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Garrett Runion Season 2024-25

LSU
Garrett Runion
Title
Head Coach
Email
grunion@lsu.edu
Phone
(225) 578-3947
Hometown
Orlando, Fla.
Alma Mater
LSU (2008)

Updated on July 14, 2024

Arnold Palmer Cup Co-Head Coach (USA – 2024)
SEC Coach of the Year — 2023
Golf Pride WGCA Central Regional Coach of the Year — 2022
Finalist Division I Jackie Steinmann WGCA National Coach of the Year – 2022, 2024
Women’s NCAA Championship Appearances — 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024
Women’s NCAA Match Play Appearance — 2024
SEC Championship — 2022
SEC Co-Coach of the Year — 2022
Louisiana Women’s Coach of the Year – 2020, 2021, 2022, 2024
Jan Strickland Award Finalist – 2016, 2017, 2018
Dave Williams Award – NCAA Division II National Men’s Coach of the Year – 2012
Eaton Golf Pride South Region Coach of the Year – 2012
Sunshine State Conference Men’s Coach of the Year – 2012

LSU WOMEN’S HEAD COACH (2018-present)

Garrett Runion, who has been a part of two national championships during his collegiate coaching career, is entering his seventh season as the LSU women’s golf head coach. Runion became the fourth women’s golf head coach in LSU history on June 8, 2018.

Runion has led the Tigers through a five-year period of national prominence thanks to five-year players Ingrid Lindblad and Latanna Stone and four-year player Carla Tejedo. The three players posted the most team wins of any players in LSU history, captured the first SEC Championship for LSU in 30 years and became the fourth, fifth and sixth players for LSU to appear in four NCAA Championships.

The three helped LSU to national prominence including multiple appearances in events like the Curtis Cup, the Arnold Palmer Cup, the Augusta Women’s National Amateur and tournaments like the United States Amateur and the United States Women’s Open.

The last two years has seen the emergence of Indiana transfer Aine Donegan of Ireland, who has been a part of the last two teams to make NCAA championship appearances. She has represented Ireland on several European events and has teed it up through qualifying in the last two United States Women’s Golf Championships.

She will head into her senior season as one of the leaders of the Tiger squad with a World Amateur ranking in the top 80.

In 2023-24, the Tigers won three times, finished the year ranked No. 3 in the official performance rankings. Runion’s Tigers have won 14 titles, including the 2022 SEC Championship.

For the fourth straight year the Tigers advanced back to the NCAA Championships, tying a school record. For the first time in school history, the Tigers advanced to match play. Also, LSU finished in a tie for first in the 72-hole match play qualifying, setting a school record for four round stroke total.

The group helped Runion and the Tigers win an NCAA Regional outright for the first time in LSU women’s team history and now 14 total wins at LSU as head coach. The Tigers have had back-to-back the two lowest stroke averages in school history (285.24 in 2023-24 and 286.65 in 2022-23). In fact, the top four-season stroke averages have come in the Runion era.

For the second straight year he was named SEC Coach of the Year in 2023 after leading the Tigers to four wins, a semifinal spot in the SEC Match Play and advancement to the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship.

The Tigers won their 50th team event in their history during the 2022-23 season, highlighted by the nationally-televised Darius Rucker Intercollegiate in the spring. The team finished No. 3 in the final 2022-23 WGCA Mizuno Coaches Poll. One of the highlights of the year came in the NCAA Regional at PGA National in Florida, rallying from eight shots down in the final nine holes to finish in a qualifying spot.

Four wins during the season including advancing to the semifinals in the SEC Championships earned him his second straight SEC Coach of the Year honor, this time solo after sharing the award in the SEC Championship year of 2022.

That championship in 2022 at Greystone in Birmingham was just a matter of time for the Tigers. LSU finished second in the team qualifying, finishing 54 holes at 2-over 866 and then in match play, defeated Vanderbilt, 4-1; Alabama, 3-1-1; and, then took the championship match over Florida, 3-0-2.

LSU again showed itself on national television, winning the inaugural Jackson T. Stephens Cup in Arkansas, leading the field through qualifying and then defeating South Carolina in the championship match.

