Former prep golfer had signed with ECU prior to unexpected passing
The Pirates open the fall portion of their 2012-13 schedule at the Tar Heel Intercollegiate
The Pirates will make first time appearances in six tournaments this season
Men's golf head coach Press McPhaul and senior Harold Varner talk about qualifying for the NCAA Championship.
Regarded as one of the best recruiters and talent developers in the country, Press McPhaul is in his sixth season as the head men's golf coach at East Carolina.
In his fifth season, McPhaul guided the Pirates to their first NCAA Championship appearance since 1993 and just their second in school history. ECU finished ninth at the Virginia Tech Regional, after being one of the final teams left out of the tournament field in 2010. The Pirates finished 40th in the final Golfweek/Sagarin ratings in 2011.
David Watkins and Harold Varner were each selected first-team all-conference during the 2010-11 campaign with McPhaul's instruction.
A year earlier, Watkins became McPhaul's initial All-Conference USA First-Team player, while Varner became the first ECU golfer since 1993 to participate in the NCAA Championships at the Yale Regional.
During his first five seasons at East Carolina, McPhaul has coached three first-team All-Conference USA performers, three second-team selections as well as a trio of all-freshman team players. He also tutored Markus Leandersson, who became the first ECU golfer to receive Academic All-America honors in 2009.
The Pirates have won six tournament titles over the past five seasons with seven players capturing individual medalist honors.
Under his tutelage, the Pirates recorded their best team tournament score in school history in 2011 firing an 827 at the Outer Banks Intercollegiate. Six of the 10 lowest 54-hole team scores have come on McPhaul's watch.
He also helped a quintet of Pirates qualify for the U.S. Amateur Championship during his tenure.
McPhaul arrived at ECU in the summer of 2006 after he was named to the position in January. McPhaul officially assumed his duties at ECU following the completion of the 2006 spring season in which he completed his fifth season as head coach at Vanderbilt.
Regarded as an outstanding fundraiser, McPhaul helped Vanderbilt continue to add to its outstanding facilities by overseeing the installation of the two-acre Varsity Practice Facility at its own Vanderbilt Legends Club Course in August 2004. McPhaul has coached four All-America and four Academic All-America selections at Vanderbilt, including Luke List who has participated in both the U.S. Open and Master's.
He also oversaw the transformation of Brandt Snedeker who was named SEC's Golfer-of-the-Year in 2002 and has earned two PGA two victories since 2007.
A native of Sanford, N.C., McPhaul played at North Carolina State from 1991-96. He was a member of the Wolfpack's NCAA Tournament teams that finished eighth in 1995 and won the 1996 East Regional. The 1996 co-captain also participated in three NCAA tournaments (1993, 1995, 1996). He served as an assistant coach at his alma mater from 1998-00 while also coaching the Wolfpack women's team.
McPhaul is married to the former Lynn May of Farmville, N.C., and the couple has three daughters, Anna (7), Emma (5) and Sarah Kate (1).