Hardwick Named BIG EAST Coach of the Year
Hokie golf coach wins third straight award
April 26, 2003 PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Virginia Tech golf coach Jay Hardwick has been named the BIG EAST Conference Men's Golf Coach of the Year, as selected by the league's men's golf coaches. Hardwick, in his 20th season at the helm of the Virginia Tech program, led the Hokies to their third straight BIG EAST Championship title since joining the league in 2001. All five Hokie golfers finished among the top 16, including individual medalist senior Brendon de Jonge. Tech is the first team in BIG EAST history to have different player win conference medalist honors for three consecutive seasons. This marks his third consecutive BIG EAST Coach of the Year honor. Hardwick was also the Virginia Collegiate Coach of the Year in ő93, ő94 and ő01. He was also named the Coach of the Year twice each in the Metro Conference and the Atlantic 10 Conference. Hardwick will now lead the Hokies into the NCAA Championship. Tech finished eighth overall in 2001 and 20th nationally in 2002.