Andy Garcia
Andy Garcia
Title: Head Men's and Women's Golf Coach
Phone: 614-236-6313
Email: agarcia@capital.edu

Andy Garcia, a former member of the Capital University men's golf team, begins his fifth season as head coach. In July 2015, he was named the head women’s golf coach and enters his fourth season leading the women. He is now entering his ninth season overall with Capital after returning first as an assistant coach.

The men’s and women’s programs have been upward trending with rewritten record books and movement toward the top of the conference standings. Since assuming the head coaching role, four male athletes have posted top-10 single round scores and the top three 36-hole scores in recorded program history.

Twice, Capital men’s golf teams tied the 18-hole team low score of 293 and five of the top eight spots in that category belong to Garcia-led teams. In 2015, Garcia helped Cap break the 36-hole team scoring record (600) at Zoar Village Golf Club, and then the following year the team took over the second spot with a 602 at the same course.

Records have fallen for the women’s golf team over the last two seasons. They broke the single-round low score twice in the same weekend at the Purple and White Invitational at Cumberland Trail in the 2016-17 season with a 341 and then a 340 in back-to-back rounds. The previous best was a 349. The Crusaders then came back in the second tournament of the 2017-18 season to break that record after tallying a 339 at the Yellow Jacket Invitational, which now stands as the single-round team low. Their two-day total following the 2016-17 Purple and White tournament (681) snapped the program’s previous best 36-hole score by 28 shots, set in 2012.

In 2017-18, those successes continued on an individual level when eight times a member of the team cracked the top-25 scores posted in program history, all coming in at or below an 84.

Since taking over the men’s team in 2014, 10 golfers have earned All-OAC honors including six following the 2015 OAC Championship. He now has three male student-athletes to have multiple all-conference awards and two women to do so. Six times on the women’s side a Capital golfer has earned all-conference honors, including four-time All-OAC honoree Katie Lease.

On the academic side, the women’s golf team set a new program high for number of athletes named Academic All-OAC in a single season after four were tabbed the honor this season. Since 2014, 11 women’s golfers have earned the honor and four males have joined them among the elite academic ranks.

In August 2014, Garcia was elevated to become the head coach of the men’s golf program after four years as the team’s assistant coach. In his first year at the helm, Garcia led the Crusaders to a second-place finish in the OAC Championship Tournament after heading into the final day just a few strokes out of first. After the tournament, Garcia saw four of his student-athletes named all-conference for their top-10 individual placements.

The Crusaders placed second in the Ohio Athletic Conference regular season standings in 2013-14 and third at the OAC Championship. Capital finished just 10 strokes shy of the tournament title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship. Clay Rice, Daniel Shafer and Jeff Czerniakowski placed in the top-10 at the OAC Championship to earn all-conference accolades, while Mark Williams garnered Academic All-OAC for his performance off the course.

In 2012-13, Capital placed third in the OAC during the regular season and fifth at the conference championship tournament. Daniel Shafer earned All-OAC accolades as a freshman by virtue of his share of a ninth-place finish at the OAC Championship, while Williams garnered his second straight Academic All-OAC honor.

 

Men’s Golf

Year

Regular Season Finish

OAC Championship Finish

2014-15

5th/8 (1,268)

2nd/8 (1,202)

2015-16

3rd/8 (771)

6th/8 (1,204)

2016-17

5th/8 (992)

6th/8 (929)

2017-18

3rd/9 (608-637-1245)

5th/9 (1,243)

 

Women’s Golf

Year

OAC Championship Finish

2015-16

4th/8 (1,079)

2016-17

5th/6 (1,089)

2017-18

4th/8 (1,024)