GC Men’s Golf New Head Coach


Former head coach of 20 years, Jimmy Wilson, resumed his role leading GC Men’s golf last December following coach Patrick Garrett’s decision to step down after five seasons with the Bobcats.

A member of the GC class of 2013, Garrett graduated a two-time All-American and three-time All-Peach Belt Conference Honoree. He began a pro golf career in 2014 at the Hopkins Golf Tour and went on to counsel a young bobcat squad who finished ninth in the PBC Championship.

Making a personal decision to change the course of his career, Garrett will be joining the armed forces to follow in his father’s footsteps as a navy pilot.

Now returning after two intensive back surgeries required him to take an administrative role in 2015, Coach Wilson says he’s ready to get back into golf.

“We’ve added six new players. The reason for that is I wanted to make it more competitive during qualifying, make the guys push themselves a little harder,” said Wilson. “The reports I’m getting from guys is that we’re going to be stronger this year than we were last year.”

Team members are eager to have Wilson back in charge, hopeful that his years of experience will help lead them to a winning season.

“He’s been around the program for a long time,” said junior player, JT Kling. “From back when he played here to the fact that he’s now coaching for the second time, he can give some really good insight from his past to help improve our game.”

Senior team member, Alex Wells, spoke on Wilson’s dedication to the team, saying he’s a ‘great person’ who’s always there for anything his players may need.

“He’s a great leader with a lot of knowledge,” said Wells. “He’s tough on us and expects a lot out of us, and I like that. I go to him for golf advice and for life advice… having Jimmy as a coach again is awesome.”

Despite going into uncertain times in the wake of COVID-19, Wilson’s players continue to practice on their own in order to prepare for the season ahead. Wilson says he’s encouraging his players to keep their eye on the ball, focusing on the game while also staying safe and well.

“The main thing we’ve worked on is self-discipline,” said Wilson. “The guys are sort of marching to their own beat, if you will. We had to get everybody on the same page, thinking the same way, working together and working hard.”

Wilson graduated from Georgia College in 1986, serving as Director of Golf at the Little Fishing Creek Golf Course in Milledgeville before joining the GC athletic department full-time in April of 2007. From being named Southeast Region and Peach Belt Conference Coach of the Year in 2008 to securing region coach of the year honors in 2010, Wilson has been recognized time and time again for his hard work with the Bobcats. Guiding one of the best seasons in program history in 2008 with a Southeast Regional Championship, Wilson hopes to beat that personal record in the 2020-2021 season with the team’s first national championship.