to advance to the NCAA Championships, where he tied for 16th.
Over his first nine seasons, Gregory produced 11 All-American selections, five Cleveland Golf All-America scholars, 16 All-South Region picks and 10 NCAA All-Independent selections along with six Palmer Cup team selections as well as two Walker Cup selections and a Ryder Cup selection. Under Gregory's leadership, ASU claimed 18 tournament titles while advancing to eight NCAA Regionals and five NCAA Championships. With back-to-back NCAA titles, Gregory's Jaguars became the first team to win back-to-back titles since Houston in 1984-85.
Prior to his time with the Jags, Gregory spent two successful years as the men's and women's assistant coach at North Carolina State. He was involved in every aspect of both programs, including individual and group instruction, recruiting, fundraising and practice preparation. N.C. State posted its best finish in school history with a sixth-place showing at the 2002 NCAA Championships. The Wolfpack also finished second at the ACC Championship and had two All-ACC picks. The program also produced a 2002 Palmer Cup invitee and finished ranked sixth in the nation.
Gregory also played a vital role in the reestablishment of the Wolfpack women's golf program after a 15-year hiatus. In less than two years, the NCSU women's squad won three consecutive tournaments, finished third at the ACC Championship and earned a bid to the NCAA East Regional while improving their national ranking from 137th to 35th. The 2001-02 recruiting class was recognized as the top freshman class in the nation by Golfstat.
An accomplished player in his own right, Gregory regained his amateur status in 2004 and made the most of the move. He put together an impressive run in the summer of 2008 which included a third-place finish in the Palmetto Amateur, a fourth-place effort in the Georgia State Amateur at Idle Hour Club in Macon, Ga., and an eighth-place showing in the Oglethorpe Invitational in Savannah, Ga. In June, he lost out in a nine-player-for-one-spot playoff in the U.S. Open sectionals in Memphis, Tenn.
Gregory also advanced to the third round of the U.S. Mid-Amateur in Milwaukee, Wis., winning two match-play matches before falling in the Round of 16. In 2009, he advanced to the U.S. Publinx round of 32 and qualified for the U.S. Amateur at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla.
Gregory spent two-and-a-half years as a touring professional on various circuits, including the NGA Hooters, TearDrop and Developmental Players and earned conditional status on the Canadian PGA Tour. During that time, he earned three top-10 finishes on the TearDrop Tour and posted five top-five finishes, including two runner-up showings, on the Developmental Players Tour.
A four-year letterman and three-time NCAA Championship participant on the Hilltop, Gregory earned a B.A. in corporate communications and public affairs and a B.A. in psychology from SMU in 1997. As a senior, Gregory was named a team co-captain and also served on the SMU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
A graduate of Christian Brothers High School in Memphis, Tenn., Gregory claimed the 1992 Tennessee High School individual state championship.
Gregory has one son, James.