Nick Clinard is in his 17th year year overall as a head coach and ninth season with the Auburn men's golf team in 2017-18.
Auburn is one of six teams in the nation ... Florida State, Illinois, Oklahoma, Texas and USC the others ... who have made at least six-straight NCAA Championship appearances.
The Tigers recorded the fourth best finish in school history by placing 11th at the 2017 NCAA Championship.
Auburn had been ranked as high as No. 2 nationally in 2016-17 while winning four team titles: Inverness Intercollegiate, Jerry Pate Intercollegiate, Tiger Invitational and Gary Koch Invitational.
Trace Crowe, who was an All-SEC second-team selection, won medalist honors at the Gary Koch. Matt Gilchrest was a Byron Nelson Award finalist, and Trace Crowe an All-Region selection. Gilchrest and Ryan Benton were named All-America Scholars and the team was named an All-Academic Team for the eighth consecutive year by the GCAA.
Under Clinard, the Tigers have reached six-straight NCAA Championships while earning 25 team and 27 individual titles and bringing in the strongest recruiting classes the Tigers have seen in years.
The Tigers were ranked No. 1 nationally for the much of the 2015-16 fall season while senior Michael Johnson was ranked No. 1 nationally in the Golfweek individual rankings and second in the Palmer Cup rankings.
Through December 7, 2017, Clinard has posted a .753 winning percentage at Auburn with a record of 1139-367-21. Auburn has made the NCAA Regionals each of his eight seasons and have advanced to the NCAA Championship six straight years, including finishing 11th in 2017 and 12th in 2015.
Auburn won four tournaments in 2015-16 including the Carpet Capital Collegiate, U.S. Collegiate Championship, Mobile Sports Authority Intercollegiate and the Seminole Intercollegiate while finishing as runner-up in four others. Auburn had a perfect 1000 APR score.
The Tigers had five medalists with Michael Johnson winning three, the Primland Collegiate, Mobile Sports Authority Intercollegiate and the Schenkel Invitational. Freshman Graysen Huff won the ASU Fall Beach Classic while Will Long was co-medalist at the U.S. Collegiate Championship.
Michael Johnson was named Golfweek first-team All-American, PING second-team All-American, first-team All-SEC and was a semifinalist for both the Jack Nicklaus Award and Ben Hogan Award and was on the Haskins Award Watch List. Jacob Solomon was a Freshman All-SEC selection in 2016. Johnson and Solomon were both named to the PING All-Southeast Region team.
The Tigers had the fourth best NCAA Championship finish in school history by finishing 12th in 2015 and the Tigers are one of only eight teams to appear in four consecutive NCAA Championships.
Auburn won three consecutive tournaments with three straight medalists, all different, in the Mobile Sports Authority Intercollegiate, Tiger Invitational Presented by Jason Dufner and the Schenkel Invitational in 2015.
Ben Schlottman was named Golfweek honorable mention All-American, the first freshman in school history to receive All-America honors.
Five Tigers were named to the NCAA All-Southeast Region team as No. 1 Illinois and No. 2 Texas were the only three schools in the nation to have five players named NCAA All-Region.
Schlottman and Matt Gilchrest were both named first-team All-SEC while Michael Johnson was a second-team selection. Schlottman also became the first Auburn freshman to be named All-SEC first-team in history while also being tabbed SEC Freshman of the Year.
Auburn destroyed the school's team single-season stroke average record by averaging 283.23 strokes per round in 2015 with the previous mark being 285.30 set in 2011-12. In fact, Clinard-coached teams have the four lowest averages in Tiger history.
Schlottman recorded the fourth lowest single season stroke average in school history and set the Auburn freshman record averaging 70.96.
Auburn climbed to being ranked fourth nationally in 2014-15 after winning two consecutive tournaments in the Mobile Sports Authority Intercollegiate and the Tiger Invitational Presented by Jason Dufner by 28 shots, the largest margin of victory in school history. Auburn then won the Schenkel Invitational at 41-under, edging No. 5 Vanderbilt by a stroke, for its third-straight win.
Clinard coached the Tigers to their third-straight NCAA Championship appearance in 2014 as the Tigers had three tournament wins and eight top three finishes, including thirds in both the NCAA Regional and SEC Championship. Auburn, which was 136-60-1, finished 23rd in the NCAA Championship in Hutchinson, Kan., and finished ranked 19th overall.
Auburn's three tournament wins in 2013-14 came in the Tiger Invitational Presented by Jason Dufner, the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate and the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate as Niclas Carlsson tied for first with a 70-73-66-209 and Matt Gilchrest finished a stroke behind with a 71-73-66-210.
Senior Niclas Carlsson was named honorable mention All-American in 2013-14.
Carlsson and freshman Matt Gilchrest were both All-SEC second-team selections, and Gilchrest was also named to the Freshman All-SEC team. Three Tiger freshmen were named SEC Freshman of the Week, including Gilchrest, Blake Messer and Will Long. Gilchrest was named SEC Player and Freshman of the Week following his four-stroke win at the UK Bluegrass Invitational. Messer won the USA Individual Tournament in Mobile while Long finished 10th in the USF Invitational.
Auburn men's golf received the NCAA Public Recognition Award for placing in the top 10 percent in the most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate scores with a perfect 1000 APR. Auburn placed 10 on the 2014 SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll five on the 2014 SEC First-Year Honor Roll.
In 2012-13, Auburn finished 13th in the 2013 NCAA Championship in Milton, Ga., after finishing tied for second at the NCAA Regional in Columbus, Ohio. The Tigers finished the season ranked 14th nationally while having a record of 149-61-3.
