Clay Homan is heading into his 13th season as the head coach of the men's golf team at his alma mater. The former Bulldog golfer has guided Mississippi State to 11 tournament championships, a school record, two Magnolia Cup victories over in-state rival Mississippi, as well as 43 Top 5 finishes. Homan has led the Bulldog linksters to back-to-back NCAA postseason appearances, most recently the 2013 NCAA Baton Rouge Regional preceded by the 2014 NCAA Sugar Grove Regional.
Since 2005, Homan has coached 13 individual tournament medalists as well as two NCAA individual participants. Homan's teams have had 69 players placed on the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll as well as eight Academic All-Americans.
During the best two year span in program history, Homan won six tournaments during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 campagins, a school record. The Bulldogs also picked up 16 Top 5's, during the run. 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 in 2013, winning in dramatic fashion on the last hole. Hosting again in 2014, the Homan-lead Bulldogs won again coming from behind in the final round. During this span, Homan oversaw the All-SEC seasons of Chad Ramey and Axel Boasson in 2012-13 and Ramey again in 2013-14. The first Bulldogs to be named All-SEC since 2000.
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 Noah Goldman to an 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 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.
Prior to MSU
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 (1994, 2005, 2011, 2012). Coach also won the Mississippi Golf Association state mid-amatuer four times (2007, 2010, 2011, 2012). He also was the Mississippi Golf Association representive USGA State team championship four times (2005, 2007, 2009, 2012).
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 three children Ivy Frances (6), Henry (3), Louis (1).
Team Tourament wins
2005: Homewood Stites Inv.
2006: Callis Comm. Inv.
2007: Magnolia Cup
2008: Roadrunner Int.
2009: Troy Invitational
2009: Moblie Bay Int.
2012: Bridgestone Golf Coll.
2013: Tiger Inv.
2013: Reunion Int.
2013: Old Waverly Coll. Champ.
2014: Old Waverly Coll. Champ.
2014: Reunion Int.
2005: Joe Deraney (Homewood Suites Invit.)
2006: Matt Fast (Callis Comm. Int.)
2006: Noah Goldman (Magnolia Cup)
2007: Noah Goldman (Magnolia Cup)
2008: Noah Goldman (Roadrunner Int.)
2009: Noah Goldman (Troy Invit.)
2012: Alex Rowland (Mobile Bay Int.)
2013: Chad Ramey (Tiger Invit., )
2013: Chad Ramey (Warrior Priceville Makai Inv.)
2013: Joe Sakulpolphaisan (Sam Hall Int.)
2014: Barrett Edens (Old Waverly Coll. Champ.)
2014: Ben Wood (Memphis Int.)
2014: Ben Wood (Jerry Pate Nat. Int.)