Clemson, SC—Clemson Head Coach Larry Penley is a finalist for the 2021 Dave Williams Award. The award is presented to the national coach of the year by the Collegiate Golf Coaches Association.
Penley is one of five finalists for the honor and is joined on the list by Michael Beard of Pepperdine, Alan Bratton of Oklahoma State, Trey Jones of Florida State, and Brandt Kieschwick of Sam Houston.
Penley led the Tigers to the ACC Championship in his final year at the helm of the Clemson program, his 10th league title as Clemson head coach. The Tigers reached the NCAA Tournament for the 37th time under Penley and advanced to the national tournament for the 30th time. Clemson finished 13th at the tournament on Monday.
Penley was named ACC Coach of the Year for the ninth time this year, tied for the most by any coach in any sport in Clemson history. It gave Penley ACC Coach of the Year honors in five different decades, just the second coach in any sport to win the award in five different decades.
The Tigers won four tournaments overall this year, giving him an ACC record 83 tournament wins for his career.
On Monday of this week, Penley’s final day as Clemson head coach, Clemson’s Turk Pettit won the National Championship, just the second Tiger to win college golf’s biggest tournament.