Graham Hoffman named golf head coach

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Graham Hoffman named golf head coach

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The men’s and women’s golf teams have a new head coach for the first time in eight seasons.

Graham Hoffman will lead the charge for the teams, replacing Gabe Bubon, who was recently named the head coach of the men’s basketball team.

Bubon was the first coach in Point Park women’s golf history, leading the Pioneers since its inaugural 2009 season. He stepped up as the head coach of the men’s team that same year, reinstating the program after a 37-year absence. He was the interim head coach of the men’s basketball team and the full-time head coach of both golf teams last season.

Hoffman, a Bridgeville, Pa. native, takes over the Point Park golf program after working as an assistant golf professional at Hickory Heights Golf Club in Bridgeville since 2010. He also has worked with the Tri-State PGA and the West Penn Golf Association.

“My vision is to build a successful program,” Graham said in a press release. “One where we bring in young men and women who are successful in the classroom first and also out on the golf course. And then hopefully they go on to be successful on their own and support the next batch of kids coming through the ranks.”

The men’s golf program experienced large success in the latter stages of Bubon’s tenure, most recently winning the 2017 River States Conference (RSC) Tournament. The Pioneers will return three players from last year’s championship lineup, including senior Max Kaminsky, who will look for his third all-conference nod.

The men’s team is also ranked first in the RSC Preseason Coaches’ Poll. The women come in sixth in this year’s preseason poll after finishing sixth at last year’s conference championship tournament.

“We are excited to have Graham Hoffman as part of our athletics team,” said Director of Athletics Dan Swalga in a release. “He brings a wealth of experience, teaching capability and connections in the community. It will be great for us to have a coach dedicated to the golf programs and expect improvement and future success.”

Bubon said he has high hopes for the new coach and will always be thankful for the opportunity he had to lead and shape the Point Park golf program.

“When I had to call the kids and tell them I wasn’t going to be their coach, that was tough,” Bubon said. “But they understand. They were a good group to be around all through the years.”

Point Park’s fall schedule is not yet available, but the Pioneers will compete at the important RSC Fall Preview Tournament Oct. 8-10 at Lassing Pointe Golf Course in Union, Ky.

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