ATHENS, Ohio -- Carter Cheves has been named the third head coach in the history of Ohio men's golf program, as announced by Director of Athletics Jim Schaus on Monday (July 9).
"We are very excited to welcome Carter to the Bobcat family," said Schaus. "He has outstanding credentials, quality recruiting successes and will be a great fit to lead our men's golf program in the future."
Cheves comes to Athens after spending five years as the assistant coach at James Madison, where he helped 13 Dukes earn All-Colonial Athletic Association honors. Following the 2017-18 season, freshman Ignacio Montero was named CAA Men's Golf Rookie of the Year while senior Matt Cowgill was tabbed an All-CAA Second Team selection. Off the course, James Madison boasted a GPA over 3.0 as a team. In total during his stint at James Madison, Cheves coached one CAA Player of the Year, two CAA Rookie of the Year winners, five Scholar All-Americans, two individual NCAA Championship Regional qualifiers, one NCAA Championship qualifier and one PING All-American selection.
"I would like to thank Jim Schaus and (Senior Associate Athletic Director – Development) Ryan White for allowing me the opportunity to join Ohio Athletics," said Cheves. "Ohio University has a rich tradition, and I am excited for the future of the men's golf program. I look forward to being in Athens and working with our student-athletes to reach new heights."
James Madison posted eight team wins over the course of Cheves' tenure. The Dukes posted 52 rounds at par or better after recording 46 such rounds combined over previous 15 years prior to his arrival. Every major scoring record in the program's history was broken over the last five years, including low single round, low 36-hole total, low 54-hole total, par 3 scoring, par 4 scoring, par 5 scoring, most birdies in a season and season finish percentage.
Cheves brings previous head coaching experience to the Bobcats, as he served as the head coach at Western Carolina for three of his four-and-a-half years with the Catamounts. Under his watch, J.T. Poston became the third Western Carolina golfer to qualify as an individual for NCAA Championship Regional play. Poston, who is the first golfer Cheves signed, is currently on the PGA Tour, and several of Cheves' former players have competed on PGA Tour Latinoamérica, PGA Tour Canada, GPro Tour and SwingThought Tour. Off the course, Cheves started the program's first-ever alumni reunion, advanced the team's ranking over 70 spots in three years as head coach and had his teams maintain better than a 3.0 cumulative GPA in his tenure.
Cheves graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in business administration with a concentration in operations management. Prior to attending UNCW, he played two years of college golf at North Carolina State under veteran Wolfpack head coach Richard Sykes. Following his graduation from UNCW, Cheves served as the United States Golf Association P.J. Boatwright summer intern for the Carolinas Golf Association.
The Ohio men's golf program has won 18 Mid-American Conference championships in its storied history (1951, '52, '53, '54 (tie), '55, '57, '58, '59, '60, '61, '63, '64, '65, '67, '69, '71, '79, '80). Cheves succeeds Bob Cooley, who retired at the conclusion of the 2017-18 campaign after 30 seasons at the helm of his alma mater. Cheves, Cooley and Kermit Blosser (1947-88) are the only men to serve as head coach of the Bobcats in the program's history.