Auburn won three tournament titles at The McLaughlin, Mobile Bay Classic and Samford Intercollegiate. The Tigers had three individual medalists with redshirt freshman Jake Mondy at The McLaughlin in his first career tournament, Dominic Bozzelli at the Ameri Ari Invitational and Niclas Carlsson at the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate.
Senior Michael Hebert was selected to the All-SEC second team while Mondy was a Freshman All-SEC selection.
Auburn was ranked No. 1 nationally in the Coaches' Poll after two events in the 2011-12 season for the first time since the poll began in 2001. It marked the first time Auburn received a No. 1 ranking since the fall of 1996.
The Tigers finished the 2011-12 season ranked a school-best fifth nationally in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings with three team victories and three individual wins and a record of 148-28-4 (.833), the second best winning percentage in school history. Auburn advanced to the NCAA Championship for the first time under Clinard, finishing 15th at historic Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Auburn won the Carpet Capital Collegiate for its first opening season victory since the 1978 Alabama Intercollegiate. The Tigers also won the Gator Invitational and Hootie at Bulls Bay.
Dominic Bozzelli became the first Auburn golfer in history to win back-to-back tournaments with the U.S. Collegiate and the Gator Invitational. Niclas Carlsson won the Hootie at Bulls Bay, a shot ahead of Blayne Barber.
The Tigers were the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Greensboro Regional for the first time in school history. At the regional, Auburn had an incredible final four holes as it went 8-under par over that span to jump from seventh to finish third to qualify for the NCAA Championship for the first time since 2008.
Five Auburn golfers earned All-SEC and NCAA All-Southeast Region honors, including first-team Blayne Barber, second-teamers Will McCurdy, Dominic Bozzelli and Niclas Carlsson and Freshman All-SEC Michael Johnson. The five All-SEC honorees are the most in program history, breaking the record of four in 2005.
Junior All-American Blayne Barber finished the campaign with a scoring average of 70.76, which snapped the 36-year-old Auburn record that was set by Buddy Gardner in 1976. The Lake City, Fla., native finished the year with seven top-5 finishes including back-to-back runner-ups at the E-Z-GO Schenkel Invitational and the Hootie at Bulls Bay. Barber finished the season ranked No. 7 in the nation in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings and became the first Auburn golfer to be named a first-team All-American since Chip Spratlin and Iain Steel in 1995. Dominic Bozzelli was an All-America honorable mention selection in 2012.
In 2010-11, Auburn finished with a school record winning percentage of .907 with a 122-12-1 record as the Tigers won back-to-back titles at the Chris Schenkel Invitational in 2010 and 2011 while also winning the 2010 Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate, 2010 Tiger Shootout and 2011 UK Bluegrass Invitational.
The Tigers finished the season ranked 11th nationally and advanced to the NCAA Colorado Regional. Three Tigers were PING All-Southeast Region selections in sophomores Blayne Barber, Michael Hebert and freshman Niclas Carlsson. Only three NCAA Div. I programs had more selections than Auburn.
Auburn also had three All-SEC selections as Ben Hogan Award semifinalist Blayne Barber was named second-team All-American and first-team All-SEC leading the Tigers with a 70.93 scoring average as Hebert as an All-SEC second team pick while Carlsson was a Freshman All-SEC selection. It marked the first time since 2005 that three Tigers earned All-SEC honors. Barber was also selected to play in the prestigious Palmer Cup.
In 2009-10, Kyle Kopsick was named All-SEC second-team while David Zickler was named to the Freshman All-SEC team. Alongside Barber in 2010-11, Michael Hebert was named All-SEC second team while Niclas Carlsson was named Freshman All-SEC after he became to first freshman since Jimmy Green in 1988 to earn individual medalist honors.
In his first two recruiting classes, Clinard signed a pair of recruits ranked top-10 in the world - Sweden's Niclas Carlsson and Michael Johnson of Birmingham, Ala. Clinard also signed the No. 1 recruit out the state of Alabama two seasons in a row in Michael Johnson and Ryan Benton.
As swing coach for Barber, Clinard helped the Lake City, Fla., native become just the second golfer in school history to earn the honor of representing the United States at the Walker Cup. Barber also represented the United States at the 2011 and 2012 Palmer Cup. Barber earned his PGA Tour card for 2015 by finishing seventh on the 2014 Web.com Tour by earning $269,111. Clinard also coached Barber and David Johnson, who both were Florida State Amateur Golfer of the Year, the highest award in the state of Florida.
In his career, Clinard has 36 tournament victories including two conference championships, coached nine All-Americans, 16 Academic All-Americans, two conference players of the year, three individual conference champions and 28 all-conference selections.
UCF won the NCAA Southeast Regional title by defeating No. 2 Georgia and No. 13 South Carolina in 2009 along with claiming the school's first Conference USA Championship. The Knights also won The Hummingbird Intercollegiate and the Rio Pinar Invitational as Clinard was named Conference USA Coach of the Year and the NCAA Southeast Regional Coach of the Year.
Clinard played professional golf for five seasons from 1996-2001 on the NGA Hooters Tour as well as several Nike Tour and Canadian Tour events prior to becoming head coach of UCF. He was also the assistant tournament director of the Jim McLean Future Collegians World Tour from 1998-2001.
The Gastonia, N.C., native graduated from Wake Forest University in 1995 with a Bachelor's degree in speech communication. He played one year of collegiate golf at SMU before playing his final three years at Wake Forest from 1992-95, where the Demon Deacons were ranked in the top 10 in the nation all three seasons. Clinard is married to the former Susan Roberts, and they have two daughters, Chloe and Peyton.