By Nick Porter
BUENA VISTA, Va.—Southern Virginia University Director of Athletics Jason Lamb today named Blair Garner as head coach of the recently announced men's and women's golf programs — the Knights' 21st and 22nd NCAA Division III sponsored sports.
"We are pleased to attract a candidate as accomplished and experienced as Blair Garner to lead the newly created men's and women's golf programs," Lamb said. "Coach Garner brings with him a wealth of knowledge about the game of golf and experience building new golf programs. He has a great network of coaches and players."
Garner is a career coach and educator who comes to Southern Virginia most recently from Bonneville High School in Ogden, Utah. In 2008, Garner started Bonneville's women's golf program leading the Lakers to five regional championships, two state championships, and eight top-five state tournament finishes over the past ten seasons.
During his time at Bonneville, Garner was also active with the men's golf team serving as assistant coach for ten seasons and head coach for two seasons. Over that period, Bonneville's men's golf team secured six regional titles, two state titles, and ten top-five state tournament finishes.
Prior to his time at Bonneville, Garner helped start the men's and women's golf programs at Oakley High School in Oakley, Idaho. Throughout his 27-year career in education, Garner has coached 63 sport seasons between basketball and golf.
"Coach Garner has a track record of building programs from the ground up and quickly taking those programs to an elite level," Lamb said. "We are confident that this experience will help him be successful at Southern Virginia University."
Garner and his wife, Julie, have three children — all successful athletes in their own rights. Their oldest son, Davis, was a two-time collegiate All-American golfer and is currently a member of the Utah PGA. Connor, their second son, was a DI basketball player at Utah State University, and their youngest daughter, Lea, was a four-time All-Conference golfer at Brigham Young University.
Garner earned his bachelor's degree from Utah State in 1991 and his master's in athletic administration from Idaho State University in 2000.
"There is a lot of value in adding golf to our sports offerings," Lamb said. "The new programs provide a competitive, faith-based environment for collegiate golfers and aligns well with other NCAA Division III programs. We are confident that Blair is the right coach to build our teams."