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2018 Jan Strickland Award Finalist
2017 Jan Strickland Award Finalist
2016 Jan Strickland Award Finalist
2012 Dave Williams Award - NCAA Division II National Coach of the Year
2012 Eaton Golf Pride South Region Coach of the Year
2012 Sunshine State Conference Coach of the Year
Garrett Runion, who has been a part of two national championships during his collegiate coaching career, is in his second 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.
In his first season at the helm, Runion returned the Tigers to the NCAA postseason as LSU competed in the East Lansing Regional in 2019. LSU was in contention to advance to the NCAA Championships going into the final round at East Lansing, despite various weather challenges. Runion also coached the Tigers to a ninth-place finish at the 2019 SEC Championship in April, a five-spot improvement over last season and one spot out of match play.
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 letterwinner for the Tigers, Runion has been instrumental in the LSU men’s team’s return to national prominence since joining Director of Golf 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 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.
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. LSU tied for 23rd place at the NCAA Championship held at Atlanta’s Capital City Club that year. 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. Burns was also named the SEC Player of the Year with four tournament titles, 14 top-10 finishes and a new LSU single-season scoring record of 70.05. Gagne ended the season ranked No. 25 nationally in the final Golfweek individual rankings while his campaign included two wins, seven top-10 finishes along with a career-low season scoring average of 71.35 strokes per round.
A native of Orlando, Florida, Runion called Baton Rouge 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. He has also served as the Assistant Coach Representative for NCAA Division I on the National Golf Coaches Association of America’s National Advisory Board.
Runion and his wife, Meghan, have one son, Reid, aka “Rocket” (4) and a daughter, Riley (1), who was born on May 26, 2018 – 13 days before her dad was name the LSU women’s head coach.