WILMINGTON, N.C. (UNCWSports.com) – After leading UNCW to its first Colonial Athletic Association title since 2013, interim head coach Daniel Bowden was named Coach-of-the-Year on Tuesday when the league announced its award winners for the 2017-18 season.
“It is a great honor to receive this award in just my first full season at UNCW,” said Bowden. “I think this is a testament to the outstanding players and administration we have in the program. I must thank my brother Jonathan for all his hard work as our assistant and Coach Ho for continuing to mentor me. It has been a special year and we look forward to continuing our run in NCAA play.”
Bowden, who served as an assistant in 2016-17, took the reigns in August and guided the Seahawks to the 2017-18 CAA Championship. The win snapped a four-year stranglehold on the title by the College of Charleston and was the third tournament victory of the season for UNCW. The Seahawks three tournament titles were the most since winning four in 2010-11.
“Daniel jumped right in as interim head coach to lead an experienced team to three tournament wins, this year, including the CAA Championship,” said UNCW Director of Athletics Jimmy Bass. “He leads with a calm professional demeanor that has elevated the men’s golf program to a championship level. Daniel richly deserves this coach-of-the-year accolade.”
For Cover, it was his third consecutive first-team honor. Cover tied McShea for the team-lead in scoring average at 72.60 strokes per round and posted four top-five finishes. The senior won the Duck Commander Intercollegiate in late October and finished in a tie for fourth at the CAA Championships.
McShea, meanwhile, made an immediate impact in his first season with the program. McShea recorded five top-10 finishes, including four in the top-five. He won the Seahawk Intercollegiate and added second-place finishes at the John Burns Intercollegiate and CAA Championships. He opened his Seahawk career with a third-place showing at the Turning Stone-Missouri Intercollegiate in early September.
UNCW returns to the NCAA regionals as a team for the first time since 2013 and will find out which regional it will compete in on May 2, when the tournament selection show is aired on The Golf Channel at 5:30 p.m.