The return of Kirakossian
The University announced Aug. 18 that UTPA alumnus Armen Kirakossian has been hired as the new men’s golf head coach.
“I am very excited to take over the program that I played for,” Kirakossian said. “I am looking forward to building a strong culture of competition with the players, competing in the Western Athletic Conference and making major accomplishments with this program in the near future.”
Kirakossian has taken the place of former UTPA men’s golf coach Josh Fosdick. Fosdick left the Broncs in July after two seasons for another coaching position at Rogers State University in Claremore, Okla.
After taking over his predecessors position, Kirakossian is not at a loss. He has previous coaching experience spending the better part of the 2012-13 academic year as a volunteer assistant coach at UTPA.
Although Kirakossian coached at UTPA for a short time he was formerly a member of the Bronc golf team from 2006-2010. During his time with the Broncs Kirakossian performed well during his senior year. He won an individual medal at the Professional Golfers’ Association of America Minority Collegiate Golf Championships, and earned the America Sky First Team All-Conference honors.
Kirakossian also did well his junior year, taking first at the Great West Conference Championship and earning First Team All-Conference. As a former UTPA Male Student-Athlete of the Year in 2009 Kirakossian still holds the second lowest single-round score in UTPA program history at 66. He scored the program record at the PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championships, shooting a 204 (67, 66, 71).
Chris King, the UTPA director of athletics has high hopes for the new head coach.
“It’s a great day for Broncs’ golf,” King said. “Kirakossian is the perfect coach to lead our program. His energy and playing experience will…provide Pan Am with the proper elements for success in the WAC and in the future on a national stage. I could not be more excited to add an alum and an individual of Armen’s character to our coaching staff.”