One of the country's top collegiate golf coaches for nearly four decades, Doug Gordin has led the Florida Southern men's golf team to six NCAA Division II National Championships in his first 22 years as the Moccasins' head coach, and will be retiring following the 2017-18 season. The most recent of those championships came in 2017 when he took a team of five underclassmen to the National Finals in Kissimmee and brought home the 13th national title in the program's history by defeating Lynn 3-2 in the championship match. No other Division II program has more championships than Florida Southern and none have won more than the Moccasins since Gordin became their head coach in the fall of 1995.
During Gordin's tenure the Moccasins also have one runner-up finish at the National Finals, and four third-place finishes. They have qualified for NCAA postseason play in all 22 of his seasons at Florida Southern to date, and either the team or an individual has advanced to the National Finals in 17 of them. In addition to their success at the national level, the Moccasins have won seven Sunshine State Conference Championships under Gordin, which is the most in the SSC since his arrival.
On top of their team titles, the Moccasins have had five individual national champions, including Tim Crouch, who won back-to-back Division II championships in 2013 and 2014. From 1999-2001, the Moccasins had three different players win the crown: Matt Saglio in 1999, Jeff Klauk in 2000, and Steve Sokol in 2001. Not surprisingly, those five individual champs are another Division II high since Gordin became the Mocs' head coach in 1995.
With six national titles to his credit (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2010 and 2017), Gordin ranks sixth among all NCAA coaches in national championships won, and is second on the all-time Division II list. He's just one behind the man he succeeded at Florida Southern, Charley Matlock, who won seven from 1972-95. For all of his accomplishments, Gordin was inducted into the Florida Southern Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007, and later became the sixth FSC coach to be inducted into the Polk County Sports Hall of Fame in June 2012.
By that point he was already a member of the Golf Coaches Association of America Hall of Fame, an induction he earned in January of 2001. He joined his father, Dr. Richard Gordin, a member of the inaugural GCAA Hall of Fame Class of 1980. The younger Gordin is one of just three NCAA Division II coaches among the GCAA inductees.
Gordin is a 4-time GCAA National Coach-of-the-Year, winning that award in his first season of 1996, before going on to win it again in 1998, 1999, and 2000. He added the Golfweek Magazine National Coach-of-the-Year award to his list in 1996 as well. Within the SSC, he has been the conference coach-of-the-year three times: 1999, 2001, and 2010.
Before coming to Florida Southern, Gordin was the golf coach at Georgia Southern College in Statesboro, Georgia, for 13 years. While there, he coached two PGA players (Jodie Mudd and Gene Sauers) and five GCAA All-Americans, and led the Eagles to four conference championships and six runner-up finishes. He was named the NCAA South District Coach-of-the-Year and Southern Conference Coach-of-the-Year an unprecedented four times.
Prior to coaching at Georgia Southern, Gordin spent two years on the staff at the University of Alabama under Conrad Rehling and one season as the head coach at Campbell University in North Carolina. That gives him a total of 39 years overall as a collegiate coach.
As an undergraduate, Gordin played for his father at Ohio Wesleyan where he served as team captain his senior season when the Battlin' Bishops finished sixth at the NCAA Division III National Tournament. After graduating from Ohio Wesleyan with a bachelor's degree in health and physical education in 1978, Gordin earned his master's degree from the University of Alabama while serving as assistant coach and assistant pro for the Crimson Tide.
In the fall of 2002, Gordin was honored by his alma mater with the Robert Strimer Award for unusually significant contributions to intercollegiate athletics. A native of Delaware, Ohio, Gordin was inducted into the Delaware Hayes High School Hall of Fame in October of 2010 and was named to the Ohio Golf Hall of Fame on August 4, 2015, putting him in a total of five different hall of fames in three different states.
Gordin is a teaching consultant to the National Golf Foundation and is a member of the NCAA-USGA Relations Committee. He has been active in the GCAA for several years, even serving a stint as the organization's national president. He is also a past chairman of the NCAA District III-South selection committee.
Gordin lives in Lakeland, and has one daughter, Gretchen, who also resides in Palm Harbor with her husband Daniel. She is a graduate of the University of Florida.