Former Meridian Community College men’s golf coach Sean Covich has been named the new head coach at West Virginia University. The school will officially introduce Covich as the new head coach next Tuesday at press conference at the WVU Coliseum. Covich will look to build the West Virginia golf program as it will begin competition as an intercollegiate varsity sport at WVU on July 1, 2015.
A native of Meridian, MS., Covich will head to WVU from Mississippi State, where he has served as the assistant men’s golf coach the last three seasons. He previously served as the head men’s golf coach at Meridian Community College for five seasons. At Meridian Community College, Covich successfully transitioned MCC from a NJCAA Division II program to a NJCAA Division I national power. He led MCC to a NJCAA National Championship Runner-Up finish in just their second season at the Division I level and positioned the Eagles as the No. 1 ranked JUCO team during the 2010-11 season.
At MCC, Covich guided his squad to 18 tournament championships. He produced 15 senior college players, six all-tournament team members at the national championship and guided seven All-Americans. During a back-to-back-to-back NJCAA postseason run, Covich’s 2010 squad finished runner-up at the NJCAA National Championships. He also coached the school’s first individual national champion in 2010. The Eagles set multiple school records during the Covich era, including most tournament wins in a season (9), lowest team score (274), and lowest team score in relation to par (-14).
Covich earned Coach of the Year honors four times during his span at MCC. In 2007, Covich was awarded with Coach of the Year by the Mississippi Association of Coaches, the National Junior College Association of America (NJCAA) Region 23, and the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC). In 2011, after winning the Golf Coaches Association of America’s District IV Coach of the Year Award, he was named a semifinalist for the Golf Coaches Association of America National Coach of the Year.
Known as an outstanding recruiter, Covich recruited and coached Brandt Garon, a two-time All-American at MCC. Garon won the Arnold Palmer Award and the NJCAA National Championship in 2010 while under Covich's guidance. Garon then added the prestigious Jack Nicklaus Award in 2011. Another player recruited by Covich, Jake Stirling, was the 2012 NJCAA National Champion. Stirling was also a two-time All-American and was recruited to MCC by Covich. T.J. Morgan became the third player recruited by Covich to MCC who finished first at the NJCAA National Championship (t1 in 2013).
Covich lettered at Meridian Community College from 1998-2000 and was a member of the 1999 NJCAA Region 23 Championship team. He received the Most Dedicated award during the 1998-1999 season. Covich lettered in varsity golf for Lamar High starting in sixth grade. Covich led the Raiders to an unprecedented four consecutive MPSA Overall State Championships in 1995-1998. He received the Sportsmanship Award in his junior and senior seasons.
At Mississippi State, Covich became the school’s first full-time men’s golf assistant coach in 2011. He helped the Bulldogs to the NCAA Tournament in 2013 and 2014 while improving the school’s national ranking from No. 125 in 2011 to a school-record No. 27 in 2013. The Bulldogs won a school-record four tournament titles in 2012-13, then added two more tournament wins in 2013-14 for the most wins (six) in a two-year span in school history.