Sands signs seven-year extension with Texas Tech

LUBBOCK, TexasGregory Sandswho has led Texas Tech’s men’s golf program to unprecedented heights during his nearly 21 full seasons as head coach, has signed a seven-year contract extension that was approved Thursday by Texas Tech University’s System Board of Regents.

Under the terms of the extension, Sands will remain Texas Tech’s senior men’s golf coach through the 2029-30 season on a contract valued at approximately $2.8 million. The raise will make Sands one of the highest-paid collegiate golf coaches in the country.

Gregory Sands is without question one of the top collegiate golf coaches in the country,” said Texas Tech Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt .1 in the national rankings this fall. I firmly believe that the best days of our golf program are yet to come thanks to Coach Sands’ continued leadership.”

Sands has led the Red Raiders to 19 consecutive NCAA regional appearances during his tenure, including 10 trips to the NCAA championships. The Red Raiders have advanced to the matchplay portion of the NCAA championships (Top 8) three times under Sands, including last May when Texas Tech narrowly lost to Vanderbilt in the quarterfinals.

The Red Raiders are once again national title contenders this season after bringing back the bulk of their lineup from a year ago, reigning winner of the Ben Hogan Award in seniors Ludwig Aberg. Texas Tech is currently #3 in the national Golfstat rankings after a sharp drop that saw the Red Raiders win the Inverness Intercollegiate, Ben Hogan Collegiate Invitational and Big 12 matchplay event.

Sands, who was inducted into the Golf Coaches Association of America Hall of Fame in December 2021, is the second longest-serving head coach on campus as he has led the Red Raiders to 28 team titles and 30 individual tournament wins over two decades of success.

Texas Tech will look to increase those totals this spring when the Red Raiders resume their 2022-23 season at the Amer Ari Invitational in Hawaii on February 8-10.

ADDITIONAL NOTES ON CONTRACT RENEWAL

“I am so humbled and honored to have the opportunity to have my contract extended. The opportunity to continue to coach and recruit great young people to Texas Tech in hopes of shaping and coaching them in the game of golf and in life is such a blessing and labor of love. I’m so thankful for my assistant coach Nathan Weant, our operations manager Brooklyn Dendle, and Drew Krueger and Scott Ramsey in sports medicine and strength training. This day would not have been possible without the former players and all their hard work and dedication to this program. Everything we’ve accomplished on and off the course is a testament to everyone I just mentioned. I don’t want to mention my family, namely my wife Stephanie and my four children who continue to support my dreams, as well as our student-athletes, which makes this program truly family-based. We are truly Red Raiders as my eldest is now a sophomore at Texas Tech while my daughter Reese will be a sophomore here next year.

I cannot thank our Athletics Director Kirby Hocutt enough and our amazing Athletic Advisor Deedee Brown-Campbell and President (Lawrence) Schovanec for all their leadership and vision within our Athletics Department and our University. Finally, the generosity of Jerry Rawls, the Clay Cash family, Fin Ewing, Carl Webb, Dusty Womble and so many others has helped ensure our men’s and women’s golf programs move forward with confidence. This is just the beginning. Wreck ‘Em!” – Senior Men’s Golf Coach Gregory Sands

“Greg is obviously one of the smartest and most respected coaches in the country. He completed a program while at Texas Tech and rose to national prominence. He was a past President of the GCAA and has been a great member of our Board for more than 10 years. His impact as a coach, on his players and the work he has done for the GCAA speaks for itself. He is down to earth. He is articulate and he has a very good relationship with others. namely its players. He is one of the top influencers in collegiate golf nationwide in all divisions.” — Gregg Grost, Executive Director, Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA)

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