Head Razorback golf coaches Shauna Taylor and Brad McMakin signed five-year contract extensions, a UA spokesperson announced in a press release Thursday. The contracts could keep Taylor and McMakin head coaches of their women’s and men’s programs, respectively, until 2029 based on NCAA Tournament appearances.
“The tremendous success that our men’s and women’s golf programs have enjoyed in the past decade and a half is directly attributable to the leadership of Shauna Taylor and Brad McMakin,” vice chancellor and director of athletics Hunter Yurachek said in the press release. “The consistent excellence of both our men’s and women’s programs has firmly established the University of Arkansas as one of the prime destinations for collegiate golf.”
Taylor’s new contract extension is off the back of a successful 2021-2022 season that includes a No. 1 ranking midway through the year, three individual medalists and two tournament victories. Taylor has produced two individual NCAA Champions, two runners-up and 34 All-Southeastern Conference selections throughout her tenure. Taylor is also a two-time SEC coach of the year.
“It’s been a privilege to lead the amazing women of Arkansas women’s golf for the past 15 years,” Taylor said. “My family and I have planted our roots here, and I look forward to continuing the rich tradition of winning in all areas of our program.”
McMakin’s extension comes off one of the program’s best seasons. The 2021-22 Razorbacks' accomplishments include ninth place at the NCAA Championship, two tournament wins and seven top-three finishes. Across McMakin’s 17-year reign as head coach, He has led the Razorbacks to 14 consecutive NCAA regional appearances and eight NCAA championships, including a runner-up finish in 2009.
“I’m excited about what we have been able to accomplish as a program and feel everything is in place to ensure the future will be just as bright,” McMakin said.
Razorback golf season is in full swing. Both the men’s and women’s next event is the Blessings Collegiate Invitational starting Monday in Fayetteville.