Oct. 30, 2013
NORMAN, Okla. -- University of Michigan legendary men's golf coach Thomas Trueblood will be inducted along with five others as the Class of 2013 for the Golf Coaches Association of America Hall of Fame, it was announced by the GCAA today (Wednesday, Oct. 30). The group will be officially honored at the GCAA Hall of Fame Reception and Awards Banquet Monday, Dec. 9, in Las Vegas.
In addition to Trueblood, Bruce Heppler of Georgia Tech; Dave Jennings of Central Alabama; Bud Marsee of Broward Community College; John Means of Colorado State, Army, Minnesota and Idaho; and Jim Owen of Oglethorpe make up the 2013 Hall of Fame Class.
Trueblood coached Michigan from 1901-35, although he continued to teach chipping and putting as coach emeritus after his retirement. Given the title "Father of Golf in the Western Conference" by Big Ten Coaches in 1936, Trueblood led Michigan to become the first program west of the Allegheny Mountains to win an NCAA championship.
The Wolverines won back-to-back national titles in 1934 and 1935 and five conference championships. Two Wolverines -- John Fischer and Chuck Kocsis -- won NCAA championships under Trueblood's tutelage. The first golf coach in the Big Ten, Trueblood compiled a 71-9-2 record in conference dual matches. His teams posted undefeated records in 1922-23, '25, '28-'29 and '33-'34 while compiling a 20-match winning streak from 1927-30.
Inducted into the Michigan Hall of Honor in 1981, Trueblood is perhaps better known as a professor of Elocution and Oratory and debate coach at the university. He founded Michigan's Department of Elocution and Oratory, the first such department at major college or university in the United States. He was affiliated with the university from 1884-1951 as either a professor or golf coach.
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423