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Div. III golf coach fired for profanity-laced meltdown toward team

Nov 9, 2012, 5:26 PM EDT


Huntingdon College is a Methodist school in Montgomerie, Ala., which makes it kind of surprising that it would have golf’s equivalent of Bobby Knight coaching there. Matt Mahanic, who coached the men’s golf team and was also director of men’s and women’s golf, just got fired, as a matter of fact. His offense was a rather unhinged, profanity-filled rant toward his team following its 11th-place finish at the Gordin Collegiate Classic last month.

Mahanic had been coaching at Huntingdon, a Div. III school, since 2007 — and was director of golf there since 2010. GolfTalk Central:

On Friday, the website Deadspin posted the six-minute rant, in which Mahanic berated the team after Huntingdon finished 11th out of 12 teams at last month’s Gordin Classic. Someone on the team bus recorded the tirade – Mahanic dropped more than 50 f-bombs – and Deadspin eventually received a copy of the recording.

Here’s a recording of the tirade, but be aware that it’s, obviously, NSFW. If you prefer, you can also find a transcript here.

Those 50 f-bombs beat Knight’s record by about nine. He may come out of retirement to get it back.

In a statement, school president J. Cameron West said: “As a member of Division III of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, we adhere to the principles expressed in the NCAA Bylaws.

“To quote the Bylaws, ‘Individuals employed by or associated with a member institution to administer, conduct, or coach intercollegiate athletics shall act with … sportsmanship at all times so that intercollegiate athletics as a whole, their institutions and they, as individuals, represent the honor and dignity of fair play and the generally recognized high standards associated with wholesome competitive sports.’”

“F***ing unacceptable.”

Yes, in more way than one.

  1. Golf Rangefinder Shop - Nov 10, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    If he hadn’t been fired for his rant, perhaps he would have been fired for his failures as a coach. During his rant he admits his players practice twice as hard as any others and still perform poorly. He either recruited the wrong players or has been unable to help them get the most out of their clearly extensive practice time. If he doesn’t take responsibility for those things, then he really should at least be a better cheerleader!

  2. lbroberts123 - Nov 12, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    It’s Montgomery, AL.