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Ohio Athletics Celebrates Career of Longtime Men's Golf Coach Cooley

Former Ohio Men's Golf Head Coach Bob Cooley
Former Ohio Men's Golf Head Coach Bob Cooley

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ATHENS, Ohio -- 
Ohio Athletics celebrated the career of longtime men's golf coach Bob Cooley today with a luncheon in the Rohr Room at the Convocation Center.

Cooley stepped down as head coach of the Bobcats following the 2017-18 season after 30 years at the helm of the program.

Among those in attendance at the luncheon were friends of Cooley, members of the Ohio coaching and support staffs, current members of the Ohio men's golf team and Cooley's wife, Nannette, and his daughter, Brynn Cooley. Among the speakers at the event were Ohio Director of Athletics Jim Schaus, Senior Associate Athletics Director for Development Ryan White, women's golf head coach Kelly Ovington and senior men's golfer Ben Sattler (Liberty Township, Ohio).

"I would like to thank Bob Cooley for 30 years of outstanding service to Ohio Athletics," said Schaus. "Bob touched many lives during his tenure, and he will be missed. Wishing him and Nan the very best in their retirement."

Cooley had served as the Ohio men's golf program's head coach since 1988 and was promoted to Director of Golf in Sept. 2002, assuming administrative and coaching duties for both the men's and women's teams at Ohio. Cooley guided his alma mater to nine top-five finishes at the Mid-American Conference Championships. The Bobcats have finished in the top three on four occasions -- including second-place finishes in 2002 and '04 and third-place finishes in 2012 and '17. Cooley was named MAC Coach of the Year following the 2001-02 campaign. The 12-best three-round team totals in program history were achieved under his watch, and he coached six golfers who accounted for seven of the top-10 best season averages in program history.