By Luci Davis | Sept. 5, 3:09 p.m.
Former Florida Southern men’s golf coach Doug Gordin has been selected for the 2022 class of the Sunshine State Conference Hall of Fame. Throughout 23 years of coaching FSC’s men’s golf team, Gordin established a notable record.
Gordin led the Mocs to six national championships and seven SSC championships during his time as coach. While coaching from 1995 to 2018, he led numerous individuals to the NCAA championships, one of whom, Matt Saglio, brought home FSC’s first men’s golf title in 1999.
The team took home the SSC title in 1997 through 2001, 2008, and 2010; they won individual titles in 1997-1999, 2001, 2003, and 2015.
“I am humbled and honored to be selected to be in the SSC Hall of Fame with all the great coaches and athletes that are in the hall,” Gordin said. “It is truly an honor to join them.”
Gordin has already been inducted into three other Halls of Fame: the Golf Coaches’ Association of America Hall of Fame in 2001, the Florida Southern College Hall of Fame in 2007 and the Polk County Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.
“My career at Florida Southern was a dream and would not have been possible without the outstanding support I had from the administration at Florida Southern and the community of Lakeland,” Gordin said. “They all gave me everything I needed to have a chance to be successful.”
Gordin was GCAA Coach of the Year four times as well as SSC Coach of the Year three times.
FSC’s women’s golf coach, Robbie Davis, recognizes the importance of Gordin’s contributions to FSC sports.
“Coach Gordin will be remembered as one of the greatest golf coaches of this era,” Davis said. “With six national championships and several runner up finishes, he is the standard bearer of college golf.”
Davis has been coaching the women’s golf team since 1997. In the last 25 years, he has learned many lessons about coaching from Gordin.
“I have had the privilege of knowing him for 25 plus years and my success can also be attributed to him,” Davis said. “He knows how to motivate players to win and should be honored for his great success.”
Gordin coached eight of his athletes to be named SSC Male athlete of the year and his athletes were named SSC Golfer of the Year 11 times.
“I was blessed to have highly motivated and talented young men on my team and it was a privilege to coach them,” said Gordin.
The SSC Hall of Fame was founded in 1991 to commemorate those who have brought honor to the SSC. The Hall of fame celebration will take place Oct. 8 at 11 a.m. in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.