(Story courtesy of Odessa College Media Relations)
Odessa College golf coach Paul Chavez and Odessa College received outstanding news recently when they were notified that Coach Chavez will be inducted into the Golf Coaches Association of America 2017 Hall of Fame.
Chavez will be one of four coaches along, with Golfstat founder Mark Laesch in the 2017 Hall of Fame Class, which include Dr. Garland Allen of Gardner-Webb, Steve Fall of West Florida, and Conrad Ray of Stanford. Allen and Laesch will be honored posthumously.
The honorees will be officially inducted at the GCAA Hall of Fame Reception and Award Banquet on Monday, Dec. 11.
The announcement on the GCAA website stated, "Chavez is in his 21st year at the helm of the Odessa College golf program. The Wranglers won back-to-back national championships in 2004 and 2005, and again in 2017. He was named 2017 NJCAA National Coach of the Year, his fifth time to win the honor. Under Chavez, Odessa has won 145 team championships, including nine NJCAA Region V Championships. During his tenure, the Wranglers have finished in the top five nationally 13 times and have produced 29 NJCAA All-Americans, 21 PING All-Americans, 50 NJCAA All-Region, 40 NJCAA All-State, and 66 WJCAC All-Conference performers. In all, 73 student-athletes have transferred to four-year institutions."
The full announcement appears on the GCAA website at http://collegiategolf.com/news/five-inductees-for-2017-gcaa-hall-of-fame-class-2583.html.