|2011-12 Men's Golf Coaches|
David Gring was named Valparaiso University's head men’s golf coach in June, 2011. The 2013 Horizon League Coach of the Year, he enters his third season at the helm of the Crusader program in 2013-2014.
Gring guided the Crusaders to their first Horizon League Championship in 2013, in just the fourth season since the program's revival. With the league title, Valpo appeared in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history, competing in the Columbus Regional. The win at the league tournament was one of three for the Crusaders in 2012-2013, as the Brown and Gold also took top team honors at the Purdue Midwest Shootout and the Bradley Invitational.
Individually, Gring saw Thomas Wettstein earn individual medalist honors at the league tournament, while Kyle Henning won the John Dallio Memorial and also earned Horizon League Golfer of the Week honors after a third-place finish at Western Illinois in the spring. Austin Gaugert also became the first Crusader to shoot under par for a 54-hole tournament.
During Gring's first season at the helm of the Crusader program, Valpo earned four finishes in the top half of tournament fields, up from just one top-half finish the previous year. In addition, the Crusaders averaged 301.9 per round as a team, nearly three strokes improved from the prior season. In his first season, Gring saw Kyle Henning earn HL Golfer of the Week honors.
Also successes in the classroom, the Crusaders have proven to be one of the nation's top programs academically under Gring's watch. Valpo has earned President's Special Recognition status from the GCAA, awarded to programs who carry a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5, each of the last two years, as well as All-Academic Team honors. The Crusaders were the only program of the 10 honored this past season with President's Special Recognition status to also claim a league title.
Individually, four golfers have been honored as Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars during Gring's first two seasons, while the program also boasts five Academic All-Horizon League recipients in the last two years.
Gring played golf for the Crusaders from 1985-1988 where he was a two-time team Most Valuable Player. He earned All-Heartland Conference honors in 1985 before receiving All-AMCU accolades in 1987.
He played on the U.S. Amateur Tour during the summers of 1986 and 1987. Gring has been the runner-up at the Club Championship at the Course at Aberdeen, Valpo’s home course, three times.
David and his wife Pam have four children: Ryan born in 2000, Lauren born in 2002, Nicholas born in 2005, and Grace born in 2006.
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