POULTNEY, Vt. – Director of Athletics Kip Shipley announced a transition among his staff for the upcoming year as Brad Rideout has been named the new men's golf coach taking over for the recently departed Chris Jenkins.
Jenkins left his head coaching position this past week to direct his time attending to an unexpected family matter.
"I would like to commend and thank Coach Jenkins for his tireless work ethic and commitment to the Green Mountain College community during his tenure over the last six years," said Shipley. "He has been an enormous asset to both the athletics department and the campus. We wish him and his family the best as they move forward."
Rideout, also the head women's basketball coach, takes the reins of the men's golf program which has seen tremendous growth after being re-instituted in 2015 by Jenkins who took it from a club program and re-established it as a varsity sport. Over the past two years, the team has seen a 97-stroke improvement in NAC Championship play.
Naming Rideout as the new golf coach was an easy decision for Shipley with Rideout bringing over 25 years of coaching experience to the position.
"Brad is a natural fit to lead the men's golf program at Green Mountain," related Shipley. "On top of his passion for the game of golf, he has a wealth of coaching experience at all levels and is excellent at relating to our student-athletes. He will continue to develop this young men's golf program into a mature, competitive team."
Rideout is excited to engage with the returning and incoming players and get started with the 2017 season.
"I would like to thank the administration for entrusting me with our up-and-coming men's golf program," said Rideout. "Coach Jenkins has done a terrific job in shaping this group of young men and I am positive that we can continue building on the past success when we start again this fall."