Aug. 17, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Nicky Goetze, who guided the Mississippi State men’s golf team to a 19th-place finish at the 2000 NCAA golf championships, was named the head men’s coach at Florida State today, as announced by director of athletics Dave Hart, Jr. Goetze was the head coach at Mississippi State for two seasons where he led the Bulldogs to one NCAA championship tournament, two NCAA regional championship tournaments and a third place finish at the Southeastern Conference tournament in 2000.
“We are very pleased that Nicky has accepted our offer to lead our men’s golf program,” said Hart. “His energy and expertise coupled with our plans for a new teaching facility makes for an exciting time in the growth of our program.”
Goetze, a three-time All-America selection at Clemson from 1991-93, energized the Mississippi State program when he became its coach in 1998. Mississippi State claimed the team title and individual medalist honors at its first-ever tournament under Goetze, the G. Gunby Jordan Intercollegiate. The Bulldogs matched their victory total from the previous fall season as they won their next event, the Yale Fall Intercollegiate. The team remained successful in Goetze’s first spring, claiming three third-place finishes and earning a bid to the NCAA East Regional tournament. Mississippi State finished tied for 10th at the regional championship. Prior to his arrival, the Bulldogs had not participated in an NCAA championship since 1991.
Goetze also enjoyed success as the head coach at the University of Texas-El Paso (1997-98) and as an assistant at the University of Florida (1996-97). At UTEP the Miners claimed one tournament championship and did not finish lower than fifth during the fall season. Goetze was responsible for coordinating the Gator golf camps as well as working with the players in practice sessions and assisting with recruiting.
Goetze has also achieved success as a player as both an amateur and a professional. The 1993 Clemson graduate was an All-American and three-time All-ACC selection as a collegian. He recorded 14-top five finishes, including two championships at the NCAA Preview Invitational. He earned team MVP honors three times.
Following his collegiate playing career, Goetze competed on the Canadian Tour for three years and on the Asian Tour for two years. He won the 1995 British Columbia Tel Pacific Open and finished eighth at the Order of Merit on the Canadian Tour. He compiled a 70.22 stroke average during the summer of 1995. Goetze’s sister, Vicki Goetze-Ackerman, has played on the LPGA Tour since 1994.
“I am excited that Dave Hart has chosen me to lead the Seminoles to the forefront of collegiate golf,” Goetze said. “I feel that I can combine my talents as a golf coach with the reputation and backing of such a dominant university to create of golf program with unlimited national potential.”