Former Toledo star and Ireland native Alan Murray is in his third season as the head coach of the UAB men’s golf team in 2015-16.
In just two years at the helm of the Blazers, Murray has put the Blazers on the map nationally and globally. He was named head coach of the program in 2013 after serving three years as an assistant coach.
A native of Bray, Ireland, Murray played on the European Challenge Tour and the Europro Tour prior to his time at UAB.
It didn’t take long for Murray to earn the attention and bring his team to success, after being named the National Coach of the Year by Golfweek in the 2013-14 season.
Now, with two years under his belt as the leader of the program, Murray has taken the Blazers to the NCAA Championship two years in a row, the first time that’s happened since 2001-02. The Green and Gold captured the first-ever NCAA Regional Title in school history in the spring of 2015, shooting a 21-under par at the NCAA Bremerton Regional.
The appearance in the championships in Bradenton, Fla. marked the sixth overall for the program. Outside the championships, UAB finished strong winning three of its last four tournaments in 2014-15.
The squad finished 19th as a team at the 2015 NCAA Championship, setting yet another mark for the second-best finish in school history (12th in 2001). Paul Dunne, who gained the attention of the world during the summer of 2015, went on to play in the NCAA Individual Championships.
The Greystones, Ireland native earned the second-best individual finish for a UAB golfer at the championships after placing fifth. His final tally was just one spot behind Graeme McDowell’s fourth place finish in the 2002 Championships. Dunne became the first player in UAB history to appear in three nationals in his career.
Following play to close out his collegiate career and yet another PING All-American selection – his second in his career – Dunne turned his focus to The Open in St. Andrew’s, Scotland in July.
A fresh graduate of UAB, who already had experience in The Open in 2014, made the most of his opportunity in 2015. Dunne, with UAB head coach Alan Murray alongside as his caddy, was the leader heading into the final round, the first amateur to lead the event after 54 holes since 1927.
One of five amateurs who made the cut, Dunne finished the tournament tied for 30th at 6-under, 282. Dunne and Murray were featured in the final pairing for the 144th Open alongside 2010 Open Champion Louis Oosthuizen, who went on to compete for the championship in a three-way playoff.
All five players from the UAB lineup in 2014-15 earned Conference USA Men’s Golf awards, led by three first team selections, tied for the most in school history.
Lee Hodges was named the C-USA Freshman of the Year and earned first team and all-freshman honors. Martin Rohwer was also a first team honoree, as was Dunne. As a team the Blazers finished runners-up in the 2015 C-USA Championships.
In the 2013-14 season in his first season at the helm of the Blazers' program, UAB advanced to the NCAA Championships for the fifth time in program history. Four members of the squad earned All-Conference USA accolades, two were named All-Southeast Region, and Paul Dunne earned All-America honors. For his efforts, Murray was named the National Coach of the Year by Golfweek.
Murray played golf at Toledo from 1998-2002. He earned first-team All-MAC honors as a senior and helped the Rockets to the 2002 MAC Championship. The 33-year-old also served as an assistant pro at the Toledo Country Club after his tenure with the Rockets.