Eddie Payton Coaches Jackson State To 34 Golf Titles

You know Eddie Payton’s little brother—the late Sweetness, Hall of Fame running back for the Chicago Bears. But Eddie has had just as much success on his own athletic fields. As coach of the Jackson State golf team, Eddie Payton was won 34 golf titles: 21 with the men’s teams and 13 with the women’s. SI has a profile of this remarkably successful golf coach:

Now in his 25th season guiding the program, Payton is, without question, one of the nation’s most successful collegiate golf coach. He is the 21-time SWAC Coach of the Year, and eight times has been named the National Minority Coach of the Year. Payton’s men’s team has won 21 SWAC Championships, and the Lady Tigers have won 13. After taking the 2001 SWAC Championship, the Lady Tigers received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament, becoming the first women’s golf program from a historically black college to receive such an honor. Payton and his men’s team made NCAA history in 1996 when they became the first HBC to qualify for the NCAA Golf Regionals. “We have expectations,” he says. “Very high ones.”


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