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SMU coach Gregory unexpectedly resigns

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Josh Gregory abruptly resigned Friday as the head men’s coach at SMU.

Gregory was entering his fourth full season at his alma mater, which he led to the NCAA quarterfinals earlier this spring. Over the past few years the Mustangs have returned to national relevance, topping out at No. 20 in Golfstat’s 2013-14 rankings.

In a statement released to GolfChannel.com, Gregory called Friday the “saddest day in my professional career.”

“I am so proud of what we accomplished in these three years,” he said. “These kids believed in me and my vision for SMU golf, and I can’t thank them enough.”

In the wake of Gregory’s sudden departure, Jason Enloe was promoted from assistant to head coach. SMU’s season begins in mid-September.

Gregory, who attended SMU in the mid-1990s, is one of the most well-known coaches in college golf. He helped lead Augusta State – a school that is Division II in every sport but golf – to back-to-back NCAA titles in 2010 and ’11, earning National Coach of the Year honors along the way.

“I know I have done things the right way throughout my career,” he said in a statement, “and I have ran my programs during my career to the best of my ability. I will always treasure my relationships with these young men. I look forward to coaching again very soon and having the opportunity to do what I love to do.”