Courtesy of Dominican University, Sports Information Department
RIVER FOREST, Ill. -- The Dominican University Department of Athletics has announced that it has selected Sam Hargraves to fill the position of Head Men's Golf Coach and Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at the University. Hargraves will be responsible for building the men's golf program, which Dominican plans to add for the 2010-2011 academic year, from the ground up.
"We are really excited to add Sam to our staff," commented Mark White, Associate Director of Athletics and Head Men's Basketball Coach at Dominican. "He had both the men's golf and basketball experience we were looking for in this position and his 11 years of college coaching experience will help our department get to where we feel it should be in both programs."
As White mentioned, Hargraves possesses 11 years of collegiate coaching experience at both the NCAA Division II and Division III levels, including a four-year stint as the Head Men's Golf Coach and Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at Hillsdale College (2000-2005), a Division II institution located in Hillsdale, Mich. During that stretch, Hargraves helped rebuild the college's men's golf team, recruiting the first-ever NCAA Division II Regional Tournament qualifying golfer to the program.
Most recently, Hargraves spent the 2008-2009 basketball season as the top assistant with the Lawrence University men's basketball program in Appleton, Wis. While there, Hargraves helped the Vikings to their fifth Midwest Conference Championship and fifth bid to the NCAA Division III National Tournament in six years. In the national tournament, Lawrence lost to eventual national champion Washington University (Mo.) 67-65 in the first round.
In addition to his coaching experience at Hillsdale and Lawrence, Hargraves had stops at Alma College (1998-2000) and Northwood University (2005-2007). His basketball coaching experience has landed him positions under a number of well-respected college coaches including Joel DePagter (Lawrence), John Tharp (Hillsdale), Ed Douma (Hillsdale) and Bob Taylor (Northwood).
As a collegiate basketball player, Hargraves played three years at Calvin College in Michigan, leading the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) with 71 three-point field goals during his senior season.