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Jim Owen (81C)Last summer, we were proud to report that Jim Owen (81C) had once again reached the top of his profession by leading Oglethorpe University to its second NCAA Division III men’s golf championship in four years. In December, Jim was honored for his accomplishments as the Division III recipient of the Dave Williams Award, presented annually to America’s top college golf coaches.

Jim, a standout on the basketball court while at Berry, has enjoyed tremendous success as Oglethorpe’s men’s golf coach, winning 12 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year awards and 10 SCAC championships in a span of 15 years. The Stormy Petrels have been equally successful at the national level, finishing in the top 12 every year since 2000. This spring, Jim’s Petrels – ranked No. 1 nationally at the end of the fall season – will join Berry in the race for golf supremacy in the newly formed Southern Athletic Association.

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Collin McHugh

Courtesy of WBNG-TV in Binghamton, N.Y.

Former Berry pitching standout Collin McHugh (09c) is one step from the majors after being promoted to the New York Mets’ Class AAA affiliate in Buffalo, N.Y. Collin, who pitched for Berry from 2006-08, earned his promotion after posting a 5-5 record with a 2.41 ERA at Class AA Binghamton, where he was Pitcher of the Year in 2011. In addition to his pitching prowess, Collin is also a social media sensation. His blog, A Day Older, A Day Wiser, has gained mainstream coverage from outlets such as ESPN New York, while his musings on Twitter have attracted more than 1,400 followers.

Also making news this spring is Jim Owen (81C), one of the many Berry alumni enjoying success as collegiate golf coaches. Jim recently reached the pinnacle of his profession – again – by leading Oglethorpe University to the 2012 NCAA Division III men’s golf championship. The title is the second in four years for Jim and the Stormy Petrels; Oglethorpe is only the sixth school to win multiple championships in the 37-year history of the event. Next season, Jim will find himself coaching against his alma mater as Oglethorpe and Berry begin play in the Southern Athletic Association.

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After three stellar seasons as the head women’s golf coach at Tulane University, former Berry All-American John Thomas Horton (99C) has accepted a new challenge as head coach of the first women’s golf team at Clemson University. J.T. (pictured) twice won Conference USA Coach of the Year honors at Tulane, where he resurrected a program that was halted after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans in 2005. During his tenure with the Green Wave, J.T. led his team to two conference championships, three NCAA regionals and two national tournaments. In each of his three seasons, he coached the Conference USA Player of the Year.

J.T. is one of a growing fraternity of Berry alumni who have found success as college golf coaches. Others include Brian Farrer (02C, 04G), head men’s and women’s coach at Berry; Todd Lawton (92C), head men’s and women’s coach at the University of South Carolina Upstate; Larry Mays (97C), head men’s coach at Georgia Southern University; Jim Owen (81C), director of men’s and women’s golf at Oglethorpe University; John Maupin (07C), head men’s and women’s coach at Lee University; Blake Smart (04C, 06G), assistant men’s coach at the University of Oklahoma; Jason DeJiacomo (07C), assistant men’s and women’s coach at Berry; Jayne Curtis-Maupin (10C), assistant women’s coach at Lee University; Nicole Wildes (06C), assistant women’s coach at the College of Coastal Georgia; and Damon Stancil (99C), volunteer assistant women’s coach at North Georgia College and State University.

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