The 2020-21 season marked the milestone return of LSU to the NCAA Championships in Scottsdale and LSU made its return on the national scene known, finishing ninth, just one shot out of the match play advancement after 72 holes, up until the 2024 tournament, the best finish for the Tigers in the match play era. LSU would finish fifth in the final Golfstat team rankings and fourth in the WGCA poll.

The 2019-20 season would have probably been the start of the run for LSU women’s golf if the pandemic. But it was when the Runion led Tigers won their first team titles under his leadership, capturing three regular season tournaments and finishing in the top three in six of seven events before the season ended.

Runion led the team to an almost 10-stroke improvement in team average from 298.28 in 2018-19 to 288.71 in 2019-20. The team finished 12th in the national rankings.

In his first season at the helm, the 2018-19 season, Runion returned the Tigers to the NCAA postseason as LSU competed in the NCAA postseason in the East Lansing Regional.

LSU, during Runion’s time as head coach, has had nine All-Americans and 10 SEC selections. Ingrid Lindblad for LSU won in 2024 the WGCA Player of the Year award, the ANNIKA Award and the Inkster Award.

LSU MEN’S ASSISTANT COACH (2012-18)

Runion spent six seasons as the LSU men’s golf assistant coach and in April 2018 was named a finalist for the Jan Strickland Outstanding Assistant Coach Award for the third year in a row. A 2008 LSU graduate and three-year letter winner for the Tigers, Runion was instrumental in the LSU men’s team’s return to national prominence since joining then Coach Chuck Winstead’s men’s staff prior to the 2012-13 season.

The LSU men’s team finished in the Top 10 at the men’s NCAA National Championships in four consecutive seasons from 2013-17 and had four former and current Tigers qualify for the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills. Tiger Luis Gagne received low amateur honors at the 2018 U.S. Open.

The 2014-15 season was one for the ages in the history of LSU men’s golf as the Tigers staked their claim as the premier program in college golf with a 4-1 win over USC to win the NCAA national title. From 2012-18, 12 Tigers earned All-America honors and 14 were named All-Southeastern Conference.

Runion’s first season back in Baton Rouge proved to be another strong campaign for the Tigers as they qualified for the 2013 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships. The Tigers reached the semifinals of match play for the first time in 2014 and finished the job in 2015 with the national crown. It was the program’s fifth national championship all-time and the first in 60 years. LSU had previously won the national title in 1940, 1942, 1947 and 1955.

The Tigers were also crowned SEC Champions for the first time in 28 years and the 16th time in their history when they scored a three-stroke victory over Vanderbilt and South Carolina at the 2015 SEC Championships.

In 2016 LSU advanced to the quarterfinals of NCAA match play for the third season in a row. LSU just missed a fourth consecutive appearance in 2017 with a 9th place finish.

During the 2016-17 campaign, Runion mentored then-sophomores Sam Burns and Luis Gagne as they wrote their chapters in the LSU history book. The team won a school-record six tournament titles, including the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional and Burns became the first Tiger to earn the NCAA Division I Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award from the Golf Coaches Association of America.

While with the LSU men’s program, he served as the Assistant Coach Representative for NCAA Division I on the National Golf Coaches Association of America’s National Advisory Board.

NOVA SOUTHEASTERN HEAD COACH (2010-12)

Runion returned to LSU after guiding the Sharks of Nova Southeastern to the NCAA Division II national championship in his one and only season as head coach in 2011-12. The run to the national title highlighted a historic season that saw Runion receive the Dave Williams Award as the NCAA Division II National Coach of the Year, as well as earning Sunshine State Conference Coach of the Year and Eaton Golf Pride South Region Coach of the Year honors.

The Sharks also earned the team’s second SSC title in his tenure on staff. He served as the program’s assistant head coach during the 2010-11 season as Nova Southeastern captured the SSC titles in a strong 2010-11 campaign.

PERSONAL
A native of Orlando, Florida, Runion called Baton Rouge and LSU home in four seasons from 2003-08. A four-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and three-time SEC Community Service Team selection, Runion graduated from LSU in the May 2008 with his Bachelor of Arts & Science degree in general studies.

Runion and his wife, Meghan, have one son, Reid, aka “Rocket”, and daughters, Riley and Raegan Lee.