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Tulane's Shaw Named Conference USA Men's Golf Coach of the Year

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Tulane Head Coach Tom Shaw was recognized by his fellow league coaches as the 2006 C-USA Coach of the Year.
 
Tulane Head Coach Tom Shaw was recognized by his fellow league coaches as the 2006 C-USA Coach of the Year.
 
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April 27, 2006

WEST POINT, Miss. - Tulane men's golf head coach Tom Shaw was recognized Wednesday as the Conference USA Men's Golf Coach of the Year after leading his short-handed and soon-to-be suspended team through a tumultuous 2005-2006 season. Shaw's fellow C-USA men's golf coaches accorded the Tulane head man the honor at the conclusion of the Conference USA Men's Golf Championships played at the Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point, Miss.

Shaw, who completed his sixth and final season as Tulane's head coach, was surprised by the honor.

"Well it was humbling, and it certainly came from left field," he said. "You feel good, because you think you're going through this and you're out there on an island sometimes and nobody understands your situation. I think some coaches out there knew what our team went through, and how we battled and what it took to keep competing."

"This [award] is not about me, it's about the guys here this week that have carried the banner of Tulane University under pretty adverse circumstances," Shaw continued. "They should be given credit for this more so than me. I share this with all the guys that made it through the fall and played this spring; it's a team effort, no doubt,"

The Conference USA Championship was the final competition of the year for the Green Wave men's golf team, one of eight programs suspended by the university beginning next year in the wake of budget cuts due to Hurricane Katrina. During the fall, the team along with the rest of the university and athletic department, was displaced and attended SMU in Dallas while continuing to compete on an extremely limited budget. After learning of the December decision to suspend sports beginning in 2006-07, men's golf was one of just two programs which elected to continue competing this spring, although several team members, including Tulane's top three golfers this fall, opted to transfer or to save a year of eligibility by not participating.

With a short roster of just four players, Tulane was forced to count all four scores instead of the normal practice of dropping its highest score each day. The Green Wave finished 12th at the 2006 league championships after placing third, its highest finish ever, a year ago.

"The thing with golf is, if you're playing bad you can't call a time out or substitute or go to the bench," Shaw said. "There was no one else, no relief pitchers, so the guys took it on themselves and gutted it out and are a great representation of what a student-athlete at Tulane is all about. I was proud of them, not just for what they did this tournament, but for what they did all spring."

-- Roll Wave --

 

 

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