Sam Puryear arrives as Queens’ new director of golf operations with high expectations for the men’s golf team after a successful season last year when the program was crowned team and individual conference champions.
Coach Puryear, a native of Winston-Salem who has been the assistant coach at Stanford as well as head coach at Michigan State, believes the team can meet the expectations. “I have been around some good golfers in my years and I’m telling you honestly there are a few kids on this team who can make it out on (PGA) Tour. I am going to do everything in my power to prepare my players for professional golf after they graduate, or whatever they choose to do with their careers.”
It has not taken long for the players on the team to notice Coach Puryear’s dedication and commitment to the program. “It’s great having a coach out there on the range working with us and pushing us every morning at work outs,” said junior Jason Rossetti. “I can tell he is ready to take our program to the next level and I expect that with his drive and our talent we will do so. When a coach truly wants to make you a better player, it pushes the players that much more.”
Coach Puryear stresses a consistent workout routine. The team has also gotten memberships at the Dowd YMCA and is working out three times a week at 6 a.m. He also is a big believer in a healthy diet. “What you put into your body is what you get out of your body,” he said. “I’ve been a firm believer of that since day one. I have put together a nutrition guide for my players, many of whom are taking it seriously.”
With a good mix of veterans and talented freshmen, Puryear expects big things this year. “I want to win, and I know we can win,” he said. “I’m looking forward to being a first-hand witness to the development of each player this year.”
He is excited to be back in his home state, doing what he loves. “I am so thankful Queens has given me this opportunity. I am truly blessed to be a part of such a great program and university.”