|Director of Graduate and Professional Studies Admissions Elected to GCAA National Advisory Board|
Manhattanville College Director of Graduate and Professional Studies Admissions and Men's Golf coach, Nik Kumar, has been elected to the National Advisory Board of the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) as the Director of Division III. Kumar is one of two Division III coaches serving on the committee of 12 members including coaches from institutions such as Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Denver, Texas Tech, Washington and others.
"I am extremely humbled and honored to be considered by the GCAA," Kumar said. "It really puts things in perspective for me, having an opportunity to interact with a group of coaches and professionals at the highest level of collegiate golf will be part of a continued learning process for me. Hopefully I can take away the positives from this experience and bring it back our team and program."
The Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) is the professional association of men's golf coaches. Established in 1958, this non-profit organization is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing its members who participate in men's golf at all levels. Through its established events and programs, the GCAA maintains a goal of increasing awareness and the status of men's golf.
Kumar has been a member of the GCAA for years, starting as a member of the Mid-Atlantic Regional committee and now having an opportunity to serve on the National Advisory Board, the highest committee a member can sit on.
The National Advisory Board works to align with the mission of the GCAA. Members gain a deeper understanding of the goals and objectives; functionalities, business operations, logistics behind competitions like the Palmer Cup, Junior World Cup and Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championships, all while serving to promote and grow the game of golf in the country.
"Having an opportunity to serve on the advisory board gets Manhattanville recognized on a national level, which was the goal from day one," Kumar said. "We knew it would be a building process before we won a conference championship and made the national tournament. We've started to get noticed at a regional and national level for our play as a team and ancillary exposure like this puts Manhattanville in a very positive light throughout the next two years and hopefully beyond."
Kumar has been the head coach of the men's golf program for the past seven years after an award-winning four-year career as a player for the Valiants from 2001-05. He has been a member of the GCAA since 2005. Created before the 1999-00 season, the Manhattanville men's golf team has been one of the most successful Valiant programs since its inception, ranking second among all Valiant teams with six conference tournament championships.
Under Kumar's guidance, the Valiants have risen to greater heights in recent seasons, as Manhattanville has captured two straight Freedom Conference Championships in 2010 and 2011 by a combined 68 strokes to advance to the first two NCAA Div. III Championships in program history. During the Fall 2011 semester, the program kept up its momentum, recording the three lowest two-day scores ever and also achieving the first national ranking in program history with a #25 ranking in the Golf World/Nike Golf Division III College Coaches Poll. The program also won back-to-back tournaments to conclude the semester, including the highly competitive Manhattanville/NYU Fall Classic, which was held at the beautiful Hudson National Golf Club and the Hamilton College Fall Invitational.