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2009-2010 Season - Grey Giovanine

 Giovanine

HEAD COACH GREY GIOVANINE

Grey Giovanine will be starting his 11 th season as the head coach of the Augustana College men’s golf team. In 2000 Giovanine stepped into the shoes of longtime Viking mentor Dr. Stan Kittleson, who resigned after 15 years as the head coach of the Blue & Gold.

The Vikings finished seventh in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin in 2009 after a seventh place finish in 2008 and a sixth in 2007. Prior to that, Giovanine’s teams had recorded seven consecutive top four finishes in the CCIW. His teams finished second each of his first three years, fourth in 2003, and second again in 2004. In addition, Eric Johnson was the 2007 CCIW individual champion.

His 2002 team will go down as one of the top squads in school history. The Vikings not only finished second in the CCIW for the third consecutive year but they won the Big Blue Classic with a new school record for one day (285) and two day (583 – 285+298) totals. They also placed second in the Central of Iowa Dutch Classic, Knox Invitational, Augustana Invitational and Illinois Intercollegiate Championships. Augustana was also fourth in the Illinois Wesleyan Invitational and seventh in the Gustie Spring Invitational and one individual, Scott Peterson, was chosen to represent the school in the NCAA Division III national tournament. In his first eight years, Giovanine has watched as his team has compiled an overall won/loss record of 549-246 (.691) in invitationals.

Giovanine doubles as the highly successful coach of the Augustana men’s basketball team where his Vikings have had nine straight winning seasons. He has led the Blue & Gold to at least 16 victories in each of the past nine years, including a 23-6 record in the 2005-06 campaign when Augustana won the CCIW title and advanced to the “Sweet Sixteen” of the NCAA Division III national tournament. His 2006-07 team also won the CCIW and the CCIW tournament and again advanced to the NCAA Division III tournament. The 2007-08 squad was 23-6 and won the league title for the third straight time and participated in the national tournament again. In 2008-08 the Vikings were 18-8 overall and 9-5 in the CCIW, good for second place. He came to Augustana following a six year stint as the head men’s basketball coach at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, an NCAA Division I institution. He put together an 80-85 record at Lamar, but his first three seasons were spent rebuilding a decimated program. In his first three years Giovanine was 33-48 and in his last three the Cardinals were 47-37.

He led Lamar to three straight winning seasons for the first time in over a decade, including a 17-11 overall record in his last year of 1998-99. It was the Cardinals best record since a 20-11 season in 1987-88.

That pattern of success followed him to Augustana. In 1999-2000, his first season as head basketball coach, Giovanine led the Vikings to a 10-15 record. The next season the Vikings improved dramatically as they went 17-8 overall. During that year, Giovanine led his team to three victories over teams that eventually played in the NCAA Division III national tournament (Benedictine, Illinois Wesleyan & Carthage), to a win over the number one ranked team in the country (Carthage) and to the school’s first ever win over a division one institution (Western Illinois). The 2001-02 campaign was also a successful one as the Blue & Gold again went 17-8 overall. A 9-5 CCIW record nabbed the Vikings a tie for second place in the CCIW, which was Augustana’s highest finish since 1993-94, when they finished second. In 2002-03 Giovanine led the Vikings to a 20-5 overall record and an 11-3 mark in the CCIW, which gave the school its first league championship since 1992-93. The Vikings put together a 16-9 overall record and a 10-4 conference mark in the 2003-04 campaign and in 2004-05 they were 17-8 overall and 9-5 in the conference. The 2005-06 unit was 23-6 overall and 11-3 in winning the league. In 2006-07, his Vikings again won the CCIW championship at 11-3 and compiled an overall record of 22-6, which included winning the CCIW tournament and advancing to the NCAA Division III tournament. The 2007-08 team won the CCIW for the third straight year and also participated in the NCAA tournament, finishing with a 23-6 record.

In his first 10 seasons at the helm of the basketball team, Giovanine has led the Vikings to a 183-79 (.698) overall record and a mark of 94-46 (.671) in the CCIW.

Giovanine made a name for himself in his early days as a top-notch recruiter. Prior to going to Lamar, he was an assistant coach at Wichita State University for a year from April of 1992 until June of 1993. He was the recruiting coordinator and his first recruiting class was rated as the best in the Missouri Valley Conference and in the top 25 nationally. For the five years prior to that (1987-92) he was the assistant coach at Rice where the Owls put together the school’s first 20-win season in 40 years. At both Wichita State and Rice he worked under Scott Thompson. Thompson has Quad City ties, as his father Herb was a highly successful head coach at Moline High School.

Giovanine was an assistant coach at Oral Roberts from 1985-87 and was also an assistant at Valparaiso from 1982-85. He served as a graduate assistant coach at Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Missouri during the 1981-82 season.

He has a degree in psychology from Central Missouri State where he graduated in 1982. Prior to that he received an associate’s degree from Highland Community College in Freeport, Illinois.

THE GIOVANINE GOLF RECORD

 

DUAL MEETS

 

 

INVITATIONALS

 

 

 

YEAR

WON

LOSS

.PCT

WON

LOSS

.PCT

CCIW FINISH

2000

1

0

1.000

70

10

.875

Second

2001

0

1

.000

69

9

.885

Second

2002

0

0

.000

95

14

.872

Second

2003

1

0

1.000

43

43

.500

Fourth

2004

1

0

1.000

83

43

.659

Second

2005

1

0

1.000

76

46

.623

Fourth

2006

0

1

.000

80

48

.625

Fourth

2007

0

1

.000

33

33

.500

Sixth

2008

0

0

.000

25

36

.409

Eighth

2009

1

1

.500

32

34

.484

Seventh

CAREER

5

4

.556

606

316

.657