Blair Garner is the head men's and women's golf coach, he will be entering his second season at Southern Virignia University.
In both the golf programs and his first year, Garner lead the Knights women's team to a third place finish at the Capital Athletic Conference Championship, while the men placed sixth.
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 coached golf at Durango High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, Minico High School in Rupert, Idaho and 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.
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.
Lea Garner is entering her second season as an assistant coach for the men's and women's golf teams.
Garner most recently won for the second time of her career the Utah Women's Open, shooting a 67-68. She will now play professionally on the Symmetra Tour this year.
After graduating from Brigham Young University in 2016, Garner went pro in February 2017 and became a member of the Symetra Tour. Her most recent achievement was winning the first-ever Utah Women's Open last month after sinking a 20-foot putt on the final hole to win by one stroke.
While at BYU, Garner earned All-WCC First Team honors for four years and helped the Cougars win the conference title. During her senior season, she tied for second in the WCC tournament and went on to place fourth at the NCAA Regional in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Before BYU Lea played for her dad on the Bonneville High School (Ogden, Utah) girl's golf team. Lea finished her high-school campaign in 2012 as the number one ranked high school player in the state of Utah. With her help, the Lakers won the 4A state tournament in 2011 and 2012.