D-III coach fired after profane rant against team


An NCAA Division III college golf coach was fired on Friday after his profanity-laced tirade toward the team received national attention.

It was a predictable end to the tenure of Matt Mahanic, the director of golf at Huntingdon College, a Methodist school in Montgomerie, Ala.

On Friday, the website Deadspin posted the six-minute rant, in which Mahanic berated the team after Huntingdon finished 11th out of 12 teams at last month's Gordin Classic. Someone on the team bus recorded the tirade – Mahanic dropped more than 50 f-bombs – and Deadspin eventually received a copy of the recording.

According to his bio posted on the school’s website, Mahanic received his B.A. from the school in 2007, the same year he took over the men’s golf program. He was promoted to director of golf in 2010. 

In a statement, school president J. Cameron West said: “As a member of Division III of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, we adhere to the principles expressed in the NCAA Bylaws.

“To quote the Bylaws, ‘Individuals employed by or associated with a member institution to administer, conduct, or coach intercollegiate athletics shall act with ... sportsmanship at all times so that intercollegiate athletics as a whole, their institutions and they, as individuals, represent the honor and dignity of fair play and the generally recognized high standards associated with wholesome competitive sports.’”