UTPA Hires Armen Kirakossian as 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 (WAC), and making major accomplishments with this program in the near future."
Kirakossian was a member of the Broncs from 2006-10. He won the individual medal at the PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championships as a senior while also earning America Sky First Team All-Conference honors.
As a junior, Kirakossian won the Great West Conference Championship while earning First Team All-Conference, UTPA Male Student-Athlete of the Year and Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-American Scholar honors.
Kirakossian shot a program record 204 (67, 66, 71) at the 2009 PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championships. His second round 66 is the second lowest single-round score in program history.
"It's a great day for Broncs golf," UTPA Director of Athletics Chris King said. "Armen is the perfect coach to lead our program and continue laying the foundation to get into a competitive position to win WAC Championships. As a former UTPA student-athlete, he possesses the highest of qualities we sought in our new coach. His energy and playing experience will aid in our player development and 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."
Kirakossian spent part of the 2012-13 academic year as a volunteer assistant coach at UTPA before resuming his professional career. Over the last two years, he has competed on the Golden State and Pepsi Tours, as well as at Nationwide Tour Qualifiers and State Opens.