Dec. 2, 2013 AUGUSTA, Ga. -- When Kevin McPherson stepped down as golf coach towards the end of the fall season, it left a big void in the Jaguar program. The job search didn't last long and now they move forward as they dip into the Ole Miss golf program introducing Jack O'Keefe.
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Even before the applause could stop, the new man in charge of the GRU men's team couldn't wait to get started.
"We're going to have to work hard, we're going to have to work fast, but more importantly we're going to have to work smart," O'Keefe said.
Jack O'Keefe is charged with rebooting the Jaguars program, and he doesn't have a lot of time to do it.
Only 82 days separate the Jaguar men and their first tournament of the spring. On Monday, day one of the new era, O'Keefe's new players already have an assignment.
"They have some homework from me. I have some sheets for them to fill out. My first and most important goal is to establish the relationships and get to know them better," O'Keefe said.
The learning process isn't just for the players. The GRU gig is O'keefe's first head coaching job-- it will be a work in progress along the way.
"I'm going to make some mistakes, but it will all be in relation to working hard. It's going to be a great opportunity," O'Keefe said.
Sure, O'Keefe welcomes some mistakes, but he's also looking for structure from his players. If he finds it, the Jags can find their way back to a national championship level.
"That's been my goal from the get-go since I've been in coaching for eight years. To come here with such a storied past and historic program, it's a dream come true," O'Keefe said.