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Clay Homan
Position: Head Coach
Hometown: Fulton, MS
Alma Mater: Mississippi State
Graduating Year: 1995
Experience: 10 Years
Email: choman@athletics.msstate.edu
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Clay Homan is heading into his 11th season as the head coach of the men's golf team at his alma mater. The former Bulldog golfer has guided Mississippi State to nine tournament championships, a school record, two Magnolia Cup victories over in-state rival Mississippi, as well as 37 Top 5 finishes. Homan has led the Bulldog linksters to back-to-back NCAA postseason appearances, most recently the 2009 NCAA Southwest Regional preceded by the 2008 NCAA East Regional and the 2008 NCAA National Championships. Since 2005, Homan has coached nine individual tournament medalists as well as two individual participants, most recently with current Bulldog Chad Ramey who won the 2013 Tiger Invitational.  Homan's teams have had 66 players placed on the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll as well as seven Academic All-Americans.

Coming off of one of the best season's in program history, Homan won four tournaments in the 2012-13 campagin, a school record. The Bulldogs also picked up 10 Top 5's, the most in school history. Before the 2012-13 season Homan had 27 in his career. The Bulldogs also hosted a home tournament for the first time in school history with the inaguaral Old Waverly Collegiate Championship, which MSU won in exciting fashion in a sudden-death playoff hole with UAB.

Homan also saw the current Bulldog senior Chad Ramey claim a First Team All-SEC membership, the first time since 2000. The 2012-13 squad also had a second team member as well.

In 2007-08 season, the Homan-led Bulldogs posted eight top 5 finishes, including back-to-back runner-up finishes at the Mason Rudolph and UNCG Bridgestone Collegiate Championships, and a tournament title at the Roadrunner Intercollegiate, where Homan coached Goldman to another individual crown. Homan also led the Maroon and White to a fifth-place finish at the SEC Championships, the highest finish by a Bulldog squad since 2000. Homan then followed his team's fifth-place performance with an encore fourth place effort at the NCAA East Regional, which is the highest finish by any Bulldog squad ever at a regional event, and advanced MSU to the NCAA Championships for only the third time in school history, and the first time since 2000.

In his third season as head coach, Homan's team garnered nine consecutive Top 10 placements, including four Top 5 finishes on the season. Homan reeled in the ninth-best recruiting class in 2005 according to Golfweek magazine. Then-freshman Sainz played in all 12 events in his rookie campaign. He was joined by Fast, Goldman and Brian Mason. All four played extensively throughout their 2005-06 debuts.

During the 2004-05 campaign, Homan's squad grabbed nine top-10 placements, including a win at  the Homewood Suites Invitational in Mobile, Ala. The win marked the first win for the program since the 1999 Furman Intercollegiate, and the first win of the Homan-era.  At that same event, Joe Deraney claimed the individual title in a playoff for his first collegiate win.

Homan made his coaching debut at Rice University in the fall of 2000. He was named head coach five days prior to the season-opening tournament. He led the Owls to three individual tournament champions and also coached three NCAA Academic All-Americans at Rice. In addition to his coaching duties the Fulton, Miss., native served on the NCAA District VI Regional Advisory Committee in 2002 and 2003.

Homan was a four-year men's golf team letterman at State from 1991-95 and played in 28 tournaments during his career. Competing in 92 rounds, Homan ranks 15th on the school's most  rounds played in a career. Homan was voted team co-captain in 1994-95 and named State's Most Valuable Player that season. He captured the 1994 Mississippi State Amateur Championship the summer before his senior campaign, as well as qualifying for a spot in the 1994 U.S. Amateur Match Play Championship. In his senior season, he led the Bulldogs in stroke average at 73.44. Homan finished in the Top 5 three times during his senior season including a win at the Kroger Intercollegiate. He individually qualified for the 1995 NCAA East Regional at Yale University in New Haven, Conn., shooting a final-round of 72 to finish in a tie for 70th place. Homan was the recipient of the Carroll and Frances Newsom Award in 1994 and 1995, given annually to the top male and female athlete in each MSU sport. His performances during his senior campaign, both on the course and in the classroom, garnered him a spot on the All-Southeastern Conference second team and the SEC Academic Honor Roll in 1995.

Homan is an accomplished individual player as well; the Bulldog coach has won the Mississippi Golf Association state amateur championship title a total four times in his amateur career. Most recently he has won the "State Championship" for amateur golfers in back-to-back years (2011, 2012). In September Homan was named to the three-man team to compete for the state of Mississippi in October for the USGA State Team Championship, alongside his former player and fellow Bulldog Alex Rowland.

Homan received his Business Administration degree from Mississippi State in 1995. He attended Itawamba Agricultural High School in Fulton, where he lettered five years for coach Ronnie Riley and was runner-up in the 4A state championship as a junior, receiving all-state honors. He also lettered two years in basketball.

Homan and his wife Kim have two children Ivy Frances (5) and Henry Clay (2)


 

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