RIVERSIDE --- California Baptist University Director of Athletics Dr. Micah Parker has announced John Hackney as the Lancers’ new men’s and women’s golf head coach.
Hackney comes to CBU after 16 years as the head men’s coach and two seasons as the head women’s coach at NCAA Division II Barton in Wilson, N.C.
“We are pleased to have Coach Hackney join the Lancer family,” said Parker. “He is a proven winner at our level and wants to be at a Christian university.”
During his tenure at Barton, Hackney led the Bulldog men to 14 straight NCAA Tournament appearances, 45 total tournament wins and a ranking in the NCAA Division II Top 25 in 12 of the past 13 seasons. Over that span Barton has had 11 All-Americans, 11 scholar athletes and 32 individual tournament medalist honors.
Hackney has been named Conference Coach of the Year five times and NCAA Regional Coach of the Year three times.
“I am thrilled to be joining a fine staff at CBU this season,” said Hackney. “The school has an outstanding reputation as an intentional Christian institution with excellent athletic programs. I was very impressed with everyone I met during my visit to CBU. Faith was first and foremost on everyone’s list, and that is encouraging in this day and age.”
The Bulldogs experienced arguably their most successful season to date in 2011, making the NCAA National Championship field after a third place finish at the regional tournament. Hackney’s squad made a run into the match play quarterfinals, but eventually fell to top-ranked Lynn. Barton finished the year ranked No. 7 in Division II, one of seven seasons Hackney’s teams have made it into the Top 10 nationally.
Hackney started the women’s golf program in 2011 as well, and this past season the young program produced its first all-conference player in sophomore Brittney Zine, who was Conference of the Carolinas Tournament runner-up.
Hackney takes over Lancers squads returning nearly the entire starting five on the men’s side and three of five on the women’s, as well as former NAIA National Champion Nathalie Silva and former PacWest Champion Stephen Watson coming off redshirt seasons.
“I believe both the men’s and women’s teams at CBU feature some very talented players, so I am anxious to get started,” said Hackney. “It is also exciting to be leading the golf programs in their first season as full NCAA D-II members. Our immediate goals will be to practice great sportsmanship as Christian student-athletes, while working hard to win tournaments and championships.”
In addition to his head coaching duties as Barton, Hackney also served as the school’s Sports Information Director for 17 years and was the head men’s and women’s cross country coach from 1997-2000.
Prior to his time at Barton he had an extensive career as a sports journalist, working with several different media outlets following his graduation from North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 1984. Hackney graduated from UNC with a degree in Journalism.
He and his wife June have been married 25 years and have one son, Jacob.