ATHENS, Ohio — It's been a big week for Neal Grusczynski.
On Monday, the West Allis native shot 3-under-par 68 and finished tied for fourth at the Hornung's Stroke Play Championship, a Wisconsin PGA section event at South Hills Golf & Country Club. On Tuesday, he changed jobs.
Grusczynski, the men's and women's golf coach at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, was named the fourth head coach in the history of Ohio men's golf program. Amy Dean, the interim director of athletics, made the announcement Tuesday after tabbing Grusczynski to replace Carter Cheves, who left Ohio after just one season to take the head coaching job at James Madison University, where he previously worked as an assistant.
"We are excited to have Neal and his family become members of our Bobcat family," Dean said in a statement. "With his playing, coaching and teaching experience, we are confident in Neal's ability to support our men's golf team in their efforts to become Mid-American Conference champions. His commitment to academic excellence and his enthusiasm made him a great fit to lead our program."
Grusczynski spent four seasons as the director of golf at Cardinal Stritch. His men's team won Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference titles in 2016, 2017 and 2018 to earn berths in the NAIA national championships, where the Wolves enjoyed their best finish in 2017, placing second. The women's team finished third at the 2016 CCAC Championships before winning its first conference title in 2017 to earn its first NAIA national championship bid.
Prior to his stint at Cardinal Stritch, Grusczynski served as the assistant coach for both the men's and women's teams at Jacksonville State in 2014-15, then served as the assistant coach at Army in '15-16. He began his coaching career as a volunteer assistant at his alma mater, Xavier University.
"I would like to thank Amy Dean and President (Dr. M. Duane) Nellis for the opportunity to lead the Ohio University men's golf program," Grusczynski said. "There's an incredible history at the university across the board. We are going to work hard on building that history, and focus on being professional student-athletes in pursuit of success on and off the golf course. We are honored and excited to become part of the Bobcat family."
Grusczynski was involved in all aspects of the golf program during his time as an assistant at Army. He helped coach the Black Knights to a victory over Navy and was involved with the Inaugural Bush Cup against Yale, held in honor of former United States President George H.W. Bush at the prestigious Winged Foot Golf Club.
Grusczynski brings diverse experience from the golf world, having spent time in pro shops, corporate golf and collegiate golf, as well as a successful playing career at the amateur and professional levels. Grusczynski's impressive list of accolades includes playing professionally on the NGA-Hooters Tour (now the Swing Thought Tour) from 2005 through 2008. He also competed in numerous PGA/Web.com qualifiers, PGA Tour Q-Schools, pro-ams and junior clinics and has also caddied on the PGA Tour for Kevin Hall and on the Symetra Tour (@ROAD2LPGA) for Shannon Fish.
Grusczynski graduated Xavier with a bachelor's degree in sport management in 2005. He capped off his collegiate career competing for the Musketeers by earning the individual co-champion title at the 2005 Atlantic 10 Conference Championships.
Grusczynski and his wife, Leah, have a daughter, Grace.
The Ohio men's golf program has won 18 MAC championships in its storied history (1951, '52, '53, '54 (tie), '55, '57, '58, '59, '60, '61, '63, '64, '65, '67, '69, '71, '79, '80). Before Cheves took the helm a year ago, Bob Cooley had coached the program 30 years before retiring after the 2017-18 season. In 1988, Cooley replaced Kermit Blosser, the coach from 1947 through '88.