The Swinging Eagles

The Swinging Eagles

James Powell

Although it is most noticeable in college football, all college sports have seen an influx of former high school coaches moving up to the collegiate level.

In the 2014-15 college football off season alone, twelve prominent high school coaches from all around the country, left their jobs for the “greener” pastures of college ball.

The university has hired Greg Charnes as it’s new head coach for men’s golf.

His was hired after Jim Cheaney stepped down from three years of coaching the Screaming Eagles to focus on his retirement.

Charnes was the head coach of the Reitz Memorial High School golf team Evansville Memorial Tigers from  2011 to 2013.

Before that, he was director of the Oak Meadow Golf Club from 1977 to 2004, the host professional for the University of Evansville’s golf team, and even became a life member of PGA America.

Charnes is a part of a trend that has become more common each year.

Most fans discount high school coaches for the simple fact they are just that, high school coaches. In reality, if you think of the pros as an executive job, and college as middle management, it only makes since that high school would be the entry level of coaching.

Many of the coaches we respect today began their careers in high school.

Gus Malzahn, Art Briles, Todd Graham and even legends like Red Auerbach and John Wooden had those same humble beginnings.

Charnes is inheriting a good team coming off a sixth place finish in the Labor Day Intercollegiate Tournament.

Both Preston VanWinkle and Grant Saylor finished in the top 15 individually for the tournament.

The Men’s Golf team returns to action Sept. 21 and 22 at the Etowah Intercollegiate Tournament in Etowah, North Carolina.

Not every guy that gets the call to coach a college team is going to be successful, that is just a fact.

However, that is not a good reason to discount every potential candidate who is coming from the high school level.

Candidacy should be based on substance, coaching style and schematics.