Doug GordinHead Coach
Alma Mater: Ohio Wesleyan '78
Office Phone: 863-680-4261
Doug Gordin has been men's head golf coach at Florida Southern since 1995. He has led the Mocs to five NCAA Division II championships. In addition to the team titles, the Mocs have produced three individual national champions under Gordin in Matt Saglio (1999), Jeff Klauk (2000) and Steve Sokol (2001).
Gordin added national championship number five to his resume in 2010. The Moccasins took the lead for good early in the final round and went on to win by seven strokes, claiming their 12th national title in men's golf and the 27th overall in school history. They also won their 16th Sunshine State Conference men's golf championship.
With five national titles to his credit, Gordin ranks sixth among all NCAA coaches in national championships won. The man he succeeded at Florida Southern, Charley Matlock, ranks fifth with seven national titles. For all of his accomplishments at FSC, he became the sixth FSC coach to be inducted into the Polk County Sports Hall of Fame in June 2012.
The Moccasins' other national titles under Gordin came in 1996 and an unprecedented three straight in 1998, 1999 and 2000.
After his first NCAA championship in 1996, Gordin was named the GCAA National Coach of the Year, an honor he would again win in 1998, 1999 and 2000. As a further tribute to his career, Gordin was inducted into the Hall of Fame by the Golf Coaches Association of America in January, 2001, where he joined his father, Dr. Richard Gordin, a member of the inaugural Class of 1980. The younger Gordin is one of just three NCAA Division II coaches among the GCAA inductees.
In his first season at FSC (1995-96), Gordin was named South Region Coach of the Year, as well as National Coach of the Year, by both GolfWeek Magazine and the GCAA after the Mocs laid claim to their eighth national title.
Before coming to Florida Southern, Gordin was the golf coach at Georgia Southern College in Statesboro, Georgia, for 13 years.
While at Georgia Southern, he coached two PGA players (Jodie Mudd and Gene Sauers), led the Eagles to four conference championships and six runner-up titles, coached five GCAA All-Americans and was named the NCAA South District coach of the year and conference coach of the year an unprecedented four times.
Now in his 34th year overall as a collegiate coach, Gordin is no stranger to success on the links. Prior to coaching at Georgia Southern in 1981, he served two years on the staff at the University of Alabama under Conrad Rehling and one season as the head coach at Campbell University.
As an undergraduate, Gordin played for his father at Ohio Wesleyan. The younger Gordin served as team captain his senior season when the Battlin' Bishops finished sixth at the NCAA tournament.
In the fall of 2002, Gordin was honored by his alma mater with the Robert Strimer Award for unusually significant contributions to intercollegiate athletics. In 2007 he was named to the FSC Sports Hall of Fame. A native of Delaware, Ohio, Gordin was inducted into the Delaware Hayes High School Hall of Fame in October of 2010.
After graduating from Ohio Wesleyan with a bachelor's degree in health and physical education in 1978, Gordin joined the staff at Alabama, serving as assistant coach and assistant pro for the Crimson Tide. While in Tuscaloosa he earned his master's degree.
Gordin is a teaching consultant to the National Golf Foundation and is a member of the NCAA-USGA Relations Committee. He has been active in the GCAA for several years, even serving a stint as the organization's national president. He is also a past chairman of the NCAA District III-South selection committee.
Gordin and his daughter, Gretchen, reside in Lakeland. She is a senior at the University of Florida.