ROCKFORD, Ill. - The Rockford University athletic department is proud to announce the hiring of Lynn Blevins as its head women's golf coach. Blevins joins the Regents following multiple coaching stops, including the University of Oklahoma, the University of Florida and the University of Iowa. Blevins will be tasked with starting the women's golf program at Rockford University and getting the Regents ready for competition this upcoming fall.
"Lynn Blevins will bring a track record of proven success at the NCAA Division I and II levels to our women's golf program," Director of Athletics Jason Mulligan remarked. "We are ecstatic to have a coach with the pedigree of Lynn. He has built strong teams at institutions like the University of Florida, the University of Oklahoma and the University of Iowa. It isn't every day we get a former Big Ten and SEC Coach of the Year to join the staff. We could not have found anyone better to start the Rockford University Women's Golf Program."
"I want to thank Director of Athletics, Jason Mulligan, for the opportunity to start the women's golf program at Rockford University," Coach Blevins stated. "Illinois has a rich tradition of junior golfers and I am confident we can recruit and compete at the highest level. The Rockford area has some great golf facilities, which will allow us to immediately begin to develop a winning program. I can't wait to be part of the Rockford community."
Lynn Blevins' success coaching golf at the collegiate level is nearly unmatched.
Blevins began his coaching career in 1979 as the head men's coach at his alma mater, the University of Oklahoma. In his first season, the Sooners finished third in the Big 8 after finishing eighth in the previous year. He coached there for two seasons before moving on to the University of Florida.
Blevins then spent seven seasons at Florida, where he led the Gators to five straight NCAA Tournament appearances, the 1985 Southeastern Conference (SEC) Championship and a third place finish at the NCAA Championships. He was also voted the SEC Coach of the Year in 1984-85. His teams won 14 tournaments including five in 1984. Blevins coached 13 All-Americans at Florida including David Jackson, Scott Dunlap, Dudley Hart, Chris DiMarco, Pat Bates and Steve Lamontange.
From there Blevins went to the University of Iowa in 1990 for four seasons. In 1992 Blevins led the Hawkeyes to their first and only Big 10 Golf Championship. He was also selected as the Big 10 Coach of the Year in 1991-92. While at Iowa, Blevins coached All-American Brad Klapprott, who was 1991-92 Big Ten Champion, and All-American Sean McCarty, who was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year.
From 1995-2011 Blevins became President and CEO of Buffalo Golf Group, Inc., which owned, operated and managed multiple golf facilities in Oklahoma and Missouri; as well as provided consulting work for others across the country.
In 2009 Blevins was asked to start the golf programs for Rogers State University, an NAIA School in Claremore, Oklahoma. He was successful in taking both programs into the Top 20 in the country, leading the Hillcats to nine tournament wins in five seasons and helping the school transition to NCAA Division II in 2013.
In 2014 Blevins became the head men's and women's coach at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. In 2017 the women's team won the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championship for the first time in school history. The men's team has been ranked both regionally and nationally every season and finished a school best second in the 2018 RMAC Championship.
Blevins graduated from Sooner High School in Bartlesville, Oklahoma and the University of Oklahoma in 1977.
Blevins has coached 15 NCAA All-Americans and a BIG Ten Champion.
Blevins played collegiately at the University of Oklahoma from 1974-77 and was all BIG 8 in 1976 and 1977. He went on to play on both the European PGA Tour and the PGA Tour. He is a Class A PGA Member.