NEWARK, Del. – Peter Ireland has been named University of Delaware men’s and women’s golf assistant coach, UD Director of Golf Programs Patty Post announced Thursday.

Ireland arrives in Newark after spending the last five and a half years as the head men’s and women’s golf coach at Thomas University in Thomasville, Ga., where he led his teams to seven NAIA National Championship appearances.

The 2014 Sun Conference Men’s Golf Coach of the Year after leading the Night Hawks men’s squad to the league title that season, Ireland coached eight male and female players to achieve NAIA All-American honors. He led the men’s team to a 12th place finish at the 2014 NAIA National Championship, and the women’s squad to a 17th place finish at the 2016 NAIA National Championship.

“We are very excited for Peter to join our coaching staff!” Post said. “He brings a wealth of golf knowledge and sincere coaching mentality to our program. As a former head coach of a men’s and women’s program, he will be an asset to all of our golf student-athletes.”

Five Thomas players earned medalist honors under Ireland, while he led the teams to six tournament victories. Ireland, who was the Sun Conference Men’s Golf Chairman, organized and executed practice, recruiting, tournament travel and player development for both Night Hawks teams.

Ireland graduated with a communication degree in 2011 from the University of Arizona, where he was a four-year letterwinner on the men’s golf team. He competed in 28 collegiate/amateur events, posting a career scoring average of 75.15 in collegiate events. Ireland recorded six top-25 finishes during his career, including a low round of 67.

Prior to arriving at Thomas, Ireland spent two years playing professionally on the National Pro Golf Tour, averaging 73.82 shots per round in 11 events.

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