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Sean Covich
Position: Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: Mississippi State
Graduating Year: 2004
Email: scovich@athletics.msstate.edu
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 Entering his third year as an assistant coach at Mississippi State, Sean Covich brings a wealth of experience to Starkville.

 Covich spent five seasons at the helm of the Meridian Community College golf program where he guided his squad to 18 tournament championships. He produced 13 senior college players, six All-Tournament team members at the National Championship and guided seven All-Americans. During a back-to-back-to-back NJCAA postseason run, Covich's 2010 Eagles finished runner-up to the NJCAA National Champion. He also coached the school's first individual national champion in 2010.

During the 2011 slate, Covich led his team to the program's lowest round score in school history with a 14-under par 274 in the second round of the Wallace State Fall Invitational.

Covich earned “Coach of the Year” honors four times during his span at MCC. In 2007 Covich was awarded with the “Coach of the Year” by the Mississippi Association of Coaches, the National Junior College Association of America (NJCAA) Region 23, and the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC). In 2011, after winning the Golf Coaches Association of America’s District IV Coach of the Year Award, he was named a semi-finalist for the GCAA’a National Coach of the Year.

Covich has become known to find "diamonds in the rough" out on the recruiting trail. The list of golfers that have been recruited and groomed by the third-year coach is growing into a long accomplished list of names. At MCC, Covich recruited and coached the two-time All-American Brant Garon. The Louisiana native won the Arnold Palmer Award and the NJCAA National Championship in 2010 while under Covich's guidance. Garon then added the prestigious Jack Nicklaus Award in 2011. Another Covich-product was 2012 NJCAA National Champion Jake Stirling, the Aussie was also a two-time All-American and was recruited to MCC by Covich. At MSU, Covich has already added a couple of "diamonds" as he reeled in the No. 1 ranked JUCO golfer Joe Sakulpolphaisan in 2013. Newcomers Ben Follett-Smith (Zimbabwae), Jackson Dick, (Australia), T.J. Morgan (Meridian C.C.), and Jonathan Newnham (Jamacia) will surely add to the growing list of golfers that will do great things under Covich.

The former Eagle lettered at MCC from 1998-2000 and was a member of the 1999 NJCAA Region 23 Championship team playing under Coach Lou Weddington Hart. He received the Most Dedicated award during the 1998-1999 season. Covich lettered in varsity golf for Lamar High School starting in sixth grade. Covich led the Raiders to an unprecedented four consecutive MPSA Overall State Championships in 1995-1998. He received the Sportsmanship Award in both his junior and senior seasons.

Covich completed his education at Mississippi State University, earning his Sports Communication bachelor's degree in 2004 and his Sports Administration master's degree in 2006.

In 2005, Covich was the Tour Director of the Mississippi Junior Golf Association, during that tenure the MJGA experienced record membership and participation. Along with his guidance of the MJGA, Covich conducted 13 junior golf events, including the Mississippi Junior Championship. In addition to those duties, he was in charge of conducting Mississippi Golf Association state championships such as the State Amateur, Senior Amateur and State Four-Ball to name a few.

He began his golf career under his father, PGA Club Professional, Jerry Covich at Briarwood Country Club. Covich also worked for longtime PGA Club Professional and Robbie Webb Junior Golf Award winner, Jimmy Gamblin at Northwood Country Club. Working for his father and Gamblin, Covich led junior clinics and camps at Briarwood and Northwood.

Originally from Meridian, Miss., and a graduate of Lamar High School. Covich and his wife Kate have one child John Keenan (1 year).

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