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David Gring was named Valparaiso University's head men’s golf coach in June, 2011.
In Gring's second season, the team won three events, including a four-stroke victory over Cleveland State at the Horizon League Championship to earn the program's first bid to the NCAA tournament. The Crusaders also placed first at the Purdue Midwest Shootout in the fall and the Bradley Invitational in the spring. Gring was selected as the Horizon League Men's Golf Coach of the Year for his efforts in leading the Crusaders to the best season in program history.
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, Brad Winters was named a Cleveland Golf/Srixon Division I All-America Scholar, while Henning was an Academic All-League selection and the team earned All-Academic Team honors from the GCAA. The Crusaders were one of just 11 programs to earn President’s Special Recognition status, with a cumulative team GPA of at least 3.50.
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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